Sunday, October 22, 2006

Today's Round Up

Nicklas Backstrom scored two more goals today and put some distance on his points lead in the SEL. While Oscar Hedman continued his steady play on MODO's first defensive unit. Hedman is still scoreless but word is he is their best defender and plays in all situations. Patric Blomdahl still remains scoreless but appears to be centering his teams 4th line.

In the Q all 3 of our prospects were in action. Francois Bouchard was held off the scoreboard tonight against Rimouski. He had 3 shots, and a minor penalty and finished with a -2 rating. Maxime Lacroix was also held scoreless with a -1 and 5 shots. His team however did win. Mathieu Perreault and his team fell tonight but he did manage to have a great game. He scored the games first goal and added 2 primary assist and one secondary assist. Somehow he was held off the 3 stars list though. He won 11 of 18 draws, finished +1 and took one minor penalty.

The NCAA results are all in as well. Northeastern played Union, which would have featured two of our prospects but turned out not so much. Josh Robertson is still absent from the Northeastern lineup. I've contacted someone within the organization to see if they'll release any information on him and why he isn't playing. Justin Mrazek of Union had a tough night too after being chased from the net just 10:31 into the game after giving up his third goal and only making two saves. Denver is looking for revenge tonight. They were shocked last night 2-1 and neither of our defensive prospects played a part in the one Denver goal. Game two of the series fair much better for them and our prospects. Keith Seabrook played on the first defensive unit and registered two primary asssit on the powerplay and took 3 shots. Andrew Thomas netted the game winning goal at even strength. He finished +2 with 2 shots. Andrew Joudrey had a nice night for Wisconsin registering two assist a +1 and 5 shots in a 5-2 win against Minnesota Duluth. Both assist were primary to Jake Dowell in the 3rd period. Joe Finley was bumped to the first defensive pairing tonight with Robbie Bina but finished a -1 with 3 shots. For the second night in a row Maine beat North Dakota. Travis Morin and Minnesota State took on Andrew Gordon and St. Cloud State for the second night in a row. Andrew Gordon had a goal and 3 shots with a +1 rating. Travis Morin was moved to the first line registered 7 shots but had a -1 rating. Minnesota State won 4-2.

Hershey went to a shootout tonight but lost 3-2. The shooters were Fehr, Helbling and Fleischmann. None of which scored. The game's two scores came from Alexander Giroux and Tomas Fleischmann. Fleischmann also added a primary assist as well as Eric Fehr. Cassivi was in net and Steven Werner made his season debut tonight but was held off the score sheet.

Viktor Dovagn made his North American debut tonight, he was even with a holding penalty in a 5-4 overtime win for the Sting Rays. I expected Daren Machesney to make his debut tonight as well due to back to back games but he again played the role of backup.

The main club suffered another loss tonight, however do not fear. It's 7 games and it's only the second year of the rebuild, relax. Mike Green scored his first goal of the year and had 3 shots on goal in 16 minutes of ice time. However he made some very rookie mistakes tonight. Jakub Klepis looked the same as he has to me in every other game. Give the kid more ice time. Tonight he finished with a little over 10 minutes so I assume that's a reward for his play. Although it could have something to do with Beech getting only 7 minutes of ice time. On a bad note he did finish -2 and took a hooking call.

Brent Gwidt and Indiana came back to score 4 goals in the final 13 minutes of the game and beat league best Lincoln for a second night in a row. The final goal came with 6 second remaining and completed Mike Phillippi's hat trick to take a 6-5 lead. Gwidt was held off the score sheet and only registered with a 2 minute slashing penalty.

Saginaw's captain Patrick McNeill won today 6-3. He received a 10 minute misconduct at the end of the second period, had one primary assist and finished with a +2 rating.

Semen Varlamov played to a 1-1 tie today against Mikhail Yunkov's team. Yunkov was however the one who beat Varlamov to give his team a early 1-0 lead just 3:31 into the game.


Blogger Chris said...

Morin was on the first line both nights. The reason he's not listed as the starter on Friday is because Minnesota State was the home team and got the last change, so they wanted to put their top defensive line against SCSU's first line.

Morin ended up playing about 30 minutes in each game though because so many penalties got called and he's on the top PK and PP unit. They were also running his line every other shift for a while 5-on-5 on Friday just to try and get some momentum going.

Also, he only had the one goal, but he also hit two crossbars this weekend, including a sweet move to beat two defenders and the goalie that just hit off the post.

3:10 PM  

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