Saturday, February 4, 2012

Nobody wants to be a star

Friday night was one of those nights where it really looked like there would not be any stars from either the New York Ranger or New York Islander prospects. Going coast-to-coast during the evening, the closest we came to somebody making a game changing play came on an assist.

But that person did not even get a star as with three other players in the same game. It took the very last game being played in the furthest away location for somebody to reach up and grab star.

What a strange evening this was as we not sure why but there was a lot of people describing games and/or efforts with with some not so nice terms. Even stranger for us was seeing hockey doubleheader that we never thought we would see on US TV.

Someone forgot to tell Root Sports that the CHL and the NCAA was at war because we got to see the Portland Winterhawks/Everett Silvertips followed by Denver/Colorado. How sad that both sides can not see how much both have to offer hockey because those were 2 pretty good games offering 2 different styles.

Tonight's Star Shane McColgan

Size wise Shane McColgan (NYR 2011 fifth) is all of 5'9 but if the Kelowna Rockets have any hope of making any kind of noise in the WHL playoffs then McColgan is going to have to play big every night. Friday night against the Prince George Cougars, it was McColgan making the big play when he scored his 14th goal of the season at 10:08 of the third period.

The goal broke a 1-1 tie and prove to be the game-winning goal as Kelowna defeated Prince George 2-1. The win improved Kelowna's record to 23-23-2-4 an extended Kelowna's unbeaten streak to five straight games.

With exactly 20 games remaining in the regular season for the Rockets if they had any hope of improving at their playoff position (currently sixth in WHL's Western Conference) then they better make their move now. Making it out of the first round would be a lot easier if you're the fourth or fifth seed.

Honorable Mention Steven Fogarty

They say the records are meant to be broken then we give a stick tap to Steven Fogarty (NYR 2011 third) and to his Penticton Vees for their 29th straight win which tied a 22-year-old record in the BCHL.The Vees defeated the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-1 in front of approximately 3800 fans on Friday night and sure, for most of you 3800 does not seem like a lot. But when you played hockey in the smaller arenas in the smaller towns getting a crowd like that means a lot.

Fogarty scored his 24th goal of the season but this goal in our book broke the game open turning a 2-1 game into a 5-1 final that it was. Fogarty is committed to play at Notre Dame next season what we don't think you will be very long before he is wearing a Ranger uniform.

The rest of the Ranger report is right here and quite honestly it's not all that pretty.

Sorry Islander Fans

If you can go to this report on the play of Islander prospects and find somebody that was worthy of earning a start tonight then please show me. It's not New York Ranger bias but rather an honest accurate calling of the efforts of the Islander prospects on Friday night.

We don't kid ourselves and claim that the Islander prospects are not any good because we know better. It was a night where your best prospects were either not playing or did not have a good night.

(McColgan - Kelowna Rockets)

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