Not A Good Night For Islanders Prospects

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Wednesday night was not kind to the two New York Islanders prospects in action. While one prospect and his team did come away with a win, it was still not something to watch.

Kyle Burroughs (2013, seventh round) led his Regina Pats up against the Kootenay Ice looking to get back into the win column, but it didn’t take long for it to become apparent the Pats were at less than their best. Burroughs just 40 seconds into the game, but took a cross checking minor (which was killed off) soon thereafter.

Kootenay took a 1-0 lead early in the first period, scoring at 5:21 at even-strength. The Ice held onto that lead and took it into the first intermission. In the second period Regina tied the game at the 1:30 mark and then took the lead on a power-play goal at 11:53. But the lead lasted just 1:14 of game time, as the Ice tied the game with a power-play goal of their own. The teams ended the period tied, but not before Burroughs took his second penalty of the game.

In the third the Pats grabbed a two-goal lead, scoring first at 0:48 and then again at 1:15 to take a 4-2 lead. The Ice, however, refused to go away, scoring at 4:52 to cut the lead to 4-3. The Ice later tied the game at 4-4 at 15:52 and it looked like the game was headed to overtime.

Regina eventually pulled out the win, scoring at 18:08 of the third. The Pats held off a furious Ice rally in the last minute of the game. It went into the books as a 5-4 win for Regina, which gives them points in five-straight games; but for Burroughs personally, it was a rough outing.

The Islanders prospect was held scoreless and was a -2 plus-minues thanks to being on the ice when the Ice scored both of their third-period goals. He also had the two minor penalties, but his team wonthat’s the important statistic.

Victor Crus Rydberg (2013, fifth round) and his Plymouth Whalers traveled to Belleville to face the Bulls. Although the Whalers got off to a good start, their finish was less strong, causing them to drop a 4-1 decision. After a scoreless first period, Crus Rydberg got the primary assist on Plymouth’s first and only goal. He set up Matt Mistele at the 4:15 mark, which gave Plymouth a 1-0 lead.

That lead would last just 30 seconds as Belleville responded with a goal at 4:45. From that point on, the Bulls controlled the game. The Bulls held the Whalers to just three shots in the second period and scored a power play goal themselves at 10:26 to take the lead for good. In the third period, Plymouth took two penalties that Belleville eventually converted into goals to earn the 4-1 victory.

Belleville held Plymouth to eight shots in the third period and finished the game with a 54-26 shot advantage overall. For Crus Rydberg, his assist was his fifth of the season; he is now 2-5-7 after 5 games.


Not A Good Night For Islanders Prospects
Jess Rubenstein