After a solid performance by Blackhawks prospect Braden Birch for Cornell on Friday night, a number of other future Hawks were in action as the NCAA hockey tournament was busy on Saturday.
Minnesota defeated Boston University 7-3 on Saturday. Justin Holl was plus-one with three shots on goal and two penalty minutes for Minnesota, while Adam Clendening had one goal and one assist for BU… but also put Minnesota’s first foal into the BU net. Clendening was minus-one in the loss.
Boston College had better luck, shutting out the Air Force Academy 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. Kevin Hayes had an impressive assist on BC’s first goal and played a strong, physical game. Hayes was plus-one with two shots on goal for the victors.
Also advancing was North Dakota, who beat Western Michigan 3-1 in the afternoon as well. Blackhawks prospect Joe Gleason did not factor into the box score, but Nick Mattson was plus-one with four penalty minutes for the Fighting Sioux.
In the late games, Dan Delisle did not dress for Minnesota-Duluth in their 5-2 win against Maine.
Cornell and Birch saw their season end with a 2-1 loss to Ferris State in the late game Saturday night. Birch filled the box score with doughnuts in the game, and Ferris State will head to the first Frozen Four in school history.
The other team to punch their ticket to the Frozen Four so far is Union, who eliminated UMass-Lowell on Saturday evening. The Blackhawks have reportedly been scouting forward Jeremy Welsh, who scored a goal on five shots but was minus-one in the 4-2 victory.
Welsh, an undrafted free agent, was the most physical player on the ice and blocked a number of shots, especially late in the third period, but had an ugly turnover in front of the net that led to UMass-Lowell’s second (and final) goal. Listed at 6’3″ and 200 pounds, Welsh will undoubtedly sign an NHL contract quickly after their season ends.