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Prospect Update: Cates going for NCAA title

Flyers prospect goes for National Championship on Saturday night

by @nhlflyers

The Flyers have three CHL prospects who are still involved in their respective league playoffs, and one NCAA prospect who will be playing for the national championship. 

Here's an update:

UMD's Cates in NCAA Championship Game

A few months after his solid performance representing Team USA at the 2018-19 World Junior Championships, University of Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Noah Cates is headed for the NCAA championship game against the University of Massachusetts on Saturday. The defending national champion Bulldogs, coached by former Flyers player Scott Sandelin, have reached the title game in three straight seasons.

Noah Cates, whose brother Jackson is a teammate and was a periodic linemate earlier this season, skated on a line with Peter Krieger and Minnesota Wild prospect Nick Swaney in the Frozen Four semifinals against Providence. Cates assisted on a late empty net goal by Justin Richards that sealed a 4-1 victory. For the season, the 20-year-old Flyers draftee has 23 points (9g-14a) in 39 games played.

Flyers 2018 first-round pick Jay O'Brien, sidelined by an upper-body injury, was unavailable to Providence during the playoffs.He recently resumed skating but was not able to make it back to play. The 19-year-old freshman ended a season that was interrupted three times by injuries and also by Team USA commitments at the WJC with five points (2g-3a) in 25 games played.

Cates will now look to help the Bulldogs successfully defend their title on Saturday night in Buffalo when they take on Massachusetts, who earned their way into the final with a 4-3 win over Denver on Thursday. 

Three CHL Prospects Aim to Prolong Seasons

Two members of the Flyers 2017 NHL Draft crop (Morgan Frost and Isaac Ratcliffe) and one 2018 draftee (Wyatte Wylie) will look to prolong their respective seasons on Friday. 

A three-assist performance by Frost in a 3-0 victory on Thursday night forced a fifth game in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) series between his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Saginaw Spirit. One of the top scorers in junior hockey, Frost has had an uneven series against the tight-checking Spirit but has posted 14 points (4g-10a) in nine playoff games to date.

Ratcliffe's Guelph Storm kept their series alive with the London Knights with a 4-3 win on Wednesday to prevent a sweep and send the series back to London for Game Five. Ratcliffe, a streak scorer, had two goals and six points in the Storm's first-round sweep of the Kitchener Rangers but has been held to a single assist in the current series by the powerhouse Knights. 

Over in the Western Hockey League, Wylie's Everett Silvertips trail the Spokane Chiefs, three games to zero, and need a win on Friday in Spokane to avoid a sweep. Wylie, an all-situations defenseman for the Silvertips, has five points and is plus-one in his team's eight playoff games to date.

Fellow WHL defenseman Yegor Zamula's season is now over. His Calgary Hitmen club were swept in the second round by the Edmonton Oil Kings. Signed to an entry-level contract by the Flyers after attending training camp as an undrafted invitee, Zamula had a breakthrough WHL season after being reassigned to the Hitmen. He posted 10 goals and 56 points in 61 regular season games and added seven assists in 11 playoff matches.

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