Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Wednesday's Wildcat Alumni Weekly

Wildcat Hockey Alumni stories that caught my eye this week.

Mike Radja. Radja seems to have found his stride in the AHL. The Rockford IceHogs rookie potted his third and fourth goals in his last outing, his seventh game, good enough for first star as his IceHogs edged the Peoria Rivermen. Oh yeah. Backstopped by none-other than longtime Wildcat nemesis, Ben Bishop, who allowed five goals to his team's three. Mike has an assist to go along with those four goals giving him a .71 point-per-game average and a +4 rating and is putting behind him an impressive seven goals and six assists in eight games for the ECHL's Fresno Falcons.

Colin Hemingway. You can't mention the ECHL without mentioning its leading scorer. Colin's return to the States has been a successful one. He has scored twelve goals combined with sixteen helpers in nineteen games - just about one-and-a-half points per game. Brett Hemingway, has been sidelined with injuries but has a goal and five assists in eight games. And I'm sure he will be giving Colin a run for his money when he returns.

Jason Krog. Leads the Manitoba Moose in scoring rate, 1.29 points-per-game, with three goals and fifteen assists in fourteen games while trying to secure a spot with the Vancouver Canucks where he has one goal in four games. In his most recent outing Jason sparked the Moose to a 5-to-3 win, scoring the opening goal and assisting on the game-tying goal, both on the powerplay.

Daniel Winnik. Also ended up on the injured cart and his Phoenix Coyotes went on the skids. While Winnik was waylaid, the Coyotes went on a six game winless streak. Since his return they are 2-1. Unfortunately, Dan has yet to find the key to unlocking the success that he found in his rookie season where he had twenty-six points in seventy-nine games. This season he has just one assist in the first eighteen games, a real sophomore slump, and after a dismal start has recovered his plus-minus to just a -1 going without a minus game since the fifth match of the season. But I don't think you would know it from watching him play (look for #34) as he looks sharper and quicker than ever with that great rush and feed about halfway through the video and the absolute blast of a shot that rang the iron with the slider-tab about a half-inch from the end. I expect him to recover his groove soon.

Well, that's all I have for you this Wednesday, December 3rd... let me know if there are any stories that you think I should have mentioned!

Wildcat Hockey Weekend Preview coming tomorrow!

Go 'Cats!


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