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Junior Jackets Weekly - Oct. 14 - Oct. 20

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Did you know that the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets updated their web page? Neither did I, but I have to admit it looks pretty slick when compared to the old site, which was simply a rehash of the old Blue Jackets' site.

I'm ashamed to admit that amidst the excitement of the NHL's regular season starting, coupled with my mid-terms last week, I completely neglected the fact that the OJBJ started their United States Hockey League regular season two Fridays ago, during a double dip on both Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th against the Green Bay Gamblers.

Going by the standings alone, everything looks good so far for the Junior Blue Jackets, as they currently sit at 2-0-1 after a pair of wins in Green Bay, followed by a tough loss to the Indiana Ice, in which Jackets' defenseman Patrick Goebel managed to tie the score with just 51 seconds remaining in the game. The team would lose in a lengthy shootout that would go all of nine rounds.

Here's a run down of the OJBJ roster, highlighting the team's leaders in points, goals, assists, and PIMs:

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One of the more vexing problems when keeping track of the Junior Blue Jackets, I admit, is probably the fact that the only games I'll be able to see firsthand are the games I will attend in-person. Apparently the USHL is affiliated with a webcast group called B2 Networks, however I have yet to see any OJBJ games available for viewing on their site. And even if I did, it would require a subscription to watch USHL games; something I just can't afford as a lowly college student.

(Edit: I wasn't looking close enough. To my knowledge, all games will be broadcast by B2 Networks ... however the price for a USHL Season Pass is $140. I'm sorry, but that's about the same price as NHL Center Ice!)

Still, that isn't going to deter me from keeping track of this team. They deserve recognition, after all. And hockey in Columbus is hockey in Columbus, right?

In any event, the Junior Blue Jackets will be kicking off their home opener this Friday against the Omaha Lancers, who they'll also be facing the next day as well. The Lancers are one of only two teams with a 3-0-0 record. While the OJBJ have seemingly been winning thanks to some strong offense -- they rank 3rd in the league in goals for (out of 12 teams) -- they also rank 8th in goals against, meaning that they'll need to tighten things up in their own zone, as well as between the pipes. Corson Cramer, who has played 2 of the 3 OJBJ's games so far, is sporting just a .901 save percentage, while the Lancer's best goalie, Drew Palmisano, has an above average .914 save percentage.

I'll be at this game, so expect something with a bit more meat come next week's JJ Weekly. Hopefully!

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