Two Miami University forwards helped the Redhawks win an NCHC title, thanks to two spectacular plays. One Erie Otters forward wins the OHL scoring title, and it’s probably not who you’re expecting. Meanwhile, other noteworthy highlights from the WHL, NHL, and the NCAA are featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions.
No. 6 Miami University Redhawks are a deep team, but one player in particular shrugged off all his teammates with one of the best individual efforts we’ve seen all season. The dimunitive Austin Czarnik leads the Redhawks in scoring, posting nine goals and 34 assists in 39 games so far. Take a look as Czarnik’s effort against Denver helped Miami advance to the NCHC championship game.
— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) March 21, 2015
— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) March 21, 2015
Not to be outdone by Czarnik, Blake Coleman only needed 35 minutes to complete a hat trick, helping the Miami Redhawks win their second conference tournament in team history. His first goal in the NCHC final was a remarkable effort to knock a puck two feet off the ice into the net. After recording his third goal, Coleman was excused from the game after a head contact major ended his night. That was his third such penalty of the season, resulting in an automatic one-game suspension. As a result, the New Jersey Devils prospect will miss the NCAA Tournament’s opening round game against Providence.
Miami’s Blake Coleman whacked a fastball out of mid-air to kick off his hat trick vs St Cloud https://t.co/4MazPnyEd7
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 22, 2015
MVP is Blake Coleman, who will miss the 1st round NCAA game with a mandatory 1-game suspension after his 3rd game misconduct of season.
— Brad E. Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) March 22, 2015
Marko Dano might be all the rage in Columbus, but the wait for Oliver Bjorkstrand could be worth it. The Blue Jackets prospect led the WHL in goals, points, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals and finished seventh in assists during a season to remember in Portland. On this play, Nic Petan (WPG) lures the defender in and sets up Bjorkstand in phenomenal fashion.
— Cody Nickolet (@DubFromAbove) March 23, 2015
Bjork! Bjork! Bjork! Oliver Bjorkstrand finishes with 63 goals and 118 points and team MVP for WHL Winterhawks!
— Dark Blue Jacket (@DarkBlueJacket) March 23, 2015
The Calgary Hitmen recently handed out their season ending awards, with Travis Sanheim coming away with the Defenseman of the Year award. Sanheim led all WHL defenseman in scoring, posting 15 goals and 50 assists over 67 games. The Philadelphia Flyers rejected local products Anthony DeAngelo (TBL) and Kasperi Kapanen (PIT) in favor of Sanheim, and with a contract in hand, Sanheim’s next move might be to the professional ranks.
— Christopher Ralph (@ChrisRalphTHW) March 22, 2015
In CGY regular season finale, @sanheim17 scores GWG in 3rd pd. Finishes RS as WHL leading scoring among defensemen (15G-50A-65 PTS in 67 G).
— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) March 22, 2015
Heading into the final regular season game, Erie Otters forward Dylan Strome needed four points in order to pass fellow draft-eligible Mitch Marner for the OHL scoring title. Not only did Strome surpass Marner, but he matched Conor Garland’s 129 points to move into tie for the CHL scoring title. With Connor McDavid scratched, Strome took the game over as the Otters rallied from multiple deficits to win an 8-7 thriller. Take a look at Strome’s fourth goal, just one example of many why he will be a top selection in June.
— The ATC (@theATCcanada) March 22, 2015
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) March 23, 2015
Perhaps inspired by fellow New York Rangers linemate Kevin Hayes‘ effort last week, Jesper Fast scored a spin-o-rama goal of his own this weekend. After going 22 games without a goal, he scored two on consecutive nights for the Rangers, with the first coming in spectacular fashion. Known as a hard working, bottom-six forward, Fast has displayed flashes of brilliance, showing that he is capable of breaking out offensively.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 22, 2015
Jesper Fast’s stunning goal was his first on the road in his career. He has two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) March 22, 2015
The Michigan Wolverines have been blessed over the years with solid goaltending. This season is no different, as junior Steve Racine and sophomore Zach Nagelvoort (EDM) split time in the cage. In the Big Ten tournament final against Minnesota, Racine did everything he could to keep the Wolverines within striking distance, including an astonishing glove save halfway through the game. Unfortunately for Michigan, Florida Panthers‘ prospect Zach Hyman‘s goal and assist were not enough as the Golden Gophers simply had more in the tank in a 4-2 win.
Michigan’s Steve Racine save of the year candidate with this glove save https://t.co/LKvQQLWMOD
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) March 22, 2015
Michigan G Steve Racine is 7-1-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in the postseason. #B1Gtourney
— George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) March 21, 2015
More Prospect Impressions coming your way next Monday!
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