The fun part of hockey season (I mean if the NHL had started on time) has started as the AHL has begun it stretch drive and NCAA playoffs are getting under way just as the CHL will be wrapping up it’s regular season within the next two weeks. As for this week we had prospects have some big games and two having their season’s ended.
The stretch drive has begun in the AHL with the league beginning to post its daily playoff primer. The Falcons appear to be a lock with 19 games remaining but weeks like this one won’t help much. Starting off on Sunday, the Worchester Sharks came to town with some history occurring. With the Falcons already having six points on the weekend, Springfield would win 2-0 with Curtis McElhinney picking up his franchise record eighth shutout of the season. In the first period, the Falcons took a 1-0 lead when Sean Collins found Jonathan Audy-Marchessault whose shot deflected out to Ryan Russell who’d fire it past the Sharks goalie for his sixth of the season. Tomas Kubalik would make it 2-0 and seal the victory when Michael Chaput drove to the net firing a shot with Kubalik doing what he does best – being on the doorstep for his 14th of the season. McElhinney would make 30 saves in the win for his eighth shutout of the season tying Manny Legace’s franchise record in much fewer games. “McShutout” only took 36 where as Legace took 153. Friday night, the Falcons were off to Glen Falls New York for a game against the Phantoms. This marked the teams’ third meeting in a week but this time it’d be the Phantoms picking up a 4-1 victory. Andrew Joudrey would score his first power play goal in two seasons – going off the game recap it sounds a lot like Kubalik’s goal from Sunday when Michael Chaput would drive to the net taking a shot that would deflect out to Joudrey for his sixth of the season. Curtis McElhinney would make 32 saves in the loss. The Albany Devils would be the Falcons next opponent with the Devils using three third period goals to pick up the 4-1 victory. David Savard scored the Birds only goal when he’d take a one timer from Nick Holden for his fifth of the season. Paul Dainton returned to the Falcons lineup filling in for the injured Allen York making 18 saves. The leading scorers for the Falcons would be Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Michael Chaput each with two assists.
While the Falcons had no game on Sunday, they weren’t without news as the Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekelainen made his first move as GM. He sent Falcons forward Tomas Kubalik to the Winnipeg Jets for St. Johns Icecap forward Spencer Machacek. I’ll have more on this move in next week’s recap. Continue reading March 3-9 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Well folks there’s a new sheriff in town with the hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen as the Blue Jackets GM. Let’s see how the kids performed that he inherited from Scott Howson (who I wish all the best to in his future endeavors).
Starting off in Springfield as usual, while the previous week was a light one due to the winter storm the past week, this week was busy as the Falcons played four games with three being at home. Starting off on Tuesday, the Falcons travelled to Bridgeport to face the Sound Tigers. Ryan Johansen opened the scoring with his 16th of the season by scoring just 46 seconds into the first period. The goal came on the Falcons first shot as Johan skated into the zone and around a Tigers defenseman before snapping a shot over Kevin Poulin’s shoulder. The Sound Tigers would score the next three goals but the Falcons clawed back in scoring two minutes after the third Tiger goal. Nick Drazenovic took a Wade McLeod pass for his 16th of the season. Late in the third with Curtis McElhinney pulled, Tomas Kubalik would charge the net flipping it over Poulin’s shoulder to tie the game at three. The Falcons outshot the Tigers 13 to two in the third period. The Falcons ultimately lost the game 2:46 into the overtime when Matt Donovan’s point shot was tipped in by John Persson. McElhinney finished with 28 saves in the loss.
Friday night the Worchester Sharks came to town with the Falcons picking up a 3-1 victory. Ryan Craig opened the scoring when he deflected a Nick Holden point shot for his 15th of the season. Midway through the third period, Sean Collins feathered a pass off the cycle to a pinching Holden for his fifth of the year. Later in the third, Andrew Joudrey scored an empty net goal when he cleared it off the boards from the Falcons zone, with the puck sliding all the way into the Sharks net. From tweets/the game story it sounds like Joudrey and Ryan Russell put on a penalty killing clinic in this game as the Sharks went go 0/7 with the man advantage, including a 1:56 of five on three in the third. Allen York was solid making 22 saves in his sixth win of the season. Saturday night the Falcons would host the Portland Pirates making it a rare double with NHL and AHL affiliates playing on the same day (the Pirates are the Coyotes affiliate so it was a double dose of Jackets-Coyotes). In the 3-1 Falcons loss it’d be a mostly non-CBJ with Ryan Johansen as the only Jackets signed player contributing. Johansen sent a pass to Ryan Craig in front of the crease who then sent a no look pass to a rushing Wade MacLeod who’d score his fourth of the season. Curtis McElhinney would make 35 saves in the loss.
Sunday, the Falcons hosted the Adirondack Phantoms with the Phantoms starting ex OSU goalie Cal Heeter. Ryan Craig opened the scoring with his 16th goal of the season just six minutes into the first period. The Phantoms would score five minutes later, then adding an early second period goal. But with 3:42 remaining in the second a scary moment occurred as Springfield forward Wade MacLeod was hit hard into the boards but while heading back to the bench, he collapsed and suffered what Springfield uberfan @Katyloveshockey described as a seizure. MacLeod was taken off on a backboard with David Savard helping the EMT’s. It was later announced that Wade was alert and responsive. The game was later postponed with the remainder of the game to be played at a later date. Here is the Falcons statement on the incident. After the game Brandon Manning, the Phantoms defenseman who hit Wade, was remorseful, sending out these tweets. Continue reading February 11-17 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Greetings Blue Jackets nation a slight change of schedule this week as I’ll only be covering Monday-Saturday as Sunday is the AHL’s All Star Game Skills competition and I don’t want to split the All Star Game between two posts.
Starting off in Springfield as usual, the Falcons travelled to Albany to take on the Devils for the second time in four days with the Falcons riding a five game winning streak. In the first period, Ryan Craig interrupted a clearing attempt getting the puck to Cody Goloubef whose shot flared wide to Michael Chaput. Chaput would then shoot it and miss with Craig gathering it and getting it to Goloubef for his second of the season. Early in the second period, the Falcons would strike again when AHL All Star Tim Erixon sent an outlet pass finding Ryan Craig who sent a pass to the slot finding Michael Chaput who waited out Jeff Frazee for his sixth of the season. Not even a minute later, the Falcons allowed a shorthanded goal when Mike Sislo would take it the length of the rink for his second of the season. Scott Howes who is only signed to a AHL deal would make it 3-1 – scoring on a pretty wrap around late in the second period. 1:34 into the third period, Tomas Kubalik scored his 11th when he was the trailer on a two on one of Michael Chaput and Ryan Craig scoring on the second chance. Three minutes later the Devils would strike making it 4-2. Allen York would make 25 saves in the win – his fifth of the season. Also in goalie news, Curtis McEllhinney returned from his lower body injury dressing as York’s backup. Continue reading January 21-26 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Let’s get to it with a look at last week’s performance from all of our Blue Jacket’s prospects.
This was one of the Falcons busier weeks as the team played four games going 4-0 in one week for the first time since November11-17 2002. Starting off with a Tuesday matchup against Manchester. itwas a wild one with the teams combining for 12 goals and the Falcons having something they hadn’t had since February of 2011 – we’ll get to that. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault would score his 14th, 15th, and 16th goals of the season. With the Falcons trailing 1-0 in the first, JAM picked up his own rebound to tie it at one even though the announcer gave it to Sean Collins. Michael Chaput continued his strong play of late when he made it 2-1. Chaput found a loose puck and snapped it past Mannino for his fifth of the year. After another Monarchs goal, JAM would strike again snapping a wrist shot from the faceoff circle. the first period would end with the Falcons leading 3-2. The second period would be almost all Monarchs as they’d score two goals with Springfield signed Wade MacLeod scoring the Falcons only goal when he’d take a rink long pass from Cody Goloubef and made a nice move around a diving dman before shooting. The third period would be all Falcons with Michael Chaput and Tomas Kubalik combining on a goal just 43 seconds into the period for Kubalik’s ninth of the season. After Andy Andreoff would tie it at five, with the Falcons on the power play, a scramble in front resulted in Ryan Craig tapping the puck out to Nick Holden who tapped it over to JAM who unleashed a rocket over Mannino’s glove to finish the trick. Michael Chaput would finish the scoring with his second of the night, Allen York would make 22 saves in the 7-5 win. Continue reading January 14-20 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
We’ve got two weeks to cover so let’s skip the formalities and just get on to the review.
The Falcons have played five games since our last update going 3-1-1. Starting off against Bridgeport, the Falcons won 5-4 with Curtis McElhinney making 16 saves in the win. Michael Chaput would open the scoring when he took a pass from Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and snapped a wrist shot over Kevin Poulin’s shoulder for his third of the season. JAM would pick up another point by scoring his eighth of the season when Tim Erixon would fire a blast from the point and the puck would bounce right to Marchessault who had a wide open net on which to shoot. El Nino would strike just 28 seconds later to tie the game at two. Still in the first period, Michael Chaput would set Ryan Russell and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault on a two on one and Russell would take it the whole way snapping it over Poulin’s shoulder. Ryan Craig would score to make it 4-2 after a pretty passing play by Cam Atkinson and Tim Erixon where Craig would bang home a rebound. To close out the game with a 4-3 score, Nick Drazenovic would score on a bit of a knucklepuck shot for his 10th of the season. Continue reading January 1-13 CBJ Prospect Review
Seasons Greetings all! It’s a light week – all but three of the NCAA prospects and most of the European prospects are off till after the holidays except for Anton Forsberg and SSK who will be back next week. So without further adieu let’s get going.
As always, starting off in Springfield it was a bit of a rough weekend with the team going 1-1-1 and losing two of their best defensemen in Saturday’s game. Starting on Friday with a rough one, the Falcons traveled to Providence to face off against the Bruins in a stoplight game – the Falcons wore their red alternates and the Bruins wore their yellows. The Falcons would spot Providence a 3-0 lead before Tomas Kubalik would score his sixth of the season when Tim Erixon‘s blast bounced off the end wall and Kubalik backhanded it in. 18 seconds later Nick Drazenovic would make it 3-2 with his sixth of the season. Midway through the third period Cam Atkinson would score his team leading 14th goal of the season. Curtis McElhinney would make 23 saves in the 6-3 loss allowing an empty net goal. Continue reading December 10-16 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
While the NHL and NHLPA continue to tackle the seemingly impossible task of negotiating a new CBA, there was plenty of hockey to be had on the prospect front. Without any more delay, let’s get to the recaps for last week’s play.
It was a short but travel filled week for the Falcons as they loaded up for a rare flight for the team’s only trip to Canada this season. The Birds headed as far East in Canada as you can get to St. John’,s Newfoundland for a back to back with the IceCaps. First on Friday night, with the Falcons trailing, Ryan Craig would open the scoring just 2:51 into the second. Cam Atkinson’s blast bounced off the end boards and all Craig had to do was tap it in for his 45th goal all time with the Falcons. Later in the second, Dalton Prout would send a pass to Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and JAM would be off to the races skating past two Caps defenders before deking the puck past Eddie Pasquale for his seventh of the season. Just 1:28 later Nick Drazenovic would score on another breakaway firing a wrist shot over Pasquale’s shoulder launching the goalie’s water bottle off the net. After allowing two IceCaps goals, Cam Atkinson would take over scoring two goals. The first came off the rebound of a Dalton Prout blast and the second would be an empty net goal to seal the 5-3 victory. Curtis McElhinney would make 33 saves for his 12th win of the season. Continue reading December 3-9 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Fresh from my BlueJackets.com debut it’s time for the week in review with a just a dash of bad news (sorry folks – can’t all be puppies and rainbows).
Starting off, the Falcons finally had to hit the road after being homebodies for most of the start to the season. Starting with a Wednesday game against the Baby Pens in Scranton, I mean Wilkes-Barre (what’s the difference?) the Falcons would lose 2-1 because of goalie (and Miami alum) Jeff Zatkoff and two goals by Beau Bennett. Bennett would snap Curtis McEllhinney‘s shutout streak at 169:06. Tomas Kubalik would score the Falcons only goal off a deflection, McElhinney would make 30 saves in the loss. The Falcons would move south to Norfolk for a back to back with the Admirals. In Friday’s 3-2 win, Cam Atkinson would score two in the win and Sean Collins also tally his first of the season. Collins would tie the game at one when he’d score on a shot from the right circle. Atkinson’s two goals would both be on special teams – first scoring on the power play when Nick Drazenovic would send a pass that Atkinson simply had to tap in. Atkinson’s second goal would be vintage Atkinson scoring on a shorthanded breakaway after intercepting a pass and snapping it over Frederick Andersen’s glove. Curtis McElhinney would make 36 saves in the win, his ninth of the season. In the rematch on Saturday, the Jacket’s top D prospects would put on a show scoring four of the team’s five goals. But it’d be “the Cooler” (I don’t think that’s his nickname but I needed to make a Roadhouse joke) as the two Daltons on the team would combine for Dalton Smith‘s second of the season, and first since opening night, when he’d score on a backhand past Igor Bobkov. John Moore would score his second of the season when he pinched in and fired a wrist shot past Bobkov. Tim Erixon would be the trailer on a three on two after taking a pass from Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and would fire a wrist shot over Bobkov’s glove for his fourth of the season. Nick Holden and David Savard would score their firsts of the season: Holden’s would be off a nasty wrist shot from the right circle just over Bobkov’s shoulder. Paul Dainton would get his second start of the season making 33 saves in the 5-2 win. Continue reading Nov 12-18 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Somewhat of a slow week for some reason but without further adieu here we go with the week in review.
Starting off with Springfield, who are tied for first place in the whole AHL (if you wanna read that again go ahead, I’ll wait). The Falcons went 1-0-0-1 last week, with the win being a BIG one. Starting on Friday, the Birds welcomed the Hershey Bears to town and took a 3-2 shootout loss. Michael Chaput and his rookie “green line” mates Dalton Smith and Sean Collins would combine for Chaput’s first pro goal when he would knock home a rebound, and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault would score his third of the season. Matt Calvert would be the only Falcon to score in the shootout, while Curtis McElhinney would make 27 saves, stopping five of seven in the shootout. Continue reading Oct 29-Nov 4 CBJ Prospect Week In Review
Since this is the first week with a full slate of prospects playing, let’s get going.
Starting off in Springfield, the Falcons opened the season 2-0 for the first time since 2005-06 with Curtis McElhinney winning both games including a Sunday shutout against Adirondack. On Saturday night, the Falcons opened against the St John’s IceCaps winning 4-2. Leading the way was Tomas Kubalik and Matt Calvert, each having a goal and an assist; and, Tim Erixon having two assists both appearing to be on shots from the point. Picking up their first pro points were Michael Chaput and Dalton Smith with Chaput assisting on Smith’s goal. On Sunday, it was all birds as Springfield won 4-0, with McElhinney making 31 saves facing off against former OSU goalie Cal Heeter. Cal was making his pro debut for Adirondack. Scoring for the Falcons were Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Ryan Craig, each with a goal and an assist and Cam Atkinson and Cody Bass with two assists. Ryan Johansen would score the game winner and Dalton Prout would add a early second period goal just 30 seconds in. Jonthan Audy-Marchessault is currently tied for third in AHL scoring (with a goal and two assists) with Ryan Craig, who is only signed on a AHL deal. McElhinney is top three in GAA and save percentage after this weekend. Continue reading October 8-14 CBJ Prospect Week in Review