March 7-13 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Sorry for the delay folks been a busy week but now it’s time again for the prospect week in review. It was another rough week in Springfield as the Falcons went 0-3 last week and are 0-6-1 in there last 7. The team’s leading scorers were Tomas Kubalik and Kyle Wilson with 2 points each scoring a goal and assist. David LeNeveu started 2 of the 3 games stopping 40 of 47 not even making it to the 3rd period of one game, Gustaf Wesslau fared a little better stopping 35 of 37 in his action this week. Fort Wayne didnt do much better going 0-2 while Michael Ratchuk had no points during a 2 game road trip to the Rocky Mountains.
The Jacket’s junior prospects also had rough weeks with only 2 out of the 7 teams having a winning record. Next week is the last week of the regular season for the Canadian Hockey League with all the prospects having 3 games or less remaining. Brandon Archibald and Dalton Prout had no points as the Saginaw Spirit went 1-1-1 last week. The Spirit has clinched a playoff spot but are trying to hold off the surging Windsor Spitfires who trail by 3 points. Dalton Smith and the Ottawa 67′s are in the same boat as the Spirit being only 3 points ahead of the 2nd place team in there division. Smith scored his 11th goal of the season in the team’s only win this week, Smith had no points and 6 penalty minutes in the team’s 2 overtime losses. Petr Straka had 4 points in 3 games last week scoring in back to back games for the first time since the end of January also the last time he had a multi-point game before Sunday night. Straka had a goal and a assist in the team’s lone win last week also picking up a assist. The Oceanic is currently 13th in QMJHL just 2 points out of 12th(the top 16 make the playoffs in the Q). Michael Chaput had no points as the MAINEiacs went 0-2 last week picking up 9 penalty minutes gettting in a fight during the team’s loss to Gatineau, Chaput continued to excel at the faceoff dot winning 25 out of 38 faceoffs last week.
Mathieu Corbeil went 3-0 last week helping the Saint John Sea Dogs set new franchise records in wins and points in a season. Corbeil stopped 69 of the 74 shots he faced for a .932 save % and a 1.61 GAA. Corbeil had to start all 3 games last week as the team’s other goalie Jason DeSerres was sick breaking the usual goalie rotation, since being acquired Corbeil is 12-1-1 with 2.17 GAA and a .906 save percentage. Saint John has been the number 1 team in Canada for the last 14 weeks in the BMO CHL top 10, the team has won 56 of its 65 games picking up points in 59 games. The Portland Winterhawks got a nice gift this week as Oliver Gabriel returned to the team’s lineup this week for the first time since January 15th, it was reported that the surgery on his shoulder would end his season. Gabriel played in 1 of the team’s 2 games scoring no points, Ryan Johansen continued his recent run of strong play picking up 2 goals and 2 assists in 2 games last week. Johansen had 2 goals and a assist in Friday nights win over Everett then adding a assist to stretch his point streak to 7 games, he has 20 points in his last 10 games and 40 in his last 20. Johansen and Gabriel will have a heck of a fight next week as they lead the Spokane Chiefs by only a point in both the WHL’s U.S. Division and the Western Conference, both teams have 4 game left including a match up on the last day of the season.
Onto the team’s college prospects of the 8 teams that started the weekend 6 survived, Martin Quelette will be the quickest to report on he didnt play as Maine was swept by Merrimack. Ouelette made it in to 9 games this season for the Black Bears going 3-3-2 with 1 shutout as a freshman. Staying in Hockey East Cam Atkinson and BC continued its hope to repeat as National Champs sweeping UMass with Atkinson scoring his 28th goal of the season they advance to face a familiar foe in Northeastern. The Huskies and Eagles played 4 times this year going 2-1-1, 1 win was in the Eagles thrilling 7-6 overtime win in the Beanpot championship game. In the season series Atkinson scored 4 points earning 3 goals and adding a assist. The most interesting league was the ECAC as all 4 quarterfinal series went 3 games. Sean Collins and Cornell faced off against Quinnipiac, Collins picked up a assist on the overtime game winner in game 2. The Big Red travel to Atlantic City this week to take on Yale in the semi finals, Cornell went 0-1-1 against the Bulldogs this season with Collins scoring no points. Those wacky Colgate Red Raiders after winning only 4 regular season conference games and they’ve already matched that in just 2 weeks in the playoffs. Colgate took on the #4 team in the country Union with game 3 going to overtime. Thomas Larkin had a assist and was a +4 in the series the big defenseman is a +8 in 6 playoff games. Colgate is the first 12 seed ever to make it to the ECAC semi finals and will take on Dartmouth who they went 1-0-1 this year with Larkin scoring a goal.
In the CCHA Michigan and Miami made quick work of there opening round opponents winning in sweeps. Michigan defeated Bowling Green outscoring the Falcons 9-1 Matt Rust was the only prospect to score a point earning his 19th assist of the season. Michigan will take on Western Michigan in Detroit, The Broncos might give the Wolverines a game in there series just last month Friday they lost by 3 but Saturday night it went to overtime. Hopefully this series will get Kevin Lynch going in the 2 games earlier this year Lynch had 3 goals and a assist with Matt Rust picking up a assist. Michigan is making it’s 22nd consectutive trip to Detroit for the CCHA championships and this is the first time since 2006 that the top 4 seeds advance to Detroit. Miami took on Alaska winning both games 4-1, Trent Vogelhuber continued his strong play of late picking up 3 assists to give him 20 points on the year and has points in 7 of his last 8. Will Weber picked up a assist to give him a new career high in assists and points, Weber was a +3 and Vogelhuber was a +4. Miami advances to play Notre Dame, Vogelhuber had 2 goals against the Fighting Irish while Weber had no points but picked up 19 Penalty minutes earning a game misconduct on a checking from behind penalty. Last but not least is the WCHA, Drew Olson went back into the Bulldogs lineup as they swept St. Cloud St including game 2 that took 3 overtimes. Olsen had no points and 2 penalty minutes, Olson only played in 1 game this year against Final Five opponent the Bemidji St. Beavers picking up no points. Olson gets of to a early start compared to the other NCAA prospects playing on Thursday while the rest don’t start until Friday. Minnesota’s season ended last week as the 8 seed Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves upset the 4 seed Golden Gophers. Jackets prospect Jake Hansen’s penalty shot goal was the first one at home for Minnesota in over 5 years, Hansen ended the year among the WCHA league leaders in power play goals with 6 of his 11 being on the man advantage. Hansen set career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals and 9 assists for 20 points with 49 penalty minutes in 35 games missing one because of a 1 game suspension for getting in a fight, of next years returning players Hansen is second in scoring behind freshman Erik Haula.
As for next week we’ll find who’s left in the NCAA tournament(selecion Sunday is the 20th at 11:30 on ESPN2 ) I’ve read that most of the Jacket’s prospects will make the tournament no matter how they do this weekend except for Colgate and Cornell who will have to win the ECAC tournament to make it. Also this is the last week for the CHL so i’ll have a season review for them and set up there playoffs it also looks like most are in with the only one on the bubble is the Kamloops Blazers who i’ve been keeping track of even though Jacket’s prospect Austin Madaisky is out for the year. Follow @CBJprospects to keep up to date on the future Jackets.