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Prospect Of The Week: Andrew Mangiapane

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Andrew Mangiapane's blistering offensive production hasn't faltered under heightened expectations.

In fact, he has seemingly taken his game to the next level as the stakes have increased in the Ontario Hockey League postseason.

The Barrie Colts winger played a major role in the team's victory over the North Bay Battalion in the second round of playoffs, including a sensational series finale last Thursday.

Mangiapane's scorching week began last Monday, when he set up the game-winning goal in a tight 3-2 overtime victory that gave Barrie a 2-0 series lead over North Bay.

Working a give-and-go with linemates Kevin Labanc and Justin Scott, the Colts top trio were able to end the game at the 2:35 mark of extra time when Scott's snap shot beat North Bay goaltender Jake Smith.

Mangiapane picked up another assist in Game 3, setting up the Colts fourth marker in a 4-2 win. After Michael Webster sprung him on a three-on-one, he fed the puck over to Scott in the slot and the pivot made quick work of snapping it past Smith.

Game 4 proved to be Mangiapane's best performance of the playoffs to date and the Calgary Flames prospect was named the first star after netting two goals and four points in the 6-0 rout.

Mangiapane played a part in the Colts first four goals of the night, assisting on Barrie's pair of first period markers and then scoring back-to-back tallies.

The Bolton, ON product's first goal of the evening came at the 4:12 mark of the second period. After Barrie netminder Mackenzie Blackwood denied the Battalion on a three-on-two chance, the Colts were able to transition quickly and get back in the offensive zone.

Rasmus Andersson, the Flames second round pick in 2015, nabbed the puck above the hashmarks and slid it across to Mangiapane. The forward's wrist shot slipped underneath Smith's right pad and extended the Colts lead to 3-0.

In the early stages of the third period, Mangipane picked up his second goal of the game and eighth goal of the playoffs. Cruising down the left wing, he was wide open for Scott's pass from the slot and made no mistake, firing it over Smith's shoulder.

In 11 postseason games, Mangiapane has 17 points and sits second in team scoring.

The Colts will face the Niagara IceDogs in the East Final, beginning on Thursday in Barrie.

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