Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pro Wildcat Moves

Not too much movement of the professional Wildcats out there but there is plenty of scoring and saving going on amongst them.

Most notably of the movers at this time is Chris Murray getting called up to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. Chris has one goal and thirteen assist with the ECHL's Phoenix Roadrunners in thirty-six games and according to hockey.db's count, 109 penalty minutes. Hmm! Look for him to start tonight as the Cleveland, Ohio based Monsters welcome the Syracuse Crunch.

Ty Conklin will likely return as starter after losing his first game in regulation (a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 18th) since his call-up, dropping his record to 10-1-1, and sitting one game before being called into the middle of a wild game with the Washington Capitals last night. Ty allowed just one goal in the last half of the game, facing seventeen shots before the game went to a scoreless OT. In the shootout, Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin scored to give Washington the win, 6-5. Pittsburgh was without its marquee young star, Sidney Crosby, who will disappoint many NHL fans while sidelined with a sprained ankle in the upcoming All-Star Game and will likely be out 6-8 weeks.

Ty is now 10-1-2 and owns a 1.82 GAA and a .946 save-percentage - truly fantastic numbers - out of this world, really.

Daniel Winnik kicked off the scoring in another wild game last night as his Phoenix Coyotes downed the Buffalo Sabres, 6-2. The goal, Winnik's fifth of the year, gives him thirteen points in 45 games.

The upcoming ECHL and AHL All-Star Games will each feature Wildcats. In the AHL, due to a variety of circumstances, Jason Krog will be the lone representative to have donned the Blue and White. Due to NHL call-ups, Ty Conklin and Darren Haydar - almost sure locks as All-Stars -, were not chosen and who knows why Grand Rapids defenseman, Garrett Stafford (a past All-Star), was not chosen except for possibly his -4 rating weighing down his 5 goals and 15 assists in 40 games from the blueline, in what is shaping up to be his third straight, fantastic professional year.

In the ECHL game you'll see Brett Hemingway, Kevin Truelson^, Brian Yandle, Jacob Micfikier*, and Trevor Smith*. (*won't play due to injury and call-up, respectively; ^replacement) Somehow, Sean Collins was kept from the line-up and Preston Callander was late to the ECHL party this year.

At this point it's only a matter of time before we have another NHL All-Star - defenseman Rod Langway was a 6-time NHL All-Star!

Go 'Cats!


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