What a strange day Sunday turned out to be for the prospects of both the New York Rangers and New York Islanders. There were more fights (2) then there were combined goals and assists (1) from the eight prospects who played on Sunday.
Christian Thomas (NYR 2010, 2nd) was the player who recorded the assist as Thomas and his Oshawa Generals shut out the Barrie Colts 3-0. Thomas and his teammates playing their 3rd game in 3 days made it back to back wins after the embarrassing loss they suffered to Ottawa on Friday.
This game was a defensive battle for the first two periods as neither team was able to find a way to score. In the 3rd, it was Thomas and his linemates Andy Andreoff and Scott Laughton who were responsible for all 3 goals scored by Oshawa in the period.
Thomas got things going when he set up Andreoff for the game's 1st score at 4:03 and while it turned out to be the only goal Oshawa would need; the linemates added 2 more goals for the Oshawa win. For Thomas, it was his 22nd assist of the season and his 41st point of the season (19-22-41).
The win moved the Generals into 8th place past the Belleville Bulls lost on Saturday.
In Penticton, Stephen Fogarty (NYR 2011, 3rd) and his Penticton Vees made it 25 straight wins with a 3-1 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Fogarty did not score but was named the "Hardest Working Vees" for the game.
For us that is as good as earning 1 of the 3 game stars. We would like to also congratulate Penticton coach Fred Harbinson for wining his 200th game as a BCHL coach.
In Niagara, Mitchell Theoret (NYI 2011, 7th) and the IceDogs just trashed the Peterborough Petes with Andrew Yogan (NYR 2000, 3rd) and Peter Ceresnak (NYR 2011, 6th) 9-0. None of the three prospects in this game scored but Theoret did get into his third fight the season.
Theoret besides the fight was scoreless and a +1 for the game. Yogan was even and took an interference minor that led to a Niagara power play goal while his teammate Ceresnak was a -1 with no penalties.
Andrey Pedan (NYI 2011, 3rd) and his Guelph Storm hosted the Sarnia Sting on Sunday. The Storm earned a 3-1 win which moved them into 8th place in the OHL's Western Conference.
As for Pedan, he did not score but picked up his 1st fighting major of the season along with 2 more minors to his PIM to 91 (43 minors and 1 major).
John Persson (NYI 2011, 5th) was scoreless and a -1 as his Red Deer Rebels lost to the Calgary Hitmen 4-2. The Rebels are currently in 9th place in the WHL's Eastern Conference, 4 points away from a playoff spot.
The way the Rebels have been playing it is very unlikely they will turn things around in time to make a run for the playoffs.
Brendan Kichton (NYI 2011, 5th) and his Spokane Chiefs made it 3 wins in 3 nights as they defeated the Portland Winterhawks 6-1. Kichton was scoreless and even for the game.
The one thing that we have taken away from the last 3 games is that the Chiefs are just as much a contender in the WHL's Western Conference as Portland and Tri-City are.
In Baie-Comeau, Samuel Noreau (NYR 2011 5th) missed his third game with an undisclosed injury.
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