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12-06-2012, 08:41 PM
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3-0 win for Sarnia over Saginaw. A solid performance from Galchenyuk. He picked up a goal and an assist.

Galchenyuk started off the game fairly quietly. He didn't seem alert and seemed to be a bit sluggish. He did have a nice steal in the offensive zone, but followed it up with a sloppy pass to Boucher. Then, Galchenyuk turned it all around. At the end of a penalty kill he stole the puck at the blue line and then gloved it down. He did lose the ensuing footrace, but just barely. Next shift he came flying down the wing and deked the defender out and drove it to the net, a very powerforward-esque move. He had a beautiful pass right on the tape of Sarault's stick, but nothing came from it. At the end of the period he took a penalty for high-sticking. Defensively, I thought he was alright. He looked a little bit tired and didn't seem interested at times. Like always, his positioning was very good though.

In the second, Galchenyuk carried his momentum from the mid of the first period. He had a nice pass, but then followed it up with a bad one because he didn't engage himself along the boards quick enough. He had a nice behind the back pass along the boards to start the breakout. He’s really starting to look more comfortable on the wing, he’s driving the net and making better, more crisp passes from the wing than he has been in the past. His first goal of the night came from a beautiful snipe on the PP. He was down low and got the puck and got his shot of very quickly. One of the best shots I've seen this year. Next shift, Galchenyuk cut across the ice using his great speed and hands, but ended up skating into a group. However he did come out with the puck. He also has started using his slapper more often. That shot is a rocket, he came down the wing at one point and unleashed his shot. It just missed high. He did have some bad plays at the end of the though. He couldn't trap the puck when he skated by it, couldn't receive a pass on a 2-on-1 and forced a pass on the PP. Sometimes I feel he has to be more selfish, especially games like tonight since Sarault could had some struggles with the puck and I have no idea if Boucher actually played or not.

Galchenyuk continued to pick up his play and had a fantastic third period. He had another picked shot on the PP from an eerily similar spot as the first goal. He had a nice clear on the PK that led to a scoring chance for Sarnia. He had one particularly great shift. He made a fantastic pass, the recipient was covered but Galchenyuk still managed to the tape. Then he drove to the net and wrecked havoc in front. He almost got a goal from that. He also had a great pass after deking out two defenders down low, but the pass didn't make it to its intended target. Galchenyuk also showed off that killer saucer pass with a beautiful one to Boucher on a 2-on-1. With time running out he made a solid hit, but he did have a really stupid behind the back pass right at his own blueline. He picked up his second point and first assist of the night with a pass to Basso on the empty net goal.

Overall, I thought Galchenyuk played a solid game. His game steadily picked up as the time went on. He's putting together quite a good streak of solid games now. I thought he defensive game was pretty solid tonight too. It wasn't his best performance, but it was good. He made some weird plays, but backchecked hard and positioned himself great. For the most part, I feel that he does what’s asked of him defensively and a bit more, but I'd like to see him go above and beyond in that aspect with more consistency.
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-Connor Murphy was fantastic tonight. Just an incredible performance from him. He was a beast and was a huge reason why Sarnia came out with a W.
-JP Anderson was fantastic as well. He was the best player on the ice. He was a brick wall and kept Sarnia in the game. He's really starting to find his groove and he looks fantastic.
-Davis Brown picked up his first career OHL goal tonight. It was a beaut. He stole the puck and then went around the net and blasted a shot topshelf. Since returning from injury he's had a 4 points in 4 games. He had a ton of chances tonight and looked really too. I hope he continues the good play. He seems like a hard working kid and Sarnia could really use some more depth scoring.
-Nick Moutrey was Saginaw's best player tonight. I really don't know why he doesn't get more hype. I've seen about 15 Saginaw games this year and I'd say in about 80% of them he's been the best player. Yes, better than Trocheck. He's also a powerforward who's soft hands and a great shot. He also has an agitating game, which was very evident tonight even if he wasn't hitting a whole lot.
-Dalton Young had a filthy toe drag to split the D on the PP. He one particularly great shift but was quiet for the rest of the game. He's been huge for Saginaw for this year though, it's like watching a completely different player.
-I really liked Brandon Prophet tonight. He's very composed and poised on the ice. It's had to believe he's a 96, he's a very solid defenceman.

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