Junior Report - Mar. 30, 2011
Weeks away from the NHL kicking off the first round of their 2010-11 post-season, five Canadiens’ prospects are also gearing up for some big games of their own as Danny Kristo, Michael Cichy, Scott Kishel, Greg Pateryn and Mac Bennett will all be playing in the NCAA Men’s Hockey Division Championships, otherwise known as the “Frozen Four”.
With the championship game just around the corner, Habs fans can count on seeing at least two of the team’s prospects lacing up for the final match. Kristo and Cichy, skating for the University of North Dakota Fighting-Sioux will square off against Pateryn and Bennett, representing the University of Michigan Wolverines, in the Frozen Four semi-finals slated to take place on Apr. 7 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Minnesota.
Kristo, the Canadiens’ second-round draft choice in 2008 and a former WCHA rookie of the year, is now fully recovered from frostbite and back in action for the Fighting-Sioux as he continues to make an impact since his return. The young forward who registered 28 points in the 33 games in 2010-11, added an assist and posted a +1 differential in North Dakota’s crucial 6-1 win over Denver that propelled the team into the final stage of the tournament. Fellow Fighting-Sioux, Michael Cichy has posted seven points in 25 games this season, but was not dressed for either of North Dakota’s last two elimination matches.
At the other end of the ice, defensive partners Pateryn and Bennett will be suited up for Michael Cammalleri’s alma mater, as the University of Michigan Wolverines will try to earn themselves a berth into the Frozen Four finals.
In 38 games this season, Pateryn, the 6-foot-3, 214lbs native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, has three goals, 16 assists and a +13 differential to his name, while his partner, 19-year-old Mac Bennett has registered 12 points in 30 games, also posting an identical +13 differential.
The winner of the Michigan-North Dakota matchup will go on to face either the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs or the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who will also be squaring off against each other on Apr. 7. The tournament’s final game is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 9 also at the Xcel Energy Center.
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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