In just over a week since B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy joined the Kootenay ICE their effect on the club has been a noticeable one. In the three games played since the trade however, the results are missing something just as noticeable – consistency.
A 3-2 loss against Spokane which showcased the return of B.J. Boxma, but was upstaged by goaltender Barry Brust of the Chiefs, whose sheer size coupled with talent makes him a force in between the pipes. Pucks just seem to find him.
A 5-3 victory on home ice against the defending Memorial Cup champion Red Deer Rebels on Saturday in a game that, although out shot by a 34-18 margin, proved why the club went out and got a goaltender of Boxma’s skills as he was the difference in the win.
Less than twenty-four hours later at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, the locals dropped a 3-1 decision in a lackluster effort to the Hitmen.
Consistency, simplifications, 110% effort, pick a keyword cliche and you’ll find some reasoning in there somewhere. It’s something that has Coach Ryan McGill scratching his head in wonderment. “When we turn the puck over, like we did in the second and third periods tonight, obviously were going to end up in trouble,” said McGill Saturday night after a win that could best be described as not the prettiest one this season, but a win nonetheless. “We have to learn from those mistakes of not getting the pucks out. You make a simple play and you know how easy it is for the puck to end up 200 feet away from your net. If we have a breakdown from trying to get fancy, it seems that we ju Read more»
Corresponding with Seattle Thunderbirds GM Russ Farwell about Tomas Mojzis, the 8th round selection by Toronto in the 2001 Entry Draft, the first thing that sticks out according to him is the fact that the Czech is a “good, mobile, skater in all areas” of the game. He rates him as “very good” both in pivot and lateral movement, which gives you some idea as to what piqued the interest of Toronto scouts in the first place. There is more to Mojzis’ game that wheels though. Farwell also likes his offense stating that “his basic hand skills are good, (he) gets the puck through (when he shoots and he) makes the play (when he passes).” He also credits the youngster with showing “good patience” and having what he calls a “good panic point” when under pressure.
However, like all prospects, there are places where he could improve. While the GM rates his physical play in front of the net and in the corners as “good” he also concedes that “all young players need strength.” At 6’1″ and 192 pounds, Mojzis is not small by any means but there are many players of that height in the NHL packing 15 or 20 more pounds on their frames. Further, Farwell admits that “sometimes (he) might try to do too much” but is quick to point out that Tomas “is a hard worker who is very serious and takes direction.”
The T-Birds’ Boss feels that his new blueliner “skates well enough to play in the NHL (and that) his skill would allow him to be a fifth (defenseman) and maybe play in the top four after a few years in the league.” That said, he also cautions that Mojzis “needs to play simple and let h Read more»
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»