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Geoffrion, Smith Lead Wisconsin To Championship Game

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Blake Geoffrion scored a goal and an assist to lead the University of Wisconsin to an 8-1 rout of RIT in the first game of the 2010 Frozen Four. Wisconsin will face Boston College in Saturday night's NCAA Championship Game.

Geoffrion, a 2006 second round draft pick by the Preds, has posted multi-point outings in all three games during the NCAA Tournament to improve to 28 goals and 50 points in 39 games this season. Fellow Preds prospect, Craig Smith scored a third period goal for Wisconsin. Smith, one of the nation's top freshmen this season, has three points in the NCAA tournament, giving him 33 points on the season.

Wisconsin opened fast, scoring 1:27 into the game and entered the first intermission with a 2-0 lead. The Badgers added another two goals in the first 4:26 of the second period to push out to a four goal cushion. Wisconsin took advantage of a five-minute boarding major midway through the period, netting a pair of power-play goals during the penalty to extend the lead to 6-0. RIT added a power-play goal of its own late in the second frame, before Wisconsin closed out the scoring with tallies 20 seconds apart late in the third period.

In other post-season action, Ryan Ellis assisted on the overtime winner in Game 4 of Windsor's second round OHL playoff series against Plymouth to secure the four-game sweep for Windsor. Windsor will face the winner of the London/Kitchener series in OHL Western Conference Finals. Ellis, Nashville's 2009 first round pick, finished with 10 points in the series and has 16 points during the first two rounds of the OHL Playoffs, most among league defensemen.

In the QMJHL, forward Gabriel Bourque has led Moncton to a 3-0 lead in its second round playoff series against Rouyn-Noranda. Game 4 of the series is scheduled for tonight. Bourque leads the series with four goals (no other player has more than two goals). He has has six goals and seven points in eight post-season games this season.

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