The Blackhawks not only defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets easily on Sunday night, but they had a number of their top prospects representing their countries at the IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY.
Here is a brief update of how the Hawks’ prospects did on Sunday:
Mirko Hofflin, Germany
Hofflin and Germany were down 4-0 early to Switzerland, but fought back to lose 4-3. For his part, Hofflin registered one assist and two shots on net in the game, and was minus-one in the loss.
Dylan Olsen, Canada
Olsen was paired with Canada’s captain, Ryan Ellis, on the blue line to open the tournament as Canada defeated Russia 6-3 on Sunday. Olsen did not register a shot on goal or an assist, and was minus-one in the game.
Jeremy Morin and Nick Leddy, United States
The United States and Finland gave the fans in Buffalo the gift of free hockey on Sunday, going into overtime before the US eventually won the game. Morin was at the center of an emotional moment late in regulation, when it appeared he had scored a critical goal. However, the goal wasn’t allowed because another US player was in the crease. Morin was credited with three shots on goal, while Leddy failed to impact the score sheet. Both players were even on the night.
UPDATE: Coaches for the USA will update the status of Morin on Monday, and TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting via Twitter late Sunday night that some with USA Hockey fear a potentially serious shoulder injury.