Greetings, all! Time for the CBJ prospect week in review!
We start off with another light week for the Monsters as they only had a pair of games against the Milwaukee Admirals. The recap of Thursday’s game will be quick because it was a 1-0 Monsters loss. It was the first time the Monsters have been shutout since April 10th of last season against Rochester. In the loss Aaron Palushaj, Daniel Zaar, Justin Scott and Markus Hannikainen led the way with four shots on goal. Anton Forsberg made 33 saves and was named third star.
Saturday would go…slightly better. After a scoreless first, Kevin Fiala opened the scoring before the Monsters got on the board. Late in the second, Jordan Maletta dumped the puck into the zone and Nick Moutrey gathered the puck before firing a shot that was tipped into the crease off an Admirals defenseman’s skate. Palushaj missed, but Moutrey slid it past the Admirals goalie to tie it at one. The game went to overtime with Milwaukee picking up the win 2:16 into overtime. In his home debut, Joonas Korpisalo made 21 saves.
Kole Sherwood-Flint Firebirds (OHL)
Season Stats 18GP 7-14-21 +6 12PIM
The Firebirds opened the week with a game against Sarnia. In the 3-1 win, Kole was held without a point.
Next up in a game against Owen Sound, after the Attack rolled out to a 3-0 lead, Kole picked up an assist on Nicholas Caamano’s 10th of the season (it’s a little hard to see it in the highlights). Flint ended up winning the game 5-2.
Pierre-Luc Dubois-Team QMJHL
14GP 4-7-11 +4 14PIM
PLD only dressed in one of the Screaming Eagles games last week after missing time due to playing in the CIBC Canada-Russia Series. The day of the first game between Team QMJHL and Russia, Pierre-Luc was named captain for the QMJHL team.
In the first game after a scoreless first, Pierre picked up his first point when he sent a pass to Canes first rounder Julien Gauthier from behind the net. Gauthier fired a shot in the slot to make it 1-0. Just about three minutes later, the duo struck again and added another Canes prospect to the act. On a power play Gauthier sent a crossrink pass to Dubois who passed to Nicholas Roy in front to make it 2-0 in a 4-0 QMJHL win. The 4-0 win was the first time Team QMJHL had shutout the Russians. In the win Pierre-Luc won 10 of 16 draws.
The series moved to Baie-Comeau for game six even though the CHL had clinched the title with the previous game win. Pierre-Luc did a pregame interview for the series website. In the Q’s 4-1 win, PLD was held without a point and won 9 of 15 draws.
Vitaly Abramov-Team Russia/Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
Season Stats 21GP 13-12-25 -9 28PIM
Vitaly got to dress for the Russians in the CIBC Canada-Russia Series. In the opening game, Vitaly and his teammates were held pointless in a 4-0 loss but Vitaly was named the Russians Player of the Game.
In the rematch it would be more of the same for Vitaly going without a point in a 4-1 loss.
When he returned to Gatineau, Vitaly unlike PLD, (who took the night off the day after the Canada-Russia game) played against Shawinigan and went without a point in a blowout loss.
Closing out the week the team was off to Drummondville on the night the Voltigeurs retired CBJ first rounder Derrick Brassard’s number 61. In the 5-3 Olympiques win, Vitaly made it 2-1 in a 5-3 win with his 13th goal of the season.
Calvin Thurkauf-Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Season Stats 19GP 9-11-20 +5 37PIM
Calvin and the Rockets started off the week against Prince George and the game got off to a rough start as the Cougars rolled out to a 3-1 lead before the Swiss Beast would strike. With the Rockets on the power play, Nick Merkley sent a crossrink pass to Dillon Dube who fired and Calvin cleaned up the garbage to make it 3-2 in a 4-2 Rockets loss. Calvin was named second star.
Up next against Vancouver, Calvin picked up his 6th multipoint game of the season. In the second Calvin got the puck and skated into the zone before sending a pass to Tomas Soustal who had an almost empty net to shoot into. Late in the second, after a Giants goal, Calvin added another assist but his assist on Cal Foote’s goal didn’t make the highlights.
Calvin would be held without a point in the Rocket’s 5-1 win over Victoria.
Keegan Kolesar-Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Season Stats 3GP 0-1-1 -1 4PIM
Keegan made his season debut last week after recovering from hernia surgery by playing in a game against in state rival Spokane. In the third with the game tied at two, off a big save by the TBirds goalie, Keegan and his linemates skated in on a three on two. Ryan Gropp passed to Mathew Barzal. That pass was tipped to Keegan in front of the net with the puck going off his skate and Gropp skating in and firing to make it 3-2 in a 5-2 Seattle win.
Keegan went without a point in the Thunderbirds other two games last week.
Due to a brain cramp, I forgot to mention the CBJ’s NCAA prospects who had points last week so we have two weeks of updates for them, let’s get started.
Tyler Bird-Brown University (ECAC)
Season Stats 8GP 1-2-3 -4 8PIM
It’s been a rough start for Tyler and the Bears but he finally made it on the stat sheet two weeks ago. In a game against Cornell, early in the first, Tyler skated through the zone before getting the puck to Zach Giuttari who fired a blast that missed and bounced out in front to Trey Dodd for his first of his career. The Bears ultimately fell by a score of 4-2.
Up next against Colgate, the Bears rolled out to a 3-0 lead before the Bird struck. With the Bears on the power play, Max Gottlieb at the point passed down low to Sam Lafferty whose shot rebounded to Tyler in the slot. Bird wouldn’t miss from that close and he made it 4-0 in a 4-2 Brown win.
Tyler was held without a point last week in losses to Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
Andrew Peeke-Notre Dame (Hockey East)
Season Stats 12GP 2-2-4 +5 4PIM
Starting off last week against Northeastern, it was late in the game when Anders Bjork skated in and was stopped but somehow the puck (hard to tell from the highlights) got to Andrew in the slot who fired for his first collegiate goal to make it 5-2. Game two of the series was suspended after two periods due to the Zamboni breaking down during the second intermission (the game was tied at zero).
Over the weekend, the Irish welcomed the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks for a weekend series. In Friday night’s 4-1 loss, Andrew was held without a point.
In the rematch on Saturday, late in the second with the game tied at one Andrew passed back and forth with CBJ Development Camp invite Bobby Nardella who passed back to Andrew. The defenseman then skated to above the circle before firing a shot that made it through the Wall (Lowell’s goalie’s name is Tyler Wall) to make it 2-1 for his first career game winning goal. Later in the game, Andrew and his teammates skated in on a four on two with Andrew getting the puck and firing a shot that was stopped but Dawson Cook was there for his first of the season to make it 4-1 and end Wall’s night with just a little more than 11 minutes left in the game.
Kevin Stenlund-HV71 (SHL)
Season Stats 15GP 5-2-7 +2 4PIM
Kevin and the Chainsaws opened the week with a game against Farjestad. Midway through the first Kevin sent a home run pass almost the length of the ice with Lias Andersson gathering the puck and skating around the defense before sliding the puck past the goalie to make it 1-0 in a 3-1 HV71 win. In the 3-1 win, Kevin played a season high 17:19.
Kevin was held without a point in HV71’s other two games last week.
There you have it folks, another week in the world of Jackets prospects. As for next week, I’ll be making my second trip to Cleveland of the season to see if the Monsters can get back on track against Grand Rapids.