OHL Prospect Report: Sarnia Sting vs. Barrie Colts
Photo courtesy of Mark Wanzel / The Barrie Examiner
By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)
Last night I took in the Sarnia Sting vs. Barrie Colts game on behalf of TheHockeyGuys. The Sting are one of the best and certainly one of the most talented teams in the league. The Colts aren’t too bad, either. Here are some notes on notable drafted and ’12 draft eligible players who took the ice Thursday evening.
Score: 3-2 Sarnia in a shootout.
Notable scratches: Reid McNeill (sprained wrist)
C – Mark Scheifele (0G, 0A), Jets – I wasn’t very impressed with Scheifele’s game yesterday. While he didn’t cost his team anything with a bad penalty or a missed assignment in the defensive zone, he really didn’t create much of anything. Scheifele was almost completely shut down and he let his frustration show. It got to a point where he wouldn’t pass and tried to do everything himself; and he’s a playmaker.
C – Ivan Telegin (0G, 0A), Jets – I absolutely loved Telegin’s game yesterday. He created a ton of chances and set up several of his teammates in prime real estate. Telegin used his speed so effectively and he was flying around the ice. His strides are so powerful and explosive and he really showed them off against Sarnia. While he didn’t end up with a point, I thought he was one of – if not – the best players on the ice.
LW – Tanner Pearson (1G, 0A), 2012 – I was very impressed with Tanner Pearson’s game last night. He was good defensively and was a threat offensively almost every shift. It’s worth noting that he had an absolute snipe of a goal to start the Colts comeback that eventually fell short.
LW – Anthony Camara (0G, 0A), Bruins – For the most part Camara has been very good for Barrie since being acquired from Saginaw; but he wasn’t last night. Camara was physical but he took a terrible penalty and missed a couple defensive assignments that led to Sting goals. Everyone has a bad game here and there and I’d imagine that was the case for him last night.
RW – Gregg Sutch (1G, 0A), Sabres – I loved Sutch’s game last night. He was physical, worked his ass off every shift and score the game-tying goal late in the third that led to Barrie picking up a point. Sutch is playing his best hockey of the season right now which is surprising considering he just returned from a concussion a couple weeks ago.
Notable scratches: Alex Galchenyuk (knee injury), Nail Yakupv (suspension).
C – Ryan Spooner (0G, 1A), Bruins – Spooner played pretty well against the Colts. He wasn’t dominant, but he was effective. He displayed good vision throughout the game and really had his legs under him. Can’t complain about his performance.
LW – Reid Boucher (0G, 0A), Devils – Boucher was impressive last night as well. His defensive game was average, which is good for him, and he was a big time threat offensively. He scored a very nice goal and displayed his outstanding release, which is arguably the best in the league, on numerous occasions. I talked to a scout who said it was one of Boucher’s best games all season.
LW – Ludvig Rensfeldt (0G, 0A), Blackhawks – I wasn’t really impressed with Rensfeldt’s game. He wasn’t bad and didn’t harm his team with a bad turnover or anything but he wasn’t really effective or noticeable – at all. I expected more from him.
D – Connor Murphy (0G, 1A), Coyotes – Murphy played a very good and well rounded game last night. He was physical, made very quick and smart reads with the puck and was good in both ends of the rink. The Coyotes have a heck of a defenseman coming in Connor Murphy.
G – J.P. Anderson (stopped 40 of 42), Sharks – Anderson was exceptional last night. He made big save after big save and was locked in all night long. If it were not for him the Sting likely would have lost as in my opinion Barrie was the better team. That just goes to show what good goaltending can do for a team.
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