1/31-2/6 Prospect Week in Review
It was an injury filled week for the Blue Jackets group of prospects with 3 missing at least a game because an injury with 1 most likely being done for the year. Petr Straka missed the Oceanic’s 3 game road trip with an unknown injury. I say unknown because Rimouski’s site is all in French and most news outlet that cover the team share that sentiment(and yes I know about google translate). The Oceanic went 0-3 on the road trip. After 2 strong weekends Allen York wasn’t able to finish his start Friday when he was “run by a Quinnipiac player” according to a person on twitter that follows RPI. The Engineers ended up tying the game York couldn’t finish, stopping 24 of 26 shots and won on Saturday. I’ve read its a possible concussion for the Hobey Baker hopeful. Now for the bad one anytime you hear injured vertebrae you know its not good. Austin Madaisky suffered a fracture to his 7th cervical vertebrae most likely ending his season. In a game against Chilliwack a Bruins defenseman dumped the puck in and then raced in on the forecheck he checked Madaisky who went back 1st into the boards. The Chilliwack player was given a major for boarding with a game misconduct, he was suspended by the league for __ games. If Madaisky is done for the year he joins Portland forward Oliver Gabriel who’s out for the season after shoulder surgery.
Dalton Smith and the Ottawa 67′s went 2-0 last week with Smith getting a assist with no penalty minutes. It was tweeted today that the 67′s have clinched a playoff spot being the first of probably many prospect’s teams. Ottawa is on a 4 game winning streak and continues to lead the OHL’s East Division. Mathieu Corbeil asked Head Coach Gerard Gallant to give up on his goalie rotation so that that he could start against his old teammates. The Sea Dogs went 2-0 this week with Corbeil making 21 saves against the Mooseheads even though he gave up a goal in the first minute. The win is Corbeil’s 12th of the year and 5th in 6 starts with the Sea Dogs. The Sea Dogs continue to be the Top team in Canada and are on a 9 game winning streak. The Saginaw Spirit’s losing streak continued as the team went 0-3 this week. The Spirit has lost 5 in a row and 8 of there last 10, Dalton Prout was the only Blue Jacket’s prospect to earn a point getting an assist with 10 penalty minutes. Brandon Archibald had no points this week ending the week with a -1 rating with 2 penalty minutes. Ryan Johansen continued his strong play of late scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists, Johansen is on a 4 game point streak scoring 3 goals and 5 assists. The 2 goals gave Johansen 26 on the year beating his total of 25 from last season in 27 less games. Portland is 3rd in the WHL and has won 9 of its last 10, the team leads the U.S. Division by 5 points.
On to the prospects in college, last week I said the Beanpot Tournament was last week well I was wrong the Tournament is this Monday and next. Cam Atkinson scored his 20th goal of the year added 2 assists in a 5-0 win over UMass. Atkinson is tied for 6th in the nation in goals and is 1 of only 7 players in the country with at least 20. Stop the presses!! because the Colgate Red Raiders won a game there first since December 4th. The team snapped a 14 game winless streak with its 4-2 win over Clarkson on Saturday, the team was 0-9-1 with 4 overtime losses in that span. The team lost 4-0 on Friday to St. Lawrence, Thomas Larkin had no points on the weekend and was a -1. Cornell went 2-0 last week making it 6 games without a loss for the Big Red, Sean Collins scored his 5th goal of the season giving him 10 points on the year. Martin Ouelette had the worst game of his young college career allowing 6 goals on 19 shots in a loss to #6 New Hampshire, the Wildcats swept the Black Bears out scoring them 11 to 7. In the biggest match up of CBJ prospects this season with 4 Blue Jackets prospects taking part in the series between Miami(OH) and Michigan. Miami swept the series to take control of 1st place in the CCHA giving them a 1 point lead on Notre Dame. Trent Vogelhuber was the only prospect to score a point earning an assist in each game giving him a new career high of 6, Trent was a +2 with 2 penalty minutes on the weekend. Will Weber had no points on the weekend but was a +1 with 4 penalty minutes but Weber caught the eye of hockeybuzz’s Julie Robenhymer for his style of play. As for the Wolverines both Kevin Lynch and Matt Rust went scoreless with both being a -1, the Wolverine’s 4-0 loss on Saturday was only the second time all season they’ve been shutout and first since November 5th. The other battle of prospects took place in the Land of 10000 lakes as Minnesota-Duluth hosted Minnesota. In picking up a assist Friday night Drew Olsen did something he’d never done before by scoring points in consecutive games. Then again Olsen has only 5 points in 54 career games with the Bulldogs(offensive juggernaut he’s not), it was his first point since November 19th. The 3 assists set a new high for the sophomore Defenseman. While Olsen got his assist on Friday in a tie Minnesota right wing Jake Hansen got his 7th assist on Saturday night in a 6-4 loss. The 14 points this season is a new career high for Hansen who is 5th on the Gophers in scoring.
Last week was the AHL’s all star break so the Springfield Falcons only played 2 games last week going 1-1. For the second week in a row Gustaf Wesslau was the only goalie to win getting his 9th win of the season making 24 saves. Tomas Kubalik led the Falcons in scoring with 4 points(2-2-4) including a 3 point night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The 3 point night moved Kubalik into a 4 way tie for 3rd place in rookie scoring while his 16 goals is 3rd among rookies. The only other Falcons with multiple points were Maxim Mayorov and Cody Goloubef both having 2 assists.
As for next week, as I said earlier the Beanpot Tournament takes place this week and next. The Beanpot is a tournament between the 4 colleges in and around Boston(Boston U., Boston College, Northeastern and Harvard) with the title game being next Monday. Hopefully Allen York is back for a weekend series against CBJ prospects hosting Cornell and Colgate, in the earlier matchups Cornell defeated the Engineers while it took overtime to beat the Raiders. While the Wolverines hope to bounce back as they host the Ohio State Buckeyes, both teams have struggled as of late with Michigan losing 3 straight and the Buckeyes losing 4 of ther last 5 winning on Saturday against Michigan St..