Ranger Prospects go 1-3
Friday night may have been great for the New York Rangers but it was far from it for their prospects. Four prospects hit the ice on Friday night but only one came away with a win.
Troy Donnay (2013 UFA) and his Erie Otters tied up their OHL Western Conference Final series with a 5-2 win over Brandon Halverson (2014 second) and his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in game two. A close game for 40 minutes saw the Otter offense breakthrough for three goals in the third period.
Donnay was scoreless with a +1 and a minor for roughing as his Otters grab home ice advantage away from the Greyhounds who lost for the first time in the playoffs this year.
Halverson did not play badly despite giving up four goals on 27 shots. Most of the goals the Otters scored came from in close handcuffing Halverson. He and his Greyhounds will look to regain home ice on Sunday when the series shifts to Erie for games three and four.
Halverson suffers his first lost to bring his playoff numbers to 9-1 with a 2.36 goals against and a .914 save percentage. That is good enough to keep him in second place among OHL playoff goalie stats.
In Brandon, Adam Tambellini (2013 third) and his Calgary Hitmen were roughed up by the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-4 in game one of their WHL Eastern Conference Finals. A 2-1 first period lead became a 6-3 lead after two periods.
The game was over then but the Wheat Kings put the game away with three goals in the third period. Tambellini had the primary assist on the Hitmen’s third goal for his 13th assist and 22nd point.
The two teams will go at it again on Saturday for game two but Calgary is going to need to play much better than this to have any kind of chance.
In Kelowna, Keegan Iverson (2014 third) and his Portland Winterhawks got off to a great start to their WHL Western Conference finals series against the Kelowna Rockets scoring just 35 seconds into the contest and a 2-0 lead after the first period.
The Kelowna Rockets would score three times in the second period to take the lead and the eventual win in game one. Iverson would have the primary assist on the Winterhawks first goal for his sixth assist (new career high) and eighth overall point (ties career best).
Game two of this series will be played on Saturday in Kelowna.