Saturday, February 26, 2011

Big Plays

In the final weeks (or month) of the regular season for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects, the teams are watching their prospects to see who is going to stand up for their team and who will not.

Friday night was the night of big plays that either helped a team win or helped them to lose as 9 games were decided by plays made or not made. The biggest was Anders Lee's (NYI 2009 6th) 2 goals leading 8th ranked Notre Dame to a come from behind 3-2 win over Max Campbell's (2007 5th) Western Michigan Broncos.

Lee's 21st goal of the season at 15:03 of the 3rd period broke a 2-2 tie as Notre Dame extended their unbeaten streak to 8 games. For Lee it was his 6th game winning goal of the season which leads all NCAA freshmen as Lee improved to a 21-19-40 season.

Lee was named the game's first star by the WMU media.

Even better thanks to Lee; his Fighting Irish can clinch the top seed in the CCHA playoffs with another regulation win over Western Michigan on home ice. The CCHA has the right idea; a regulation or overtime win is worth 3 points, an overtime tie gets you 1 point with a chance to earn a second point if you win the shootout round.

The Islander prospects had a pretty good night found right here.

For the Ranger prospects Max Campbell has nothing to be ashamed of as he was the Western Michigan's offense against Notre Dame. Campbell scored both WMU goals earning the game's second star behind Lee.

For Campbell it was his 15th and 16th which tied his career high set as a sophomore. Campbell scored his first goal came at 10:09 of the first period to tie the game up at 1-1.

In the second Campbell broke the 1-1 tie when he scored on the power play at 14:40. It was a bittersweet ending to Campbell's career at WMU as the Cinderella story known as Western Michigan has gone from unbeaten in 14 games to winless in their last 5.

The 2 goals also brought Campbell to 99 total career points as while WMU has earned a spot in the CCHA playoff in order to earn a first round bye and second round home ice they first have to defeat Notre Dame in regulation and hope Ferris State loses.

The rest of the Ranger report is right here

(Images: Lee/Notre Dame, Campbell/Western Michigan).

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