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WORLDS: Lankinen shuts out Russia as Finland advance

The Blackhawks prospect made 32 saves as Finland is headed to the gold medal game

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

Kevin Lankinen turned in his best performance of the tournament and earned First Star of the Game honors. 

 

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BLOG: Entwistle, Guelph knocked out of Memorial Cup

MacKenzie Entwistle recorded two assists as the Storm fell in the semifinals

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

MacKenzie Entwistle and the Guelph Storm battled against the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies but saw their Memorial Cup run come to an end with a 6-4 loss in the semifinals of the tournament. 

Enwistle recorded two assists in the loss, ending his Memorial Cup campaign with five points (1 G, 4 A) in his second-straight appearance in the CHL's most prestigious tournament. 

Skating on Guelph's top line, Entwistle assisted on the Storm's first goal of the game, dishing a pass to captain Isaac Ratcliffe to level the score midway through the first period. 

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN! @isaacratcliffe makes no mistake on the 2on1 and we're all tied up! #GUEvsROU | #MemorialCup pic.twitter.com/ILlaQDaZ8C

Late in the third period, with Guelph trailing by two goals and needing a spark, Entwistle picked out Ratcliffe again to make it 5-4 and give the Storm a chance.

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 just need one more.... just one.#GUEvsROU | #MemorialCup pic.twitter.com/RLaKUorbfF

It wouldn't be enough, as Rouyn-Noranda snagged an empy-net goal to seal the victory. A disappointing end to a triumphant season for Entwistle, the Blackhawks prospect will now turn his focus to an important summer on the road to the NHL. 

Rouyn-Noranda will face Chicago draft picks Alexis Gravel, Jake Ryczek and the Halifax Moosheads in the Memorial Cup Final on Sunday. 

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THE VERDICT: Golf clap for the Blues?

Team Historian Bob Verdi wonders whether it might be time for Blackhawks fans to do the unthinkable

by Bob Verdi / Blackhawks.com

Is it okay now for hockey fans in Chicago to root, sort of, for the St. Louis Blues?

Wait. Please don't leave. This is just a one-timer, and for two weeks max. Then you can all return to regularly scheduled hostility.

It's just that, with the Blues involved in the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins, maybe supporters of the Blackhawks can briefly shelve past grudges and support a vintage rival? It's about pride in the Western Conference, the Central Division, time zone bias. Besides, if the Bruins prevail, it will mean three current champions in one city, along with the Red Sox and Patriots. Is this necessary? That hasn't happened since the mid-1930s, when Detroit's Tigers, Lions and Red Wings ruled simultaneously.

Also, during this past regular season, St. Louis won just one of five games against the Blackhawks. Bragging rights. That matters too, no?

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RELEASE: Blackhawks announce Mitell as assistant coach

Mitell previously coached under Jeremy Colliton in Sweden at Mora IK

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / Blackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have named Tomas Mitell (TO-mas MITT-el) as an assistant coach. Mitell joins assistant coach Sheldon Brookbank and goaltending coach Jimmy Waite on Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton's staff.

Mitell, 38, served as head coach of AIK Hockey (Allsvenskan) from 2017-19 where he guided the club to a 64-27-13 overall record during his tenure. Mitell led AIK to a league-best 35-8-9 record during the 2018-19 season. The team's 109 points and 35 wins were each franchise records.

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WORLDS: Anisimov, Russia knock out USA

Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat saw their tournament end in the quarterfinals

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat combined for a late third period goal, but the USA fell to Russia 4-3 in the quaterfinals of Worlds. 

 

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RELEASE: Blackhawks agree to terms with Wedin

The 26-year-old is coming off a career season with Timrå IK of the SHL

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / Blackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Anton Wedin (AN-tawn vuh-DEEN) on a one-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season ($925,000).

Wedin, 26, set professional season highs with 27 points and a team-leading 14 goals, while also recording 13 assists in 32 regular-season games during the 2018-19 season with Timrå IK of the Swedish Hockey League. He added nine points (2G, 7A) in seven postseason games.

Tweet from @timra_ik: Stort grattis, Wedda! K��r h��rt och lycka till i @NHLBlackhawks #timraik pic.twitter.com/p9de5a7Lu9

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THREE STARS: Memorial Cup knockout round begins

All three Blackhawks prospects advanced into the final weekend of the tournament

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

Every Thursday throughout the 2018-19 season and playoffs, Blackhawks.com will highlight prospects who have stood out for their junior, college or professional team in the previous week's action.

Here are this week's Three Stars.

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WORLDS: Kahun scores in German win

Dominik Kahun and Dominik Kubalik scored in big wins for Germany and the Czech Republic

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

Several members of the Blackhawks organization impressed on the final day of group stage action from Worlds.

 

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WORLDS: Strome, Gustafsson in action on Day 11

Four members of the Blackhawks organization take the ice on Monday

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

The 2019 IIHF World Championship rolls on as Erik Gustafsson and Dylan Strome take the ice in Monday action from Worlds.

 

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BLOG: Gravel earns First Star honors in Memorial Cup win

Alexis Gravel made 32 saves in a 4-2 win over the Guelph Storm

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

Alexis Gravel impressed between the pipes as the Halifax Mooseheads knocked off the Guelph Storm 4-2 on Sunday in the 2019 Memorial Cup. The Blackhawks prospect made 32 saves and Halifax improved to 2-0 in tournament play, clinching at least a trip to the semifinals. The Mooseheads can still advance directly to the final with a win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Tuesday. 

Gravel earned First Star of the Game honors in the victory over the Storm, with several highlight reel saves throughout the afternoon. The Mooseheads killed three penalties in the first period as the Blackhawks sixth round draft pick made 15 saves in a scoreless opening frame. 

Mooseheads defenseman Jake Ryczek and Storm forward MacKenzie Entwistle did not find the scoresheet in the game. Guelph are back in action on Tuesday against the WHL champion Prince Albert Raiders, while Halifax will play again on Wednesday night in a President's Cup rematch against Rouyn-Noranda. 

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