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Cates helps UMD win National Championship

Flyers prospect ends freshman season with NCAA title

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers prospect, Noah Cates, helped University of Minnesota-Duluth win the National Championship on Saturday night in Buffalo, NY with a 3-0 win over Massachusetts.

Cates had three shots on goal in the championship game skating on the left side of the top line for the Bulldogs. He becomes the first Flyers prospect to win the NCAA title since defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in 2014 with Union College.

The title caps off an impressive Freshman season for Cates, who appeared in 40 games and finished with 23 points (9g-14a), missing just three games due to his commitment to Team USA at the World Junior Championships.

In the World Juniors, he helped the United States win the silver medal in Vancouver, where he appeared in all seven games of the tournament, posting three points (1g-2a) and a +2 rating.

Cates was selected in the fifth round at 137th overall of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and has attended Flyers development camp in the summer in each of his first two years as part of the organization. 

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