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by George Malik on 04/11/14 at 09:33 PM ET
There aren't many Red Wings prospects still playing outside of the AHL, but three took part in meaningful games on Friday night--and lest I forget, Ben Marshall and the University of Minnesota will be battling Union for the NCAA Division I championship on Saturday at 7:30 PM (on ESPN).
In the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha regained his form, registering 3 goals, an assist and a +3 as his Val-d'Or Foreurs defeated Drummondville 5-2, taking a 3-2 lead in the teams' second-round series.
Mantha now has 10 goals, 5 assists and 15 points registered over the course of 9 playoff games, though he's also -1;
In the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal as his Guelph Storm defeated the London Knights 5-4, winning the series 4 games to 1 and advancing to the OHL's Western Conerence Final, where they'll play the Erie Otters.
Bertuzzi now has 5 goals, 4 assists and 9 points in 8 playoff games played;
And Andreas Athanasiou registered an assist in a losing cause: his Barrie Colts lost a 4-1 decision to the North Bay Battalion, and Barrie now trails their second-round series 3 games to 2.
Athanasiou has 3 goals, 9 assists and 12 points registered over the course of 10 playoff games played.
In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye really are playing out the string as they're waaaaayyy out of playoff contention, and they dropped a 3-2 OT decision to the Kalamazoo Wings.
They have 2 more games--they play in Fort Wayne tomorrow and host Cincinnati on Sunday--but Friday's affair involved Hannu Toivonen stopping 25 of 28 shots and Richard Nedomlel finishing at -1 with TEN mminutes in penalties--all minors.
The Walleye's website posted a recap:
Forward Kyle Rogers scored late in the third period to force overtime but the Walleye fall 3-2 to Kalamazoo Friday night at the Huntington Center. Toledo has an overall record of 21-43-4-2 and is 11-22-1-1 at home.
The Wings would collect the first goal of the game when Ryan Del Monte slipped a wrist shot past a sprawling goaltender Hannu Toivonen at 14:25 of the first period. Toledo would tie the game at 13:32 of the second period when Max Shalunov scored his 16th goal of the season on the power play.
“We played strong against a very good team tonight,” said Head Coach Dan Watson. “I loved the effort we gave tonight to fight back and tie the contest and force overtime.”
Kalamazoo would regain the lead at 16:39 of the second period when Nick Sirota tipped a blue line shot past Toivonen. Kyle Rogers would wrist a shot past Kalamazoo goaltender Jordan Binnington at 15:16 of the third period to even the game at two; his 14th goal of the year. Matt Firman would net the overtime game-winner for the Wings just 1:12 into the extra session.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 25 saves on 28 shots on goal. Toivonen has a record of 12-16-1-0 on the season. Toledo finished the season 5-7-1-0 against the Wings.
Update: Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager had this to say about Mantha's performance in naming #8 his "First Star":
No. 1 star: Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
The Quebec League MVP had the hat trick plus an apple as he put Val-d'Or on his broad back in a 5-2 home-ice Game 5 win that opened a 3-2 series lead on the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Right off the hop, the Detroit Red Wings first-round pick and two-time 50-goal scorer established a tone. First, Mantha wired in a goal 1:15 into the contest, just 12 seconds into a Foreurs power play.
The Longueuil, Que., native struck again just past the nine-minute mark, putting Val-d'Or in good stead with a 2-0 lead. The margin was still at two late in the second when Mantha went into beast mode, stealing the puck and scoring a short-handed unassisted goal to give Val-d'Or a 4-1 lead. Just for good measure, Mantha got a helper on Louick Marcotte's insurance goal 2:59 into the third that put the game out of reach.
Mantha's five goals and 15 points over nine games is the most by any Quebec league player who's not Jonathan Drouin, or who doesn't regularly share the ice with Jonathan Drouin.
Update #2: Sager also praised Tyler Bertuzzi's performance for Guelph as they eliminated London's Knights:
Getting Detroit Red Wings second-rounder Tyler Bertuzzi back shored up what might be called its five-man defending, as the Storm defended in the modern way of making sure it had the puck most of the time. Bertuzzi, who missed several weeks with what was called a head/neck ailment, seemed to emerge as the guts and glue of the crimson and black as the series unfolded.
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