Hump Day was Not Kind to Ranger Prospects

In News, Pucks on Broadway by Blueshirt

Both prospects saw their teams lose Wednesday

It was not a winning night for the two New York Ranger prospects playing in their respective league finals. One lost in overtime and finds themselves on the edge of elimination while the other saw his team drop their second straight home game after opening the series with two road wins.

In Erie, Troy Donnay (2013 UFA) and his Erie Otters are facing a 3-1 hole after falling to the Oshawa Generals in overtime 6-5. It was a slugfest for the first two periods as the two teams combined for 10 goals on a combined 37 shots but no goals in the third period.

And if you are an Erie fan then you walked away wondering how at home that you could not get any penalty calls to go your way during most of the game. Think the biggest head scratching call was a double minor high-sticking call against Oshawa where the Erie player was cut but he got tagged with an embellishment penalty. The embellishment penalty has to be the most frustrating penalty at every level of hockey.

Roll the tape backwards and forwards several times watching the injured player and the only conclusion I can figure out is the ref who made the call must have thought the injured player cut himself like they do in wrestling. This playoff season has produced a great race between the three CHL leagues to show who has the more suspect officiating crew. After tonight it looks like the OHL will win this one hands down.

Troy Donnay was scoreless of course and while he stayed out of the penalty box, Donnay wound a -2. This might have been his last home game of his junior career and his performance was like all the other defensemen in this game, weak.

The Otters head to Oshawa to hope they can start a Rangers-like comeback from down 3-1. Their road sadly will be much tougher than the Rangers.

In Quebec City, Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) and his Quebec Remparts have to wonder what they did wrong as they dropped game four on home ice 4-2 to the Rimouski Oceanic. The QMJHL finals is all tied up at 2-2 with the road team winning all four games in this series.

A frustrating night for Graves as he was a -2 on 2 shots and no hits. The Remparts let a 2-0 lead fall apart with Rimouski scoring the final four goals of the game. Now the series heads back to Rimouski for game five on Friday and the Oceanic have regained home ice advantage.