ST. PAUL -- A trio of Minnesota Wild prospects will play in the fourth and final edition of the North Star College Cup this weekend at Xcel Energy Center.
Both Carson Soucy and Avery Peterson play for No. 2-ranked Minnesota Duluth, which opens play Friday night at 7 p.m. when it plays Jack Sadek and the University of Minnesota.
St. Cloud State and Bemidji State will play in the other semifinal on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with the two winners playing in Saturday night's championship at 7 p.m. A consolation game between the losers of Friday's semifinals will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Bulldogs are the only team in this year's tournament that has not won the North Star College Cup. Minnesota won the event its inaugural year before Bemidji State won it in 2015. St. Cloud State is the defending tournament champion.
Minnesota State, which has played in each of the first three tournaments, is the team cycled out this year.
Soucy, a senior defenseman from Irma, Alberta, was a fifth-round pick of Minnesota in the 2013 NHL Draft. An alternate captain for the Bulldogs, Soucy is on pace for his best offensive season yet for UMD, posting 13 points in 24 games so far this season, one behind his career high of 14 he set as a sophomore.
Peterson, a forward who officially joined the roster this semester after transferring from Nebraska-Omaha and sitting out a year, has made a big impact in his first few games back, scoring three goals and two assists in seven contests with the Bulldogs. A native of Grand Rapids, Peterson is only a junior and was a sixth-round pick in the 2013 Draft.
Sadek, a Lakeville North product, is a sophomore defenseman with one goal and five assists in 18 games with the Gophers this season. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Draft.