January 24-30 Prospect Week in Review + AHL All-Star Game Review
Greetings all I decided to wait a day so I didn’t have to break up John Moore at the AHL All-Star Game into 2 separate posts. First for the regular season AHL games played before the break. The Falcons went 2-1 this week(2-2 if you count losing a day to a snowstorm in Hershey). When Gustaf Wesslau was signed Aaron Portzline wrote a story comparing Wesslau to the Leafs Jonas Gustavsson calling him the “new monster” this weekend showed what he could do. Starting both games of a weekend series in Norfolk, Wesslau went 2-0 stopping 76 of 80 shots plus 3 more in Friday’s shootout win. The leading scorer for the second straight week was Tomas Kubalik earning 3 more assists to give him 16 on the year. Kyle Wilson continued his strong play picking up 2 goals including a late goal against his old team the Hershey Bears. After playing in Norfolk the Falcons scattered with John Moore heading back to Hershey to take part in the AHL All-Star game. Moore took part in the Skills competition competing in 2 events and serving as a passer in the accuracy event helping the Eastern Conference win 19-7. His first event was the puck control relay he was the middle skater in the group of 3 and even with taking a tumble as he got the puck he kept up with his opponent. Next up for Moore was serving as a passer helping Jeremy Williams of the Connecticut (Fail)Whale win the event going 4 for 8. Moore’s final event was the shoot and score which is basically 30 seconds to score as many goals as possible as long as every player touches the puck. On 3 attempts Moore and his 2 “linemates” scored a goal with Moore setting up Islander’s farmhand Rhett Rakhshani’s goal. Minor Blue Jackets connection on the Eastern Conference as Blue Jacket’s coach Scott Arniel’s nephew Jamie was a teammate of Moore’s as Jamie plays for the Falcon’s rival the Providence Bruins. As for the game Moore and the East won 11-8 Moore had no points, one of only 8 players in the game without a point all defenseman. Moore was a +1 in the game, he wasn’t noticeable but how often are defensemen in these games. The AHL dresses 8 defensement in its All-Star Game up from the normal 6. Just a quick heads up since Mike Commodore was sent down 2 Falcons have joined twitter and I found out there are 2 other Falcons that have been on there for a while the players are. The 2 prospects that just joined up are Dane Byers(@byzee34) and Cody Goloubef(@Cgoloubef27). The 2 players that are only signed by the Falcons that are on twitter are forwards Nick Tarnasky(@ntarnasky74) and Chris D’Alvise(@dally_10).
Last week I reported Oliver Gabriel had been missing time but had no information about it, well this week I found out Gabriel had season ending shoulder surgery. Ryan Johansen continued his strong play picking up a goal and 2 assists in helping the Winterhawks go 2-1, the goal was his 24th just 1 off of what he scored all of last season. Petr Straka scored a goal and 2 assists giving him 21 points on the year, the Oceanic went 0-2 last week. Straka is well off his pace of last season in which he scored 64 points but Straka has missed time this season with the Blue Jacket’s training camp, the World Juniors and also missed most of November with an injury. The week got off to a rough start for Austin Madaisky in a 9-5 loss he was a -3 with an assist but by the end of the week Austin ended up being even with 3 assists. In Saturday’s win over Chilliwack he had 2 assists with 7 penalty minutes also earning a game misconduct. His 27 points match last seasons total with 19 games remaining he leads the organization in most defensive scoring categories. Mathieu Corbeil made 2 starts for the Saint John Sea Dogs going 2-0, the Sea Dogs are on a 6 game winning streak with Corbeil winning 3. Corbeil’s 2 wins this week were his first 2 with the Dogs that didnt go to a shootout or overtime. He stopped 43 of the 48 shots that went his way finishing with a 1.88 GAA and a .896 save percentage. Dalton Smith and the Ottawa 67′s went 2-0 this week with Smith scoring his 8th of the season he also earned 4 penalty minutes giving him 99 on the season which is 12th in the OHL. Smith is kind of in the same boat as Straka well off his scoring pace of last season while Straka has missed 19 games, Smith has only missed 4 because of a suspension and a small injury. It was kind of a rough week for the Blue Jacket’s prospects on the Saginaw Spirit both Dalton Prout and Brandon Archibald went scoreless and were a -5 on the week. The duo combined for 14 penalty minutes with Archibald earning 12 of the 14 and actually got the worst of the week being a -4. The Spirit went 1-2 this week dropping them 1 spot in the BMO CHL top 10 from 6th to 7th.
On to the Blue Jackets college prospects, i’m starting to feel bad for Colgate defenseman Thomas Larkin, who went scoreless this weekend making it 11 straight. The team is on a 13 game winless streak and Larkin who scored 19 points last season has only scored 6 this year but has set a new high in goals. Sean Collins and Cornell continued its hot streak as of late after losing 6 of its first 8 the Big Red has earned at least a point in 12 of it’s lst 13 games. Collins has points in 3 of the team’s last 4 games including a goal in the team’s tie with Dartmouth, Collins is another prospect that has set a new high with his 5 assists this year. Martin Ouelette found his way back into Maine’s net this week earning a tie against Boston U. Ouelette made stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced and was named 3rd star. Ouelette has been sharing the Black Bears net with a sophomore and another freshman, Ouelette is 3-2-2 this year. It was a wild weekend in South Bend with both Miami and Notre Dame games going to a shootout. It was another rough weekend for Will Weber the big dman went scoreless and was a -3 on the weekend, Trent Vogelhuber also went scoreless this week but was even on the weekend. Jake Hansen got his second multi-point game of the year in Friday’s 5-1 win over Alaska-Anchorage, he scored a goal and a assist, the assist helped him set a new career high but it was his goal that was the highlight. Off a faceoff in Minnesota’s end Hansen got the puck and started a 2 on 1 with Panthers first round pick Nick Bjugstad at about the faceoff dot Bjudstad went to center it and all Hansen had to do was put his stick in front of it to put it past the Seawolves goalie, Hansen was named second star in the Gopher’s win. The Gophers then lost on Saturday night in a 1-0 game with the Seawolves getting its first shutout of the season.
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It’s a postgame feature but it shows Hansen’s goal.
Folks if you haven’t voted for Allen York for the Hobey Baker Award you better because York has been a MONSTER for the Engineers this year(that and he’s third in fan voting). This weekend was probably the best weekend of his career in 2 starts he went 2-0 picking up his 2 shutout of the year and 4th of his career. York made 36 saves to earn the shutout against the Brown Bears on Friday and what did he do for an encore??? Just stop 38 shots directed his way from the number 1 team in the country the Yale Bulldogs in the school’s annual Big Red Freakout(yeah they lost the night before but they do the polls on Monday). So here’s York’s numbers on the weekend, 2 GP 2 wins a .974 save percentage and a brace yourself a .75 GAA. Cam Atkinson scored 2 goals on Saturday giving him 19 on the year.The junior forward hadn’t scored in 2 games matching a season high his longest goalless drought over the last 2 seasons was 6 games to start last season
Next week features 2 big prospect against prospect matchups, if you live near Oxford and are a CBJ fan get yourself to Steve Cady Arena because a whopping 4 prospects will be playing in a weekend series as Trent Vogelhuber, Will Weber and the #13 Miami Redhawks host Matt Rust, Kevin Lynch and the #8 Michigan Wolverines. Meanwhile up in Minnesota, the #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs with Drew Olsen host Jake Hansen and the Minesota Golden Gophers. But the biggest game next week goes to Cam Atkinson and the just named #1 Boston College Eagles as they defend there Beanpot Tournament title. The Eagles have won 15 of the 58 titles second to Boston U with 29.