If there is one thing that stands out about Brendan Bell it is his skating ability. He “has a powerful stride (and is) able to catch up on opposing breaking players” and is lateral movement “very good, probably his forte.” He goes on to say that “Bell’s defensive positioning is key to his defensive success and uses his exceptional side-to-side movement to block out opposition players.”
However, there is more to the Leaf’s 3rd round pick than that. Bell also comes with a burgeoning transition game included. His first pass is almost always a safe one by choice which is a comfort to a good many coaches who more often than not have to try to hammer that point home. While Dole points out that “(he) might need to become increasingly aggressive to create more offense,” he also goes on to say that Bell is “very good as the trailer (and his) puck control allows for few turnovers in the neutral zone.”
The rearguard while possessing a great slapshot and wristshot from the point “might need to shoot more” according to Dole who explains that “a typical Brendan Bell shot is a low wrister through traffic (which is) very effective in terms of tips.” As for his puck control once in the offensive zone this and stopping it from getting out over the blueline are again marked as strengths and part of what the writer terms “great offensive instincts and anticipation.”
Be that as it may, there are things that the blueliner can improve on. While “his ability to read plays quickly allows him to position himself and find loose pucks” helps him out in front of the net, the corner Read more»
Friday, November 16
Wheeling 4 @ Reading 5
The Nailers won the first game of the season series 3-1 played in Wheeling on November 3. This was the Nailers first ever visit to Reading. The Nailers fell behind 1-0 early in the game on a Reading goal at 3:04. It didnt get easier for the Nailers as the Royals scored three more times in the first period to take a 4-0 lead after one period of play. At 2:09 of the second period the Nailers scored to get back to within three goals at 4-1. Dylan Gyori scored the Nailers goal with Mike Hurley and Dan Kopec assisting. Reading recaptured its four-goal edge with their final goal of the game at 9:42 of the second period.
Before the second period ended the Nailers were able to cut the Royals lead to two goals at 5-3 with an even strength and a power play goal. Mike Hurley scored the Nailers second point at 12:02 with Mark Moore and Bruce Watson assisting. The Nailers power play goal came at 18:58 of the second period scored by Chris Wells with the assists going to Moore and Gyori. Late in the third period the Nailers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and scored at 19:12 to get to within one goal at 5-4. Gyori scored the goal, his second of the game, from Hurley and Wells. Joel Laing made 30 saves on 35 shots in the Nailers loss.
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PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action within the next week. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties. Despite missing 3 games Hainsey still leads the team with 25 shots on goal.
Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44)) Garon was sent down to Québec on November 16th, 2001. The demotion was strictly for conditioning purposes, and Garon was back in Montréal the next day. Prior to being promoted, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie was 4-0-1 with a 2.36 GAA, and an impressive .931 save percentage.
Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))Riberio managed 3 points through 3 games since our last update. His best offensive game came against Manchester. He scored 1 goal and added 1 assist during the 4-2 win. Overall, the shifty center has played 9 AHL games. He has 9 points (3-6-9), and is +5 with 16 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.
Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))Ryder was shutout through 1 game last week. He was a healthy scratch during 2 of Québec’s 3 games this week. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 10 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +5 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s also managed 8 shots on goal.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))Chouinard scored 2 goals through 3 games this week. He was enjoying a 4-game points-scoring streak until being shutout during the 4-2 Read more»