The Union Blue http://www.theunionblue.com Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:03:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Three Stars and Game in One Picture: BOS @ CBJ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/22/three-stars-game-one-picture-bos-cbj/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/22/three-stars-game-one-picture-bos-cbj/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:03:59 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7111 Ah, the 1 point game. Depending on how you feel this is a glass half full or glass half empty scenario. The problem is the Blue Jackets are parched for points at the moment and anything less than 2 points has to be considered a let down. The CBJ played what may have been 20 […]

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Ah, the 1 point game. Depending on how you feel this is a glass half full or glass half empty scenario. The problem is the Blue Jackets are parched for points at the moment and anything less than 2 points has to be considered a let down. The CBJ played what may have been 20 of their best minutes of hockey to open the game which was a welcome sight after so many slow starts as of late. While I don’t think anyone was surprised by the shot in the arm that the return of Skille and Calvert seemed to give the team, I was very happy with the newest members of our defensive corps in Jordan Leopold and Kevin Connauton. While it was disappointing to watch a 2 goal lead evaporate after a goal that Bobrovsky will be having nightmares about for months to come, seeing the team rally and tie it to force OT gave the fans in attendance something to cheer about. Now for tonight’s threes stars:

 

3rd Star: Nick Foligno

How many different ways are there to praise Foligno’s work ethic and play? I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record. The guy personifies the Blue Jackets brand of hockey. Tough, ugly goals by getting to the dirty parts of the ice. Foligno added two more points (1G, 1A) this evening to his already impressive campaign while also leading the team in +/-. You can’t help but feel like this guy’s decided to write the terms of his own contract.

2nd Star: Ryan Johanson

Johanson had yet another impressive evening with 3 points (1G, 2A) tonight. His unassisted goal was the result of having his stick in the right place at the time, getting a jump on the defender.

Ryan contributed on both of the other goals with great puck movement and I know it’s ludicrous to be so critical of a player who contributed to all three goals on the evening but I’d really love to see Joey step up his play when the puck is behind him. From my seats, once he’s beat, he tends to coast and make minimal effort to catch up to the play. I know, I’m looking a 3-point gift horse in the mouth but I feel like this is a development that’s just come about this season and I’d love to see it nipped in the bud before it becomes the new norm.

1st Star: Alex Khokhlachev

This pick seems to have come from someone of the school of thought that GWG equals automatic first star. I’m not of that school of thought so I have little to say here except for up until his goal in the shootout, Khoklachev was unremarkable. He had 1 hit and 9:33 time on ice. Congrats on the youngster for playing a key role in getting his team the 2nd point on the road on an evening where goal tenders were stingy.

Game in One Pic Coming Soon

Studs: It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the way Skille and Calvert play and anyone who wonders why I heap so much praise on those two need look no further than their play tonight. They skated fast, they stick-handled well and moved the puck confidently throughout the ice. While not a marquee name like Horton or Dubinsky, I see both of these guys playing a large role in any righting of the ship.

Dud: The dry scrape. Thank goodness I’ve seen it for the last time in Nationwide Arena. The crowd was rocking at the end of regulation, still abuzz from Johnson’s game tying goal with 7 minutes to go and then 5 minutes of a dead arena for the dry scrape. Good bye and good riddance.

The Blue Jackets return to the Wells Fargo center tomorrow to face the struggling Philadelphia Flyers. A win in Philly would see the Jackets tied with the Flyers for 6th in the Metro. Do the CBJ have what it takes to make that leap? We’ll see. Until then, Carry the Flag!

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: DET @ CBJ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/19/three-stars-game-one-picture-det-cbj-2/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/19/three-stars-game-one-picture-det-cbj-2/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:53:03 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7108 The Blue Jackets fans were riding as high a high they could have Tuesday night when the club took on the Detroit Red Wings. The Jackets have been dominant against their rivals from up north the last few years, and the Jackets  seemed rejuvenated after breaking their losing streak and taking 4 points against the […]

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The Blue Jackets fans were riding as high a high they could have Tuesday night when the club took on the Detroit Red Wings. The Jackets have been dominant against their rivals from up north the last few years, and the Jackets  seemed rejuvenated after breaking their losing streak and taking 4 points against the Flyers and Sharks. The excitement didn’t last long, however. After a goal midway through the 1st period the Red Wings pulled ahead and never looked back. 

3rd Star: Tomas Jurco

Honestly, Jurco was the first Wing to beat Bobrovsky cleanly. It was on a screen, but still cleanly. Until that point the Wings were playing the “pass off the pads” game pretty hard, and it was Jurco’s goal that put the 3 goal lead in place and pretty much ended any hopes of a comeback in Nationwide Arena.

2nd Star: Tomas Tatar

Tatar’s goal was the game winner, which is why I guess he’s the 2nd star. I didn’t notice anything spectacular about his play, and I’m not going to compliment his skill set tapping in a rebound.

1st Star: Jimmy Howard

I don’t agree with Howard being 1st star at all. If anything, regardless of the score Bobrovsky deserves recognition for the amazing effort he put into each second of each minute of the game. Bob was struggling through the at times comical Columbus defense and the most Howard had to put up with was a few shots from the slot. The Jackets would have put 5 up on Howard if their puck luck was as decent as the Wings’ was last night…no doubt about it.

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Stud: Effort

As bad as the game was, I have to admit that the Jackets didn’t stop trying until the horn ended the game. They weren’t crisp, they weren’t making good entries into the zone, their powerplay was abysmal…but I honestly believe that the Jackets were making a solid effort all game. A couple bounces a different way and they’re out of this laugher on top.

Dud: Zone Entries

All night, whatever the Wings were doing, it seemed nigh impossible for Columbus to mount a decent start into the offensive zone. When the Jackets did have good positioning in the Detroit end it was because of a faceoff win. It squashed momentum and eliminated any powerplays the ever-disciplined Red Wings gave up. (A runner-up to this is Brendan Smith’s fight with Foligno. Why did he take such offense to that hit and why didn’t he get the book thrown at him for instigating?)

All in all, it was a bad night for the Blue Jackets, and the overall forgettable stretch of hockey stretches on longer. The Jackets get a chance for redemption though, as a struggling and injured Bruins team comes into Nationwide on Friday night.

Until next time, Carry the Flag!

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November 10-16 CBJ Prospect Week in Review http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/17/november-10-16-cbj-prospect-week-review/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/17/november-10-16-cbj-prospect-week-review/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:43:48 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7096 Another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects is over folks so let’s get to it. Starting off on Tuesday in Springfield, the Falcons fell by a score of 4-2 to Worcester with Sean Collins and Ryan Craig scoring the team’s goals. Oscar Dansk made 20 saves in the loss. On Friday night against […]

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Another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects is over folks so let’s get to it. Starting off on Tuesday in Springfield, the Falcons fell by a score of 4-2 to Worcester with Sean Collins and Ryan Craig scoring the team’s goals. Oscar Dansk made 20 saves in the loss. On Friday night against Providence, the Falcons bounced back with a 4-3 victory. Ryan Craig and Austin Madaisky were the only CBJ signed players to score and Madaisky added an assist. Scott Munroe made 31 saves in the win.

On Saturday it was time for a rematch against Worcester and the Falcons earned a 1-0 win on Sean Collins’ second period penalty shot. In the victory, Anton Forsberg stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first North American shutout. To close out the weekend it was old time hockey with over 200 penalty minutes being handed out. In terms of the actual hockey being played, the Falcons were trailing 1-0 when Thomas Larkin opened the scoring with his third of the season. Lukas Sedlak and Dana Tyrell scored in the second to give the Falcons a lead before allowing two goals in the third to tie it. Three minutes after evening the score, Kerby Rychel struck  on the power play for his fourth of the season. 46 seconds later Tyrell scored an empty net goal to clinch the victory. After that is when all hell broke loose as 172 (if my math is right) of the games penalty minutes were handed out starting with Josh Anderson getting into a fight and that was followed by a line brawl. In the win Anton Forsberg made 28 saves.

Sonny Milano-Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Season Stats 9GP 3-12-15 -8 2PIM

Sonny and the Whalers were off to Kitchener to start the week and Sonny picked up his third three point game of the season. Early in the first Sonny skated in with Francesco Vilardi. Sonny finished it off to make it 1-0. In the third, after four Ranger goals, Sonny picked up an assist on Bryce Yetman’s fifth goal of the season when he gathered a loose puck and feathered a pass to Yetman. Later in the third, Sonny scored again. This time, after taking a shot, a Rangers Dman failed to clear and left a loose puck for Sonny to snipe it home making it 4-3. The Rangers scored a late empty net goal to make it 5-3. Sonny would be named second star in the loss. Up next against the Soo Greyhounds, Sonny again factored in on the opening goal when he picked up an assist on Matthew Campagna’s point in a 8-1 loss. So for those of you scoring at home, Plymouth scored four goals this week and Sonny had four points.

Nick Moutrey-Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Season Stats 19GP 8-14-22 +3 21PIM

Nick continued his strong play by picking up two more points in the Spirit’s two games last week. Nick opened the scoring in a 3-2 shootout loss to Windsor when he scored his eighth of the season. It took until December 6th to get his eighth goal last season. Nick also picked up an assist in the Spirit’s 5-2 loss to Oshawa on Sean Callaghan’s goal.

Julien Pelletier-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
Season Stats 19GP 5-9-14 -5 10PIM

Julien returned to the Eagles lineup after his three game suspension and found his way back onto the scoresheet for the first time since October 8th by picking up two assists in a 7-4 loss to Moncton. Julien then went pointless in the Birds next two games.

Peter Quenneville-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Season Stats 22GP 5-17-22 E 6PIM

The Wheat Kings opened last week by welcoming the Seattle Thunderbirds to town. In 6-4 loss to Seattle, Peter scored his fifth goal of the season when, trailing 3-1, he banged home a rebound of an Igor Provorov point shot. Quickly, it was a big night for the Quenneville family as all three brothers played in the Medicine Hat-Brandon game with youngest brother David getting to take the ceremonial faceoff against big brother Peter (even though he’s not the Tigers’ captain). Peter was held pointless in the shootout win.

Oliver Bjorkstrand-Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Season Stats 18GP 12-12-24 +9 12PIM 

Starting off in Everett, Oliver picked up an assist on Keoni Texeira’s first period goal. After a Tips goal Oliver picked up another assist on Chase De Leo’s goal to make it 2-1 in what ended as a Hawks 4-3 shootout loss. To close out the week it was time for a rematch with the Silvertips. In the 7-1 Hawks win Oliver picked up a goal and an assist. Oliver’s assist came on Nic Petan’s first of the night. Oliver’s goal came on the power play for a penalty on the coach…wait a second. That’s right folks! Tips coach Kevin Constantine earned the misconduct for arguing a non-call and refusing to send out a line after the Hawk’s second goal so he could grandstand in protest. To finish it he gave the ref some applause and a double barreled thumbs up as he crossed the rink to get to the visitor’s locker room.

Seth Ambroz-Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big 10)
Season Stats 6GP 1-1-2 +1 2PIM

It was a rough weekend for the Gophers as they were swept by the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Friday night it was all Bulldogs when they picked up a 3-0 victory. On Saturday night, the series would shift to Duluth with the Bulldogs picking up a 2-1 win. In the loss, Seth Ambroz was the only prospect to pick up an assist that came on Leon Bristedt’s second of the year.

Daniel Zaar-Lulea (SHL-Sweden)
CHL Stats 8GP 6-6-12 +6 0PIM
SHL Stats 20GP 3-9-12 +3 0PIM

Daniel and Lulea opened the week by finishing up the round of 16 of the CHL. They needed to win by three goals to win on aggregate scoring. In the match up, Daniel had another multi-point game for the tournament. After spotting the Bulls a 4-1 lead the bears took over when Daniel got involved when it was 5-4 Bears. Dean Kukan skated in with Daniel who scored on his second whack at it. 10 minutes later in the third, Daniel again picked up the garbage of a Per Ledin shot to make it 7-4. The Red Bulls scored a late goal to tie the aggregate score at nine. So the game went to a shootout with Lulea winning it. Up next in the round of eight is a rematch of its last two games in the group stage. The team will play Finnish team Lukko Rauma in the group stage. Back in the SHL against HV71, with the game tied at one, Daniel sent a cross rink pass that an opposing player got a piece of. That sent the puck to Peter Cehlarik who made it 2-1. Lulea won it 3-2. Daniel was held pointless in a 2-1 win over Vaxjo.

Joonas Korpisalo-Ilves (Liiga-Finland)
Season Stats 9GP 6-2(1SOW) .936Sv% 1.63GAA

The Lynxes got back to work after the international break and Joonas got a night off to open the week before playing in two straight. Starting off against Sport, Joonas made 20 saves in a 6-1 win. Up next against Tappara, Joonas stopped the first 15 shots he faced before allowing a goal with only nine seconds left.

Elvis Merzlikins-HC Lugano (National League A-Switzerland)
Season Stats 12GP 9-2-1 .912Sv% 2.71GAA

Like Joonas, Elvis and the Panthers got back to it after the international break with three games last week and Elvis played in all three. Starting off against EHC Biel, Elvis made a season high 45 saves in the 2-1 victory. Up next against the Kloten Flyers (same night the CBJ played the Flyers FYI), in a 5-2 victory Elvis stopped 24 of 26. To close out the week against the ZSC Lions, Elvis had his seven game winning streak snapped in a 6-2 loss in which he stopped 33 of 38 shots.

As for next week, Blake Siebenaler and the IceDogs come down to Michigan for their lone trip of the season and both of the Jackets QMJHL prospects will take part in the Subway SuperSeries against the Russians. Currently the Russians lead the series 3-0 with game 4 against the OHL on the 17th.

 

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: SJS @ CBJ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/15/three-stars-game-one-picture-sjs-cbj/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/15/three-stars-game-one-picture-sjs-cbj/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:44:18 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7091 Ahhhh the soothing feeling of watching an actual NHL hockey team play. I missed last nights win over Philly, so I can’t comment on it but this was the first game in a while that featured an actual NHL cast of characters wearing CBJ uniforms. This led to a strong effort, one of the more […]

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Ahhhh the soothing feeling of watching an actual NHL hockey team play. I missed last nights win over Philly, so I can’t comment on it but this was the first game in a while that featured an actual NHL cast of characters wearing CBJ uniforms. This led to a strong effort, one of the more complete games the team has put together all season, against a pretty good San Jose Sharks team. Antti Niemi was solid in the loss for the Sharks, but the Jackets were able to beat him twice, and grind out a much needed back-to-back win. Those two points are huge, as they bring the Jackets only five points back of the Devils for third in the division (with a game in hand). That is probably their only road to the playoffs (the last wild card spot currently is seven points out of reach). I know it seems early to be looking that far ahead, but these wins really help in terms of digging out of the hole from the last month. On to the stars!

3rd Star: David Savard

With Fedor Tyutin on injured reserve, the Jackets leaned heavily on Savard on the penalty kill, as he led the Jackets defense with 3:10 shorthanded time on ice, as the CBJ blanked the Sharks potent powerplay. Of course, the reason he received a star was his goal in the opening frame, as he finished off some nice puck movement from Artem Anisimov‘s line, burying on the screened Niemi. The early goal gave the Jackets a lead they would never relinquish.

2nd Star: Cam Atkinson

Cam had a solid game, and scored the game-winning goal, but I would have looked elsewhere here. I’m surprised that Anisimov didn’t end up with any of the stars tonight. I was a bit surprised to hear he would be playing, and really thought he’d just get some limited minutes to get back into the flow of the game. Instead, Arty was a two-way force tonight. He didn’t manage any shots on goal, but he did help setup Savard’s game opening goal. On the defensive end, he won 64% of his faceoffs, played a team-high 3:13 on the penalty kill, and made a couple of key plays as the Sharks were pushing to tie it up. Without Arty out there, I’m not sure the Jackets close out the game.

1st Star: Sergei Bobrovsky

What can you say about Sergei Bobrovsky that hasn’t been screamed by Jay Onrait. He really is the number one cop on the force. He was tested pretty early in the game and came up huge. Every time the Sharks seemed to be taking over momentum, Bob shut the door and totally killed San Jose’s flow. Making 36 saves is huge, but they were just so timely. He was only beat once, and that was when Joe Pavelski was left all alone in a prime scoring spot. Not many are making that save. A brilliant comeback game for Bob.

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Dud: Injury Scares

I can’t be the only person who held their breath when Ryan Johansen crashed into the net after his breakaway chance. He was solid tonight, if nothing spectacular (nothing like last night’s four point performance), but losing him would have been such a huge blow. A serious injury there would have been the kind of thing that would fit right into this Murphy’s Law of a season. Get Bob and Arty back, but lose Johansen. As he limped off, I was prepared for the worst. That’s what this season for this team has done to me. Fortunately he was back out there shortly looking no worse for wear.

Stud: Jordan Leopold

He did nothing outstanding tonight. But he doesn’t have to. Really, he isn’t that kind of player, which helps makes him the perfect replacement for the similar, albeit much better, Fedor Tyutin. He was dealt for this afternoon, flew in just before the game, and played a pretty solid 17:11. He isn’t going to light the world on fire, but he is a professional hockey player, something the Jackets depth has been lacking.

With back-to-back wins in back-to-back nights, and the lineup being iced starting to look like a real NHL team, they now have two nights off before taking on longtime rival(ish) Detroit Red Wings Tuesday in Columbus. The Jackets have four of the next five games at home, with a trip to Philadelphia being the only road game splitting up the homestand. More efforts like tonight could see the Jackets sneak back into the tail end of the playoff race. See you all on Tuesday!

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ PHL http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/14/three-stars-game-one-picture-cbj-phl/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/14/three-stars-game-one-picture-cbj-phl/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:41:50 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7089 HOW BOUT THEM JACKETS? Well my friends, the streak…it is over. The Jackets went to Philly today, and left with Scott Hartnell’s pride in tact. What an effort from the Jackets. Have we seen a more complete, full-60 game from this team, regardless of roster, this season? The Jackets went into Philly and took away […]

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HOW BOUT THEM JACKETS? Well my friends, the streak…it is over. The Jackets went to Philly today, and left with Scott Hartnell’s pride in tact. What an effort from the Jackets. Have we seen a more complete, full-60 game from this team, regardless of roster, this season? The Jackets went into Philly and took away a much needed 2 points as well as a good ego boost as the team now looks to the second half of a back to back tomorrow night versus San Jose. Let’s get a look at who the NHL named the three stars…hot tip, I’m going to disagree…

3rd Star. Jakub Voracek. I like Jake. The former Jacket is having a heck of a season – in fact, proving out what the jackets had anticipated from him when they drafted the young forward seventh overall in 2007. 7 goals and 24 points in 15 games is pretty good I’d say. And then he goes and has 1 goal and 1 assist tonight. That’s pretty good – pretty consistent, perhaps worthy of a star…unless…Well unless your team doesn’t win and you have guys like who’s up next also in contention for post-game honors.

2nd Star. Nick Foligno. Ok. Let’s discuss what beast mode actually means. Does it mean simply two goals off three shots? Or does it mean two goals one of which displays ridiculous patience to beat Mason low. Or does it mean three points with the highest TOI of the entire team on a given night? Oh hey. I don’t really care. But it sure means a star, in fact, it means the second star spot is likely yours. Foligno not only did all of what I just discussed but he also was the 2nd highest forward in terms of generating offensive chances (only to Hartnell) with a +18 corsi even with about average zone starts. Contract year or not, Foligno is a guy keeping this team going on and off the ice.

1st Star. James Wisniewski. Two goals, one more massive, critical save (the second game in a row) just under 20 TOI and let’s not forget he’s playing on what may still be a hurt finger. That kind of matters when a huge part of your game is that shot from the point. Wiz is invaluable. And I’d never say take anything away from him at all…EXCEPT…when your teammate has an assist on every goal of the game. But we’ll get to that below. Regardless, I would definitely see Wisniewski in the star earning list tonight.

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Stud. Ryan Johansen. Come on, people. The guy is the points leader for the team, is playing ridiculous TOI night after night, is dancing in the top of the team possession ranks night after night, has an assist on EVERY freaking goal in the game and gets not a single star nod? Wow. I understand that the home press wants to see a Flyer in the vote, but Johansen, Wisniewski and Foligno deserved to dominate tonight. Color me confused.

Dud. that Pesky losing streak. I certainly can’t promise that the Jackets will now win 10 straight games, but it’s just such a relief to see the team get that win to get back to that feeling and that confidence that they can do this. And against a Metro opponent no less. Let’s hope we never see the likes of this nasty beast again.

The Jackets fly home tonight and will face the San Jose Sharks Saturday at Nationwide. What an interesting bookend since the Sharks were the last team the Jackets beat before the recent slide. Can they go 2-0? Sure they can.

Carry the flag!

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ WAS http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/11/three-stars-game-one-picture-cbj/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/11/three-stars-game-one-picture-cbj/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:12:55 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7081 A slow first 20 minutes, spotting the team a lead and then a rousing 2nd-half effort to make things interesting? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Sadly it’s become the new normal for the Blue Jackets. Let’s start with tonight’s highlights: I think this may have been one of Wennberg’s best games in a CBJ sweater. Defensively he didn’t look […]

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A slow first 20 minutes, spotting the team a lead and then a rousing 2nd-half effort to make things interesting? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Sadly it’s become the new normal for the Blue Jackets. Let’s start with tonight’s highlights: I think this may have been one of Wennberg’s best games in a CBJ sweater. Defensively he didn’t look like he was getting out-worked or out-skilled by his Capitals counterparts on the ice. That made me very happy. Boone Jenner continues to assert himself as an on-ice leader and role model for others on the ice. He was rewarded with two assists tonight but he’s been impressive on all 200 feet of the ice, not just in the offensive zone. The bad news? The losing streak continues. We’re at 9 now. Ouch. Tonight’s three stars are:

3rd Star: Boone Jenner

Boone played a solid 200-foot game tonight and contributed to both Blue Jackets scoring chances. He went an abysmal 6 for 23 in the face-off dot tonight but one of those offensive zone face-off wins landed on Cam Atkinson’s stick to pull the Jackets within 1 goal 9:52 into the 1st period.

2nd Star: Alexander Ovechkin

What’s there to say? #8 got it done tonight. He earned his paycheck both on the power play and even strength. It’s still a joy to watch this guy play.

1st Star: Marcus Johansson

While Johansson has 2 goals like Ovechkin, he gets the nod for 1st star for the sheer optics of his goals. While some blame McElhinney’s slow lateral movement for Johansson’s wrap-around goal, whenever I watch that I’m amazed at the speed of his stick. I seriously can’t remember the last time I saw a skater circle the net with that speed and control of a puck. Re-watching the play you can’t help but wonder if McElhinney could have made the save with a more firmly planted right foot against the post.

 

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Stud: Cam Atkinson

All this kid does lately is take the zone with speed and generate traffic towards the net. In many way’s he’s simplified his game and I think that’s going to be key in breaking this losing streak. There are passengers and there are drivers on this team right now, Cam is a driver.

Dud: Ryan Johansen’s conditioning

I’m not going to say that Ryan Johansen’s conditioning isn’t cut out for NHL play but it certainly isn’t cut out for 22 minutes of ice time per night. I get that he’s one of your most talented forwards and when you’re desperate for a win you want your most talented forwards on the ice a lot but I’d lobby for him to log closer to 19 minutes a night if possible and be less gassed while playing. Attribute this to the coach or the player, but I don’t think the current plan is going to work.

Fingers are crossed that we’ll see the likes of the Swiss-Army-Skille and maybe even Bobrovsky back this weekend as we continue against our Metro rivals. Coupled with the return of Jack Johnson, will that be enough to turn this skid around? Here’s to hoping so. Carry the flag!

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November 3-9 CBJ Prospect Week in Review http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/10/november-3-9-cbj-prospect-week-review/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/10/november-3-9-cbj-prospect-week-review/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:00:08 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7076 Greetings all! Time again for the prospect week in review and we’re starting off in Springfield. Seems the Falcons had some extra goals lying around and decided to use them all. First up, the St John’s Ice Caps travelled down to the states for two with the Falcons. Starting off on Wednesday, Kerby Rychel opened […]

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Greetings all! Time again for the prospect week in review and we’re starting off in Springfield. Seems the Falcons had some extra goals lying around and decided to use them all. First up, the St John’s Ice Caps travelled down to the states for two with the Falcons. Starting off on Wednesday, Kerby Rychel opened the scoring when he picked up the rebound of a Dana Tyrell shot just 1:20 into the game. Five minutes later with the birds on the power play, off a faceoff the puck got to Thomas Larkin who fired a shot to make it 2-0. After a late first period goal by St John’s, the Falcons struck again when Ryan Craig scored his sixth of the season. Craig deposited the rebound of an Austin Madaisky point shot. After two more Caps goals, Lukas Sedlak scored his first of the season when he took a pass from Josh Anderson and knocked one home on the breakaway. In the third, Madaisky finished the scoring when he stepped into a Lukas Sedlak pass to make it 5-3 Falcons. Oscar Dansk made 16 saves in the win.

Friday night in the rematch it was more of the same as Sean Collins started things off by scored just 1:27 into the game. After a Caps goal late in the first, Tyrell skated in and stickhandled to make it 2-1. In the second Jerry D’Amigo fired a shot from the circle for his third of the season. 10 minutes later St John’s would score shorthanded before Tyrell struck again off a deflection. In the third period Trent Vogelhuber found Madaisky who fired a shot top corner making it 5-2. After two goals by St John’s, Sedlak scored an empty netter to make it 6-4 with Oscar Dansk making 32 saves in the win.

To close out the week it was off to Manchvegas for a game with the Monarchs. in the 2-1 loss, Sean Collins scored the Falcons’ only goal late in the third when he tipped a Larkin shot from the sideboard. Scott Munroe made 27 saves in the loss.

Blake Siebenaler-Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Season Stats 18GP 4-6-10 -4 13PIM

Blake and the Dogs opened the week with a game against Connor McDavid and the Dogs did something no one had been able to do all season – shut him down. The Dogs ended McDavid’s 14 game season opening scoring streak. In the 5-2 win, Blake set a career high with three points. In the first period trailing 1-0, Blake unleashed a bomb from the point to tie the game at one. Late in the second leading 3-2, Blake skated down low and threw the puck into the slot with Hayden McCool corralling it and shooting as he was knocked down. To close it out, off a faceoff Blake would get the puck to McCool who sent a pass Graham Knott who skated in and scored. Blake was held pointless against Mississauga before being a hero against Sarnia. In the first, with the Dogs on a five on three, Blake fired a blast after a tic tac toe passing play to make it 1-0 in a 2-0 IceDogs win.

Sonny Milano-Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Season Stats 7GP 1-10-11 -8 2PIM

Sonny was held pointless against the Soo Greyhounds before picking up back to back two assist nights. In a 3-2 shootout win against Owen Sound, both of Sonny’s assists came on the power play with Sonny also scoring in the shootout. Up next against Kitchener, Sonny assisted on Plymouth’s first two goals in a 4-3 overtime win.

Nick Moutrey-Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Season Stats 17GP 7-13-20 +3 19PIM

Nick and the Spirit were road warriors this week travelling to Canada, down to Pennsylvania, then back to Canada. Starting off against Guelph, Nick was the star in a 3-1 win over the defending OHL Champs. Very early in the third period trailing 1-0, Nick went into the corner and got the puck to Dylan Sadowy who shot and Nick picked up the rebound at the side for his fourth of the season. Halfway through the period Nick would again take a pass from Sadowy at the redline behind the Guelph defense. He then skated in and scored his fifth. Nick was named first star in the 3-1 win.

In a 8-1 loss to Erie, Nick picked up an assist on the Spirit’s only goal. To close out the week in Kitchener, Nick was again the star of the team’s overtime win. In the second tied at two, Nick took a pass from the point, skated to the faceoff circle and snapped a shot over the Rangers’ goalie shoulder. Nick picked up an assist on the team’s next goal but you don’t see it in the highlights. After two Rangers goals in the third, Nick scored the game winner when he deflected a Keaton Middleton point shot. Nick was named first star in the 5-4 overtime win.

Markus Soberg-Windsor Spitfires
Season Stats 17GP 2-5-7 -7 6PIM

After being held pointless in a 4-2 win over Owen Sound, Markus scored a pretty one against London. In the first trailing 1-0, Markus got the puck at the redline, skated through the Knights D and, with the goalie already down, scored his second of the season. The Spits would lose the game 5-3. Markus (and the rest of the team for that matter) was held pointless in a 3-0 loss to Owen Sound.

Olivier LeBlanc-Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Season Stats 17GP 3-11-14 +19 42PIM

Olivier and the Dogs were off to Acadie-Bathurst to open their two game road trip this week with Olivier picking up an assist on Daniel Del Paggio’s third of the season in a 4-2 Sea Dogs win. In another 4-2 victory, this time over Halifax, Olivier picked up an assist on Justice Dundas’ second of the game during the second period.

Peter Quenneville-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Season Stats 20GP 4-17-21 +4 6PIM

Peter and the Wheat Kings played their first home game since October 18th when Peter scored his fourth goal of the season. That goal also made him the first CBJ prospect to hit 20 points this year. Five minutes after little brother John had scored, Peter took a drop pass from Rihards Bukarts, fired a shot and picked up his own rebound to make it 3-0 in a 6-2 victory. Up next against Calgary, Peter picked up an assist on Bukarts goal. In what ended as a 2-1 shootout win it looks like Peter got a piece of a point shot going to Bukarts who had a wide open net to shoot into.

Oliver Bjorkstrand-Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Season Stats 16GP 11-9-20 +8 10PIM
Oliver was held pointless for only the fourth time this season before having a big game against Kamloops. In that 4-3 overtime win, Oliver picked up three points. With only 22 seconds left in the first Oliver drove in and passed the puck to Nic Petan who passed into the slot. A teammate missed the puck and it went out to Layne Viveiros who fired a bomb to make it 2-2. Oliver scored his 11th of the season when, working off a cycle with Petan on the power play, Petan found Bjorkstrand wide open near the circle. Oliver fired a laser top shelf and well, look at the flex of Oliver’s stick on this folks. On the game winner, ok I’m biased, but Oliver did all the work driving the net with Nic Petan being Johnny on the spot when he picked up a rebound to give the Hawks a 4-3 victory. The three points gave Oliver 192 career points in 150 games which according (later corrected this) to Hawks color man Andy Kemper is now the Winterhawks all-time leading scorer among imports. Oliver also now has 100 career assists.

Dillon Heatherington-Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Season Stats 19GP 1-5-6 -8 11PIM

Dillon opened the week pointless in a 2-1 in a loss to Medicine Hat before snapping a four game streak off the scoresheet in a game against Lethbridge. In the third period with the Broncos trailing 3-0, Dillon picked up an assist on Tyler Steenbergen’s third of the season. The Broncos won the game 4-3 in overtime. Dillon was again held pointless in a shootout loss to Kootenay but he got into his first fight of the season taking on Austin Vetterl in the second period. Next week Dillon will play in two games with Team WHL in the Subway Super Series against Russia.

Mike Reilly-Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big 10)
Season Stats 8GP 2-9-11

Mike and the Gophers welcomed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to town for a Friday-Sunday matchup due to a Gophers home football game. Starting out on Friday night the Gophers led 2-0 before Mike struck 1:49 into the third. He took a pass from Jack Glover below the faceoff circle and fired a shot top shelf to make it 3-0 in a 5-0 win. Mike would be named 3rd star in the victory. On Sunday, Mike put on a show despite having an assist taken away. In the first, leading 1-0, Mike passed the puck to Taylor Cammarata who sent a cross crease pass to Hudson Fasching to make it 2-0 on his fifth of the season. Later in the first, Mike scored his second of the season/weekend when he snapped a shot that was deflected by a Notre Dame player giving Mike credit. Mike was named 1st star in the 4-2 victory. Here are Mike’s post game comments about the game.

Daniel Zaar-Lulea
Champions Hockey League Stats 7GP 4-6-10 +6 0PIM

During the International break, Daniel and Lulea got back into CHL action with a home and home against Red Bull Salzburg (Austria). In the quarter-finals, the winner is decided by goals scored in regulation unless tied after game 2. In the second period of game one, trailing 3-0, Daniel got the puck to Marcus Fagerudd at the point whose shot was deflected by Lucas Wallmark. Late in the third period, Daniel perfectly deflected a Wallmark shot to make it 4-2. Lulea and Salzburg will play game two on the 11th. To advance, Lulea must win by at least three goals.

Quickly in the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge, Elvis Merzlikins struggled in the tournament serving as the backup in a win over Denmark. His next game had him starting against Norway and he made 30 saves in a 4-1 loss, including a goal by ex-Jacket Ole Kristian Tollefsen. In the team’s last game against France, Elvis started as Ervins Mustukovs’ backup. Mustukovs stopped all 14 shots he faced before Elvis took over (why I don’t know). In 28:46 of action Elvis stopped 17 of 20.

That’s all for this week! In addition to these recaps, I’ve brought back the “Prospect of the Week” feature – you can see this week’s choice over on my Facebook page.

 

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ CAR http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/07/three-stars-game-one-picture-cbj-car/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/07/three-stars-game-one-picture-cbj-car/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 03:30:41 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7071 The Jackets did exactly what they needed to do to respond to the disheartening loss against the Hurricanes in Columbus on Tuesday: they came out early and defined the tempo by outshooting their hosts 11 to 4 in the first frame. The shots were even in the 2nd period and we saw Hartnell score two very CBJ-like goals by […]

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The Jackets did exactly what they needed to do to respond to the disheartening loss against the Hurricanes in Columbus on Tuesday: they came out early and defined the tempo by outshooting their hosts 11 to 4 in the first frame. The shots were even in the 2nd period and we saw Hartnell score two very CBJ-like goals by planting himself in front of the net and relying on his peers to put the puck on his stick. Sadly, the momentum ran out and the ice and ultimately tilted against Columbus with an 18-8 drubbing in the 3rd that resulted in Victor Rask getting one past McElhinney after what seemed like an eternity of Hurricanes possessing the puck in the CBJ zone to shore up 1 point for each team and send it to OT. A suspect (at best) holding call on Savard created a lot of open ice and Elias Lindholm was able to bury the GWG on a 4-on-3 power play. On to the three stars:

 

3rd Star: Cam Ward

Ward stood tall and withstood the early CBJ onslaught that he had to assume would come early in the game. Both of the regulation goals scored against him were the result of his defense leaving Scott Hartnell in the slot, unmolested. His 2GA and 0.935 save percentage are the kind of performance you love to get from your number one guy.

2nd Star: Jeff Skinner

Eh. Skinner capitalized on a turnover in front of McElhinney and lifted a nice back-hander to open the scoring. Good for him I guess.

1st Star: Elias Lindholm

Lindholm got the PP GWG on a 4-on-3. I know for a lot of beat writers, GWG = automatically #1 star of the game but if you’ve read this far you’ve already noticed that all three stars are members of the Hurricanes. I’d say it takes a special kind of homer-ism to omit a player with 2 goals on the night and a goal-saving block that sent the game to OT and earned the Jackets a point for what would have otherwise been a regulation loss. Hartnell had a great game tonight and is without a question the top performer on either squad. I’d also give a nod or at least an honorable mention to David Savard tonight. Savard logged 26:28 of solid time against top skaters on the other and broke up key plays.

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Studs: Scott Hartnell + Boone Jenner

I don’t think that Jenner is firing on all cylinders yet but tonight he offered a glimpse of the threat that he and Hartnell can pose when on the same line and man is it exciting. As I mentioned above, Hartnell buried two very Blue Jacketsy goals and was a threat on the power play.

Dud: Being in the penalty box

Whether warranted or not, the time spent in the penalty box ultimately led to the CBJ demise tonight in the 3rd and OT. Whatever they need to do to stay out the box, be that commit or get called for fewer penalties, something has to change.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CAR @ CBJ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/05/three-stars-game-one-picture-car-cbj-2/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/05/three-stars-game-one-picture-car-cbj-2/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:20:35 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7065 This game recap was supposed to be all about the triumphant return of Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert to an otherwise depleted CBJ roster. Instead it’s going to be about unforced errors, ugly turnovers and an abysmal defense. In fairness, I had tempered my expectations for Jenner and Calvert as it always takes a little […]

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This game recap was supposed to be all about the triumphant return of Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert to an otherwise depleted CBJ roster. Instead it’s going to be about unforced errors, ugly turnovers and an abysmal defense. In fairness, I had tempered my expectations for Jenner and Calvert as it always takes a little while for any player on the shelf to regain their rhythm but nothing could have prepared me for the degrees which which the squad on the ice tonight were each marching to the beat of their own drummer. While some are eager to hang this loss on McElhinney, they’re wrong to do so. When your defense allows a bottom-dwelling team like the Hurricanes to put 36 shots on net (18 in the first 20 minutes alone) without any sort of pushback you’re in for a long night. Was Curtis McElhinney a superstar tonight? Not by any means but any time your backup can go .917 for you in an evening, he’s doing his job: keeping your skaters in the game and giving them an opportunity to win. Going 37% in the face-off circle and allowing a short-handed goal? You don’t get to scapegoat the goalie. Sorry all. On to the stars of the evening:

 

3rd Star: Justin Faulk

A defenseman who logs just shy of 27 minutes and contributes a shortie? I’ll take 6 of them, please. Faulk’s short-handed goal was truly a great individual effort stuffing the CBJ power play at the blue line and plodding down the ice with an ugly shot on net.

2nd Star: Riley Nash

Nash stands in the slot, unmolested by Prout or Erixon and gets a chance to redirect a blast from Sekera. Pretty much textbook. He had a solid game in other regards. The Jackets made him and a lot of other Carolina skaters look really good tonight.

1st Star: Nick Foligno

I’m torn on this one. I’m a huge fan of Foligno’s and with each of his goals the team got a little bit of a jump, as if it reminded them that there was a hockey game going on. Any other night, I’d have no problem awarding a 2 goal scorer the 1st star of the game and while driving home I contemplated that  the Jackets were so clearly outplayed tonight I’d have a hard time awarding it to anyone wearing a blue sweater but when a team as a unit refuses to jump start itself, sometimes you need an individual effort out of a natural leader. That’s what Foligno’s 2nd goal was.

Game in One Picture

Foligno presenting to his comrades

Stud: Penalty Kill

The Jackets gave Carolina an ample number of man advantages tonight by going to the PK 6 times before the 60 minutes was over. The good news is they didn’t allow the Hurricanes to convert on any of those 6 chances. During the first PK in particular right when I was getting ready to make a comment about not being sure about playing Wennberg on the unit, he had a dazzling shift showing man-strength and tenacity to keep the puck away from an onslaught of two or three attackers. That PK shift may have very well been the highlight of the evening for me as it’s great to see youngsters show a promising future when it comes to special teams.

Dud: Defense

This isn’t meant as a slight against Frédéric St-Denis but when you start St-Denis in the NHL, you’re gonna have a bad evening. What’s disheartening is that St-Denis played about as I expected from an AHL call up, it was those with more solid footing in the lineup like Jack Johnson and David Savard who disappointed the most. Pucks seemed to evade their sticks and they were behind offensive rushes more often than not. Sustained pressure seemed lost when the puck would pass them at the blue line to escape what had otherwise looked like a promising offensive zone setup.

I would like to end this post on a positive note: I’d like to thank the Columbus Blue Jackets for helping us launch the button giveaway at the cannon during intermission this evening. One of the greatest challenges of involving new fans with the metopes has always been pairing a face with a Twitter handle and these buttons will hopefully help us overcome that! If you want to start that process, do a Twitter search for #jointhebutton to see selfies from tonight. We hope to continue giving these away at each game so newcomers can feel comfortable introducing themselves to the group. If you were able to snag a button tonight, please make sure to wear it to future meet-ups!

Until Friday when we get an opportunity to exact some revenge against those stinkin’ Hurricanes, Carry the Flag!

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Oct 27th-Nov 2nd CBJ Prospect Week in Review http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/03/oct-27th-nov-2nd-cbj-prospect-week-review/ http://www.theunionblue.com/2014/11/03/oct-27th-nov-2nd-cbj-prospect-week-review/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:28:07 +0000 http://www.theunionblue.com/?p=7055 Greetings again, all! It’s time for your weekly update on the future Jackets with this being our first update with everyone playing games that matter. Starting off in Springfield as we usually do, the Falcons opened with a rescheduled game (a rare moved forward game) against Albany. 1:10 into the game the Captain Ryan Craig […]

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Greetings again, all! It’s time for your weekly update on the future Jackets with this being our first update with everyone playing games that matter.

Starting off in Springfield as we usually do, the Falcons opened with a rescheduled game (a rare moved forward game) against Albany. 1:10 into the game the Captain Ryan Craig skated in on the side firing a shot to make it 1-0. Six minutes later Craig would strike again, but on the opposite side, when a Devils player had a shorthanded breakaway but could not control the puck. TJ Tynan was able to corral it and started a two on one with Craig finishing. Sadly, the Devils would score four straight to make it 4-2. Oscar Dansk made 13 saves in the loss.

Up next the Falcons faced the baby Bruins who, with ex-Falcons goalie Jeremy Smith, entered the game with a 153:08 shutout streak. After giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead Jerry D’Amigo scored his first of the season when he potted one from the right circle. Ryan Craig and Kerby Rychel got the assists. Scott Munroe made 16 saves in the 3-1 loss.

To close out the week it was off to Bridgeport for a game with the Sound Tigers. In the 4-3 victory, Dana Tyrell scored two goals in a game that saw Kerby Rychel earning his first multi -oint game as a pro. Corey Cowick and Jerry D’Amigo scored the Falcons other goals. Frederic St Denis and Thomas Larkin were the only other CBJ signed players to pick up points. In the 4-3 win, Dansk made 26 saves.

Blake Siebenaler-Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Season Stats 15GP 2-4-6 -7 11PIM

Blake was held pointless in a 4-1 loss to Ottawa but did pick up a hat trick of penalties…sigh…all of the illegal check variety. He got one for a check to the head and a double minor for checking from behind (I’m shocked he didn’t get a call given the way OHL safety guy appears to be about safety). In the next game against Sudbury, the Wolves snapped a 13 game losing streak and beat the Dogs but Blake did score his second of the season. In the third with Niagara trailing 5-1, Blake took a pass from Vince Dunn at the point that made its way through traffic to make it 5-2 in a 7-2 loss. On Sunday in a 2-1 loss to Mississauga, Blake picked up an assist on Vince Dunn’s third period power play goal.

Sonny Milano-Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Season Stats 4GP 1-6-7 -4 0PIM
Sonny and the Whalers had a light week with only two games. In the first matchup, Sonny was held pointless in a 5-2 loss to Erie. In the Whalers annual Pink in the Rink night, Sonny picked up an assist on Bryce Yetman’s third period goal in the Whaler’s 6-2 loss.

Nick Moutrey-Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Season Stats 14GP 3-11-14 E 19PIM

Nick and the Spirit had a light week as well playing only two games. In the opener against Sault Ste Marie, the Hounds roared (growled…nevermind) out to a 4-1 lead before the Spirit started the comeback. The Spirit came all the way back to win the game 5-4 with Nick picking up an assist on Marcus Crawford’s game winner. On Sunday against Kingston, Nick earned an assist on each of Jimmy Lodge’s two goals in a 5-2 win in which Nick was named third star.

Markus Soberg-Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Season Stats 14GP 1-4-5 -6 6PIM

Markus would be held pointless in a 4-3 win over Kingston before picking up a point against London. With Windsor trailing 3-1 Markus would do most of the work on Chris Marchese’s second of the night when he’d skate in firing a shot and following it finding Marchese in front firing a shot from a spin to make it 3-2 but the Spits would fall 4-3.

Quickly in bad news – after scoring 12 points in his first eight games, Julien Pelletier has gone cold – going pointless in his last eight. That streak will definitely go at least 11 games for the team as Julien was suspended three games for a slew foot that occurred in the game on Friday against Saint John. Julien is eligible to return on November 12th against Moncton.

Olivier LeBlanc-Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Season Stats 15GP 3-9-12 +16 40PIM

It was a weekend matchup between the Sea Dogs and the Screaming Eagles this week. In the opener, Olivier scored the game tying goal with his second power play goal of the season. Olivier would also pick up an assist on Jakub Zboril’s third goal of the season that opened the scoring in a 5-4 shootout win.

Peter Quenneville-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Season Stats 17GP 3-14-17 +1 6PIM

A busy week for Peter and the Kings as they finished up a seven game road trip that covered 5000 kilometers (just over 3100 miles for us in America). In the 3-2 win over Victoria, Peter picked up an assist on Rich Pilon’s game winner in the 3-2 win. Up next against Vancouver, in a 5-2 win, Peter was held pointless. Up next against Lethbridge, with the game tied, Peter drove wide and sent a no look pass to Tim McGauley who scored to make it 4-3 in a 5-4 overtime win. To close out the week against Medicine Hat, Peter picked up an assist on Tim McGauley’s goal 33 seconds into the game – a 4-0 Wheat Kings win.

Oliver Bjorkstrand-Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Season Stats 14GP 10-7-17 +6 10PIM

The struggling Winterhawks welcomed two of the top teams in the WHL this week. First, against the Kelowna Rockets. Oliver was held pointless in a 5-0 loss on Thursday before scoring his 10th goal on Saturday. In the first period, Oliver picked a Rockets’ pocket and started a two on one but ended up finishing himself by firing a wrist shot for his third shorthanded goal of the season. The Hawks would go on to win 3-2 in overtime. In off-ice antics, on Halloween Oliver and teammate Alex Schoenborn would pick an…interesting pair of costumes – enjoy folks. On Sunday, in a rematch of the last three WHL Finals, the Memorial Cup champ Edmonton Oil Kings came to town with the Hawks winning 3-1 in the win. Oliver picked up an assist on Chase De Leo’s 10th goal of the season, tying Oliver for the team lead.

Tyler Bird-Brown University Bears (ECAC-Ivy League)
Season Stats 1GP 0-1-1 +1 0PIM

Tyler and the Bears finally got started when they travelled to West Point to take on the Army Black Knights (or Cadets whichever you prefer). In the 4-2 Bears win, Tyler played on the team’s third line and picked up an assist on Charlie Corcoran’s second period goal.

Seth Ambroz, Ryan Collins, Mike Reilly-Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big 10)
Ambroz 6GP 1-1-2 +1 2PIM
Collins 4GP 0-2-2 +1 0PIM
Reilly 6GP 0-8-8 +7 6PIM

The Gopher boys took on the St Cloud State Huskies in a home and home this past weekend. On Friday night, all three played in a 4-1 loss with Mike as the only one to pick up a point. With the Gophers trailing 4-0, Mike started a two on one rush with Hudson Fasching with Fasching completing it. In the rematch on Saturday, all three played again marking the first time Ryan Collins has played in back to back games all season. 12 seconds into the second period with the Gophers on the power play, Mike found Kyle Rau who streaked in and crashed the net. Justin Kloos picked up the rebound for his first of the night. In the third, the Jackets other prospects got on the statsheet. Seth was down low and won a battle getting the puck to Ryan Collins who gathered the puck and found Connor Reilly who fired a shot from the slot to make it 3-2. The Gophers would win the game 4-3 in overtime.

Joonas Korpisalo-Ilves (Liiga-Finland)
Season Stats 7GP 4-2 1.84GAA .934Sv%

Joonas went 2-0 last week. He played in his third straight game opening the week against Pelicans. In the 3-2 Lynxes win, Joonas stopped 20 of 22 in the game then stopped both shooters in a shootout. To close out the week against HIFK Joonas stopped 28 of 30 in a 5-2 victory.

Elvis Merzlikins-HC Lugano (National League A-Switzerland)
Season Stats 9GP 7-1-1 2.72 GAA .905Sv% 0-3-3 4PIM

Elvis and the Panthers only had one game before a break in International hockey began (no games until the 11th). In the game against Ambri-Piotta, Elvis stopped 24 of 25 in his seventh win of the season. On Saturday Elvis  tweeted a pic of him at the airport heading off to join Team Latvia for the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge in Stavanger, Norway. In the tournament Latvia will play Norway, Denmark and France.

That’s it on baby Jacket updates. As for next week, it’ll be a North American week as the European teams are taking time off. See you then!

 

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