Only two points out of six
It was a weekend in which coaches, players and fans hoped to see
out of the basement in the standings. With three games in three
Albany River Rats faced three opponents (Springfield;
Syracuse) that were near the bottom of the league: all three were in
bottom six out of 27 teams.
Springfield had not won on the road all season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton,
despite making the Calder Cup finals last season, was in a deep slump,
winless in ten. The Crunch from Syracuse, too, were in decline.
The Rats even had a chance to string together a pair of wins for the
time on the season, having won their first road contest of the season
preceding Saturday (a 4-2 win over the Wolf*Pack in Hartford).
But hopes for a strong week evaporated on home ice Friday night as the
dropped a 3-1 tilt to Springfield. The Falcons, who had not won on
ice in several years, won, 3-1, as Springfield took advantage of its
power play, while Albany botched its two-man-up chance.
It was the first return to Albany by former Rat, Josef Boumedienne.
blueliner who was the Rats’ lone representative last year at the AHL
All-Star Classic, played quite capably for Springfield. Sheldon Keefe,
Tampa Bay prospect whose future was clouded a year and a half ago when
refused the Lightning’s invitation to report to the Rochester Americans
loan for post-season play (the Amerks went to the finals, losing to
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Reading center Brendan Brooks is the InGlasCo Player of the Week.
The 23-year-old Brooks scored four goals and seven points while helping the Royals go 4-0-0 and extend their team-record winning streak to six games. Assigned by Manchester of the American Hockey League on Monday, Brooks scored two goals in Reading’s 3-2 overtime win against Peoria on Tuesday and had an assist in the Royals’ 3-2 win at Wheeling on Friday. He had a goal and two assists in Reading’s 4-1 win at Cincinnati on Saturday, and closed out the week with a goal as the Royals beat Peoria 5-2 on Sunday. On behalf of Brendan Brooks, a case of pucks will be donated to a Reading area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.
Greensboro’s Frederic Henry is the East Coast Hockey League Goalie of the Week.
Henry was 4-0-0 with a 1.21 goals against average and a .954 save percentage as the Generals won four games in a row for the first time in the team’s three-year history. Drafted in the eighth round (200th player overall) by the New Jersey Devils in 1995, Henry made 29 saves in Greensboro’s 4-2 win against Columbia on Wednesday. In Friday’s 2-1 shootout win at Trenton, the 24-year-old Henry made 23 saves in regulation and four in overtime before stopping four of five shooters in the shootout. He made 20 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against Pee Dee the following night, and closed out the week making 27 saves in a 6-1 win against Augusta. Assigned by Albany of the American Hockey League on November 29, Henry is 5-0-0 with a 1.56 goals against average and a . Read more»
Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that London Knights’
left winger Rick Nash is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending
Sunday December 9, 2001 after scoring four goals and three assists for seven
points in three games.
Nash opened the week with his first hat trick of the season to pace the
Knights to a 5-3 win over the Sarnia Sting December 6 at the Sarnia Sports
and Entertainment Centre. He added an assist in the Knights’ 6-2 loss to the
Toronto St. Michael’s Majors on December 7 and scored a goal and two assists
as the Knights defeated the visiting Erie Otters 6-4 on December 9.
Nash, who leads the Knights with 24 goals and 25 assists for 49 points in 32
games this season, is currently tied for fourth among OHL scorers with Sting
left winger Dusty Jamieson.
Nash, a 17-year-old native of Brampton, is attending the Canadian National
Junior Team Selection Camp which opens today at the Beatrice Ice Gardens at
York University. He was listed as the OHL’s number one prospect for the 2002
NHL Entry Draft in the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Ranking report in
Born: June 16, 1984 Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left
Height: 6.03 Weight: 181 lbs.
London's 1st round selection, 4th overall, in the 2000 OHL Priority
Season Club GP G A PTS PIM
1999-00 Toronto Marlboros Bant. 34 61 54 115 34
2000-01 London Knights 58 31 35 66 56
2001-02 London Knights 32 24 25 49 54
OHL Totals 90 55 60 115 110
In the last article I wrote about Stefan Liv, the best prospect so far this year and Henrik Zetterberg. In this article I will write about the other Swedish prospects.
Let`s start with Niklas Kronwall, who is once again having a solid season, but still isn`t having his real breakthrough year.
Going into the season Kronwall had a great training camp in Detroit with the other Red Wings prospects, but when he returned to Sweden he cooled off and played without confidence and that led to limited ice time. But as the season continued, Kronwall picked up his game and played the hockey that made the Red Wing pick him 29th overall in the 2000 entry draft. He scored goals, made great passes, shots, hits and so on, but in the last 9 games his game once again dropped off
Why is it that Niklas can`t keep an equal pace througout a longer period of the season?
The answer could be ice time on the power play.
When Djurgarden had some injury problems on Defense, Kronwall stepped in and played a good two-way game while reciving solid time on the power play unit, but as soon as the injured D-men returned, Kronwall was put off the PP unit and his production and confidence fell off.
I think that Niklas is a top four D-man on Djurgarden and that he deserves to be on the PP unit, but the coach obviously thinks different.
Enough of the complaints, even if he hasn`t been able to produce big numbers this season, it still has been a step forward in his career. He has bulked up a bit to 176 pounds and is slowly growing into an NHL frame. He has also Read more»