Minnesota Wild Prospects Report: NCAA Seasons Are Ending


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Louie Belpedio, D, 2014 Round 3

Belpedio grabbed a goal and an assist in Friday’s Miami Ohio’s win over Western Michigan, the first game of their best of three match.

In Saturday’s 7-5 loss Belpdio was a minus-3. He didn’t have a point in Saturday’s loss or Sunday’ 4-0 win that saw Miami University advancing to the next round of the NCHC tournament to face Denver.

Adam Gilmour, RW/C, 2012 Round 4 & Alex Tuch, RW, 2014 Round 1

In their three-game series over the weekend, Boston College was upset by Vermont, getting shutout by a junior goaltender Brody Hoffman (undrafted), who stopped all 36 BC shots he faced in game three.

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In the other two games, both Gilmour and Tuch were held without a point, while 2015 draft-eligible defenseman Noah Hanifin and Michael Matheson (Florida Panthers, 2012 Round 1) had a big weekend. Matheson finished the weekend with assists on four of the five BC goals, while Hanifin added a goal and an assist.

In Sunday’s game Gilmour almost fed Tuch for an equalizer in the third, but Tuch’s shot sailed over the crossbar, only missing pay-dirt by inches. While they’re eliminated from the Hockey East tournament, the team’s season isn’t necessarily over, as they still have an opportunity at a NCAA tournament bid.

Pavel Jenys, C, 2014 Round 7

Jenys scored a goal in one of the Sudbury Wolves’ two games this week. Jenys still leads the team in points with 15 goals and 29 assists in 60 games.

Dylan Labbe, D, 2014 Round 4

Labbe posted a goal and two assists in three games over the last week for Shawinigan.

Chase Lang, C, 2014 Round 6

Lang came back from injury following a five-day rest for the Calgary Hitmen. Lang scored in one of the three games the team played, suiting up three nights in a row starting on Friday. The playoff-bound Hitmen wrap up the last three games of their season this week.

Mario Lucia, LW/RW, 2011 Round 2

Lucia’s Hockey East tourney came to an end Sunday, after Notre Dame lost in a three-game series to UMASS Lowell.

Lucia was tied for a team-worst minus-4 rating in Friday’s 5-0 loss. Saturday went a little better for Lucia, with him scoring a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win.

Despite a strong push at the end of the game on Sunday — Notre Dame posted two unanswered goals in the third — Notre Dame dropped Sunday’s game to end their season. Lucia was held off the board on Sunday.

Notre Dame’s season is over and if Lucia’s going to make the jump to go pro in the fall, there’s a chance it could be announced soon, which would afford him the opportunity to grab a few AHL games before the Iowa Wild wrap up the regular season and start to watch everyone else begin the playoffs.

Steve Michalek, G, 2011 Round 6

Michalek and Harvard had a best-of-three series against Yale this weekend in the quarterfinals of the ECAC tournament. The rivalry was sent to three games and settled on Sunday night.

In the first game Harvard eked out a 3-2 win, outshooting Yale 30-21. The following night Yale again fired 21 shots in a 2-0 win, with Michalek stopping 20 before Yale iced the game with an empty net goal. Harvard outshot Yale again, but Alex Lyon (an undrafted native of Baudette, MN) stood tall for Yale, stopping all 24 shots he faced.

On Sunday, the game went into double overtime before a goal by sophomore Jimmy Vesey (Nashville Predators, 2012 round 3), scored at the 16:46 mark of the second OT, sent Harvard to the next round in a 3-2 win. Michalek stopped 40 of 42 Yale shots in the win. He finished the three-game series with a .940 Sv%.

Lou Nanne, LW, 2012 Round 7

Nanne and RPI were swept in two games by St. Lawrence University in the ECAC tournament quarterfinals. RPI only managed to get a single puck past SLU’s freshman goaltender Kyle Hayton (a Fairbault, MN native). Nanne grabbed an assist on that goal, scored by Mark Miller.

Nanne finishes his freshman season with five goals, five assists, 32 shots, and 25 blocked shots in 31 games.

– Alexandre Belanger remains out for Cape Breton. They only have two game remaining in the QMJHL season.
– Hunter Warner and Tanner Faith are out for the season.
– Reid Duke is still out of the lineup for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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