Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Tale of Three Teams

Wednesday night featured who was supposed to be huge game for 5 New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects. For 4 of them it was a happy game as the Oshawa Generals took on the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors.

What actually happened was a different story as the Generals just smoked the Majors 8-2 and made it look too easy. For the Generals they got points from 16 out of the 18 skaters who dressed for this one.

The Generals got goals from 8 different players from Christian Thomas's (NYR 2010 2nd) 43rd goal to Tony DeHart's (NYI 2010 5th) 3rd goal. Dan Maggio (NYR 2009 6th) earned his 6th assist as a member of the Generals while Calvin De Haan (NYI 2009 1st) got his 30th.

On the Mississauga side of things, Casey Cizikas (NYI 2009 4th) had an assist on Mississauga's first goal for his 30th assist and 57th point but that is the only kind thing one can say about the Majors.

The Generals have several "key" moments in this game as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game's first 8:23 including 2 power play goals scored within a span of 46 seconds. The Generals actually were up 4-1 after the first period and Mississauga almost escaped the 2nd period without giving up any goals but the Generals scored at 19:05 to make it 5-1.

If that did not break the Major's backs then they did it to themselves when they could not score during a 5 minute power when they had closed to within 5-2. The Majors just stopped playing as the Generals added 3 more goals in the last 3:14 of the game with no effort.

Oshawa wound up going 4 for 10 on their power plays which basically was the game right there.

Tony DeHart wound up in his 4th fight of the season when the Major's Joseph Cramarossa just ran him and slashed him. At that point of the game (19:49) DeHart and the Generals were already on a 5 on 3 and DeHart really had no choice.

When the smoke cleared the Generals won their 2nd straight and pulled to within 4 points of the Ottawa 67's for the OHL's East Division lead. The Majors dropped their 3rd straight allowing Niagara to remain 4 points behind them for the lead in the OHL's Eastern Conference.

Out west, Dylan McIlrath (NYR 2010 1st) and his Moose Jaw Warriors dropped their 2nd straight game losing 3-1 to the Calgary Hitmen.  There was no excuse for Moose Jaw to lose this one to a team trailing them in the standings  by 28 points (postgame).

McIlrath was really quiet in the game so one has to wonder how if he is playing at 100% or is the knee still bothering him. The Warriors looked more like they went through the motions think that since they were playing the team with the worst record in the WHL that the win was a lock.



Had a chance to chat with Victor Fernandes who covers the Erie Otters for about Andrew Yogan (NYR 2010 3rd) and he reported yesterday that Yogan should be given the go-ahead to rejoin the Otters. It will be the season debut for Yogan who has been out since undergoing shoulder surgery back in training camp

Victor also told us that if all goes well then Yogan will return to the Otters hopefully on Feb 24th against Niagara as a 3rd line center. Thanks to Victor for that.

(Thomas/Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

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