Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yoo Hoo Boo

Boo Nieves (
Really light schedule on Tuesday evening but for one New York Ranger prospect, it was a pretty good evening for his NCAA debut. He just might be the only hockey player in North America who has his nickname listed with his name but Cristoval "Boo" Nieves(NYR 2012 2nd) is going to be known more than for just a nickname.

Nieves made his debut for the 7th ranked Michigan Wolverines as they opened their 2012-2013 season with an exhibition game against Windsor. For Nieves, he didn't make the scoresheet (he had a secondary assist but they took it back on review) with any points but Nieves showed some pretty good offensive skills with his passing game.

Nieves was playing on an all-freshman line which for Michigan is a very rare sight and the freshmen delivered registering 12 shots while combining for 2-1-3 +5.

Check out the video from GoBlueTV. Nieves was involved in at least 3 scoring plays (including 1 that got waved off) and so much for the freshman jitters as Nieves was very comfortable out there.

Nieves showed he can skate quite well and knows how to handle the puck too. While he wasn't very physical with his game, Nieves was responsible in his own end.

It was one game but it was very much a positive start for the Ranger prospect. Nieves is not going to have to wait long for his official counting debut as Michigan will start their season on Thursday night against RIT.

The Niagara IceDogs were playing their 4th game in their last 6 nights on Tuesday evening against the Peterborough Petes and it was no surprise that the IceDogs dropped their 2nd straight game. Despite out shooting the Petes 41-28, the IceDogs lost 3-1.

The Petes with the win were able to break a 4 game losing streak on a day when Pete GM Dave Reid was relieved of his duties after the Petes went 1-5 to start the season. Reid is being replaced by former Ranger assist and current Pete Head Coach Mike Pelino and Director of Player Personnel Mike Oke.

Here are the video highlights courtesy of TVCogecoOntario

For the Petes, Ranger prospect Peter Ceresnak (2011 6th) did not score but his play was a marked improvement over previous games. On the IceDogs side, Ryan Strome (NYI 2011 1st) saw his 7 game scoring streak (5-5-10) come to an end, defenseman Jesse Graham (NYI 2012 6th) was held scoreless and Mitchell Theoret (NYI 2011 7th) missed his 2nd straight game for undisclosed reasons.

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