Minnesota Wild Prospects Report: NCAA Tournaments Begin


Here’s Gone Puck Wild’s weekly Minnesota Wild prospects report.

Nolan de Jong, D, 7th round 2013

De Jong grabbed three assists in a pair of losses sustained by Michigan against Penn State over the weekend.

Pavel Jenys, C, 7th round 2014

In three Sudbury games in the last week, Jenys grabbed a goal and an assist. Those two points helped Jenys maintain his scoring lead for the Wolves with 14 goals and 29 assists through 58 games this season.

Dylan Labbé, D, 4th round 2013

Labbé scored a goal in one of three games Shawinigan played over the last week. He ranks sixth among QMJHL defenseman in scoring this season with 14 goals and 34 assists through 58 games.

Mario Lucia, LW/RW, 2nd round 2011

Notre Dame entered the Hockey East Championships this weekend with a best of three series against UMASS, which featured an exhausting, record-setting opening game. Friday night’s game went into five overtime periods. It was a game in which Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen (Buffalo Sabres, 2013 5th round) stopped 87 of those shots before UMASS took the game 4-3. His 87 saves were a new NCAA single-game record, eclipsing the previous record of 78. Setting the record wasn’t especially surprising since it was the longest game in college hockey history.

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Despite an exhausting Friday night, Peterson got the start on Saturday and Sunday as well, with the series taking a full three games to complete.

For his part, Lucia took a team-leading 12 shots in Friday’s game, though never managed to get one past UMASS goaltender Steve Mastalerz (undrafted). Notre Dame took Saturday’s game 5-3 with Lucia grabbing the first goal of the game and assisting on the game-winner from Vince Hinostroza (Chicago Blackhawks, 2012 6th round).

Notre Dame dominated Sunday’s game, taking a 7-0 win behind five second period goals. Lucia had an assist in that one.

Steve Michalek, G, 6th round 2011

Harvard entered the first round of the ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship with a best of three series against Brown. Harvard took the series in two games, grabbing a 6-2 and a 4-3 decision with Michalek taking the net both nights.

Michalek stopped 28 of 30 shots in Friday night’s game and 24 of 27 in Saturday’s, for a .912 Sv% in round one. Michalek and Harvard will face off against Yale in the quarterfinals.

Carson Soucy, D, 5th round 2013

Soucy had an assist in one of two games for the UMD Bulldogs against Western Michigan over the weekend.


Alexandre Belanger missed all three games for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles this week. Chase Lang and Reid Duke both sat out for the week. Tanner Faith and Hunter Warner are both out for the season.

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