The Weekly Ignition: February 18 2014

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The medal round of the 2014 Winter Olympics are underway and the Calgary Flames are back on the ice tomorrow for practice. The return of NHL hockey is just around the corner. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happened and what’s to come.

PRESS ROUND-UP

Curtis Glencross is on the mend and targeting Calgary’s first game after the Olympics, but isn’t gonna rush it.

Johnny Gaudreau is the runaway front-runner for the Hobey Baker Award

PROSPECTS ROUND-UP

Busy week for the Abbotsford Heat. Chad Billins and Ben Street were at the All-Star Game in St. John’s, beating Farjestads BK by a 7-2 score. Street had the game-winning goal and both Heat players were +1. After that, it was a wild travel adventure as a snowstorm made air travel insane and a 16-hour bus trip to Raleigh for a pair of games with the Charlotte Checkers. Despite the craziness, the Heat took three of a possible four points via a 5-1 win and a 5-4 OT loss. Joni Ortio faced 72 shots over the weekend. Markus Granlund continued to be awesome with three points. Max Reinhart was held off the scoresheet for the first time in forever.

Down in Alaska, the Aces played five games and won twice. Turner Elson scored a goal. Very little else happened.

Johnny Gaudreau had 5 points and extended his scoring streak to 26 games. Boston College clinched the Hockey East regular season crown. Morgan Klimchuk had 4 points. Coda Gordon had 3 assists. Kenny Agostino had 3 points, as did Bill Arnold.

Providence College’s Jon Gillies is now 2-6-2 since the World Juniors with a 2.82 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. Shockingly, PC has tumbled down the Hockey East standings. Over in the Big Ten, Matt Deblouw played for the first time in over a month, posting four shots in a pair of weekend games for Michigan State.

UP NEXT

The Flames are back in action next week.

The Heat play a brutal, brutal three-games-in-three-nights stretch next weekend – they play Friday in Milwaukee and then Saturday and Sunday in Chicago against the Wolves. Down in the ECHL, the Aces host the Ontario Reign on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

  • McRib

    Wonder whats goin on with Matt Deblouw as it seems something is seriously wrong… Is he partying too much or something? The kid showed so much promise last season with 21 points in 42 games as a freshman. This season he has TWO points!!! I heard his father passed away a couple years ago. Hope he finds his way again seemed like a solid kid.

      • McRib

        I watched Matt Deblouw last season numerous times on the B1G Ten network he looked like a legitimate talent made things happen for team constantly whenever he was on the ice on a weak team. Watching Bill Arnold as freshman as well would have to say Deblouw had more upside at that time for me. Maybe he has been battling injuries, but regardless something is not right with him in East Lansing. He didn’t just score 21 points last season, he made it look like that was just the tip of the iceberg every time he was on the ice he was noticeable.

  • prendrefeu

    He’s been amazing so far, and all without a water bottle!
    I’m glad we (Canada) finally got a second goal in, but Gudlevskis deserves a standing ovation.