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PROSPECTS: Wyatt Kaiser, Minnesota Duluth Advance to Frozen Four in 5OT

Take a look at some of the top prospect performances over the last two weeks of action

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

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The NCAA tournament opened this weekend and only one Blackhawks prospect made it out of the opening two rounds -- doing so in historical fashion on Saturday night. 

Take a look at some of the top prospect performers across the organization over the last two weeks of action: 

1. Wyatt Kaiser

Chicago's 81st overall selection in last year's draft had quite the weekend as Minnesota Duluth needed five overtimes to knock off top-seeded North Dakota in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night. It set the record for the longest game in NCAA tournament history, clocking in at just over 142 minutes of game play. 

Kaiser played a game-high 59:39 of ice time in the win as the Bulldogs punched their ticket to the Frozen Four and a meeting with UMass on April 8 at 8 p.m. CT. 

Tweet from @JDylanBurke: Kaiser's on-ice shot attempt differential doesn't look great - he's hovering around 41 percent - but there is absolutely zero chance UMD wins that game without him.Only conceded one on-ice scoring chance, from outside the slot, & put up wild defensive play numbers. #Blackhawks

UMD advanced to the second round after their opening game of the tournament was canceled and Michigan forced to withdraw due to COVID-19 protocols, but made up for lost game action, and then some, with eight periods of action against North Dakota. 

2. Evan Barratt

Barratt nearly doubled his season stat line over his last three games, potting two goals and adding three assists. 

The 2017 third-round pick had an assist on the eventual game-winner on March 22 in a 6-1 victory over the Iowa Wild before posting a goal and an assist in each of Rockford's two meetings with the Chicago Wolves over the weekend. 

Barratt now has 11 points (4G, 7A) in 18 games this season for the IceHogs. He's tied for second in team scoring. 

3. Reese Johnson

A two-goal night from Johnson propelled the IceHogs to a 6-1 win over Iowa last month night and the forward added another tally in Saturday's loss to Chicago. 

Over his last four AHL games, Johnson has posted five points (3G, 2A), and saw a five-game AHL point streak (3G, 3A) dating back to March 7 come to an end on Sunday against the Wolves. 

The rookie was re-assigned back to the Blackhawks taxi squad on Monday morning. 

News and Notes: 
  • Recent Blackhawks signing Josiah Slavin made his professional debut on Sunday afternoon with Rockford, notching a game-tying goal early in the third period to make it 4-4 as the IceHogs eventually fell to the Wolves, 5-4. 
  • Wyatt Kalynuk added to his AHL account with a goal and two assists in two appearances over the weekend, bringing his total over the last two weeks to four points (1G, 3A) in four AHL games. He was re-assigned to the Blackhawks taxi squad on Monday morning. 
  • Jake Wise made his fifth appearance of the season for Boston University in their opening game of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, scoring in the second period to tie the game 2-2 against St. Cloud State, who scored four straight after that to post a 6-2 victory to eliminate the Terriers. St. Cloud punched their ticket to the Frozen Four on Sunday over Boston College. 
  • Freshman netminder Drew Commesso wrapped a stellar opening campaign for BU, making 32 saves in the loss to St. Cloud on Saturday. Last year's second-round selection finished with a 6-3-1 record in 11 games and a .915 save percentage. 
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