After taking game one on the road, the Abbotsford Heat dropped game two of their Northern Division Final series with the Hamilton Bulldogs by a score of 3-1. The Bulldogs fired thirteen shots at Heat goalie David Shantz in the first period and came away with a 2-1 lead, adding a final tally midway through the second to make it 3-1. The shots ended up even at 23 a piece with Shantz making twenty stops, and Jason Jaffray scored for the Heat, his second goal in five games since returning from injury, with Backlund and Sutter collecting the assists. The loss could be the least of Abbotsford's worries, however. While they did get Andy Delmore back from a five week injury absence, they also lost Staffan Kronwall and Tyler Spurgeon to injuries sustained from a hit from behind and an elbow, respectively. Thirty-three minutes in penalties were doled out in this game, with the Heat going 1-8 on the powerplay and the Bulldogs scoring on two of their seven opportunities. The series shifts back to Abbotsford for games 3,4, and 5 starting Tuesday night.
The Flames have agreed to terms with overage centre Bryan Cameron, of the Barrie Colts. Cameron, 21, led the Ontario Hockey League in goals this season with 53. The five-foot-10, 175-pounder also chipped in 25 assists for 78 points in 62 games. ________________________________________________ This is the kind of move I really like. At worst you have organizational depth for the farm team and at best you find yourself a diamond in the rough ala Giordano. If he makes it he'll have a long road to the NHL to be sure but it's a low risk move for now.
Game 1 of the Abbotsford's North Division Finals series against the Hamilton Bulldogs is about to get underway. Game time is 4:30PT (5:30MT). Listen online here (Click "Listen Now").
Former Vancouver Giants captain and Flames prospect Lance Bouma will be joining the Heat for the remainder of their playoff run after the Giants were eliminated from the WHL playoffs.
Hitmen open their WHL Championship series against the boys from Kennewick The Tri-City Americans. The only meeting between the two teams came on January 31st here in Calgary, Hitmen won the game 3-0. I think if Martin Jones can be solid and they continue to get strong play from Kozun, Broda, Shattock and Foucault the Hitmen should be able to get over the WHL Playoff hump and get back to the Memorial Cup. Players to watch for Tri-Cities who are a smaller, quick and very skilled team. F Brendan Shinnimin 8G, 14A +5 F Kruise Reddick 9G, 12A, +12 F Brooks Macek 6G, 11A, +13 G Jacob De Serres 8W, 3L, 1OTL, 3.17GAA, 0.897% Safe to say the Hitmen win the Goaltending battle. Schedule April 30th Tri City @ Calgary 7:30pm May 1st Tri City @ Calgary 8:00pm May 4th Calgary @ Tri City 7:00pm May 5th Calgary @ Tri City 7:00pm *May 7th Tri City @ Calgary 7:00pm *May 9th Calgary @ Tri City 5:00pm *May 10th Tri City @ Calgary 7:00pm Shaw-TV has you covered and try to get out to see the Hitmen play if you haven't these playoffs, expect the Dome to be rocking Friday night.
After being down 3-1 in the series, the Abbotsford Heat defeated the Rochester Americans 2-0 in game seven to advance to the second round of the AHL playoffs, where they will meet Montreal's AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. John Lammers and Olivier Latendresse scored for the Heat with assists by Sutter and Pelech while Shantz made 24 saves for the shutout. The Heat outshot Rochester 40-24 in the game. Round Two schedule: North Division Finals N1-Hamilton Bulldogs vs. N3-Abbotsford Heat Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 29 – Abbotsford at Hamilton, 7:30 Game 2 – Sun., May 2 – Abbotsford at Hamilton, 2:00 Game 3 – Tue., May 4 – Hamilton at Abbotsford, 10:00 Game 4 – Thu., May 6 – Hamilton at Abbotsford, 10:00 *Game 5 – Sat., May 8 – Hamilton at Abbotsford, 10:00 *Game 6 – Mon., May 10 – Abbotsford at Hamilton, 7:30 *Game 7 – Tue., May 11 – Abbotsford at Hamilton, 7:30
These were released a few days ago, but I thought I'd share: Strengths: The Flames have two skilled power forward prospects in Greg Nemisz and Mikael Backlund. On the blue line, defenseman Tim Erixon has the skills to develop into a top-four defenseman. The organization is also flush with moderately skilled checking forwards. Goaltender Leland Irving helps bring depth to the organization in net. Weaknesses: There is a lack of depth and quality on the blue line. Most prospects have limited potential and are not likely to make an impact at the NHL level. Top 5 Prospects: 1. Mikael Backlund, C, 2. Greg Nemisz, RW, 3. Tim Erixon, D, 4. John Negrin, D, 5. T.J. Brodie, D. Lost to trade: Keith Aulie, D. I'm surprised that the report states that the Flames lack depth and quality on the blueline, I probably would have said that was one of their organizational strengths. I suppose the loss of Aulie affected that somewhat. Otherwise, this looks pretty accurate.
A psychiatric report says former NHL hockey prospect Daniel Ryder, who was declared unfit to stand trial after he was charged with armed robbery in January, is fighting severe mental illness. CBC has obtained documents from the province's Mental Health Review Board that say Ryder had a serious psychotic episode in the fall of 2009 and his history of psychosis and mental illness started when he was 19. The report also said Ryder, the younger brother of the Boston Bruins' Michael Ryder, has a history of substance abuse, with alcohol and marijuana. ...Daniel Ryder began seeing a psychiatrist in St. John's six months before the robbery. The report says Ryder is responding well to treatment with a different anti-psychotic drug, but his progress is described as slow. ...Ryder is still a significant risk to public safety. He is allowed out of the Waterford hospital on passes in his family's care. Not surprising and very sad, I hope he keeps getting the help he needs to get better.http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2010/04/22/nl-ryder-report-422.html#ixzz0lrqee4Cz
I've always liked Erik Duhatschek, but he's sure taking a lot of shots at the Flames these days (and this year in general). Even a blog entry about the choking Sharks turns into a shot at Sutter. Can't say I disagree, though...