It was New York Islander prospect vs New York Ranger prospect in the only action on Thursday evening. Adam Pelech (NYI 2012 3rd) and his Erie Otters were looking for their 1st win of the season as they visited Peter Ceresnak (NYR 2011 6th) and his Peterborough Petes.
No need to wait as we have video highlight of the game via the folks from TV Cogeco Ontario.
The Otters embarrassed the Petes scoring 4 goals before the Petes could even get on the board and cruised to a 5-1 win. Pelech recorded a primary assist on the Otter's first goal for his 2nd point of the season (both assists) to help the Otters win their first game of the season.
Ceresnak and his teammates were to put it politely terrible in every area of the game with the most glaring stat was going 0 for 9 on the power play against an extremely young and inexperienced Otter team at home. Former Ranger's assistant coach Mike Pelino the coach of the Petes did not mince words in the postgame
“We weren’t a good team tonight and nothing was good tonight,” adds a frustrated Pelino, after the Petes’ record dropped to 1-2 on the season.
Ceresnak was not a factor at all in this game and one can't stress enough how important it is for Ceresnak to take advantage of his opportunities now. If Ceresnak wants a Ranger contract then he needs to start his push now or the Rangers will look elsewhere.
You make the call clean hit or not?
Thanks to our friend Neate Sager for pointing this play out as it is one that falls right on the borderline as to whether or not it was a clean hit. Look for the hit at the 1:28 mark as Patrick Sieloff of the Windsor Spitfires catches Justin Bailey of the Kitchener Rangers skating with his head down.
From the views off the tape, it looks like a clean hit but I am sure there are those out there who say that Sieloff did not have to blast a defenseless player. What bothers me is that while I never want to see anyone hurt but we need to draw a line where the player who gets hit has to bear some responsibility for putting himself into a dangerous position.
The cardinal rule of hockey is always skate with your head up and Sieloff winds up getting penalized after the fact because the two refs did not see the play
Sorry wrong call to make after the fact just because Bailey took a huge hit.