Nick Schmaltz GWG Sends North Dakota To NCAA Title Game

With 57 seconds left in regulation, Blackhawks prospect Nick Schmaltz scored the game-winning goal to send North Dakota to the NCAA championship game in Tampa.

Schmaltz’s goal broke a 2-2 tie; Denver had scored twice in the opening 11 minutes of the third period to draw the game even. Rhett Gardner scored into an empty net to make the final score 4-2.

Luke Johnson, North Dakota’s second line center and also a Blackhawks prospect, left the game in the second period and did not return.

Earlier on Thursday, Quinnipiac eliminated Blackhawks prospect Chris Calnan and Boston College.

North Dakota will face Quinnipiac at 7:30 PM CT on Saturday. The game will air on ESPN2.

13 thoughts on “Nick Schmaltz GWG Sends North Dakota To NCAA Title Game

  • April 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Tab—what’s your assessment on this kid? What’s his ceiling in your opinion?

  • April 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    He’s playing 1C for UND. I think he projects as a top 6 wing at the next level. Good vision, good hands, pretty good skater. The question is where he fits with the Hawks current top 6 + Teuvo + Motte + Hartman

  • April 8, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Does he come to camp with a shot at the slot being vacated by Ladd? Does he project the ability to leapfrog the Rockford prospects?

  • April 8, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I don’t see Hartman as a top 6 forward. He may have been drafted with that in mind but he seems to be a better fit as a bottom 6 guy on the Hawks roster.

  • April 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Perk- gotta agree on Hartman… NOT close to top 6… and I am having doubts if he will even crack the Hawks line-up at all… Kruger,Motte, Desi, Panik, Fletch (if re-signed) are all better bottom 6 guys… and Hawks will try like hell ( I’m sure) to land Caggiula (who is faster/smarter/better shooter- than Hartman)…

    and let’s not forget the Great Mashitter!!!

    And that is assuming Shaw is gone…
    speaking of Shaw… starting to worry– he hurt is back/serious… Heard Upper body…
    BUT- video shows two guys holding/assisting him walking down Hall to locker room… so IF- Upper body- guess is- has to be Back– cuz can’t think of Upper body injury where 2 guys are holding you up!!!

    not good!

  • April 8, 2016 at 10:54 am


    Hope you are wrong about Shaw but I believe he has some history of back issues.

    Schmalz definitely has top 6 offensive skills – it’s the other side of the puck that’s not as impressive. He definitely skates much faster up the ice than when he is trying to get back defensively. It will be very interesting to see if he signs now or returns for another year at ND. Gotta believe he spends most of the year at Rockford next year (if he signs) working on a two- way game.

  • April 8, 2016 at 11:25 am

    MS. First of all spell the guy’s name correctly. Second Schmaltz is their key penalty killer and his defensive game is very advanced. He has turned into an all around player which he wasn’t when he was drafted. This kid is a stud and definitely top 6 at the minimum.

  • April 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    re: not seeing Hartman as a top 6 forward – how many guys have skated on a line w/ 19 & 81 and looked good? How did Panik look last night w/ 19 & 16?

    Hossa works well with Toews and the two of them make others better. Ask Kopecky. It’s been a revolving door next to them since the Saad deal, which is something that needs to be addressed. Hartman, Motte and Schmaltz have enough offensive upside and defensive awareness that they could – COULD – be a fit there. Nobody is locking any prospect into LW1, but there are internal options. Which is important given the Hawks’ cap situation.

    Also, Rozsival picked up a $100k bonus playing in his 50th game last night.

  • April 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Any indication is Schmaltz is going to stick around for another year at ND or is he considering making the jump? As mentioned above he’d probably spend the year in Rockford so might make staying in school the extra year attractive. Would also be fun to see him in the Frozen Four at the UC next year so, selfishly, hoping he stays in school.

  • April 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Great for Rozy, I got a full ration of shit from lot’s of posters here when I backed the Hawks in giving him a try-out. Hartman has been given 8 games with the top team, that’s it. Give him the same time as mashitter and I assure you his #’s would be better. If you want to dump on somebody, I give you Lerch, the slowest,no-hitting, perfect screen of his own keeper, no offensive talent, uncoordinated, shitty-skating, waste of a roster spot known to man. I feel much better! I predict the Hawks WILL go deep into the play-offs. (unlike many on this site.) GO HAWKS.

  • April 9, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Rozy is like Krugs, hes not as good as the top pair/line players but hes dang well important and key to complete our roster every yr. As long as he always around .600 we want him every yr and when hes not as good then can go .950/Rockford. We need guys like this that can play that work with the salary cap/team wise.

  • April 9, 2016 at 11:05 am

    The Frozen 4 Final is in Tampa?????

  • April 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    North Dakota wins last night.

    Cagguila has 2 goals and was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

    Schmaltz has an assist.

    Free agent d-man Stecher is undersized but high-motored and seems to be in a lot of the action. He finished the night without any points but had a +3.

    ND Freshman Brock Boeser (Vancouver first round pick) finished the night with a goal and 3 assists, a +4.

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