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2012 All-Americans Prospect Game: Ryan Fitzgerald Named MVP With Three Assists

The 2012 All-Americans Prospect Game is bringing together 40 of the top American prospects that are eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft all in one spot. Keep it here for all of the news and updates from the event.

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Third Period Recap

After Team McClanahan jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the end of the second period, the game was all but pretty decided. But Team Housley still had something to prove as they were able to find the scoreboard in the third period. It wasn't enough to catch up though as they lost to Team McClanahan, 5-2.

Evan Allen scored the first of two goals for Team Housley at the 6:08 mark of the third period. His second goal came with 6:10 left in the game on the power play. Team McClanahan wasn't done scoring either as Dakota Mermis scored on a nice wrist shot that just tucked under the crossbar. His goal was assisted by Ryan Fitzgerald, which was his third assist of the night.

The goaltenders faced a good deal of shots in the final period as Team Housley outshot Team McClanahan 14-8 in the period. Evan Cowley finished the night with 16 saves on 18 shots while Hunter Miska finished with 15 saves on 16 shots.

Ryan Fitzgerald was named the game MVP after registering the three assists during the game.


Team McClanahan Offense Opens Up In Second

After only ten combined shots on goal and one goal, the second period of the All-American Prospects game has opened up offensively with Team McClanahan leading 4-0 after two periods.

The flood games opened early for the Team McClanahan offense in the second period. Their first goal of the period came at the 6:06 mark as Seth Jones sniped a shot from the blue line past Eamon Mcadam for his first goal of the night. Two minutes later, Jacob Montgomery scored his first goal of the game on an impressive backhander just tucked under the crossbar. The final goal of the period came on a garbage clean up goal in front of the net from Quinton Shore.

Ryan Fitzgerald recorded his second assist of the night on the Seth Jones goal and he is the points leader thus far with two on the night. Jimmy Lodge, Mike McCarron and Taylor Cammarata each earned assists in the period as well.

Starting goaltenders Eamon McAdam and Cal Peterson made their exits at the halfway mark of the second period. McAdam ended the game with 10 saves on 13 shots while Cal Peterson finished with seven saves on seven shots. Evan Cowley replaced Cal Peterson and finished the period with three saves in ten minutes of work. At the opposite end, Hunter Miska had seven saves in his limited time.

The physicality of the game has picked up as well. Steve Santini leveled the first big check of the night early in the second period. Each team has had a power play chance in the game as Tyler Motte had a tripping penalty and Ryan Fitzgerald had a hooking penalty. Neither team was able to convert on the power play.

The third period should prove eventful as both sides still have something to prove.


First Period Recap Of The All-American Game

If you were thinking that the All-American Prospects game would have turned into a glorified all-star game, you would have been sorely mistaken. With this game, these kids have a serious chance to increase their draft profile and a good performance tonight will go a long way in doing that.

Team McClanahan has the early lead with a Hudson Fasching goal with Ryan Fitzgerald earning the lone assist on the goal. The game started rather slowly with only a handful of shots in the first eight minutes of the game. But as the teams started to feel each other out, the game opened up offensively. The shot totals aren't up yet as both teams only have a total of 10 shots on goal.

For Team Housley, Eamon McAdam has made a couple nice saves including a save on the first two on one breakaway. Through the first twenty minutes, he has made five saves. Center Tyler Kelleher has had a couple nice plays on the doorstep, but just hasn't been able to covert on any of them.

At the opposite end of the ice, Cal Peterson has had a solid game making four saves in the first twenty minutes. Besides the Fasching goal, the offense of Team McClanahan has seemed to have had the better chances. Austin Farley almost had a goal as well as he had a shot that rang off the pipe near the end of the period.

As this game continues, the offense is going to open up more as both teams start to get to know their linemates better.


The Calm Before The Storm

We are an hour away from game time and all is quiet at the First Niagara Center. The new fresh sheet of ice is ready to go as well


There is one major roster update that happened a couple of nights ago. Williamsville native Justin Bailey will not be able to play after suffering an injury on a blindside hit from Patrick Sieloff. Dawson Cook will also miss the game with an injury as well. That leaves 38 players left in the contest.


What You Need To Know About The All-American Game

The 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is debuting in Buffalo on Saturday night. We have everything you need to know about the game.

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