directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Everyone wins!

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Everyone wins!

We know the Jackets pulled one out last night but what about the Ohio State Buckeyes and Syracuse Crunch?

Good news. Both teams won!

Ohio State pulled out a shootout win over the 8th ranked Miami Red Hawks.

After skating to a 3-3 tie through regulation and overtime, Ohio State and No. 8 Miami went to the first shootout in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Buckeyes prevailed for the conference win, as
Corey Elkins, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd all converted their shootout attempts and Joseph Palmer made one save, to win the shootout, 3-1.

The Buckeye's take on Miami @ Oxford tonight. This game is slated to be televised on ONN at 7 EST.

The Syracuse Crunch also pulled out a victory last night against the Rochester Americans 4-3. The story of the night was rookie Nikita Filatov who scored his first AHL goal. Lindsay Kramer weighs in on Nikita's performance:

That brings us to rookie forward Nikita Filatov.

I'm not going to say he was all over the place, but he was an offensive factor on most of his shifts. I only remember him trying to do too much and turning the puck over once, which is great for a player of his skill. He also had a breakaway late in the game, but couldn't really control the puck to get off a great shot. Overall, the action always seemed to find him, and he plays with obvious confidence.

"He's a goal-scorer, you can tell,'' said linemate Derek MacKenzie. "He loves having the puck. He goes to the right place at the right time. When a guy is that age (18) and he wants the puck as much as he does, that's a good thing.''

Filatov may not be here long, but that's not really the issue. The two points he helps Syracuse get now count just as much as two points in March. The key is to turn this guy's production into as many wins as possible now. The shame would be if the team doesn't milk his contributions for points.

MacKenzie is, well, MacKenzie. He looked like he was in midseason form. He is a good centerman for Filatov, sort of a poised counterpoint to Filatov's artistry.

He's absolutely right. The Crunch have to milk that cow for all its worth while he's there because like he says, it probably won't be for very long.

For those keeping score MacKenzie, McGuirk & York also had goals for the Crunch. What I wasn't expecting to see on the stat sheet was that Adam Pineault had a fight of all players -- he also collected a couple of helpers. Of course you know John "Nasty" Mirasty drop the gloves.

Great night of hockey if your a fan of these teams!


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