A crowd of more than 8,100 fans saw Team West post a 4-0 victory in the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Tuesday night in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Paul Washe (Tri-City), a Western Michigan commit, scored twice to earn Team West MVP honors, while goaltender Keith Petruzzelli (Muskegon), a Quinnipiac commit, was named Team East MVP after stopping all 21 shots he faced. West goaltenders Cayden Primeau (Lincoln/Northeastern) and Dayton Rasmussen (Tri-City/Denver) combined for the shutout, the first in the game's history.
Team West jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Nick Swaney (Waterloo/Minnesota Duluth) found the back of the net with a beautiful shot over the shoulder of Maksim Zhukov (Green Bay) to open the scoring 4:06 into the game. Just 1:17 later, a John St. Ivany (Sioux Falls/Yale) shot deflected off the stick of Washe in front of the net to double Team West's advantage. Greg Printz (Omaha/Providence) picked up the secondary assist on Washe's tally.
Washe then scored his second of the night 7:50 in the middle frame, stretching the lead to 3-0 courtesy of helpers from Mario Ferraro (Des Moines/Massachusetts) and Matt Quercia (Sioux Falls/Boston University). Quercia added his second point of the game, an empty net goal with 1:54 remaining in the game, to give Team West a 4-0 advantage and complete the scoring.
The two teams - divided roughly on conference lines - were coached by Dan Muse (East) and Jay Varady (West). Muse is a former Yale assistant coach who played at Stonehille College; Varady played at Union.
The selection process for players competing in the game was completed in cooperation with NHL general managers and scouts, NHL Central Scouting and USHL general managers.
2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters
|Pos.||No.||Name||USHL Team||NCAA Commitment|
|F||11||Keeghan Howdeshell||Muskegon||Ferris State|
|F||12||Walker Duehr||Chicago||Minnesota State|
|F||14||Robert Arrak||Cedar Rapids|
|F||18||Nolan Moyle||Green Bay||Michigan State|
|F||20||John Leonard||Green Bay||Massachusetts|
|F||21||Jordan Timmons||Cedar Rapids||Connecticut|
|F||22||Joshua Dunne||Green Bay|
|F||26||Marc McLaughlin||Cedar Rapids||Boston College|
|D||4||Jakub Sirota||Cedar Rapids|
|D||5||Ronald Brickey||Muskegon||Western Michigan|
|D||6||Corson Green||Chicago||New Hampshire|
|D||16||Alexis Binner||Green Bay||Maine|
|G||33||Maksim Zhukov||Green Bay|
|F||11||Charlie Dovorany||Fargo||Minnesota Duluth|
|F||13||Nick Swaney||Waterloo||Minnesota Duluth|
|F||14||Paul Washe||Tri-City||Western Michigan|
|F||15||Kamil Sadlocha||Madison||Ohio State|
|F||19||Matthew Quercia||Sioux Falls||Boston University|
|F||23||Isaac Johnson||Des Moines|
|F||25||Shane Bowers||Waterloo||Boston University|
|D||6||John St. Ivany||Sioux Falls||Yale|
|D||7||Matthew Hellickson||Sioux City||Notre Dame|
|D||18||Mario Ferraro||Des Moines||Massachusetts|
|D||24||Michael Anderson||Waterloo||Minnesota Duluth|
|D||26||Kasper Kotkansalo||Sioux Falls||Boston University|