Slowly There Is Improvement

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

It was good to see the New York Ranger prospects show some improvement over the weekend as Sunday saw two more prospects stand out. Now the hope is for this to become something that happens with more consistency. There is something about playing in front of his home crowd on a Sunday as Keegan Iverson (2014 Third) earned his second “First Star” of the season on Sunday.

Iverson and his Portland Winterhawks were facing the Everett Silvertips in the back end of a “home and home” weekend series as the Winterhawks were looking to extend their winning streak to six games. With the Winterhawks trailing 1-0 entering the third period, Iverson took a pass from teammate Caleb Jones and beat Everett goalie Carter Hart over his right shoulder to tie the game at 1-1 just 35 seconds into the period. It was an even strength goal and Iverson’s third on the season and gives Iverson points in three straight games (1-2-3).

The bad news was that Everett would score with just 53 seconds left in regulation to earn a 2-1 win and end the Winterhawks winning streak at five games. Iverson is 3-6-9 on the season with five point in his last five games, a much better pace to his season than he had earlier this season.

In Brooklyn, Steven Fogarty (2011 Third) and his Notre Dame Fighting Irish were playing UConn in a neutral site Hockey East match up. Fogarty had a mostly solid game scoring a goal (his fourth) to help lead his team to a 8-2 win. For Fogarty it was a power play goal (his first) and at the time gave Notre Dame a 4-0 lead at 5:38 of the second period. Overall Fogarty was 1-0-1 on four shots, a minor for hooking and 9-12 on face offs.

Seeing Fogarty with four shots is exactly what he should be doing every game as he improves to 4-4-8 which leads all Notre Dame scorers.

Ryan Mantha (2014 Fourth) was scoreless on one shot as his Niagara IceDogs defeated the North Bay Battalion 3-1 for their third straight win. Mantha is another player who we really want to see increase the number of shots during the games. More frustrating is that we know Mantha has a cannon ball of a shot that if on net will generate a rebound or two.

Ryan Gropp (2015 Second) was scoreless on one shot as his Seattle Thunderbirds let a 3-1 second period lead disappear after the Calgary Hitmen scored three unanswered goals in the third period to earn a 4-3 win.

Brandon Halverson (2014 Second) surrendered six goals on 27 shots as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were spanked 6-0 by the London Knights. For Halverson he has been playing win one lose one for the last four games as his record dropped to 3-5 with a 3.87 goals against and a 0.880 save percentage.