Thursday, February 3, 2011

I Got Your Size Right Here

If I am Christian Thomas or Ryan Bourque then I am using the play of Mats Zuccarello with the New York Rangers as some serious motivation. Nothing against the Wonderkid from Norway but Thomas to us is a much better scorer and Bourque a much better forechecker.

And on Wednesday night the duo had big games to help lead their team to wins that both their teams needed. Both recorded a goal and an assist as it was a good night for Ranger prospects as well as for a couple of Islander prospects too.

First up is Ryan Bourque (NYR 2009 3rd) as his Quebec Remparts more than paid the Victoriaville Tigre for a 6-2 loss on Sunday as the Remparts just stomped the Tigre 10-0. The Remparts got goals from 9 different players in this game which was over after a 4 goal first period.

Bourque registered his 23rd assist on Vincent Barnard's goal at 7:40 of the 3rd period to give Quebec a 5-0 lead and open the floodgates. Bourque added his 24th goal at 17:35 on Quebec's 9th goal of the game.

It was a good all around game for Bourque as he was a +3 to go along with his 1-1-2 night. The 2 points also helped Bourque improve to 24-23-47 which is good for 3rd among Ranger prospects.

In Belleville, Christian Thomas (NYR 2010 2nd) continued his outstanding season as he scored his Ranger prospect best 35th goal of the season and added his 27th assist as his Generals came from behind with 3 third period goals for a 5-3 win over the Belleville Bulls.

Thomas got the Generals going scoring at 1:56 of the first period just 27 seconds after Belleville had taken a 1-0 lead. It was an unassisted goal for Thomas who then earned a secondary assist on the General's 2nd goal of the game at 5:17 on the power play.

Calvin De Haan (NYI 2009 1st) had a secondary assist on what proved to be the game winning goal for the Generals as he teamed with Alain Berger to set up Nicklas Jensen at 11:00 for a 4-3 lead. It was De Haan's 27th assist and 29th point on the season.

Dan Maggio (NYR 2009 6th) did not score but was a +2 on the night. Maggio was kind enough to talk to us for the next edition of the Blueshirt Bulletin.

Tony DeHart (NYI 2010 5th) did not score but did contribute his 3rd fight of the season when after a hip check the Bulls Stephen Silas dropped the gloves with DeHart. Nod to DeHart in this one as you can see here:

Out West, Roman Horak scored twice but his Chilliwack Bruins wound up losing 6-4 to the Kelowna Rockets to extend their winless streak to 5 games. Horak scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season to equal what he did as a WHL rookie last season.

But Chilliwack's season is heading south as they are now 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games. As the 9th team in a conference of 10 the only thing even keeping the Bruins alive for a playoff spot is that other teams from 7-10 are all trying to give away the last 2 playoff spots.

Horak is 21-34-55 but a -16 on the season so at the rate his Bruins are playing; Horak might be heading to Hartford a lot earlier than anyone expected.

Then again in the WHL's Eastern Conference someone forgot to tell David Toew's (NYI 2008 3rd) Brandon Wheat Kings that they were dead in the water. Toews earned his 16th assist and 27th point of the season as the shorthanded Wheat Kings handed the Swift Current Broncos their 7th straight loss 3-2.

The win moved the Wheat Kings into 8th place in the WHL's Eastern Conference and 1 point behind the Broncos for 7th place with a game in hand. That the Wheat Kings are even in the playoff hunt is a great story as they won despite only dressing 16 skaters.

(Thomas, De Haan. DeHart and Maggio/Oshawa Generals, Bourque/Quebec Remparts, Horak/Chilliwack Bruins, Toews/Brandon Wheat Kings, Video courtesy of

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