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Red Wings prospect news: Athanasiou scores a highlight-reel goal; Bertuzzi’s ‘hot’ since return

I posted a set of prospect-related scores and stories on Sunday evening, but "more has happened" since the time I posted said entry, and I'd like to continue to keep the prospect news and team news separate, so here's a second summary:

In playoff action, in the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal and now has 4 goals and 1 assist in 5 playoff games played, but his Guelph Storm lost an ugly 7-2 decision to the London Knights, who tied the teams' second-round playoff series at 1 game apiece.

Bertuzzi made a surprise return from a set of neck injuries that have sidelined him for the vast majority of the past two seasons, so it's very encouraging to see him play so strongly despite missing several months' worth of action;

And Andreas Athanasiou scored a goal in his Barrie Colts' 4-1 loss to North Bay, which trails the teams' second-round playoff series 2 games to 0, but Athanasiou's goal was so slick that Yahoo Sports' Buzzing the Net's Nate Seager both posted the goal and noted that Athansiou made sure to not make a big deal out of breaking a team's 4-0 shutout with 6:20 left in the game:

Per Sager:

It was also a very veteran move by Athanasiou to not even so much as raise his stick afterward, not it should be necessary to point out one shouldn't 'celly' when his team is trailing in a playoff game. The Woodbridge, Ont., native had had numerous chances against Smith and the Battalion over the first 40 minutes with nothing to show for it. Then the Battalion broke the deadlock with four goals in a 4:11 span of the third, including two on breakaways from San Jose Sharks-signed captain Barclay Goodrow.

"It was kind of weird that a 1-on-2 chance, out of all the point-blank chances that'd I had, was the one that went in," Athanasiou told Rogers TV Barrie. "It feels good to actually get one on the board and finally get one past Smith."

Athanasiou now has 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points in 7 playoff games.

And in regular season hockey, in the ECHL, goaltender Jared Coreau sat out the Toledo Walleye's 2-1 loss to the Fort Wayne Komets, but that's probably a good thing: Hannu Toivonen was peppered with 47 shots in Coreau's place.

Wings prospect Richard Nedomlel also finished at +1, which ain't bad by Walleye standards, and the Walleye's website posted a recap:

Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 44 saves in the game but the Walleye fell 2-1 Sunday evening in Fort Wayne. Toledo has an overall record of 21-43-3-2 and is 10-21-3-1 on the road.

The Walleye would strike early as CJ Chartrain followed the play into the Komets zone and jumped on a rebound to score his third goal of the season just 22 seconds into the first period. The Komets would even the game at a goal apiece when Brandon Marino sent a back handed shot past Hannu Toivonen at 1:50 of the second period

“It was nice to get off to a very quick start tonight,” said Head Coach Dan Watson. “We figured they would come out trying for a fast start and we withstood that. Toivonen did an amazing job to give us an opportunity with his stellar play.”

The Komets would collect a 2-1 lead at 9:35 of the third period when Chris Auger beat Toivonen with a wrist shot from the right circle. The Komets outshot Toledo 46-19 in the game.

Walleye Notes:  Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 44 saves on 46 shots on goal. Toivonen has a record of 12-16-0-0 on the season. Toledo is 1-6-1-0 against the Komets this season.

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