Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Bright Future For All

It does not matter whether you are a New York Ranger or a New York Islander fan as if you saw any of the prospects in action on Friday night then you have reasons to have hope for the future.

We saw prospects for both teams show that they will bring better days for their respective teams and that is good for everyone. The big game was in South Bend  where Chris Kreider and his Boston College Eagles took on Notre Dame with Anders Lee and Robbie Russo.

We will get to the game after we announce tonight's stars.

Islander's Star Ryan Strome

One day after his 13 game scoring streak came to an end, Ryan Strome (2011 1st) went right back to work starting a new streak as Strome with 2 goals led his Niagara IceDogs to a 5-0 shutout win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  Strome was the game's first star after scoring his 12th and 13th goals of the season as Niagara made it back to back shutouts.

15 games with the IceDogs and Strome is 13-9-22 in those games but more importantly is that the IceDogs are turning their season around. 3 straight wins and a 6-3-0-1 record in their last 10 games as they start their climb up in the standings.

The game story as well as the rest of the Islander prospect report is right here.

Ranger's Star Steven Fogarty

With the top of the Ranger prospects in action on Friday night; it was the 2011 3rd round pick who stole the show as Steven Fogarty (2011 3rd) netted 2 goals of his own to lead his Penticton Vees to a 6-2 win.

Fogarty is on a hot streak of his own joining the list of Ranger prospects as he is now 4 games into his own (4-6-10) as the Vees won their 4th straight. Fogarty also moved into a tie JT Miller for goals scored as the 2011 draft duo both have 11.

Fogarty and the rest of the Ranger report can be found here.

The Game

4th ranked Notre Dame and 3rd ranked Boston College are rivals that go beyond any sport with watching Anders Lee (NYI 2009 6th) and Chris Kreider (NYR 2009 1st) banging bodies with each other a peek at a possible future.  Notre Dame and Boston College gave us several games within one with a finish that will be talked about for a while.

For the record, Notre Dame scored with under 2 seconds remaining to earn a 3-2 overtime win but Boston College fans are going to be wanting to talk about a goal that was disallowed at the end of the 2nd period. The way we saw it, this was a play that at the very least needed to be reviewed by the refs on replay.

The ruling was a hand pass that the Notre Dame goalie touched before Arnold of Boston College played the puck. Confusing? Yes as well as more of a reason to look at replay because we did not see any sign of the puck touching anyone.

The Man-Child Anders Lee did not score but he was more than active with 7 shots on the Boston College goal. Chris Kreider scored on a penalty shot and while he only had 3 shots on net we have no complaints about his play.

Lee might be one of the few players in college hockey who makes Chris Kreider look small but we were impressed by his skating for a big man. By the end of the game it was only fitting that Lee was 8th in the NCAA in scoring and Kreider after his 9th goal was in fact 9th.

There was also a 3rd prospect playing in Robbie Russo (NYI 2011 4th) of Notre Dame and for a freshman he was pretty solid on the blueline. Russo is on the smallish size which might hold him back at the pro level but tonight he was active and involved not afraid to make plays.

(Strome - Aaron Bell of OHL Images, Fogarty- Penticton Vees)

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