Saturday, January 14, 2012

Welcome To Friday The 13th Hockey Style (Ryan Strome Injured)


Reports coming out of the Niagara IceDog camp are saying that New York Islander 2011 first-round pick Ryan Strome was injured during the game between the IceDogs and the Sudbury Wolves.

According to this report written by Bill Potrecz of the Chronicle;

Niagara coach/GM Marty Williamson is quoted as saying "Stromer shattered his nose and we'll have to see what else is wrong with him," 

We don't have any details as to the severity of his injuries. As of this writing we do know that the very least he is a broken nose and possibly other facial injuries.

We also want to report that Strome's teammate Brock Beukeboom also suffered some form of head injury. Brock Beukeboom is the son of former New York Ranger Jeff Beukeboom whose own career was cut short by a concussion.

Our thoughts and prayers are with these two young men for a full recovery

Good old Friday the 13th, it sure lived up to it's reputation as we had some interesting performances both good and bad from the New York Ranger and the New York Islanders prospects.

It's always nice when you have to think long and hard over who deserves which star because Friday night we had several performances worthy of stars. Even better is seeing prospects addressing some of the concerns that we had about them.

Rangers First Star- Steven Fogarty

When we did the mid-season review on the prospects, one of the things that we wanted to see from Steven Fogarty (NYR 2011 3rd) was a multi-goal games. We just felt that because Fogarty did not always face the of the team's best players that his production should be a little higher.

Against the Langley Rivermen, Fogarty went out and scored his first BCHL hat trick to help his Penticton Vees win their 22nd straight game 9-2. Fogarty added a assist to make it a four-point evening for Rangers 2011 3rd round pick.

The Rivermen never had a chance in this game as Fogarty opened a scoring with his 18th goal of the season at even strength coming at 11:49 of the first. In the second, Fogarty scored his 19th goal of the season this time shorthanded at 3:03 which gave the Vees 3-0 lead.

That goal also wound up being the game winning goal (his fifth game-winner) but Fogarty still wasn't done. In the third, with the Vees already leading 6-2, Fogarty earned a secondary assist on power play goal making the score 7-2.

At 17:18, Fogarty earned the hat trick when he scored his 20th goal of the season and making it 8-2. The four-point night earned Fogarty the game's second star as the Vees with their win also set a new BCHL Interior conference record for most consecutive wins.

Fogarty is now 20-28-48 on the season which makes him second among Ranger prospects in scoring. This is just beginning of the Ranger evening and you can find a full report right here.

Islander First Star Kirill Kabanov

The news of Ryan Strome's injuries put a damper on the island of prospect evening as several Islander prospects did play well.

Kirill Kabanov (NYI 2010 3rd) must've been reading about our worrying about his season as Kabanov helped lead his Shawinigan Cataractes to an 8-2 whipping of the Prince Edward Island Rocket. This one was a butt kicking from the start of the game all the way to the very end as the Cataractes jumped all over the Rocket and never to the foot off the gas.

Kabanov had a 1-2-3 evening starting with a secondary assist on the Cataractes 4th goal of the first period. Kabanov then added his 15th goal of the season at 3:28 of the second period to make it a 5-0 game.

Kabanov also added a second secondary assist on the Cataractes eighth and final goal of the game. When the smoke cleared, Kabanov is now 15-19-34 with a +16 on the season.

The win was the fifth straight for Shawinigan who moved into first place in the QMJHL standings. The rest of the Islander prospects did not play that badly I'm actually saw some strong play; you can find that report right here

( Kabanbov- Ron Morin, Fogarty- Penticton)

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