Saturday, January 7, 2012

And They Are Off

With the World Under-20 Championships decided and everyone's holiday break over; then the second half of the 2011-2012 season got underway for New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects. Sluggish play would be the best way to talk about the overall play of the prospects

Islander Star - Ryan Strome 

Ryan Strome (NYI 2011 1st) returned to the Niagara IceDog lineup on Saturday with a 1-2-3 performance earning him the game's first star as he led his IceDogs to a 4-2 win over the Sarnia Sting.

Strome set up the IceDogs first and second goals of the game then scored the IceDogs third himself for his 17th goal of the season. The goal also proved to be the game winner (Strome's 3rd) as Strome improves to 17-19-36 on the season.

Ranger Star- Danny Hobbs

Hockey East held "Frozen Fenway" on Saturday with Danny Hobbs (NYR 2007 7th) and his UMass Minutemen taking on Vermont. Hobbs and the Minutemen must like playing outdoors as they went to the last 22 seconds of overtime before winning 3-2.

Hobbs scored his 6th goal of the season and had a secondary assist on the game winner. For Hobbs it was his 5th multi-point game of the season.

Hobbs is 6-8-14 on the season as UMass improved to 7-8-5 on the season

The Ranger Prospects

Michael St. Croix (2011 4th) had both a primary and a secondary assist to help his Edmonton Oil Kings come from behind to defeat the Swift Current Broncos. St Croix extends his current scoring streak to 7 games (7-10-17) and is 4th in the WHL at 25-42-67.

Steven Fogarty (2011 3rd) also had a primary and secondary assist to help his Penticton Vees win their 21st straight game 6-1 over the Salmon Arms Silverbacks.  Fogarty improves to 17-27-44 on the season as this winning streak is something else to see.

Shane McColgan (2011 5th) also had 2 assists but both his were primary assists. McColgan's Kelowna Rockets wound up going to the shootout before earning a 4-3 win over the Victoria Rockets.

McColgan is now 11-31-42 on the season as the Rockets won their 3rd straight game.

Dylan McIlrath (2010 1st) did not score but earned a misconduct in the 2nd period. McIlrath's Moose Jaw Warriors despite being held to just 22 shots defeated the Kootenay Ice 3-2.

In the QMJHL, Samuel Noreau (2011 5th) was scoreless on 2 shots and a -1 as his Baie-Comeau Drakkar fell in the shootout 3-2 to the Rimouski Oceanic.

In the OHL, Andrew Yogan (2010 3rd) and Peter Ceresnak (2011 6th) were held scoreless but their Peterborough Petes were able to earn a 4-3 shootout win over the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors.

The win enabled the Petes to jump from 7th to 5th in the OHL's Eastern Conference.

JT Miller (2011 1st) had a quiet return to the Plymouth Whaler lineup going scoreless and missing on his shootout attempt but his Whalers were able to earn a 4-3 shootout win over the Saginaw Spirit. It was the Whaler's 5th straight win.

Scott Stajcer (2009 5th) needed overtime but was able to earn his 7th win of the season 4-3 over the Brampton Battalion. Stajcer stopped 35 out of the 38 shots he faced to improve to 7-6-2-2, 2.55 goals against and a 0.925 save percentage.

The Islander Prospects

John Persson (2011 5th) was scoreless as his Red Deer Rebels could not hold a late 3rd period lead and eventually lost 3-2 in overtime to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Rebels are 9th in WHL's Eastern Conference 7 points out of 8th place.

Brendan Kichton (2011 5th) had the primary assist on what proved to be the game winning goal as Kichton's Spokane Chiefs defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2. The assist was Kichton's 29th on the season and 35th point as Kichton was also a +3 on the evening.

Andrey Pedan (2011 3rd) was scoreless as his Guelph Storm rolled the Saute Ste Marie Greyhounds 6-1. Pedan was a +1 and had a slashing minor.

Brock Nelson (2010 1st) had the primary assist on North Dakota's 3rd goal as North Dakota defeated Clarkson 3-1 in a game played in Winnipeg Manitoba. 7075 attended an NCAA hockey game in Canada says a lot about the good folks of Winnipeg and their love of hockey.

Nelson is now 15-9-24 on the season.

Robbie Russo (2011 4th) had a primary assist on 3rd ranked Notre Dame's first goal as Notre Dame defeated 5th ranked Minnesota 4-3. Anders Lee (2009 6th) did not score but took a team high 6 shots.

Russo is now 3-9-12 on the season.

Scott Mayfield (2011 2nd) scored his 2nd goal of the season as 10th ranked Denver recovered from being upset by University of Alabama-Huntsville on Friday to earn a 5-2 win. For Mayfield it was his 1st goal since October 22nd as Mayfield is now 2-2-4 on season.

Jason Clark (2010 3rd) still has yet to score a point this season but his Wisconsin Badgers defeated RIT 2-1. Clark is pointless in 14 games this season.

Did Not Play

Cody Rosen (NYI 2010 7th) Healthy Scratch
Mitchell Theoret (NYI 2011 7th) Healthy Scratch

Randy McNaught (2010 7th) Unknown

(Strome- Aaron Bell of OHL Images, Hobbs-

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