We’re coming to the end of the road for some teams so without further ado, let’s get going.
Last week was a very light week for the Falcons as they only played two games. Starting off against Providence on Saturday, after the Bruins scored early to make it 1-0, Ryan Craig scored off a deflection in front to make it 1-1. In the second, the baby Bruins scored again before Sean Collins notched the tying goal off a deflection in the third forcing overtime and then a shootout. In the eight round shootout, Carter Camper scored in the second round of his debut to keep the game alive, though the Falcons would ultimately lose in the eighth round. Mike McKenna made 27 saves and stopped six of eight in the loss.
The next night against Worchester all the scoring happened in the second period. Jack Skille started it off 3:29 into the period. Five minutes after the Sharks tied it, Jean-Francois Jacques scored the game winner and Skille picked up an assist. Jeremy Smith made 28 saves for his 18th win of the season – the Falcons only took 11 shots in the game.
Continue reading February 24-March 2 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Greetings all – This post covers the past TWO weeks for our prospects. I’m sorry for the delay – it just means there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get rolling.
Starting off in Springfi…wait no we don’t, we’re going for a change in venue as we start in St John’s Newfoundland at Mile One Centre. We head there for the AHL All Star Game. Unlike normal years, where it’s either the standard East-West or the older Canada-PlanetUSA format, this year the All Star Game was a team of AHL All Stars versus Farjestads of the Swedish Hockey League. Jackets Dmen Frederic St. Denis and Cody Goloubef represented the Falcons in the game with St. Denis serving as an alternate captain.
Starting on Tuesday with the Skills Competition, Cody and Frederic took part in the first event – the puck control relay – with both skating second of their trios. Brett Connolly gave the AHL a slight lead that Frederic then lost with Cody also finishing behind the Swedish skater. St. Denis’ group would lose but local boy Brenden Kichton, with the help of the Farjestads player falling, led to the AHL winning Cody’s heat. Cody and Frederic got the next four events off before taking part in the “Pass and Score” teaming up with Cam Atkinson’s college linemate, and current Albany forward, Joe Whitney. The group faced off against goaltender Frederik Pettersson-Wentzel. In the event all three players have to touch the puck before shooting within 30 seconds. Cody scored on the first attempt with a snapshot from the slot and St. Denis scored on the third when Wentzel went for the double pad stack but he didn’t leave them on the ice allowing the puck to trickle past. In the final event, “the breakaway relay,” every player took part in a group of five. Cody was part of the second AHL group, shooting fourth. He fired a shot into Pekka Tuokkola’s glove. St. Denis was part of the third AHL group, shooting third on Frederik Pettersson-Wentzel. He tried some fancy stickhandling but was stopped. The score was tied after all four groups so the competition went to a sudden death shootout with IceCaps captain Jason Jaffrey clinching the victory in the third round thus giving the AHL a 17-18 victory in the Skills Competition.
Continue reading February 10-23 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Happy Olympic Break all! Back again with another light week in the CBJ prospect world. The Falcons were the busiest team last week with four games, a front office shake up and two roster moves before the Olympic roster freeze.
Before the team’s game on Tuesday against Albany, it was announced that President and Part owner Bruce Landon would be stepping down but will remain as Director of Hockey Operations. As for the game against the little Devils the Falcons picked up a 4-0 victory with Mike McKennna making 25 saves in the win for his third shutout of the season. In the win Alex Aleardi, Spencer Machacek, Frederic St Denis and Jonathan Marchessault scored with Marchessault also adding an assist.
On Thursday the team would trade forward Spencer Machacek for forward Paul Thompson. Thompson had a Cy Young season last year scoring 20 goals and adding nine assists in 58 games played. This year he only has seven points in 39 games before the trade. Before Friday night’s game/the Olympic Roster Freeze the Falcons swung a deal with Providence acquiring former Miami RedHawks star Carter Camper for defenseman Blake Parlett. Camper is a tiny offensive star who picked up 47 and 48 points in his first two full AHL seasons with at least 30 assists. In 41 games played this season Camper has 31 points with 23 being assists. Unfortunately, Camper has been out of the lineup since January 19th with a toe injury.
Continue reading February 3-9 CBJ Prospects Week in Review
Greetings all! Back again with the week in review. It seems like a light week in prospect land but anyhoo away we go!
Starting off in Springfield as we usually do – the Falcons recent struggles continue as the team went 0-2. Starting off in a game against Worchester – after allowing the Sharks a 2-0 lead the Falcons worked a three on two with Michael Chaput firing on net and Sean Collins putting in the rebound for his eighth goal of the season. After another Sharks goal and a Dalton Smith fight, the Energizer Bunny Alex Aleardi skated in and found Lukas Sedlak who scored his seventh of the season to make it 3-2. The Falcons would allow two late second period goals to make it 5-2(can’t get direct link to highlights but the game date was 1/31 if you’re searching for them) with Mike McKenna making 35 saves in the loss.
Up next was a game against Bridgeport – a game the Falcons lost 3-0 marking their second shutout loss in the month. Jeremy Smith had 20 saves in the loss. To add insult to injury, Sean Collins left the game after a check to the head from Sound Tigers defenseman Mike Cantin which earned him a match penalty and a (later announced) four game suspension.
Oscar Dansk-Erie Otters (OHL)
Season Stats 30GP 22-6-1 2.15GAA .919Sv% 6SO
Oscar played in two of the Otters’ three games last week missing out on a blowout win over Niagara. Oscar played in the Otters two games against Owen Sound and in the 4-3 win Oscar made 24 saves marking his 22nd win of the season (after winning only 11 last season). After getting the night off against Niagara, Oscar was back in the Otters crease in a 2-1 loss to Owen Sound with Oscar making 23 saves.
Continue reading January 27-February 2 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
We’re back with another week of Prospect updates!
Starting off in Springfield, the team went 1-2-0-1 last week starting off on Monday in a MLK Day matinee with Adirondack. The Falcons opened the scoring seven minutes into the second when Jean-Francois Jacques received a pass from Spencer Machacek to make it 1-0. Four minutes later, Jacques worked a two on one with Lukas Sedlak with Lukas finishing it for his sixth of the season. Six minutes later, Cody Goloubef stole the puck and was off to the races on a breakaway converting for his sixth. A minute later Michael Chaput took a pass from Goloubef. Chaput was able to get behind the Phantoms defense to make it 4-0 Falcons. The Phantoms scored midway through the third but couldn’t beat the baby birds. Mike McKenna made 30 saves in the victory.
Next up was a trip to Hartford with the Falcons falling to the Pack for the first time in seven tries this season. Michael Chaput and Tim Erixon scored in the 5-2 loss – a game that included allowing a goal seven seconds into the game. Jeremy Smith only made it 23:34 into the game – he allowed four goals and stopped only 11 of 15. Mike McKenna stopped 21 in relief but the team would allow an empty net goal.
Continue reading January 20-26 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Back again with the week in review starting off in Springfield like we always do! The Falcons got back on track going 2-0 the same week that the team celebrated its 20th anniversary. First off was a trip to Portland (Lewiston) for a game against the Pirates. In the 4-3 shootout win the Falcons took an early lead when Cody Bass deflected a Blake Parlett point shot for his second of the season. After a Pirates goal, Spencer Machacek got his seventh goal from Michael Chaput and Dalton Smith. The Birds would allow two more goals before Cody Goloubef was able to tie it up. The game went to a shootout with Goloubef winning it in the fifth round. Mike McKenna made 31 saves in the victory, stopping four of five in the shootout.
Up next was a game against Providence. Andrew Joudrey opened the scoring when he tapped in the rebound of a Tim Erixon point shot. The Falcons allowed three straight goals before they scored early in the third. Spencer Machacek got on the scoreboard 36 seconds into the period when he crashed the net to make it 3-2. 12 minutes later Ryan Craig tipped in a Jonathan Marchessault shot to tie it at three. 30 seconds later, Tim Erixon gathered a loose puck and found Sean Collins who deflected the puck past the Bruins goalie. Andrew Joudrey finished the game with an empty net goal launching the puck from before his own blueline to ice the 5-3 win. Jeremy Smith made 22 saves in the victory including this highlight glove save.
Oscar Dansk-Erie Otters (OHL)
Season Stats 26GP 20-4-1 1.97GAA .927Sv % 6SO
First some awards. With his 3-0 record last week that included two shutouts Oscar was named CHL VAUGHN Goaltender of the week for the second time this season. As for his week in Erie it started off with a game against Kingston. Oscar had his shutout streak snapped at the 13:35 of the first period ending his streak at 157:53 which is the third longest in franchise history. In the 6-3 victory Oscar had 26 saves for his 20th win of the season. To close out the week the Guelph Storm came to town in a matchup of the Midwest Division’s top two teams. In the 1-0 loss Oscar would make 18 saves.
Continue reading January 13-19 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Back again – albeit a little late – with the week in review from two weeks ago starting off in Springfield. Perhaps the delay in writing all this up is because it was a rough week for the baby Jackets – the team went 1-3 and were shut out for the first time all season. Tuesday marked the only win when the Falcons traveled to Albany for a game against the Devils. Michael Chaput was the star of the game scoring two goals in the 3-2 victory. Mike McKenna made 25 saves in the victory.
On Friday in the rematch against Albany, the Birds fell by a score of 3-0. Jeremy Smith made 23 saves in the loss.
Up next was a trip to Hershey for a game against the Bears. 29 seconds after the Bears scored Will Weber fired a blast that Darryl Boyce would get a piece of to tie it at one. After a penalty shot, with the Falcons on the power play, Sean Collins crashed the net for his fifth of the season. The Falcons allowed two goals before the team was able to work a three on two with Michael Chaput finishing it for his seventh. Mike McKenna stopped 32 of 36 in the loss – the Falcons allowed an empty net goal in the 5-3 loss.
Continue reading January 6-12 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Greetings all! Time for the first week in review of the year and the final recap for our prospects at the World Juniors.
Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons went 3-0 last week with three close games. The first match was a New Year’s Eve matinee against the IceCaps in which the Falcons secured a 4-2 victory. 15 minutes into the game, Lukas Sedlak scored his fifth of the season to tie the game at one with Jake Hansen and Sean Collins picking up assists. After another Caps goal, Jonathan Marchessault scored his 12th with just two seconds remaining; and then the Falcons would strike again just 1:18 into the third to make it 3-2 Falcons. Andrew Joudrey scored the insurance goal with just under two minutes left to clinch the 4-2 victory. Jeremy Smith had 31 saves in the victory.
Up next was a game against the Albany Devils. The Devils built a 1-0 lead 4:30 in but the Falcons tied it 4:30 later when Blake Parlett won a board battle, found Darryl Boyce down low who passed to Jean Francois Jacques allowing him to score his fourth. After a scoreless second, the third period was a wild one. The Devils scored twice in a span of 1:08 to make it 3-1. Thirty seconds later Jake Hansen struck on a breakaway. 1:11 later Austin Madaisky notched his second of the season when, after the Falcons wroght havoc in front, the puck came out to Austin who fired a blast to tie it. The game went to overtime with Darryl Boyce working a two on one and then snapping a shot to win the game. Jeremy Smith made 29 saves in the win - his 16th.
To close out the week, the baby birds faced the Providence Bruins. Midway through the second, the Falcons were trailing off a Nick Johnson goal but were able to strike just 11 seconds later. Off a three on two, Spencer Machacek was left wide open and he snapped a shot for his fifth of the season. Seven minutes later, Spencer struck again off a breakaway when he almost wrapped the puck around but a Bruins player stopped him, Tim Miller grabbed the puck and foundMachacek for the wide open net for his sixth. Mike McKenna made 26 saves in his first game back from Columbus in the 2-1 win.
Continue reading December 30-January 5 CBJ Week in Review/World Junior Recap
Greetings all! With the calendar flipping and the World Junior Championships finished I thought it was time to update my Top 20 list from before the season started. First things first, here’s the previous top 20.
1. Ryan Murray
2. Boone Jenner
3. Alexander Wennberg
4. Kerby Rychel
5. Oscar Dansk
6. Marko Dano
7. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
8. Anton Forsberg
9. Cody Goloubef
10. Joonas Korpisalo
11. Mike Reilly
12. Micheal Chaput
13. David Savard
14. Daniel Zaar
15. Dillon Heatherington
16. Oliver Bjorkstrand
17. Sean Collins
18. Lukas Sedlak
19. Gianluca Curcuruto
20. Josh Anderson
Three players from this list will be graduating as they have spent all season with the Jackets. Those three are obviously Ryan Murray, Boone Jenner and David Savard (who I no longer have to be talked into putting in my top 20). Other than those three, there will be some movement and one prospect is dropping off due to injuries. I’ve also had a heck of a time getting info from Finland this season. So without further ado – let’s go. Season stats are as of 1/15/14.
Continue reading My Top 20 CBJ Prospect list
Gott Nytt År Blue Jackets fans back with the week in review and an update on how the Blue Jackets prospects did in the Preliminary Round of the World Junior Championships.
Starting off in Springfield the Falcons went 1-1-0-1 last week. Coming out of the Christmas break the Falcons welcomed the Adirondack Phantoms to the nest. The baby birds allow the Phantoms a two goal lead – each of which was assisted by CBJ draft pick graveyard member Petr Straka. But then just 1:17 after a Phantoms goal the Falcons struck on the power play. Patrick McNeil passed the puck to Jonathan Marchessault who fired a shot with the rebound coming out to Andrew Joudrey who knocked it home for his fifth of the season. Midway through the third period, Joudrey got the puck to Patrick McNeil whose shot was tipped in by Spencer Machacek for his fourth of the season to tie it at two. The Falcons ultimately fell in a marathon of a shootout with each team sending nine shooters. Springfield was on the wrong side of the 2-1 tally – Marchessault being the only Falcon to score. Jeremy Smith made 26 saves in the 3-2 loss.
Continue reading December 23-29 CBJ Prospect Week in Review/WJC Round Robin Review