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THREE STARS: Gravel leads trio of prospects in junior finals

A weekly look at how Blackhawks prospects are performing at their various levels

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.

FIRST STAR
G Alexis Gravel (Halifax)
THE NUMBERS: 17 GP, .921 Save Percentage, 2.52 GAA

It's going to be a busy month for Alexis Gravel, as the Halifax Mooseheads goalie prepares for a President's Cup Final against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies before Halifax hosts this year's Memorial Cup. After the Mooseheads knocked off Nicolas Beaudin's Drummondville to book a championship spot, Gravel was named the QMJHL's Player of the Week. With a 2.52 GAA and a sparkling .921 save percentage, the Blackhawks sixth-round draft pick could snag the first major trophy of his career with a QMJHL crown. The Mooseheads will look for their first championship since 2013 when they begin the President's Cup Final in Rouyn-Noranda on Thursday night. 

SECOND STAR
D Jake Ryczek (Halifax)
THE NUMBERS: 17 GP, 0 G, 11 A

One of the Mooseheads tasked with protecting Gravel this season is a seventh-round draft pick, Jake Ryczek. The defenseman has provided a spark from the blue line for Halifax, chipping in 11 assists during the postseason and appearing in all 17 of the Mooseheads playoff games. He saved his best performance of the season for a crucial Game 3 victory against Drummondville, with assists on both goals in a 2-1 win over the Voltigeurs. The 21-year-old American is just the seventh defenseman in Mooseheads history to record 10+ assists in a single postseason. 

THIRD STAR
RW MacKenzie Entwistle (Guelph)
THE NUMBERS: 18 GP, 5 G, 10 A 

A big part of the remarkable season happening in Guelph, MacKenzie Entwistle helped the Storm win their seventh straight elimination game of the 2019 OHL playoffs with three assists in a Western Conference Finals win over Saginaw. After rallying from 3-0 down to defeat London in the second round, Guelph fell behind the Spirit 3-1 before reeling off three straight wins to clinch their first trip to the OHL Finals since 2014. With 15 points (5G, 10A) throughout the 2019 playoffs, Entwistle is among Guelph's top five scorers during their championship run. 

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