CBJ Prospects Report: Feb. 26
We call upon the great "@CBJProspects" himself to give us the lowdown on what's happening in the pipeline!
NOTE: Jas -- more affectionately known as "CBJ Prospects" to those of you on Twitter -- has graciously agreed to provide weekly analysis & recaps of our prospects playing around the globe. You can read his regular work on TheUnionBlue.com and follow him on Twitter.
Well, it was a wild week in the land of Blue Jackets prospects, so let's get going.
First, we go to Springfield. Elton John must have been misquoted when he said "Saturday night's alright for fighting" because when the Falcons and Sound Tigers got together on Friday, things got a little heated. First, the offense: Cody GOALubef...I mean...Goloubef would score his third goal in as many games with a goal that was pretty much identical to his first NHL goal. Following the first point, the recently-returned Cody Bass would drive to the net and receive a pass from Nick Drazenovic for his first tally of the season.
Ryan Russell made it 3-0 Birds after a face-off win when David Savard found Russell along the boards, who then fired a laser over Kevin Poulin's shoulder for his fourth goal. In the third period, Andrew Joudrey was granted a penalty shot when he was hauled down by both Sound Tigers defenders. Joudrey would be successful on the Falcons first penalty shot of the season, and Ryan Johansen made it 5-0 Falcons when he, JAM and Tim Spencer (one of these things is not like the others) got a three-on-one break with Johansen snapping a wrist shot over Poulin's glove for his team-leading 17th goal.
Kirill Kabanov scored his first pro goal and Jon Landry would later score for the Sound Tigers to make the game a 5-2 Falcons win. Curtis McElhinney registered 20 saves in the victory.
Now for the rough stuff. The Falcons and Bridgeport combined for 244 penalty minutes in the game, which to my surprise, wasn't even close to the AHL record set in 1981 when the Adirondack Red Wings and the Hershey Bears combined for 520. Dalton Prout started the festivities when he and Blair Riley engaged; Prout earned the decision via a one-arm suplex that appeared to be more than a usual hockey fight knockout/takedown.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Read more from Jas about the fights and the Falcons' hottest scorers of late in the full-length edition of this update. He covers the Evansville IceMen's "week that was," as well.
An injury update: from Quebec: Lukas Sedlak (Chicoutimi) has been out of the lineup since February 1st with a leg injury, but Dave Ainsley - who covers the team for "Le Quotidien" - told me he skated on his own this week and could return next week. Anton Forsberg dressed in none of Sodertalje's games this week with my SSK source Johan Myberg saying it was time off because he'd played a lot of games lately.
Josh Anderson-London Knights(OHL)
Season Stats: 59GP 20-21-41 +8 59PIM
Josh and the Knights opened the week by welcoming Oscar Dansk and the Erie Otters to town hoping to get revenge for a 4-3 Otters win last Friday. Boy, did they ever - the Knights beat the Otters 8-1 with Josh scoring the game winner with his 20th of the season. Oscar Dansk was pulled in the 3rd period after allowing seven goals on 33 shots. Josh was held off the scoresheet in London's overtime loss to Sault Ste. Marie on Friday and in London's win over Saginaw on Sunday.
Boone Jenner-Oshawa Generals(OHL)
Season Stats: 50GP 37-36-73 +19 50PIM
Boone and the Generals opened the week with a Family Day (a real holiday in Ontario) matinee against Sudbury. In the 6-2 Generals win, Boone would pick up four assists - his third four point game of the season with the first two being two goal and two assist games. Boone was named 1st star. (Sorry folks no highlights on most of these Monday games for OHL teams) Boone would be held scoreless in a 6-3 loss to Peterborough on Thursday.
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