Philadelphia Flyers Prospect Roundup For Week Of February 11th
Taylor Leier celebrates a goal. (Photo courtesy of Flickr)
By Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky)
As the junior and hockey college seasons are coming down the final stretch, many Philadelphia Flyers prospects are trying to making a lasting impact on their 2012-13 season.
In relief for starting goalie Jake Patterson, Anthony Stolarz had an impressive showing for the London Knights. After Patterson let up two goals in just 5:12 action, Knights head coach Dale Hunter called upon Stolarz to finish the game. Despite stopping 29 of 31 shots, his efforts were in vain as the Erie Otters topped the Knights 4-3. But as Patterson continues to struggle, the 19 year old Stolarz is now getting plenty of opportunity to shine. He stepped on the ice for Sunday night’s game, and stopped 40 of 41 shots, helping the Night cruise past the Niagara IceDogs 5-1.
It’s been a fantastic week for the Portland Winterhawks‘ Taylor Leier, whose offensive contributions have helped the Winterhawks claim the top spot in the WHL’s Western Conference. In an 8-3 win Monday night over the Vancouver Giants, Leier’s ability to put the puck on the net allowed teammate Chase De Leo to cash in on a rebound goal. Friday’s game against the Tri-City Americans resulted in a 6-2 loss, but the Flyers 4th round pick in 2012 was a part of both of his team’s goals. He was able to jumpstart a three on two opportunity by sending a cross ice pass to De Leo, who proceeded set up Oliver Bjorkstrand for the first goal of the evening. And despite being down 6-1, Leier’s line was still buzzing. After drawing some pressure along the boards, he was able to send a pass to none other then an all alone Chase De Leo, who netted an easy goal. And on Saturday night, he was able to cap off his week with a second period goal to help lift Portland over Vancouver once again by a final of 4-3. Leier stepped in front of a Bjorkstrand shot from the point, and redirect it past Giants goalie Jared Rathjen. Over the course of three game, Leier had 1 goal, 2 assists, and a goal differential of +5. He now has a total of 45 points on the year in just 52 games.
Another day, another point for Scott Laughton and Colin Suellentrop, as the two Flyers prospects have the Oshawa Generals sitting comfortably in the third position in the OHL‘s Eastern Conference. The pair brought their A game on the front end of a back to back, as Oshawa rolled past the Saginaw Spirit 6-4. Suellentrop’s goal would come towards the end of the first period, as he blasted a shot from the point past Jake Paterson to put the Generals up 2-1. The 18 year-old Laughton had his first career OHL hat trick, even scoring two goals in less than a minute’s span in the second period. On Saturday night, Laughton would be a part of both of his team’s goals as they dropped a game on the road to the Sarnia Sting, despite outshooting them 42-19. He would be credited with an assist as an errant shot bounced off the boards and right onto the stick of Bradley Latour, who deposited an easy goal. On a breakaway opportunity, Laugthon was able to draw a penalty shot and made the most of his opportunity, getting goalie JP Anderson to bite on a head fake before netting a beautiful backhander. That goal would be his 21st on the season, already tying his total from last year in 25 less games. Suellentrop’s goal on Friday would bring his total to 5 on the season, to go with 18 assists.
The OHL’s leading point getter Nick Cousins had arguably the best week of any Flyers prospect, but that should come as no surprise. Cousins dished out a remarkable 4 assists in a 8-0 victory, as the Soo Greyhounds pounded Sarnia at home. But on Saturday, his 5 points would help lift Soo over the Kingston Frontenacs in a game that rivaled a football score. Cousins ability to frontman a 3 on 2 rush would pay dividends, as his assist to Brandon Alderson would put the Greyhounds on the score board. His second assist would be his best play of the night; Cousins would wiggle through two defensemen before sending a nifty backhand pass to Colin Miller for the short handed goal. He would add two goals in the second to give his team the advantage, and his secondary assist late in the third would ice a 10-7 for the Greyhounds. Cousins would improve his point total to 93, 6 points clear of anybody else in the Ontario Hockey League. The Greyhounds currently sit in seventh in the Western Conference, and they are very likely playoff bound.
It was a miserable week for the Trenton Titans, the ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, who were forced to play in a grueling back to back to back. They would take Thursday’s contest against the Kalamazoo Wings by a final of 4-3, bolstered by two goals from Bryan Haczyk. But Friday and Saturday would bring a less positive result, as the team lost both of its games on the road to the Cincinnati Cyclones. Andy Bohmbach would supply Friday’s only goal, while Jacob Drewskie and Kory Nagy would account for one goal a piece on Saturday. Bohmbach’s 20th goal would give him a total of 40 points on the season, good for first overall on Trenton.
Flyers Prospect Roundup is a weekly series written by contributor Jake Pavorsky. You can follow him on Twitter @JakePavorsky. You can read last week’s post here.