I-71 Report: Zach Attack

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Hockey is back in the state of Ohio with both the Monsters and their National Hockey League Affiliate, The Columbus Blue Jackets dropping the puck on the 2016-17 season last week and some members of the 2015-16 Monsters Calder Cup Championship team are already making an early impression at hockey's highest level. 

Player Pulse

It’s been quite a week for Zach Werenski. On Thursday, October 13th, he made his National Hockey League debut for the Columbus Blue Jackets and posted his first career NHL point with an assist on the first goal of a 6-3 Blue Jackets home loss to the Boston Bruins. On Saturday, October 15th, he scored his first NHL goal in a 3-2 Columbus home loss to the NHL’s defending Western Conference Champions, the San Jose Sharks. “It’s a special moment, something I’ll always remember,” Werenski said following the game.

Another member of the Monsters’ 2016 Calder Cup Championship team, Josh Anderson, notched his first goal of the year in the final seconds of Saturday’s Blue Jackets loss to San Jose.

Blue Jackets Report

Despite an 0-2 start to the season, Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky put forth an encouraging effort in Saturday’s loss to the Sharks, stopping 35 of the 37 pucks he faced in defeat. Additionally, Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella says he’s been impressed with the younger players on the Blue Jackets roster to start the year, Weresnki and Anderson included. “I look at the game of a couple of our kids…It’s really encouraging,” Tortorella told BlueJackets.com

Upcoming action for Columbus includes a Friday home clash vs. the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena on October 21st and a Saturday road trip to American Airlines Center in Dallas on October 22nd for a date vs. the Dallas Stars.

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