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Panthers Prospect Report: 1.03.12

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
CONNOR BRICKLEY

Intangibles
Position: C              Shoots: Left
Height:   6-0            Weight: 190
Born: 2/25/92 in Malden, MA
How Acquired: Panthers second round pick (50th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Center Connor Brickley takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Taken in the second round (50th overall) in the 2010 NHL draft, Brickley has had a successful sophomore season with the University of Vermont.

Brickley has already doubled his goal total from a season ago and his eight goals on the campaign lead his entire team. Picking up two assists in his first 14 games, Brickley sits second on the team in scoring with 10 points. The Malden, MA native picked up a goal and an assist in each of the two games this past weekend against Maine.

The 6-0 sandpaper of a forward was named to the preliminary roster for Team USA for the World Junior Championships. Brickley will look to break the final 22 man roster (currently at 29) along with two other Panthers prospects (Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau).

Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM PP
Vermont 14 8 2 10 12 2

SARAMPAGE.COM
(15-15-2, 11th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

  Tuesday, January 3 at Charlotte (6:00pm CT)
Wednesday, January 4 at Charlotte (6:00pm CT)
Friday, January 6 vs Texas (7:00pm CT)
Sunday, January 8 vs Houston (3:30pm CT)


WEEKLY NOTES: San Antonio closed out the month of December with their best month to date as they finished 6-4-2 (14 points). That came even after falling in three of their last four games in the final week of the month. The Rampage fell in one-goal games at Houston (2-1) and at Texas (3-2) before dropping a 5-2 home game against the Aeros on Friday. San Antonio righted the ship with a New Years Eve victory over the Western Conference leading Oklahoma City Barons as they skated away with a 4-3 victory. San Antonio recorded two straight after the game was tied at two off goals by Scott Timmins and David Marshall and held on for the victory.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: It will be a busy seven days for the Rampage as they will take part in four games over that span. San Antonio kicks it off with back-to-back games as they visit the Charlotte Checkers. The two teams have split their series to date with each recording a 4-1 victory. San Antonio then returns home for two as they host the Texas Stars on Friday. The Rampage are 3-1-1 to date this season against their in-state rivals. The Rampage close out the week when the Houston Aeros make a visit to AT&T Center.

JOYOUS JANUARY: Since the 2007-08 season, January has been a stellar month for San Antonio. They are 29-20-2-5 during the first month of the year in the past four seasons. 

GETTING OFFENSIVE: Five Rampage defensemen contributed a point each to San Antonio’s 4-3 win over the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday night. Tyson Strachan potted a goal while Michael Caruso, Mike Vernace, Keith Seabrook, and Colby Robak all registered one assist.

MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION: Last weekend left wing Evan Barlow totaled a goal and two assists in two games. Since being signed to a professional try-out on Nov. 17, Barlow has scored four goals to go along with seven assists in 18 contests with the Rampage.

CARUSO CRANKS IT UP: Defenseman Michael Caruso tallied his first three points of the season last week, posting a point in three of San Antonio's four games. He scored his first goal of the season on Dec. 26 at Houston, notched an assist on Dec. 27 at Texas, and added a helper on Dec. 31 in Oklahoma City.

BY THE NUMBERS: Forward Bracken Kearns continues to lead the way in the goals department as he is the only one in double digits (10), Kearns also leads all skaters in points with 20. Center Mark Cullen and defenseman Colby Robak sit atop the assists category with 14 each while Robak leads the plus-minus category with +12. Netminder Dov Grumet-Morris has been stellar between the pipes posting a 1.68 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.

CYCLONESHOCKEY.COM
(13-9-3, 10th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Wednesday, January 4 vs Greenville (7:30pm ET)
Friday, January 6 at Wheeling (7:30pm ET)
Saturday, January 7 at Elmira (7:35pm ET)
Sunday, January 8 at Elmira (4:05pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Cyclones continued their torrid pace, registering their fourth and fifth straight victories last week. Cincinnati actually finished the month of December with an 8-2 record. Last week, the Cyclones won an offensive affair, outscoring Kalamazoo 8-5. They followed that up with a 3-0 win in Toledo as Brian Foster finished with 28 saves in the game.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: This weekend, Cyclones will have an opportunity to avenge a pair of losses to the Toledo Walleye with a home-and-home series against the “Fish” beginning Friday night at the Huntington Center. The Clones currently hold three games in hand on Nick Vitucci’s club but trail them in the North Division standings by three points. A pair of Cyclones wins would leapfrog them back into third place.

HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: With another three-points added to their home totals this year, the Clones remain on the ECHL’s best home point-scoring streak. With a record of 5-0-0-2 at U.S. Bank Arena, they are still the only team in the league to have not lost a regulation game at home and are outscoring their opponents by a total of 26-20 (an average of 3.7-2.8 per game).
                                                                                    




STATISTICS




Information from the sarampage.com and cycloneshockey.com used to create this report.
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