There are times where trying to make sense of what is happening with New York Ranger or New York Islander prospects is best not attempted. Saturday night saw five games end in shutouts, two games were 2-1 scores, and we even had a tie.
Rather than do the usual first, second, third star that really overall for players stood out and the rest did not.
Star-- Scott Stajcer Owen Sound Attack
On an evening where shutouts were the norm it was nice that one of the prospect goalies was able to get one for himself. Scott Stajcer (NYR 2009 5th) earned his third OHL career shutout after blanking the Erie Otters 5-0.
Stajcer stopped all 27 shots he faced but we also have to give credit to his teammates for limiting how many chances the Otters and against Stajcer. Other than 12 shots in the first period, the Otters were held to 15 shots total in the second and third periods.
Stajcer improves to 8-6-2-2, 2.41 goals against (5th OHL), and a 0.928 save percentage (3rd OHL). The win also extends Owen Sound's unbeaten streak to four games and helps them pulled to within two points of 4th place Sarnia in OHL's Western Conference.
It was a pretty big game for Brendan Kichton (NYI 2011 5th) and his Spokane Chiefs as they were facing the Tri-City Americans who currently are the leaders in the WHL's Western Conference. The Americans coming into this game winners of 14 out of their last 15 games and held an 18 point lead over the Chiefs.
For the Chiefs the opportunity to show that they can play with the Americans who they might face in the playoffs was important. The Chiefs behind to Kichton's 2 assists were able to defeat the Americans 5-3.
The game's second star, Kichton had the primary assist on the Chiefs first goal and the secondary assist on the goal that proved to be the game-winner. The two assists extended Kichton's scoring streak to 6 games (1-9-10) and his overall season numbers to 7-36-43 which is tops among WHL defensemen.
Chris Kreider (NYR 2009 1st) came through with the big goal as Kreider's 14th goal of the season wound up being the game winning goal as fourth-ranked Boston College held off Northeastern 2-1 as part of the "Frozen Fenway" festivities.
Kreider and teammate Danny Linnell teamed up on the game winning goal as Linnell got the puck to an open Kreider who is able to beat Northeastern goalie Chris Rawlings for shorthanded goal and 2-1 lead. It was Kreider's second career shorthanded goal but it could not come at a better time for Boston College.
After disappointing loss Friday night to Massachusetts, Boston College really needed this win and thanks to Kreider's efforts they got it. And as we have been tracking all season long, Kreider took five shots and is now 14-11-25.
Steven Fogarty (NYR 2011 3rd) earned second star of the game honorsafter a two assist performance helped his Penticton Vees to a 4-0 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings in the BCHL action on Saturday evening. Fogarty had a primary as well as a secondary assist on two goals in the third period.
Fogarty was also part of the Vees penalty kill unit that stopped all six Spruce King power plays. While the Vees extend their winning streak to 23 straight games; Fogarty extends his own scoring streak to five games (4-6-10) as well as his season totals o f20-30-50 making him the second Ranger prospect to reach the 50 point level the season.
The Rest Of The Prospects (Islanders)
Brock Nelson (NYI 2010 1st) was held scoreless as his North Dakota (no nickname) lost to fifth-ranked Minnesota 6-2. Nelson was held to shots and a -1
Anders Lee (NYI 2009 6th) and Robbie Russo (NYI 2011 4th) were both held scoreless as their third-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost to 11th-ranked Western Michigan the second straight night; this time 3-1.
John Persson (2011 5th)and his Red Deer Rebels were shut out by the Swift Current Broncos 4-0. Persson was -2 for this game as his team saw the record fall back to 500 at 19-19-1-4.
Ryan Strome's (NYI 2011 1st) nose made some kind of miraculous recovery as when from being shattered to whatever as Strome and his Niagara IceDogs defeated the Barrie Colts 4-1. Strome had a secondary assist on Niagara second goal which proved to be game-winning goal and raises season totals to 18-22-40.
The win which is Niagara's fifth straight also move them into a virtual tie on top of the OHL's Eastern conference.
Kirill Kabanov (NYI 2010 3rd) was scoreless as is Shawinigan Cataractes were 4-1 winners over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. It was a sixth straight for the Cataractes who are the overall leaders in the QMJHL.
Andrey Pedan (NYI 2011 3rd) was scoreless but he did take is 38 minor penalty of the season as his the Guelph Storm shutout the Peterborough Petes3-0 with Ranger prospects Andrew Yogan (NYR 2010 3rd) and Peter Ceresnak (NYR 2011 6th).
The win allowed the Storm to move into 8th place in the OHL's Western Conference while the Petes missed out on a chance to pass Barrie for this place in the OHL's Eastern conference
The Ranger Prospects
JT Miller (NYR 2011 1st) and his Plymouth Whalers were shut out 2-0 by the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. The loss ended Plymouth's seven-game winning streak.
Dylan McIlrath (NYR 2010 1st) did not score, picked up his eighth fighting major of the season as well as an instigator and misconduct but in this case it was to defend his goalie. His Moose jaw Warriors though loss the game to the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3.
Shane McColgan (NYR 2011 5th) did not score but his Kelowna Rockets were still able to pullout a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Giants.This was one game where McColgan and his teammates should take out their goalie for huge steak dinner as he saved their butts big-time. The chances could not score on had Adam Brown while the Rockets scored four goals on 15 shots against a 16-year-old goalie.
Michael St. Croix (NYR 2011 4th) was scoreless for the third straight game but his Edmonton Oil Kings were able to extend their unbeaten streak to five games after defeating the Kootenay Ice in overtime 3-.2
DID NOT PLAY
Jason Clark (NYI 2010 3rd) - Wisconsin-unknown
Mitchell Theoret (NYI 2011 7th) - Niagara- unspecified injury
Cody Rosen (NYI 2010 7th) - Clarkson- healthy scratch
(Stajcer-Aaron Bell of OHL images, Kreider – NHL media, Fogarty – Penticton Vees, Kichton – Spokane Chiefs)
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