Two Blackhawks prospects saw their QMJHL championship hopes fall short this weekend, as the Halifax Mooseheads dropped Game 6 to Rouyn-Noranda 4-0 and denied goalie Alexis Gravel and defenseman Jake Ryczek a championship.
The pair of Chicago prospects impressed during the championship series, as Ryczek chipped in two assists and Gravel was outstanding between the pipes, including a 41-save performance in a Game 2 win and a 39-save performance in a losing effort in Game 5.
If there's any such thing as a consolation after falling short in a championship series, the Mooseheads will play in this month's Memorial Cup, qualifying automatically as hosts of the tournament. And the QMJHL champion Huskies will be waiting in the tournament, giving Gravel and Ryczek an opportunity to renew acquaintances with Rouyn-Noranda.
Fellow Blackhawks prospect MacKenzie Entwistle will lead the OHL champion Guelph Storm into the tournament, after they closed out the Ottawa 67's on Sunday afternoon.