Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday Sunday

There are times when words just do not do justice the efforts that New York Islander and New York Ranger prospects put in towards making their NHL dream a reality.

Sunday was one of those days for Kirill Kabanov (2010 3rd) as had a 4 point game to help his Shawinigan Cataractes to a 7-1 beating of the Prince Edward Island Rocket.

Kabanov's game has been building towards an outburst like this and for the Cataractes it could not have come at a better time. The Cataractes lost Michael Chaput to an injury during this game so Kabanov stepped up his game.

Kabanov got the Cataractes going Sunday when he scored his 4th goal of the season at 10:20 of the first period to give his team a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd period was when Kapanov put on his show as first he teamed with Jonathan Racine to set up Anton Zlobin's 19th goal of the season at 4:58 to make it 4-1 Shawinigan.

Then 2:11 later at 7:09, Kabanov made it a 3 point night with his 5th goal of the season to make it 5-1. At 18:20 Kabanov teamed with Loik Poudrier to set up Zlobin's 2nd goal of the game and his QMJHL leading 20th goal of the season on the power play for a 7-1 lead.

Kabanov was the game's first star on his 2-2-4 on 5 shots (all called legit scoring chances) a +1,  1 minor penalty and 1 good hit. In 6 games with the Cataractes, Kabanov is 5-5-10, +9 with a 5 game scoring streak going.

But the stat that really caught our eye was his shots to scoring chances ratio as Kabanov has taken 24 shots of which 17 were seen as scoring chances including going 5 for 5 on Sunday.

JT Miller (NY)R 2011 1st) scored his Ranger prospect leading 9th goal of the season to help his Plymouth Whalers shut out the Saginaw Spirit 2-0 on Sunday.

Miller scored the only goal that his Whalers would actually need when he converted a power play shot at 9:12 of the first period for a 1-0 Whaler lead.

It was Miller's 2nd game winning goal of the season, his 3rd power play goal and for Plymouth it gives them a 4 game unbeaten in regulation streak.

For Miller he pulls into a tie with Shane McColgan for the overall Ranger prospect scoring lead with his 9-10-19.

Brendan Kichton (NYI 2011 5th) had a 2 assist night as his Spokane Chiefs bounced back from losing their 1st home game of the season on Saturday with an 8-1 blowout win over the Everett Silvertips on Sunday.

The Chiefs had just lost the home and home series with division leader Tri-City and made the Silvertops pay for it as this was an ugly game to watch. Kichton set up what turned out to be the game winning goal at 13:57 of the 1st period.

It was Kichton's 9th assist of the season and Kichton added his 10th in the 3rd period when he set up Spokane's 5th goal of the game. Kichton is now 1-10-11 on the season for the Chiefs.

Andrey Pedan (2011 3rd) registered his 5th assist of the season on Guelph's only goal of the game as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Brampton Battalion. Pedan is 4-5-9 on the season.

Dylan McIlrath (NYR 2010 1st) missed his 4th game out of 5 played with what is being called by the Moose Jaw Warriors as an "Upper Body Injury." McIlrath is listed as day to day but we are wondering if McIlrath will be back in time to play for Team WHL on November 17th against the Russians.

Christian Thomas (NYR 2010 2nd) missed game 6 of his 10 game OHL suspension. The OHL lists the day that Thomas can return to action as November 14th. The bad news for Thomas is that unless they changes things then Thomas will not be allowed to play for Team OHL on November 10th when they play against the Russians.

Thomas has not had the best of seasons so far and we fear that along with the suspension will cost him his invite to try out for the Under-20 team for Hockey Canada. We still say the suspension was 5 games too many and the price Thomas is paying does not fit the crime.

Scott Stajcer (NYR 2009 5th) was the back up goalie for Owen Sound on Sunday and as much as we respect our buddy Neate Sager over at Buzzing the Net; we respectfully disagree that this 2 head goalie tandem was unexpected.

The Rangers were saying from the start of training camp that the plan was to always send Stajcer back for his overage season in the OHL. Owen Sound choose to not move him or his rights and in our eyes is not helping either goalie.

Both deserve to be starters and this every other game rotation is not going to help either player with their development or help the team get on a roll. Pick one goalie deal the other and move on if this team wants to defend it's OHL title.

(, Miller- Aaron Bell of OHL Images, Kichton- Spokane Chiefs)

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