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2/7-2/13 CBJ Prospect Week in Review+Beanpot Recap

Sorry for the delay folks but I decided to wait like I did for the AHL all star game but this week its for the Beanpot Tournament in Boston. First things first some player/injury updates, now these 2 players I believe are more Falcon’s prospects than Jackets but ill keep it quick. Chris Francis has left the Ft. Wayne Komets and is now awaiting reassignment whether that’s to the AHL or ECHL is unknown. Tyler Murovich was sent to Springfield after attending training camp but couldn’t find a spot on the Falcons. The Falcons loaned the Pennsylvania native to the Reading Royals and he’s picked up 10 points in 14 games. Onto the injuries Allen York missed this weekend after suffering a concussion, he could return next weekend. The Engineers have gone 1-2 with 1 loss being in overtime also they tied the game York was injured in and couldn’t finish. You gotta love the Internet 1 week I say I’m having trouble finding info on Petr Straka’s injury the next week I get some help. Many thanks to reader Alain C he translated a article that explains he injured his ankle in a practice but it didn’t say how severe the injury is. The injury happened at a bad time as Straka was regaining game shape and was playing solid.

While the Jackets are fighting for their playoff live most of the team’s CHL prospects don’t have that problem. Of the 6 teams with a prospect 4 have clinched and 1 is in 2nd place in its conference. The only team that’s still fighting for a spot are the Kamloops Blazers(even though prospect Austin Madaisky is out for the season im still keeping track). The Blazers are only a point out of 8th place in the WHL’s Western Conference and if they do make it it looks like they’d face the juggernaut known as the Portland Winterhawks. Speaking of the Winterhawks this week showed why YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE JOHAN!! In 3 games this week the Hawks went 2-1 and Ryan Johansen showed why he was selected 4th overall. In 3 games Johansen scored 3 goals and added 5 assists, in a 10-5 win over Seattle Johansen had a career high 5 points(1-4-5). Just 2 nights later Johansen had a hat trick or at least that’s what the league site said on Sunday but checking Monday they changed it to 2 goals and a assist(booo! WHL) being named 2nd and 1st star in those games. In the QMJHL the Saint John Sea Dogs have won 11 straight and haven’t loss in regulation in 2011. Mathieu Corbeil made 1 start picking up a win over PEI making 20 saves for his ever growing career high 13th win. I’m still trying to judge if Corbeil is playing better or having the defense of the top team in Canada is leading to these better numbers, in 25 games with Halifax Corbeil was 7-15-0-1 while in just 7 games with Saint John he’s 6-0-1. After losing 4 straight the Saginaw Spirit got back on the winning track going 2-0 winning in overtime and a shootout. Saginaw is the team that sits in 2nd place just 5 points behind conference leader Owen Sound. Dalton Prout added to his career high in points picking up a assist giving him 4 points with the Spirit and 25 overall. Brandon Archibald picked up no points and hasnt scored since January 17th when he had 2 assists. Dalton Smith and the Ottawa 67’s sit comfortably in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference as the East Division leader, they would be 3rd but the OHL playoffs are the like the NHL in that Division leaders get the top 2 spots regardless of points. The 67’s went 3-0 this week and have won 7 of 10 with Smith scoring a goal and adding another fight  this week, Smith’s goal was the game winner.

The Beanpot Final took place last night and boy was it a wild one the Boston College Eagles beat the Northeastern Huskies 7-6 in overtime, Atkinson had no points in the 2 games of the tournament. While in the team’s game in between the Beanpot Atkinson scored his 21st goal of the season tying him with Miami’s Reilly Smith for 6th in the country in 3 less games. As for Miami the Redhawks lost in a shootout and defeated Western Michigan. Trent Vogelhuber continued his strong play of late earning a goal and a assist on the weekend. Vogelhuber is on a 4 game point streak with a goal and 3 assists, Trent has 7 points in his last 10 games helping him set new career highs in assists and points. Will Weber picked up a assist and was even on the weekend, the assist was his first point since January 21 when he had 2. Thomas Larkin and Colgate defeated RPI in overtime then after leading 2-0 ended up losing 6-3 to ECAC leader Union. Thomas Larkin scored his defenseman leading 5th goal of the season and his first since December 11 against Niagra. Cornell had the same result as Colgate but did it backwards losing to Union but defeating RPI in overtime. Sean Collins and  the Big Red were shutout by Union but on Saturday on the NHL Network Collins scored what the commentator called a goal scorers goal(DRINK!)  putting it just under the crossbar for his 6th of the season. It was a rough Friday night in Orono, Maine as the Black Bears lost 7-2 to Vermont, for the first time at least that I know of a team used all 3 of its goaltenders. Blue Jackets Prospect Martin Ouelette may have got the worst of the Catamounts onslaught he didn’t take the loss, in just over 35 minutes of action Ouelette made 7 saves on 11 shots. For Saturday night they turned to the best of the 3 the previous night(he stopped 1 of 1 in 10 minutes of action) meaning Ouelette didnt play.

Michigan swept Ohio State to keep pace in the CCHA standings sitting tied with Miami a point behind Notre Dame. The Blue Jackets prospects continued to struggle to find a place on the scoresheet. For Kevin Lynch I just hope he scores a point before the season ends, the Jackets 2nd round pick hasnt scored since November 22 when he scored 2 goals. As for Matt Rust it hasn’t been as long but he’s been stuck at 19 points since January 22nd when he scored a goal. Drew Olsen and Minnesota-Duluth dropped 2 spots in the polls as they tied and lost to St. Cloud State. Olsen did not score any points(if youve been reading this blog for awhile does it really shock you?) this weekend and finished with a even rating despite getting outscored 11-5 including a 8-2 loss Friday night. The highlight of the Jackets college prospects was in the Minnesota-Denver series, Friday night was boring just a 2-1 loss for the Golden Gophers. Saturday is when the fireworks went off, Jake Hansen was scoreless on Friday but picked up a assist in the Gophers 7-3 win over the Pioneers. Oh wait I forgot the true highlight Jake Hansen got into a fight against Denver freshman David Makowski, fighting in college hockey is very rare since it earns you a 1 game suspension. Now I’d love to know who runs the Minnesota hockey twitter account because when I asked if there was video anywhere they said and I quote “Not sure what you are talking about. There is no fighting in college hockey.” No fighting, huh?  I give you exhibit A

As for the Springfield Falcons they went 1-2 this week with David LeNeveu picking up the win. Kyle Wilson scored 5 points scoring 2 goals and 3 assists to lead the team in scoring for the week. Tom Sestito(0-4-4) and Maxim Mayorov(2-2-4) each picked up 4 points on the week. With Matt Calvert and John Moore up in Columbus rookie Tomas Kubalik’s recent play has said to Scott Howson and Chris MacFarland what about me boss? Kubalik has scored 9 points in his last 10 games and has moved into a 5 way tie for the AHL rookie scoring lead(OSU product Zac Dalpe is in that group as well) being placed 2nd because of his 17 goals which is 3rd among rookies. Other Falcons with multiple points were Trevor Smith, Ben Guite, Trevor Friscmon and Mike Commodore(that’s not a typo folks Commie had 2 assists-and I am joking a little by including him in this post). Nikita Filatov had a assist in his first action since mid-January.

As for next week there really isnt a highlight for next week other than that Saint John’s next game which should be a Mathieu Corbeil start will be 12 straight which will be a new season high and clinch them the Maritimes Division. Thank you for reading as always and please follow @cbjprospects on twitter for the most(or as close as I can get updates on the future Jackets).

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