Found April 11, 2013 on The Prospect Park:
Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings) They broke out the brooms on Wednesday night for 2 New York Ranger and 2 New York Islander prospects as 3 of them got to advance while one saw his junior career come to an end. One prospect missed out on his team's game due to a mandatory suspension for match penalty he received in his last game. Griffin Reinhart (NYI 2012 1st) was 1 of 3 Edmonton Oil Kings not to score in his team's 9-2 rout of the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday night. Wednesday night was a different story as the captain of the Oil Kings scored what turned out to be the series winning goal as the Oil Kings defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win their series 4-0. Reinhart's goal at 13:19 of the 3rd period broke a 2-2 tie as the Oil Kings rallied behind 3 third period goals to finish off the Tigers and advance to the WHL's Eastern Conference Finals for the 2nd straight year. The goal was Reinhart's 3rd of the playoffs as the 6'4 205 defenseman also helped keep the Tigers at bay on defense with the penalty kill killing off 5 out 6 Tiger attempts. Yesterday's hero Michael St. Croix (NYR 2011 4th) was held scoreless on Wednesday night. The Oil Kings will be off until Thursday April 18th when they will host game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against either the Calgary Hitmen or Red Deer Rebels. Brenden Kichton (NYI 2011 5th) saw his junior career come to an unhappy ending as his Spokane Chiefs lost to the Portland Winterhawks 5-0 and were swept out of their WHL Western Conference semifinal series. Kichton had another rough outing as he was a -3 as the Chiefs were shut out for the 2nd time in the series and held to just 3 goals in the entire series. Kichton leaves the Chiefs as the franchise leader in goals, assists and point by a defenseman with a 66-201-267. Kichton and the Islanders have not been able to work out a contract agreement which quite honestly is dumb on the part of the Islanders who don't have a ton of scoring potential among their defensive prospects. Samuel Noreau (NYR 2011 5th) and his Baie-Comeau Drakkar advanced to the QMJHL semifinals after a 2-1 win over the Victoriaville Tigre swept out the Tigre. Noreau was scoreless on 3 shots as his Drakkar advanced to the league semifinals for the first time since the 2003 playoffs. The Drakkar know that they will be facing the Blainville-Boisbrand Armanda but they don't know when their series will begin. The 2nd seeded Drakkar have never played in the QMJHL finals before and this is the team that has the best chance to end that streak. Tommy Hughes (NYR 2013 UFA) sat out his London Knights game with the Kitchener Rangers on Wednesday evening serving out a mandatory 1 game suspension as the result of a match penalty Hughes received on Monday night. Hughes got to watch his teammates rally from being down 3-1 after the 1st period to earn a 4-3 win in overtime in game 4. The Knights are up 3-1 in this series against the Rangers and will look to finish off the Rangers at home on Friday evening. Hughes will be eligible to return to the lineup for that game.

The New, New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday, It's hard to identify the point this season when the Islanders shed their fragile reputation. There were fits and starts throughout the season, but a three-game losing streak at home last month, all games in which the Islanders led in the second or third periods, seemed to reinforce the feeling that this team was not quite ready to make the...

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Old Time Hockey

Nassau County - The New York Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders in the most meaningful game between the two squads in over a decade tomorrow night at the Coliseum.  The Islanders are sitting tied for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference two points ahead, and with one more game played over the eighth place Rangers.  Winners of at least a point in 9 of their...
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