Ranger prospects go 1-1 in League Finals
While the New York Rangers were once again giving their fans cardiac arrest, the remaining two prospects were in action on Friday night playing in their respective league finals. The results were 1-1 as one prospect’s team continued their puzzling play in series openers while the other shocked the regular season champion for the second straight game.
Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) and his Quebec Remparts are already guaranteed a spot in the 2015 Memorial Cup as the hosts of the event but they want to go in as QMJHL champions. After a 4-1 win over the Rimouski Oceanic in game two of their QMJHL Finals series, the Remparts hold a surprising 2-0 series lead heading back to Quebec City.
Graves who is looking for his second straight QMJHL title was scoreless on two shots but was a +2 with one hit and a roughing minor. His Remparts jumped on the Oceanic for two goals in the game’s first 2:37 and never looked back as they would go on to grab a 3-0 lead first period lead.
He whose name we no longer say hear had a 1-2-3 game to go along with his 2-1-3 game one performance so can we please stop with the bashing of him already? The two teams are off until Sunday afternoon for game three in Quebec City.
Troy Donnay (2013 UFA) and his Erie Otters dropped game 1 of their OHL Finals series against the Oshawa Generals 4-1 to go 1-3 in series openers during the OHL playoffs (Stick tap to Neate Sager of Buzzing the Net). That might be bad news for the Oshawa Generals because the Otters are 10-1 in the rest of the games they have played in the OHL playoffs.
Donnay was scoreless as expected and an “even” for the game as the Generals were the ones playing the smothering defense in this game. It will be interesting to see if the Generals can maintain that kind of defense against an Otter team that has two of the expected top five in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome.
Game two will be Saturday night in Oshawa.