Sunday, March 13, 2011

Stand Up, Contribute Or Go Home

For the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects with no more than 8 days left in the CHL regular season and smack in the middle of the various NCAA conference playoffs it is a simple equation.

If you do not stand up, if you do not contribute then you are going home as your season is over. We harp big time about players who make plays when his team needs it the most and for good reason.

If a player is not hungry and wanting to win at this level then how can you expect them to want to win in the NHL? What we saw on Saturday was those who did step up helped their team win; those who did not are now either having to play a Game 3 or in the case of one finished for the season.

Andrew Yogan (NYR 2010 3rd) was someone we called out last night pointing out how he was running out of time if he wanted to see ice time in the OHL playoffs. Yogan responded with his first Hat Trick since January 2009 as his Erie Otters defeated the Peterborough Petes 5-4 in the shootout.

It was Yogan's first goals of the season and being sidelined for 57 games and it was what Yogan needed after having just 1 point in his first 7 games back.

The Rangers had some very good contributions from their prospects which you can find right here.

On the Islander side, Matt Donovan (2008 4th) scored his 8th goal of the season but it was his 20th assist of the season that wound being the bigger play as his Denver Pioneers scored 1:29 into overtime to defeat Minnesota State 3-2 and sweep their WCHA series 2-0.

The win sends the Pioneers to the "WCHA's Final Five" next weekend in St. Paul Minnesota. If you did not know the "Final Five" is one of the more interesting playoff formats in hockey.

The 6 WCHA teams that win their first round playoff series are seeded by record with seeds #1 and #2 receiving byes directly into the semi-finals. Teams 3-6 play a quarterfinal game then the winners advance to the semi-finals.

The Islander prospects had a very up and down night which you can find right here

(Images Yogan/Aaron Bell of OHL Images, Donovan/Denver Pioneers)

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