Prospect Park: Sean Day’s Play Gives Kingston Another Day To Play

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

With his Kingston Frontenacs facing elimination, Sean Day put up three points to prevent a Kingston Elimination. Kingston defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-2 to force a game five on Thursday in Hamilton.

The game’s first star, Day played perhaps his best game of the playoffs and not talking just points. Day showed off the talent many believe he has to become a solid NHL player. We got to see Day show off all of this strong points in this game starting with his vision as he set up Cliff Pu off a beauty of a pass that Pu converted for a goal. The goal at 3:32 of the first period gave Kingston their first 1-0 lead of the series.

Hamilton would score twice to grab a 2-1 lead before Kingston would tie it up with an unassisted goal at 14:17 of the first period. From then on this would be Kingston’s game, as they took the lead for good in the second period.

In the third period, Day and his teammates finished off the Bulldogs with two goals. Day’s second point came on Kingston’s fourth goal at 9:49 with Kingston on the power play. Day finished off the Bulldogs with his fourth goal of the playoffs. With Kingston on a 5-on-3, Day fired a snapshot from the point that beat the Bulldog goalie.

Check out the shot and see why I have been wanting Day to shoot more every game. The goal starts at the 14-second mark and beats the goalie over his stick. Day is 4-10-14 in 15 playoff games and any coach would love almost a point per game in the playoffs.

Call it a man crush but Day might be the answer for the Rangers for points from the point. Look yes, Day has some warts mainly on defense but find him his version of Jeff Beukeboom to address that. This is a player who can bend and break defenses with his skating ability, who can put a puck on a teammates stick easy.

And that shot from the point? Put a Tim Gettinger in front of another team’s goalie and Gettinger is a 30 goal scorer. That is of those that Day himself does not score.

If I am Jeff Gorton then I am begging Brian Leetch to come in and mentor Day (and why not Libor Hajek too?) on how to reach his potential.

Here is more food for thought, take a look at this clip of the postgame interview and take a very good look at how big Sean Day is. The 20-year-old Day is listed at 6’3 218 but figures he will play at 210 when he goes through the Ranger development program.

Tomorrow it will be Tim Gettinger’s turn as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds look to go up 3-1 in their series against the Kitchener Rangers.