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February 2-8 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 10, 2015
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Greetings again, all! Time for the CBJ prospect week in review. The European guys are off so we have an almost all North American update (we still have to cross the pond for some hardware to be handed out, though).

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, it was a busy week for the Falcons as they had four games this week. The week started off on Tuesday with a game a lot like the CBJ game that day against Phoenix (they lost 4-1) except the Falcons were shutout by a score of 4-0. Friday night, it was a home game against Albany. Sean Collins opened the scoring on a breakaway late in the first period. After a Devils goal in the first minute of the second, the Falcons took over. Two minutes later Adam Cracknell got the puck from a Devils player and drove to the net to make it 2-1. Early in the third on the power play, Michael Chaput banged the puck home for his fourth goal of the season off a passing sequence in which every Falcon touched the puck. Next up, Trent Vogelhuber got the puck from a scramble in the slot and skated the puck in for his seventh of the season that went into an empty making it 4-1. The win snapped a six game losing streak. Oscar Dansk made 29 saves for his sixth win of the season.

Quickly, in local news, Frederic St Denis didn’t play in the game leaving an alternate captain’s A available and it was put on the jersey of Dublin’s own Vogelhuber.

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January 19-February 1 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 02, 2015
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Greetings all – I’m back again and trying to get back on our regular schedule of Monday updates. We skipped last week with the All-Star festivities, so since we have two weeks to get through lets get on it (fair warning – it’s a long one).

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons had two more games before taking time off for the All Star Game. Friday night it was off to Hartford for a game with the Wolfpack. Michael Chaput opened the scoring off the rebound of a Frederic St Denis point shot to make it 1-0. The Pack tied it early in the second before Kerby Rychel fired a shot just above the circle to make it 2-1 with his 11th of the season. The third period went a lot like the second with the Pack scoring early before Kerby scored again. Kerby got his next goal off a deflection of a St Denis keep in/point shot. The Pack scored two goals in a 1:02 span to clinch the 4-3 victory with goon/my favorite target of ridicule Dylan McIlrath scoring the game winner. In the 4-3 loss Anton Forsberg made 24 saves.

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January 5-11 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on January 11, 2015
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Greetings all! back to some semblance of normalcy with the week in review.

Starting off in Springfield as we always do. First some news on Monday – the AHL announced its All Star rosters with Falcons defenseman Austin Madaisky and goaltender Anton Forsberg being named to the roster. The AHL does it backwards (or smarter?) compared to the NHL. They announce their roster first then have fans vote on the starters – you can vote here to get Anton and Austin in the starting lineup.

As far as on the ice goings on – the boys started off in a game against rival Providence where they picked up a 2-1 win. The Baby Bears opened the scoring in the first before the Falcons scored twice in the second period. Marko Dano scored his eighth of the season with Michael Chaput and Frederic St Denis picking up assists. Four minutes later, Adam Cracknell scored his first with the Falcons with Luke Adam and Kerby Rychel picking up assists. Anton Forsberg made 29 saves in the win – his 17th win of the season.

Up next against Hartford, TJ Tynan opened the scoring off a pretty passing sequence with Trent Vogelhuber and Ryan Craig. After a Dylan McIlrath goal, (I’m as surprised as all of you) Rychel scored his eighth of the season when he deflected a St. Denis shot to make it 2-1. After the Pack tied it, Madaisky gave the Falcons the lead when he snapped a shot home to make it 3-2 but the Pack tied it with only 35 seconds remaining. The Falcons would end up falling in overtime when one time Jacket (Traverse City only, but still) Marek Hrivik scored 4:30 into overtime. Oscar Dansk made 32 saves in the loss.

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December 22-28 AHL/WJC Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 30, 2014
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Hello all! It has been a light week in the world of prospects’ hockey so we’ll just be focusing on the Falcons and the four Jacket prospects taking part in the World Junior Championships.

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons came out of the Christmas Break with every hockey player’s favorite thing: a three in three. Opening up the week in Hartford, the Falcons picked up a 2-1 shootout victory. Marko Dano scored the Falcons’ goal in regulation when my favorite first round pick to laugh at – Dylan McILOLrath (10th overall pick nothing but a goon) – tried to clear the puck but Ryan Craig deflected it to Marko who tied the game. TJ Tynan scored the only goal of the shootout. Anton Forsberg won his 14th win of the season with 28 saves and stops on all three Wolfpack shooters.

For the next game, Oscar Dansk returned to the Falcons crease with Forsberg in Columbus to back up Curtis McElhinney due to Sergei Bobrovsky’s illness. In the second period, with the Birds trailing 2-0, Kerby Rychel gathered a loose puck and found Josh Anderson in the slot. Anderson fired a shot home for his third in his last five games. Three minutes later, Frederic St Denis scored his first as a result of a board battle and a nice passing sequence by Rychel and Anderson. Reid Boucher scored four minutes later before Craig tied the game in the third period off a deflection of a Denny Urban point shot. Unfortunately, the Falcons lost when Joe Whitney scored 34 seconds into overtime. Oscar Dansk made 21 saves in the 4-3 loss.

To close out the weekend, the Falcons faced off against the Syracuse Crunch who had just had their 10 game winning streak snapped. Luke Adam opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the game when he tipped a Hubert Labrie point shot. After two Crunch goals, Adam struck again late in the second period picking up the rebound of a Frederic St Denis point shot. The game went to overtime with one time Junior Jacket Denny Urban scoring the game winner on his second try after getting the puck from Austin Madaisky. Forsberg would only make 15 saves in the win – his 15th.

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December 15-21 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 22, 2014
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Hello all and again Happy Holidays! It’s getting to the slow time of the year with junior and European teams either on or heading into their holiday/international tournament break so we’ll go with the updates on guys who are still playing.

Starting off in Springfield as we do, it was a two game road trip for the Falcons last week. They opened up in Binghamton – home of the baby Sens (coached by ex-Jacket Luke Richardson) in a scorefest. The Sens opened the scoring on a goal by the new guy (Daniel New that is). Minutes later Alex Grant scored before Luke Adam scored his first since being acquired from Buffalo. The Sens would score two more early in the second to end Anton Forsberg’s night. Josh Anderson helped stop the bleeding with his second in as many nights and then Dana Tyrell scored seven minutes later in his first game in almost a month. Ryan Craig notched his 10th of the season with only 40 seconds remaining to tie the game. 31 seconds into the third, OSU product Ryan Dzingel gave the Senators the lead with Trent Vogelhuber scoring just under two minutes later to tie it again. Midway through the third, Kerby Rychel hit home his third game winner of the season. Forsberg only stopped 12 of 16 earning no decision while Scott Munroe stopped 16 of 17 in relief.

After that it was off to the Land of Chocolate Hershey, Pennsylvania for a game with the Bears. In the first period with the Falcons on the power play, Austin Madaisky took a pass from TJ Tynan at the left point and skated the line before firing a shot past the Bears goalie. The Bears would score five minutes into the second to tie the game and ultimately, the game would go to overtime. Overtime went late enough that it was three on three with TJ Tynan getting sprung on a breakaway by Jamie Sifers. Tynan deked and put the puck past the Bears goalie. Forsberg made 34 saves in his rookie leading 13th win of the season.

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December 1-7 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 08, 2014
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Greetings, Jackets fans – it’s another week in the world of Jackets prospects. We’re closing in on the CHL’s holiday break and the World Juniors are coming quickly. Let’s start with an award. It was announced on Monday that Anton Forsberg was named the AHL’s Goaltender of the Month for November. After being sent back from Columbus, Anton went 8-0-0 with a 1.76 GAA and a .936 save percentage.

On to the Falcons’ games. Starting off on Friday night against Norfolk, early in the first Marko Dano scored his third of the season off a scramble in front. Seven minutes later with the Falcons on the power play, Austin Madaisky’s slap shot was stopped and TJ Tynan picked up the rebound to find Ryan Craig in front. He scored with the entire side of the net open. A minute twenty later, the Admirals scored to the period 2-1. Trent Vogelhuber scored the game winner very early in the second period  (for some reason they didn’t think it deserved to be in the highlights). In the 3-2  victory, Forsberg made 27 saves. The win also set a new franchise record as it was the Falcons 10th in a row. Here are head coach Jared Bednar’s and Anton Forsberg’s postgame comments.

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November 10-16 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 17, 2014
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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.

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November 3-9 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 10, 2014
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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.

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Oct 27th-Nov 2nd CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 03, 2014
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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.

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October 20-26 CBJ Prospect Review

Posted by CBJProspects on October 27, 2014
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Greetings all! Ttime again for another week in review of the future Jackets. Let’s get the ugly out of the way first. The Falcons took on the baby Penguins and the Pens picked up a 5-0 win with Oscar Dansk getting the start, stopping 31 of 36 in the loss. Up next against Norfolk,the Falcons won the game 6-3 with several prospects having big nights. Kerby Rychel got the game going when he got into a fight with Nick Kerdiles. Kerby also earned an additional minor. Corey Cowick opened the scoring and Thomas Larkin earned his first point of the night. Brian Gibbons scored the team’s second goal and also assisted on Domenic Monardo‘s team leading fourth goal of the season. After Brandon Yip scored for the Admirals, Larkin scored his first goal since the 2012-13 season. Brad Winchester scored before Ryan Craig added to his great Falcons career with his 80th goal for the team. That puts him at fourth all time. Joseph Camarossa scored before Kerby Rychel notched his first pro goal on an empty netter with 29 seconds left. Scott Munroe made 18 saves in the win. Thomas Larkin’s three point night gave him a new career high in points in a season.

To close out the three in three weekend, the Falcons would again play the Syracuse Crunch (third time in seven games so far). In the 5-1 win, Austin Madaisky, TJ Tynan and Sean Collins scored their first of the season with Josh Anderson picking up his first pro point on an assist on Tynan’s goal (also Tynan’s first pro goal). Kerby Rychel scored his first pro goal where a goalie in the net. In the 5-1 win, Oscar Dansk stopped 36 of 37 making the game his first pro win and he received the first star honor for his efforts.

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