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Red Wings prospect news: Mantha scores a hat trick; Bertuzzi, Storm advance; Nedomlel, Walleye lose

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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One suspects that Mantha is the type of player that you can only hold off the score sheet for so long and, in a long series, he is going to rise to the challenge. He has consistently do that this eason.

Posted by NewfieWing on 04/11/14 at 11:44 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

Matha had one of each tonight; 1-PP, 1-EV, & 1-SH.  cool smirk

It’s a good sign that he plays some on the PK. He’s supposed to be way ahead of these folks talent-wise & I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t being defensively-responsible enough to play on the PK.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 04/12/14 at 12:50 AM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

Richard Nedomlel finishing at -1 with TEN mminutes in penalties—all minors.

That’s how they teach ‘em in Prince George. (Not a good franchise.)

In the twenty years I’ve been out here Prince George has shown themselves to be the worst run organization, a bunch of thugs, and the birth place of a good D-man once every 5 years:

Zdeno Chara, Dan Hamhuis, Dustin Byfuglien, and Marty Marincin.

1. Marincin is a rookie in Edmonton who you might not have heard about… check out his Corsi and what-nots if you’re a curious fan.
2. If you work in th DRW front office trade for Marincin.
3. You’ve heard of the other three.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 04/12/14 at 12:59 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Mantha is the coming storm.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 04/12/14 at 01:29 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

1. Nedomlel’s a good kid, but he plays lazily sometimes, and I’d imagine that he’s gotten lazier on the Walleye. When he does that dumb physical shit, it is indeed the kind of stuff that’s going to get you penalized like nobody’s business in pro hockey.

2. Mantha is doing a superb job, but he’s GOING TO NEED TIME to acclimate to pro hockey. Look at Martin Frk and Tomas Jurco as examples—bonafide scorers who struggled to acclimate to playing against players over the age of 20 and possessing professional hockey pedigrees for at least half a year. Mantha is still very lanky, and if you watch any of his existing highlights, the dude can wind up for a one-timer and stand there for ten seconds waiting for a pass. He won’t immediately dazzle.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/12/14 at 01:42 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Oh let me have my happy delusion, George.  smile

p.s. thanks for the reporting as always

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 04/12/14 at 01:44 AM ET


Despite when Holland said about Mantha getting a long look in the coming preseason, I’ve got the impression that he’s almost certainly heading to Grand Rapids, both for development/acclimation reasons and roster reasons.  (Even if the Wings choose to carry 14 forwards again, it’s hard to see Mantha being one of them.)

That said it wouldn’t surprise me to see Mantha pass guys like Pulkinnen on the call-up list and wind up in Detroit by next April.

Posted by captaineclectic on 04/12/14 at 05:52 AM ET


Nedomlel was on a payback mission in last nights game wink This has not been normal play for him at all. This team is hated by the Walleye and since that was a meaningless game he was SENT wink to deal with their #11 player who was screwing with all their guys behind the play. He said he was just doing his job…..in that game.

Posted by brook23 on 04/12/14 at 06:38 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

There was some speculation Janmark and/orBackman would come over. Any word on them?

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/12/14 at 08:05 AM ET

SYF's avatar

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).

Digging that, G.  If The 19 want to watch, Marshall’s sweater number is #10.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 04/12/14 at 12:20 PM ET

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