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"Game Time" Prospect Sunday Apr. 12, 2015: Playoff Edition, Vol. 2

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Congratulations to Jake Walman and the national champion Providence College Friars. Two blue-chip prospects are on their way to being "Black Aces" for the Blues in the playoffs. The Chicago Wolves inch closer to securing a playoff berth despite getting buried in Bakersfield Oklahoma City. Major junior prospects dig themselves a hole in all three leagues.

At least one Blues' prospect had a successful Saturday... Photo by
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Men's Hockey Captures National Championship With Thrilling 4-3 Win Over Boston University

Courtesy: www.friars.com, 04/12/2015

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BOSTON, MA -- The Providence College men's hockey team captured its first ever National Championship, and the third all-time team title for the College, a with a third period, come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Boston University at TD Garden on Saturday, April 11.
In the third period, Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) tied the game (11:24) while dumping the puck in the BU zone. Terrier netminder, Matt O'Connor, mishandled the puck and it crossed the line to tie the game 3-3.
Two minutes later, Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Canada) netted the biggest goal in Providence College history at 13:43 with the game winner when he beat his defender and connected on a wrist shot from the slot that went high past O'Connor.

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Report: Prospects Fabbri, Barbashev to join Blues for playoffs

Courtesy: Mike Halford, prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com, 04-09-15

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Two of St. Louis’ brightest prospects look as though they’ll be getting a taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
OHL Guelph’s Robby Fabbri and QMJHL Moncton’s Ivan Barbashev — the 21st and 33rd overall picks at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft — are likely to join the Blues as "black aces" once their junior seasons are over, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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WOLVES GAME RECAPS

Apr. 7, 2015 -- WOLVES 7 vs Lake Erie 3 (box score)

Apr. 10, 2015 -- WOLVES 4 at Milwaukee 1 (box score)

Apr. 11, 2015 -- WOLVES 0 vs Oklahoma City 5 (box score)

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Despite taking it on the chin from the Bakersfield Condors Oklahoma City Barons last night, the Chicago Wolves need only one more point today in order to punch their ticket to the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs.

Two new arrivals from Alaska, defenseman Colton Parayko (signed to a pro contract on Mar. 10 from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks) and forward Jacob Doty (called up from the ECHL Alaska Aces on Mar. 20) have played big parts in the Wolves' recent hot streak. In 13 games with the Wolves, Parayko has a 3-2-5 scoring line (plus-9, 6 PM, 1 PPG) while Doty checks in with a 2-3-5 line (plus-6, 20 PM) in ten games.

In their last ten games, the Wolves are a sterling 8-2-0-0, and that hot streak has fueled optimism at Allstate Arena as the end of the regular season approaches.

The Wolves' playoff clinching scenario today is simple: Be leading or tied after 60 minutes in today's game vs. the Iowa Wild, and the Wolves are in.

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WOLVES UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Apr. 12, 2015 -- WOLVES vs Iowa, 4:00 PM CDT

Apr. 17, 2015 -- WOLVES at Rockford, 7:00 PM CDT

Apr. 18, 2015 -- WOLVES vs Milwaukee, 7:00 PM CDT

Apr. 19, 2015 -- WOLVES vs Toronto, 4:00 PM CDT

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The Blues have two prospects still alive in the Ontario League playoffs, but both are on shaky ground in their respective Western Conference Semifinal series.

The London Knights, with prospect forward Chandler "C.J." Yakimowicz, are currently down two games to none against the Erie Otters and likely first-overall pick Connor McDavid. The teams square off for Game Three at 7:00 PM EDT tonight in London's Budweiser Gardens.

Meanwhile, center prospect Robby Fabbri may find himself joining the Blues' playoff roster sooner than he would like, as the defending OHL champion Guelph Storm trail Sault Ste, Marie two games to none in their series. Game Three will be played tonight in Guelph at 6:30 PM EDT.

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The Moncton Wildcats entered the 2015 QMJHL playoffs as the number two seed, while Halifax Mooseheads were seeded 12th and needed seven games to squeak by the Shawinigan Cataractes into the second round.

That battle-tested approach may be working in the Mooseheads' favor, however, as they currently hold a two-games-to-none edge over Ivan Barbashev and the Wildcats, with Game Three of their series set for 7:00 PM Atlantic Time tonight at the Halfiax MetroCentre.

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Out in the wild, wild West, prospect defenseman Tommy Vannelli and the Medicine Hat Tigers trail the Calgary Hitmen (who dispatched Jaedon Descheneau and the Kootenay Ice in seven games) one game to none, with Game Two of their series set for 4:00 PM MDT today in Calgary at the Saddledome.

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Schedule Set for Western Conference Semifinals in Clark Cup Playoffs

Courtesy: www.ushl.com, 04/12/2015

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The participants for the 2015 USHL Clark Cup Playoffs had previously been established but now the seeding and matchups are set for the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Sioux City Musketeers (with Blues' prospect Sam Kurker) earned a comeback victory on Friday night against the Sioux Falls Stampede to secure the top overall seed in the Western Conference. The two teams will now face each other in a best-of-five series to open the postseason as the Stampede will have the fourth seed. The Musketeers equaled a team record in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) with 38 victories this season, which also secured them a second consecutive playoff berth. The Stampede clinched a playoff berth for the third straight season as they have totaled 32 wins with one game remaining in the regular season.

#1 Sioux City Musketeers vs. #4 Sioux Falls Stampede

Game 1: Tuesday, April 14th, 7:05 PM – Sioux City @ Sioux Falls

Game 2: Thursday, April 16th, 7:05 PM – Sioux Falls @ Sioux City

Game 3: Friday, April 17th, 7:05 PM – Sioux Falls @ Sioux City

Game 4: Sunday, April 19th, 6:05 PM – Sioux City @ Sioux Falls**

Game 5: Tuesday, April 21st, 7:05 PM – Sioux Falls @ Sioux City**

** If Necessary