UPDATE: Check out MiHockey’s photos from the other games played on the final day of the NHL Prospect Tournament for images of Michigan names and notable players in the gallery below.
By @MichaelCaples & @StefanKubus –
TRAVERSE CITY – It didn’t end the way they wanted it to, but the Red Wings still had a strong showing in Traverse City at the 2018 NHL Prospect Tournament.
Detroit fell to Columbus in the championship game of the tournament – a 7-3 loss that stemmed from a wild third period. Despite goals from Givani Smith and Dennis Cholowski, the Wings saw a 3-2 lead disappear in a hurry in the final period, giving them a runner-up finish in the tournament they annually host at ‘Hockeytown West.’
Here are MiHockey’s photos from the championship game, followed by video from three of the Wings’ leading prospects.
The Red Wings reached the championship game after posting a 2-1 record along the way. That included a 5-0 win over the New York Rangers Saturday evening which, coupled with a Minnesota loss that same night, gave the Red Wings a chance to play for the championship.
Recent first-round picks led the way for the Wings, as Joe Veleno (30th overall, 2018) ranked second in the tournament with six points (2-4–6) in three games; Dennis Cholowski (20th overall, 2016), who led all defensemen with five points (1-4–5) in three games; Michael Rasmussen (9th overall, 2017), who shared the tournament lead with three goals among his four points (3-1–4) in three games; and Filip Zadina (6th overall, 2018), who has potted a goal and two assists in three games.
In the 20-year history of the tournament, the Red Wings won it all once in 2013. The 2018 edition marked Detroit’s fourth appearance in the championship game in the last six years.
Zadina had a health scare during the third period; the Wings’ 2018 first-round pick missed a few shifts after a highlight-reel hit from former Notre Dame defenseman Justin Wade. He returned to game action after being evaluated in the locker room. You can see the hit below (and hear Zadina talk about the situation in the video above).
— Michael Caples (@michaelcaples) September 12, 2018