Highlights are better than nothin'.
- By all accounts, Mackenzie Skapski was the star of the game last night. He had 36 saves on 37 shots and held the line despite being peppered early on.From the radio broadcast it sounded like he was under assault for the first half of the game and the Rangers only got back into the game when they got a ridiculous shorthanded center ice goal from Sam Noreau.
- Ryan Haggerty had 5 shots and 2 PIM and big center Kevin Hayes had 4 shots. There is some talk among hockey writers that Hayes has to start showing some kind of dominance if he is to be considered NHL ready. Perhaps there is a chemistry issue or something else going on but I see little cause for concern. The great news is that he reportedly does look comfortable playing center which is a fantastic for the Rangers' organizational depth at that position.
- The Rangers' next game is Monday, the 16th against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7pm. The Hurricanes destroyed the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 in their first game of the tournament so it should be pretty stiff competition for the Rangers' prospects.The ull schedule can be found here.
- Mat Bodie has been eating up ice time and appears to be a guy used in all situations. Last night when I was listening to the game on the radio, the broadcasters couldn't help but notice that he always seemed to be on the ice. I always take that as a good sign when it comes to blueliners.
- Finally, it doesn't get much sweeter than this, especially when it is has been so long since we saw the Blueshirts on the ice. Adam Tambellini finishes the 2-on-1 to give the Rangers three points against the Buffalo Sabres, their record is now 1-0-1 in the Traverse City Tournament. An interview with Adam Tambellini about his game-winning goal can be watched below.
- Did you guys know that Brandon Halverson was born in Traverse City? Well, now you do.
Enjoy your Sunday. Let's go New York football teams! Is it October yet?