Feb 15-20 Week in Review
Hello CBJ fans back again after a appearance on the Fire the Cannon podcast it’s time for the week in review. The Blue Jacket’s college prospects were the busier group this week so let’s start with them. You gotta love college hockey Monday night Boston College faced Northeastern in a amazing overtime game with the Eagles winning 7-6, then 3 days later the Eagles and Huskies were back at it again for a weekend series. Friday night was just as crazy as the Beanpot final, the game ended in a 7-7 tie with Jackets prospect Cam Atkinson scoring 2 goals and adding a assist in being named 3rd star. By Saturday night the teams must have got all the goal scoring out of there systems. In a 2-1 upset the Huskies defeated the #1 Eagles with Atkinson scoring BC’s only goal to give him 24 on the year. Atkinson has points in 8 of his last 10 games and has scored 13 points in that span.
For the first time all season Thomas Larkin and Colgate had a weekend sweep defeating Dartmouth and Harvard. Larkin had a assist on Friday and was a +2 on on the weekend with 4 penalty minutes. After winning just once in it previous 23 games Colgate has won 4 of 5. Sean Collins and Cornell played the same two teams losing to Dartmouth and defeating Harvard in Overtime. Collins had a assist in the loss and was even for the weekend. Collins and the Big Red got off to a slow start but are 6-2-2 in there last 10 games moving into a tie for 4th in the ECAC.
If you need lottery numbers just ask because I think im a seer 2 weeks ago I say im having trouble finding info on a injury, the next week I get help. Last week I said I hope Kevin Lynch scores before the end of the season and boy did he! In the Wolverines sweep of Western Michigan Lynch scored 3 goals that included a beauty of a goal and added a assist for 4 points on the weekend and was named second and third star. Matt Rust also found his way back to the scoresheet adding a assist on Friday. Jake Hansen was tied for most points in 2011 on Minnesota but had to sit out the team’s win over Wisconsin on Friday due to a fight in last weeks game against Denver. On Saturday Hansen returned and scored his 8th goal of the season but the Gophers ended up tying the Badgers. Hansen’s goal helped him set a new career high in goals with 8, 4 being on the power play also a new high. Same story as always for Drew Olsen, no points on the weekend as the Bulldogs split with Minnesota St. Olsen was a -1 on the weekend with 2 penalty minutes.
Allen York returned to the RPI crease this week after missing 3 games with a concussion, Friday night he may have still been a little out of it in just under 46 minutes of action York made 24 saves on 29 shots in a loss to St. Lawrence. Saturday night he bounced back stopping 20 of 21 shots to pick up his 17th win on the year against Clarkson. In a earlier post I said Martin Ouelette was having trouble getting into Maine’s net, well with only 4 games left and with what fellow freshman Dan Sullivan did this weekend it just got a lot harder. Sullivan posted back to back shutouts as the Black Bears swept Umass-Lowell making 49 saves.
Onto the Juniors it was a light week with only the team’s OHL prospects playing more than 2 games. Dalton Smith started the week with points in back to back games both 67′s wins scoring his 10th goal and adding his 11th assist, but then had no points in a shootout loss last night. Smith was a +2 with 4 penalty minutes for the week. Also for the CBJ twitterverse Dalton joined twitter, his account is @dsmitty33. The Saginaw Spirit went 3-0 last week and is on a 5 game winning streak. Dalton Prout had an assist in each game giving him 20 on the year, his 28 points is 22nd among OHL defenseman. Brandon Archibald is still looking for his 3rd point with the Spirit, Archibald hasnt scored since picking up 2 assists on December 17th. Next time Archibald picks up an assist it will be his 20th making that all 3 of the Jackets CHL prospects on defense reach that plateau. Prout was a +1 for the week while Archibald was even, according to a article in Hockeysfuture.com Archibald maybe playing less in Saginaw then in the Soo but he’s still playing solid overall game.
Mathieu Corbeil won his sixth straight for the Sea Dogs only having to make 13 saves against Val D’Or but the win clinched Saint John the QMJHL’s Martitimes Division. Saint John won it’s other game this week to make it 13 in a row, Corbeil is 6-0-1 with the Sea Dogs in 7 starts after winning only 7 games in 25 starts with the Mooseheads. Somehow the Portland Winterhawks got the easy schedule playing only 1 game last week, in a 6-3 win over Chilliwack Ryan Johansen continued his recent hot streak with a goal and a assist. In Johansen’s last 10 games he has 7 multi-point games with 9 goals and 12 assists in that span. Next week isnt as easy for the Hawks as they take off on a 4 game road trip which will be a stretch of 4 games in 5 nights.
As for the Jacket’s minor league prospects, the Springfield Falcons went 3-0 and have won 7 of its last 10 to get back into the AHL playoff hunt. Kyle Wilson was electric this week scoring 5 points that included a natural hat trick against the Worchester Sharks, Wilson is on 5 game scoring streak with 10 points in that span. David Savard did something he hadnt done since the Falcon’s first 2 games of season in picking up back to back multi-point games. But these 2 were different as Savard collected the first 2 goal game of his career against Manchester one being the overtime game winner. Other Falcons with multiple points included Trevor Smith with 4 points and Jonathan Sigalet and Ben Guite with 3 assists. Gustaf Wesslau was in net for all 3 games stopping 80 of 89 shots with a 2.83 GAA, the 3 straight wins is the 2nd time hes won 3 straight this season. Now down(over?) in Fort Wayne the Blue Jackets had assigned another player to Fort Wayne and no one ever announced it. On January 25 the Blue Jackets assigned defenseman Michael Ratchuk to the Komets and in 7 games Ratchuk has 5 assists including 2 multi-point games with 2 assists being on the power play.
As for next week it’s the final regular season weekends for 5 of the Jacket’s college prospects, Cornell and Colgate finish there regular seasons against Yale and Brown then taking part in the ECAC tournament as all teams qualify for the tournament. Cornell right now is in the top 4 that get a bye but is tied with 3rd place Dartmouth, while RPI takes on Princeton and Quinnipiac. RPI is only a point out of the top 4 and there opponents are right behind them in the standing. Miami travels to Lake Superior to take on the Lakers in its season finale, the highest Miami can finish is 3rd place. #10 Michigan travel to Northern Michigan to take on the Wildcats, if the Wolverines get some help from #17 Western Michigan they’ll finish in first place of the CCHA. The Wolverines are only a point behind #8 Notre Dame who defeated and tied the Broncos earlier this season. Thank you all for reading as awlays and follow @CBJprospects for updates.