Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward Ryan Hollweg was recently selected to the USA WJC team. Here are his thoughts on the upcoming tournament as well as some interesting things you may not have known about.
The Calder Corner
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
Springfield had not won on the road all season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton,
The Rats even had a chance to string together a pair of wins for the
But hopes for a strong week evaporated on home ice Friday night as the
It was the first return to Albany by former Rat, Josef Boumedienne.