Prospect Park: Gettinger, Hajek Goals Key Big Wins

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Another good night for the New York Ranger prospects playing in the CHL playoffs. Tim Gettinger and Libor Hajek both recorded their first goals of the playoffs to help their teams win.

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds became the first team in the OHL to advance to the second round after completing a four-game series sweep of the Saginaw Spirit. The Greyhounds held off the Spirit 5-3 behind Tim Gettinger’s 1-1-2 night.

Gettinger’s even-strength goal at 7:06 of the second period gave the Greyhounds a 2-1 lead as the Greyhounds scored four unanswered goals. The goal came when Gettinger tipped in a Keeghan Howdeshell shot. The goal was Gettinger’s seventh point of the playoffs tying his career best.

Gettinger would earn a secondary assist on the Greyhound’s fourth goal. The power-play goal would also prove to be the series-winning goal as the Greyhounds advance to the second round.

The point also helped Gettinger set a new career high in points with a 1-7-8 mark in four games. The Greyhounds have to wait to find out who they will be facing in the second round.

Libor Hajek’s first goal of the playoffs was also a huge goal for his Regina Pats in their 6-3 win over the Swift Current Broncos. The win ties the series up at 2-2 as the series will head back to Swift Current for game 5 on Friday.

Hajek’s goal (sorry no direct video) turned out to be the game-winner for the Pats as it was the fourth goal of the game for them. It was a nice goal (starts at 2:30 on this clip) two as it showed off all of Hajek’s skills. First, his skating as he cut from the right to left side of the offensive zone. Then Hajek fired a wrist shot from just above the left faceoff circle taking advantage of a very screened Bronc’s goalie.

The shot went in the top right side over the goalie’s glove hand and in the right side a 4-1 lead. It was also a power-play goal and the first WHL playoff point for Hajek. The only bad thing about Hajek’s game was that he took three minors in the game giving him 12 PIMs in the series.

In Prince Albert, Brett Howden was scoreless as his Moose Jaw Warriors shut out the Prince Albert Raiders 2-0. The win gives the Warriors a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Howden was a +1 on two shots but was 11-15 on faceoffs. The series heads back to Moose Jaw for game five Saturday night.

Don’t forget the NHL Network (USA) is going to show Ty Ronning and his Vancouver Giants as they host the Victoria Royals in game four of their WHL series. The game starts at 10 PM EDT/ 7PM PDT.