|Steven Fogarty (Notre Dame)|
First we start in South Bend as the newest member of the Hockey East, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish made their 2013-2014 debut with an exhibition game against the Guelph Gryphons. Junior defenseman Robbie Russo (NYI 2011 4th) and sophomore center Steven Fogarty (NYR 2011 3rd) return for the 8th ranked Fighting Irish with both expected to play key roles this season.
Against Guelph it was Fogarty who had the impact earning a secondary assist on what proved to be the game winning goal as Notre Dame jumped out to a 4-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 win. Fogarty's assist came on the power play on Notre Dame's 3rd goal which came at 8:00 of the second period.
Fogarty was 4-4 on his faceoffs as he took 4 shots and was a -1. Russo was scoreless on 4 shots and even for the game. See both with 4 shots is a good sign as both players need to be active on the offensive side if Notre Dame is to have a winning season.
Adam Tambellini (NYR 2013 3rd) made his debut for 7th ranked North Dakota as they played an exhibition game against the Manitoba Bison and earned a 3-0 shutout win. Tambellini a 6'3 forward lined up as a left wing in this game and while he was scoreless on 1 shot and a +1, Tambellini did not look lost out there so let's see how he holds up this season.
Kyle Burroughs (NYI 2013 7th) had a secondary assist on his Regina Pats 2nd goal of the game as the Pats would go on to earn a 5-4 shootout win over the Saskatoon Blades. It was Burroughs 4th point of the season (all assists) as he was a -2 with a roughing minor. The win was just the 2nd of the season for the Pats.
Sophomore Cristoval "Boo" Nieves (NYR 2012 2nd) was scoreless as his 10th ranked Michigan Wolverines were upset by the Waterloo Warriors 2-1. Pretty sure Michigan was looking past Waterloo to this week's season opener against Boston College. Nieves was 3rd line center but he was way too quiet with just 2 shots an a -1 to show for his efforts.
If you thought the goal that Jonathan Quick gave up against the Rangers on Monday night was embarrassing then here is another one to check out. It comes from the game between Jesse Graham's (NYI 2012 6th) Niagara IceDogs and the Windsor Spitfires. It starts at the 1:52 mark as part of Windsor's 7-4 2in over Niagara. Graham was held scoreless and a -3 for his efforts.
A big stick tap to Neate Sager of Buzzing the Net.
The number one team in the QMJHL the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hosted Anthony Duclair (NYR 2013 3rd) and his 17th ranked Quebec Remparts and while it took the Armada until the shootout, they remain unbeaten after a 3-2 win. Duclair didn't have a really bad game as he had a secondary assist on Quebec's first goal of the game for his 8th point of the season (5-3-8) on 2 shots and went 5-1 on his faceoffs; Duclair took another critical minor penalty that hurt his team.
This time it was a slashing penalty at 16:30 of the 3rd period and the Armada cashed in to tie the game. It was the 3rd time this season that Duclair has taken a penalty that hurt his team by costing them possible wins. Quebec is 1-5-3 on the season which is nowhere the kind of record this franchise is used to having.
Loic Leduc (NYI 2012 4th) saw their 5 game unbeaten streak come to an end as his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles lost 3-1 to the Moncton Wildcats. Leduc was scoreless on 1 shot, a -1 with 2 hits.
Sophomore goalie Stephon Williams (NYI 2013 4th) played half the game as his 11th ranked Minnesota State Mavericks whipped on the Lethbridge Pronghorns 7-1 in exhibition action. Williams was hardly tested as he faced just 4 shots in his 29:29 of action giving up 1 goal.
Goalie Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) had the night off as his Kootenay Ice lost to the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3.
I was not sure if I was going to do this but I will be returning to the Blueshirt Bulletin for my 10th season starting with the November issue. I know I have asked for support before but man we really need your help trying to keep around the only independent magazine which offers wall to wall coverage of the Rangers.
I will have more on this over the next couple of weeks.