Over the extended Thanksgiving weekend, many Coyotes fans were busy, giving thanks, eating turkey, catching- up with family, watching football and of course cheering on the Coyotes. Yet in all the excitement and festivities, some may have missed the outstanding weekend had by a trio of Coyotes prospects.
Forwards Blake Wheeler, Martin Hanzal and Peter Mueller would combine to lead their respective clubs to a 5-1-0 record over the weekend. As impressive as the final outcomes were, it was their individual efforts that have garnered national attention and praise.
| ||Blake Wheeler |
On Friday, Wheeler and his University of Minnesota teammates captured a thrilling 5-4 win over Michigan State in which Wheeler contributed two points (1 goal, 1 assist).
Wheeler returned to action on Saturday night, as Minnesota hosted the Michigan Wolverines. For his part of the Golden Gophers' 8-2 win, Wheeler registered one goal, one assist (shorthanded) and a plus +2 rating.
| ||Martin Hanzal |
Hanzal's impressive weekend began on Friday night when his Red Deer Rebels fell to the Prince Albert Raiders 2-1. Hanzal scored the lone Rebels' goal and post an even rating in the loss.
One night later, Red Deer took out their frustrations on the Swift Current Broncos, posting a 5-2 win. Hanzal played a role in each Red Deer goal as his finished the night with one goal, four assists (two on the power play), a plus +2 rating and two penalty minutes.
Hanzal was also named the WHL Player of the Week for Nov. 20 - Nov. 26.
| ||Peter Mueller |
The U.S. Division-leading Everett Silvertips captured a 2-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night. Facing a one-goal deficit midway through the third period, Mueller, the Coyotes first round (eighth overall) draft pick from last summer, helped Everett pull even by recording an assist on the Silvertips power play goal. Everett would go on to capture victory in a seven-round shootout.
On Saturday, Mueller exploded for four assists, three of which came on the man-advantage, as he led the Silvertips to a 5-3 win over the Tri-City Americans.