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Prospect games highlight junior play

02/21/2014, 5:00am MST
By Tom Robinson - Special to

The Central Division was the only team to go 2-0 in the North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament Monday and Tuesday.

Bismarck Bobcats goalie Aaron Nelson stopped all 12 shots he faced in his half of Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the South. Jonathan Grebosky from the Aberdeen Wings scored the game-winner with less than eight minutes remaining.

The Central used three third-period goals Monday to defeat the Midwest, 4-1.

Dennis Yan had two goals Tuesday when the US National Team Development Program defeated the NAHL 18-U Selects, 5-1.

Steffanos Lekkas of the Springfield Junior Blues had 30 saves and Alex Blankenburg of the Port Huron Fighting Saints had 18 more Monday when the North shut out the South, 3-0.

MORE PROSPECTS: The North American 3 Hockey League had three days of Top Prospects Tournament games on Monday through Wednesday in Troy, Mich. The West Division dominated, beating the Central 11-1, the East 9-1, and the South 8-1.

Jace Childs of the Twin City Steel had three goals and six assists in the event. Teammate Calvin Miska matched Richie Marenis of the North Iowa Bulls in providing five goals and three assists each. Christian Mohs of the Granite City Lumberjacks also had eight points with the help of a tournament-high seven assists.

TITLE CLINCHING: The Boston Junior Bruins clinched the first United States Premier Hockey League Premier Division title Sunday when Timothy Doherty scored two goals and assisted on another in a 5-2 win over the Connecticut Yankees.

After clinching, the Bruins lost their final two games to finish 36-8-2-2. They excelled defensively, giving up the fewest goals in the league while also leading in short-handed goals (8) and finishing second in penalty kill percentage (89.66).

Brian Bowen led the division with 27 goals while Vincent Russo was fifth with 20. Goalie Sean Lawrence leads the league in wins (29), shutouts (3), goals-against average (2.06) and save percentage (.933).

The Bellingham Blaze won three games in three days to finish their Northern Pacific Hockey League schedule 35-5 and clinch the regular-season title. The clinching win came in the final game, a 12-3 romp over the Vancouver Vipers in which the Blaze opened a 6-0 lead in the first 27 minutes.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Forward Tyler Sheehy, who is averaging more than a point per game for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League, has committed to the University of Minnesota. Sheehy has 14 goals and 18 assists in 31 games while going plus-17. The 18-year-old from Burnsville, Minn. played parts of the previous two seasons in the USHL.

Cameron Heath, a defensemen for the PAL Islanders in the USPHL Premier Division, has committed to Canisius College. Heath, a 19-year-old from Troy, Mich., is second on the team with 12 goals and 23 assists in 46 games.

ONE-TIMERS: Cameron Berry of the Philadelphia Little Flyers had 10 points including an overtime, game-winning goal, in four games during the Eastern Hockey League’s Presidents’ Day Showcase. … After managing seven points in his first 38 USHL games this season, Mason Bergh of the Chicago Steel has eight points in the last four games. … Art Brey made 18 third-period saves and 31 total for the Sioux Falls Stampede in a 3-0 USHL shutout of the Green Bay Gamblers Saturday. … Alex Okicki’s 30-save shutout helped the Johnstown Tomahawks stop a nine-game Michigan Warriors winning streak Friday with a 5-0 NAHL victory.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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