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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect report: Dakota Joshua makes the NCAA Frozen Four

The Buckeyes will play in the Frozen Four for the second time.

Ohio State Department of Athletics

After defeating the Princeton Tigers and Denver Pioneers, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be flying out to Minnesota to play in just their second Frozen Four tournament.

In the CHL the Spirit are on their way to being swept by the Greyhounds, and the Prince Albert Raiders are giving the first over all Warriors some trouble.

Ontario Hockey League

#77 - Eemeli Räsänen (D) - 1G, 1A, -2
Kingston Frontenacs
Series vs North Bay tied 1-1

March 23rd: vs North Bay Battalion
L 5-2 - 1G, 1A

March 25th: vs North Bay Battalion
W 4-3 - 0G, 0A, -2

In true Frontenacs fashion, they lost game one in a convincing manner and made everyone doubt their ability to get out of round one. They took game two, but the doubt is already planted in everyone's minds. Game three is a home game for North Bay but will be played in Sudbury, due to North Bay hosting the world curling championships.

#55 - Keaton Middleton (D) - 0G, 0A, -2
Saginaw Spirit
Trail series vs Sault Ste. Marie 2-0

March 23rd: @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
L 5-2 - 0G, 0A, +1
March 25th: @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
L 8-0 - 0G, 0A, -3

The Greyhounds are laying the beating down on Saginaw everyone expected.

#19 - Ryan McGregor (F) - 0G, 1A, +1
Sarnia Sting
Series vs Windsor tied 1-1

March 23rd: vs Windsor Spitfires
L 6-2 - 0G, 0A, -2
March 24th: vs Windsor Spitfires
W 4-1 - 0G, 1A, +3

After being shocked with a big loss in game one of the series, the Sting evened things out the next night. The series now moves to Windsor to play under their three Memorial Cup banners.

#52 - Nicolas Mattinen (D) - 0G, 1A, -1
Hamilton Bulldogs
Series vs Ottawa tied 1-1

March 22nd: vs Ottawa 67’s
W 6-3 - 0G, 1A, +1
March 25th: vs Ottawa 67’s
L 5-4 - 0G, 0A, -2

The Bulldogs are expected to win the east but a shocking loss - no matter how close, no one expected it - cramps their plans to get a long break after round one.


Western Hockey League

#33 - Ian Scott (G) - 73sv, 79sh, .924sv%
Prince Albert Raiders
Series vs Moose Jaw tied 1-1

March 24th: @ Moose Jaw Warriors
W 5-3 - 35sv, 38sh, .921sv%
March 24th: @ Moose Jaw Warriors
L 3-2 OT - 38sv, 41sh, .927sv%

The Raiders are fighting hard against the top team in the WHL, winning game one and taking them to overtime in game two. With the series moving to Prince Albert, the Raiders have everything going their way. If they can upset the Warriors, they can upset anyone.


Junior A

#24 - Ryan O'Connell (D) - Injured
Penticton Vees, BCHL
Series vs Trail Smoke Eaters tied 3-3

O’Connell is injured and may miss the remainder of the season. The Vees are now facing a game seven tonight against the Smoke Eaters.


NCAA

#8 - Dakota Joshua (F) - 1G, 0A, +1
Ohio State Buckeyes

March 24th: vs Princeton
W 4-2 - No Points
March 25th: vs Denver
W 5-1 - 1G, 0A, +1

The Buckeyes won their conference, and will now play in the Frozen Four at Minnesota at Duluth on April 5th.


Completed Seasons

#14 - JD Greenway (D)
Wisconsin Badgers

#13 - Nolan Vesey (F)
Maine Black Bears

#15 - Fedor Gordeev (D)
Flint Firebirds - Joined the Toronto Marlies on an ATO The does not appear to be the case, even though one member of the media Tweeted it out and it has been repeated by at least one blogger on another site (with no source cited)

#31 - Joseph Woll (G)

Boston College Eagles