Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Prospects game recap: Baillargeon East MVP

Three Ice players participated in tonight's USHL-NHL Prospects Game in Muskegon -- essentially, the replacement for the All-Star Game, the contest shows off the top draft-eligible players from across the league.

The Ice's Robbie Baillargeon shone brightly, scoring the East's first two goals in a 5-3 victory. He also had several more good chances, getting five shots on goal.

Baillargeon's first goal came when he stole a clearing pass and deked goaltender Stephon Williams out of position in the goalmouth before slinging the puck into the open net with 1:46 left in the first. It cut the West lead to 2-1, but Baillargeon quickly tied the game in the second, cashing in on a great goalmouth feed from Muskegon's Jordan Masters at 4:07.

The Ice's Robert Polosello also had an assist on a goal at 10:06 of the second scored by Green Bay's Nicholas Schilkey -- a goal that initially wasn't allowed, but was upon further consultation with the goal judge. Polosello also got five shots off.

Jon Gillies was the winning goaltender. He came in with a 3-2 lead midway through the second, quickly allowed the tying goal on a deflection, and then was a brick wall, stopping 19 consecutive shots to seal the victory.

Former Ice player Cody Bradley, now of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, also played for the East in the game.

USHL boxscore

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