Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Saturday night stinker

One has got to hope that the New York Islander and New York Ranger prospects are getting their bad games out of the way now. If they are not then this might be a very long season for the prospects playing in the Canadian Juniors.

Only Brendan Kichton (NYI 2011 5th) of the Spokane Chiefs can say he played well.

It was the home opener for Kichton and the Spokane Chiefs as they faced their arch rivals the Tri-City Americans. Kichton was named as the captain of the Chiefs and was given his jersey in a pregame ceremony by former NHLer (and Spokane captain) Jon Klemm.

Kichton recorded his first point of the season; a secondary assist on Spokane's 4th goal which broke a 3-3 tie and helped the Chiefs earn a 5-3 win. Kichton was also named the 2nd star of the game.

A side note from the game as first you had Liam Stewart of the Chiefs (son of British rocker Rod Stewart and actress Rachel Hunter) on one side then you had 2 players on the Americans with the name Messier (Jordan and Marcus). Yes the Messier brothers are cousins of Mark Messier.

Adam Pelech (NYI 2012 3rd) and his Erie Otters made a strong case for why the CHK is doing their fans as well as their players a major disservice with their scheduling. Playing their 3rd road game in the last 2.5 days, the Otters were blown out 8-1 by the Ottawa 67's.

This wasn't a game it was a butt kicking and an unfair one at that. Pelech didn't score but was a game high -5. Seriously people are going to look at the score and think Erie is a bad team.

No they were an exhausted team playing Thursday night in Peterborough, Friday night playing an overtime game in Kingston and then an afternoon game on Saturday. The CHL wonders where people get the idea for a player's union at the junior level from and here is a great example why reform is needed.

Shane McColgan (NYR 2011 5th) had a quiet night as his Saskatoon Blades escaped Swift Current with a 2-1 overtime win. The Blades should thank their lucky stars
that they came away from this one with 2 points.

The Blades went 1 for 7 on the power play as the Blades despite a 44-27 edge in shots just could not sustain enough offense against a game Bronco team. The Blades even their record at 2-2.

Samuel Noreau (NYR 2011 5th) and his Baie-Comeau Drakkar were spanked 7-3 on the road by the host Victoriaville Tigre. Noreau was a -1 on 3 shots and 1 hit as the difference in this one was special teams or in the case of the Drakkar bad special team play.

The Drakkar were 0 for 5 on the power play while giving up 2 power play goals on 8 chances for the Tigre.

Loic Leduc (NYI 2012 4th) and his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles were out played by the host Halifax Mooseheads but were able to steal a point by taking the game to the shoot out before losing 3-2. Leduc was invisible for most of the night but the Mooseheads are strong enough to do that to a lot of teams.

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