Last night was a busy one for the New York Rangers prospects playing in the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s, as one prospect became a champion; two prospects advanced in their playoffs, one was eliminated, and another is staring at a tied series.
British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL)
In the BCHL, Rangers’ prospect Steven Fogarty, 18, and the Penticton Vees became 2012 Fred Page Cup champions after defeating the Powell River Kings, 3-2, on Wednesday; sweeping the final series. Fogarty, a third-round pick of the Rangers in 2011, has four goals and three assists in 15 playoff games. Penticton now advances to the Doyle Cup, where they will oppose the champions of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Western Hockey League (WHL)
In the WHL, two Rangers’ prospects advanced with victories last night. Michael St. Croix, 19, and the Edmonton Oil Kings swept the Brandon Wheat Kings with a 6-0 win on Wednesday. The 2011 fourth-round pick has seven points in eight playoff games, and Edmonton advances to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they will oppose Dylan McIlrath’s Moose Jaw Warriors.
McIlrath, 19, and the Warriors swept the Medicine Hat Tigers with a 4-3 overtime win on Wednesday. The 2010 first-round pick (10th overall) has five points and a plus-7 rating in nine playoff games thus far.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
In the QMJHL, Samuel Noreau, 19, and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar was swept by the Saint John’s SeaDogs after losing 5-3 on Wednesday.
Noreau (2011 fifth-round pick) was scoreless with 18 penalty-minutes and an even rating in eight playoff games. He is eligible to join the Connecticut Whale on an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement, but if he does, it is unlikely that he will play.
Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Finally, in the OHL, Rangers first-round pick in 2011 (15th overall), J.T Miller and his Plymouth Whalers lost to the Kitchener Rangers on Wednesday, 5-1; evening their second-round series at 2-2. The series picks-up again on Saturday with game 5, and Sunday with game 6.
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