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Netminders Put on a Show in Sioux Falls

01/12/2017, 12:45pm MST
By Tom Robinson - Special to

Team West goalies shine in shutout in USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Goaltending and defense dominated the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Tuesday night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Dayton Rasmussen and Cayden Primeau combined on a shutout as Team West won 4-0 and Keith Petruzzelli was named Team East Most Valuable Player for his play in net.

The game drew 8,133 fans, the largest crowd in its five-year history.

Rasmussen, an 18-year-old University of Denver recruit from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, played the first 31:33 for Team West. The Tri-City Storm goalie made 14 saves.

Primeau, from the Lincoln Stars, finished off the shutout. The 17-year-old from Voorhees, New Jersey, a Northeastern University commit, stopped all 11 shots he faced.    

The West was ahead 3-0 when Petruzzelli entered the game at the same time as Primeau. The 17-year-old Muskegon Lumberjacks goalie and Quinnipiac University recruit from Wilbraham, Massachusetts did not allow a goal.

Petruzzelli made 21 saves in 27:15.

The West’s only goal the rest of the way was into an empty net with 1:54 remaining when Petruzzelli was pulled for an extra attacker.

Paul Washe from the Tri-City Storm had two goals while Matt Quercia from the Sioux Falls Stampede had a goal and an assist.

Team West scored twice in the first 5:23.

Nick Swaney from the Waterloo Black Hawks opened the scoring before Washe deflected a shot by John St. Ivany from Sioux Falls 1:17 later.

Washe, the Team West MVP, scored again in the second period and Quercia added the empty-net goal.

Ramussen and Primeau combined for the first shutout in the game’s history. The joined Petruzzelli in becoming the sixth, seventh and eighth goalies in the game’s history to stop every shot they faced.

Team East still leads the series 3-2.

DOUBLE FIGURES: Two North American 3 Hockey League players hit double figures in scoring during the weekend.   

Ben Ratner had a hand in all 12 goals scored by the Wisconsin Whalers in three games. He had three goals, including a game-winner, and nine assists.

Thomas Kolaz helped the Peoria Mustangs win twice by scoring three goals, assisting on seven and going plus-11 for the two games combined. One of his goals was a game-winner.

PRIME MATCHUP: The Eastern Hockey League Premier Division Showcase Series concludes with a Sunday-through-Tuesday event, hosted by the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs.

The highlight of the showcase is Monday at 2:30 when the Monarchs face the league-leading Philadelphia Little Flyers in a rematch of last season’s EHL Finals.

The Little Flyers have won 30 straight, including a 7-1 victory over the defending champion Monarchs.

USPHL STARS: The Islanders Hockey Club will host Monday’s United States Premier Hockey League All-Star Games at Merrimack College.

The All-Star Game, featuring USPHL Premier Division Players, is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Young Guns games, featuring top 16U and 18U Division players, are scheduled before and after. 

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Muskegon forward Bobby Kaiser recently announced his commitment to play at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The 19-year-old from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan was acquired by the Lumberjacks early in the 2015-16 USHL season from the Tri-City Storm.

Fargo Force forward Shane McMahan, a third-year USHL player, has committed to Minnesota State University-Mankato.   

McMahan, 20, from Lakewood, Colorado, has 15 points and is plus-4 in 21 games.

Pete Kessel, a veteran forward with the North American Hockey League’s Lone Star Brahmas, has committed to play at the College of the Holy Cross, beginning next fall.

The 20-year-old from Broomfield Hills, Michigan leads the Brahmas with 21 goals and 35 points in 35 games. Kessel followed up his signing by scoring the game-winning goals in two weekend games and posting five goals total in those wins.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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