The Blackhawks have eight prospects that began this weekend in the hunt for the NCAA Championship, and a few of them were in action on Friday night.
Defenseman Braden Birch, a sixth round pick in 2008, was credited with one assist and two penalty minutes as Cornell upset the University of Michigan 3-2 in overtime.
Defenseman Paul Phillips, a seventh round pick in 2009, wasn’t as lucky. He did not dress for Denver as the Pioneers fell at the hands of Ferris State 2-1 on Friday night.
One other player of note was Jeremy Welsh of Union College. The 23-year-old free agent forward had a goal and an assist in Union’s 3-1 victory over Michigan State. Chicago GM Stan Bowman was one of a number of NHL reps in attendance for the game on Friday night, with Welsh being the focus of the attention.
Lots of Hawks prospects will be in action on Saturday as the NCAA tournament continues. (note: all game starts are listed ET.)
At 1:30 pm, Nick Mattson and Joe Gleason lead North Dakota as they take on Western Michigan. The next game, a 4:00 pm start, will feature Kevin Hayes as Boston College battles Air Force. ESPNU will carry the Boston College-Air Force game live.
Perhaps as noteworthy as any game in the tournament for Blackhawks fans will be the 5:00 pm game between two top blue line prospects in the organization as Adam Clendening and Boston University take on Justin Holl and Minnesota.
The fourth first round game on Saturday will feature Dan DeLisle and Minnesota-Duluth against Maine in a game starting at 7:30 pm.
Birch and Cornell will play their second round game against Ferris State at 9:00 pm, the third game of the day featured on ESPNU.