Friday, February 24, 2012

Game Report: Saskatoon 5 Kootenay 0

1. SAS B. Benson, (10) (M. Stransky, D. Thrower), 6:31 (PP)
2. SAS T. McEvoy, (4) (N. Zajac), 11:10
2. SAS M. Stransky, (34) , 14:29
3. SAS R. Olsen, (11) , 8:36
3. SAS J. Nicholls, (25) , 11:07 (SH)

Goalies Kootenay GA Mins SH SVS PIM
29 Skapski, Mackenzie 0 7:56 2 2 0
31 Lieuwen, Nathan 5 52:04 31 26 0

Goalies Saskatoon GA Mins SH SVS PIM
1 Makarov, Andrey 0 60:00 38 38 0

3 Players of Note:
1) Matej Stransky RW Saskatoon - Big, strong and skilled. The Dallas Stars seem to have found a hidden 6th round gem in Stransky. Has a Jagr style game. Can play along the boards, and can play in space. Not overly physical, but is very difficult to knock off the puck. A very strong skater. Is pretty creative with the puck.
2) Andrey Makarov G Saskatoon - Looks to have gained his stride after a lull after the World Junior Championships. I personally like athletic goaltenders who are quick going side to side. Makarov isn't that but he is a very sqaure goaltender that doesn't leave a lot of loose pucks lying around. Faced 38 shots tonight and was rock solid. Essentially a perfect game from him. Kootenay kept the attack up but Makarov denied them at every turn.
3) Ryan Olsen C Saskatoon - Olsen was on the radar as a player that could potentially be a high draft pick. Came out of the gate very slow and I even wondered if he had any offensive ability at all. After tonight's goal, he may be back on the radar. He scored a nifty little deke, toedrag, snapshot type goal that has made Jordan Eberle famous. Olsen has some raw ability but consistancy has been a big issue for him this year. Some prospects have that light click on for them and they never look back, maybe that was his moment.

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