Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tick Tock Beating The Clock

Saturday night was a nightmare if you were a college hockey team ranked in the top 10 as teams with New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects lost to teams they never should have lost to.

But the stars on this evening were the guys you least expected to steal the spotlight. It was just last night when we were talking about John Persson and what he is being asked to do for his Red Deer Rebels.

Islander's Star John Persson

You want to talk about players who stepped for their team and nobody this season did what John Persson (2011 5th) did for his Red Deer Rebels against the Kootenay Ice on Saturday evening. Forget that Persson had back to back 3 point games or that he is the leading scorer for the Islander prospects.

Persson's 2nd goal of the game scored at 4:53 of overtime gave his Red Deer Rebels a huge 4-3 overtime win over the WHL's defending champions on the road. Each of Persson's 3 points in this game were impact points as the Rebels are undefeated in regulation in 4 straight games,

Persson excellent evening as well as the results of his fellow Islander prospects can be found here.

Ranger's Star Micheal St. Croix

This has been the year of streaks among Ranger prospects and maybe the best story of all the streaks belongs to Micheal St. Croix (2011 4th) of the Edmonton Oil Kings. On October 8th, St. Croix was scoreless for the 5th straight game and played a terrible game.

The very next evening Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdall showed St. Croix that he still had confidence in him and sent him out as his first line center. St. Croix responded with an assist that night and now 10 games later St. Croix has not stopped scoring.

Against the Seattle Thunderbirds, St. Croix earned first star of the game honors with 2 assists and a rock solid all around game to lead Edmonton to a 4-1 win. St. Croix has gone 4-11-15 during his streak as he has tied Shane McColgan of Kelowna for the longest scoring streak by a Ranger prospect.

St Croix was the brightest spot of a somewhat strange Saturday night for Ranger prospects and that story is right here.

(Persson- Red Deer Rebels, St. Croix- Edmonton Oil Kings)

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