Thursday, October 18, 2012

Middle of the week overtime

Shane McColgan (Saskatoon Blades)
So what are the odds that with 4 games being played with New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects involved that all would wind up needing at least overtime? If you had put money on that happening then you would have won that bet.

The bad news was that only one prospect walked away from Wednesday's games as a winner and that player is Shane McColgan (NYR 2011 5th). McColgan played his best game of the season as he set up the game winner in overtime for his only point of the night as the Blades defeated the Tri-City Americans 3-2.

The win gives the Blades a 3 game winning streak as the team improved their record to 5-7 on the season. McColgan in addition to his assist was also a +3 for the game and now has a 4 game scoring streak going (2-4-6) as he improves to 2-8-10 on the season.

Michael St. Croix (NYR 2011 4th) and Griffin Reinhart (NYI 2012 1st) led their Edmonton Oil Kings against the team with the best record in the WHL, the Kamloops Blazers. The Oil Kings have been unable to find ways to beat the top teams in the WHL and they blew a chance against the Blazers.

The Oil Kings were leading the Blazers 4-3 after scoring a goal with 1:59 left in regulation. They also gained a power play with 1:34 left on the clock but failed to cover JC Lipon as Lipon was uncovered in the Oil King defensive zone scoring the tying goal and forcing overtime.

Neither team scored in overtime but Kamloops scored twice in the shootout round to walk out of Edmonton with a 5-4 shootout win. Michael St. Croix was held scoreless while Griffin Reinhart had a secondary assist for his 5th point of the season.

The Oil Kings are now winless in their last 3 games (0-1-0-2).

In the QMJHL, Samuel Noreau (NYR 2011 5th) had the primary assist on the Baie-Comeau Drakkar's first goal of the game but it wasn't enough as the Drakkar lost 5-4 in the shootout to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.

Noreau was very active in this game taking 4 shots and being credited for 3 hits but Noreau also took a checking to the head minor that the Saguenéens converted into a power play goal.

Noreau is 2-3-5 on the season as his Drakkar fell to 5-4-0-1.

Loic Leduc (NYI 2012 4th) got the start for his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles but they too lost as they dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix. It was the first road win for the Phoenix and just their second win of the season.

Leduc was scoreless as his Screaming Eagles saw their winless streak extended to a 4th game 0-3-1-0.

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