Saturday, September 28, 2013

Victor Crus-Rydberg (Peter Krupsky/Plymouth Whalers)
Tonight's Star Victor Crus-Rydberg

So it took Victor Crus-Rydberg (NYI 2013 5th) all of 4 games to have an impact for the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL. The game's first star, Crus-Rydberg's first goal as a Whaler was a game winner as the Whalers earned their first win of the year with a 4-2 win over the Ottawa 67's. Crus-Rydberg scored an "excuse me" goal with just 1:34 remaining in the third period breaking a 2-2 tie.

Crus-Rydberg was the recipient of a mistake as the original shot rebounded to a teammate who fanned on the shot and the puck wound up with Crus-Rydberg who fired away and found the net. Crus-Rydberg earned secondary assists on Plymouth's first 2 goals (both power play goals) to improve to 1-3-4 in 4 games.

Stick Tap Mackenzie Skapski

I went back and forth on this one but in the end what I could not ignore was that Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) of the Kootenay Ice stopped all 6 shootout attempts by the Lethbridge Hurricanes to steal a 4-3 win. It was Skapski's and the Ice's first win of the season.

But I am not going to kid myself as Skapski and his teammates need to play much harder or wins like this will be more on the rare side. Kootenay let a 2-0 lead slip away in the 3rd period surrendering 3 power play goals including the game tying goal with just 1:24 left in regulation. Skapski was 29 for 32 in 65 minutes of action as he improves to 1-2-0-0 3.92 GAA and a 0.895 save percentage.

The rest of the prospects

So Ryan Graves (NYR 2013 4th) is a New York Ranger prospect playing on a team called the Islanders. Yes life can be very strange at times. The Charlottletown Islanders won their 5th straight game 3-2 over the Saint John Sea Dogs. Graves was scoreless on 2 shots, a +1 with 3 hits. Graves is playing well as while he hasn't scored, he is making it up on the defensive side with a +8 so far this season.

And Graves turned in 3 hits as well in this game.

It is kind of hard to get mad at a prospect who has 6 points in 3 games (4-2-6) but Anthony Duclair (NYR 2013 3rd) of the Quebec Remparts did not have a good game against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Duclair took 3 minor penalties including a costly one that gave the Sagueneens a 2 man power play for 96 seconds that the Sagueneens their first goal of the game.

The Remparts gave the game away blowing a 2-0 lead and losing 3-2 in overtime. Duclair had a secondary assist on the Remparts first goal of the game for his 6th point of the season (4-2-6). Duclair was held to 1 shot and a -1 for the night.

Adam Pelech (NYI 2012 3rd) and Troy Donnay (NYR 2013 UFA) were both scoreless as their Erie Otters earned a 6-3 win over the Sarina Sting. The win puts the Otters in first place of the OHL's Midwest Division with a 2-1-1-0 record. Good for the Otters.

Kyle Burroughs (NYI 2013 7th) was scoreless and a +1 but his Regina Pats fell to the Red Deer Rebels 4-1. The Pats are now 1-3 on the season but a stick tap for Burroughs who stepped his game while wearing the "C" for the Pats.

Until Friday night Jesse Graham (NYI 2012 7th) had never once got into a fight in 200 OHL games. In game 201, Graham dropped the gloves with Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs in the 3rd period as Graham's Niagara IceDogs lost to Kingston 4-1. It was just Niagara's 2nd game of the OHL.

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