Sunday, January 9, 2022

More Prospects Return To Play

Saturday saw more New York Rangers in action as 6 out of the 12 scheduled to play saw action. It is a concern though that 2021 first-round pick Brennan Othmann did not see action for the second straight game and there is no mention as to why a sudden absence from the Flint Firebirds lineup.

Will Cuylle returned to OHL action with his 19th goal of the season as his Windsor Spitfires knocked off the Soo Greyhounds 5-2. With the score tied at 2-2, Cuylle forced a turnover in the Soo defensive zone and took a return pass to beat the Soo goalie on his stick side.
Cuylle was 1-0-1 on two shots with a +3 but was 0-1 on faceoffs. For the season Cuylle is now 19-7-26.

Brody Lamb recorded his ninth goal of the season for his Green Bay Gamblers in the first period which gave them a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Steel. But the Steel and Gamblers needed overtime before the Gamblers earned a 6-5 overtime win

For Lamb, it was a power-play goal and his fifth straight game with a goal as he improved to 9-6-15 on the season. No Ranger prospect is as hot as Lamb is right now with a 6-1-7 in his last seven games.

Riley Hughes and his 10th-ranked Northeastern Huskies had little trouble with Long Island University earning a 6-0 win in non-conference play. Hughes had the primary assist on the Huskies' second goal of the game an even-strength goal at 9:36 of the first period. 

Hughes was 0-1-1 on two shots and a +1 as he improved to 1-6-7 in 12 games.

Hank Kempf and his 14th-ranked Cornell Big Red completed a rare two-road game sweep over fifth-ranked  North Dakota as they handed them a 3-1 loss. Kempf had the primary assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal as his point shot was deflected past the North Dakota goalie at 16:39 of the second period giving Cornell a 2-1 lead (play is at 1:12 of the video clip).

It was Kempf's fifth assist on the season and his fifth point. 

Hugo Ollas earned his fourth win of the season stopping 21 out of 22 shots as his Merrimack Warriors defeated the Bentley Falcons in non-conference play 4-1. Ollas came within 1:35 of recording his first NCAA career shutout as he surrendered a power-play goal. 

Ollas really had an easy time of this as his Warriors dominated this game from start to finish as Ollas faced just eight shots in the first, nine in the second, and five in the third. Ollas improves to 4-3 with a 2.54 goals against and a save percentage of 0.901.

This was a game that was arranged at the last minute when both teams saw their scheduled games postponed due to Covid.

Talyn Boyko gave up three goals while facing 24 shots as his Kelowna Rockets dropped a 3-1 decision to the Portland Winterhawks. Boyko surrendered three goals in each of the three periods and didn't look really good in this one. 

Boyko fell to 11-11-1-1 with a 3.30 goals against and a 0.901 save percentage.

Did Not Play

Brennan Othmann missed his second straight game for unknown reasons.

Evan Vierling served the first game of his two-game suspension. The suspension was due to getting into a fight while another fight was going on. Vierling before this had never gotten into a fight at the OHL level.

Dylan Garand and his Kamloops Blazers are in Covid protocol and their game against Vancouver was postponed.

Matt Rempe and his Seattle Thunderbirds saw their game against the Spokane Chiefs postponed because Spokane is in the Covid protocols

Jayden Grubbe and his Red Deer Rebels saw their game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes postponed because Red Deer is in the Covid protocol.

Ryder Korczak and his Moose Jaw Warriors were cleared to return to full-team activities but their game against the Medicine Hat Tigers was postponed because Medicine Hat is in Covid protocol.

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