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Team LeClair Tops Team Howe, 6-4, at All-American Prospects Game

By, 09/22/16, 9:15PM EDT


PHILADELPHIA – Team LeClair defeated Team Howe, 6-4, here tonight in the fifth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie High School) netted two goals for Team Howe to earn Player of the Game honors.

"It was a lot of fun the kids had a lot of energy," said John LeClair (St. Albans, Vt.), head coach of Team LeClair. "They're a talented bunch that played hard and it was a fun game to be a part of."

"I was encouraged by the ability, talent and drive of all these kids," said Mark Howe (Detroit, Mich.), head coach of Team Howe. "It's a great honor to be a part of this event, meet these kids, and see them go off to have great careers in the NHL and with USA Hockey."

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Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn./U.S. National Under-18 Team) converted on a wrist shot to stake Team LeClair a 1-0 lead just 1:43 into the game.

Team Howe evened the score less than three minutes later as Mittelstadt collected a feed from Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash./Spokane Chiefs) and netted a backhand shot at 4:14 of the first period.

Team LeClair regained a 2-1 lead just :50 after Mittelstadt’s tally when Nate Knoepke’s (Farmington, Minn./U.S. National Under-18 Team) wrist shot from the top of the left circle found the back of the net.

Sasha Chmelevski (Northville, Mich./Ottawa 67’s) gave Team LeClair a brief two-goal lead 1:19 into the second period before Team Howe’s Jason Robertson (Northville, Mich./Kingston Frontenacs) buried a rebound 1:29 later to make the score 3-2.

Mittelstadt tied the game, 3-3, with just :17 remaining in the middle frame when he tapped home a loose puck at the right post.

Team LeClair reclaimed a two-goal lead when Vanya Lodnia (Novi, Mich./Erie Otters) scored on a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot 1:35 into the final period. Logan Hutsko (North Caldwell, N.J./U.S. National Under-18 Team) batted a rebound out of midair at 6:54 of the frame to give Team LeClair a 5-3 advantage.

Team Howe’s Logan Cockerill (Brighton, Mich./U.S. National Under-18 Team) scored on the rush to make it 5-4 with 7:48 remaining, but Brannon McManus (Newport Beach, Calif./Omaha Lancers) sealed the victory for Team LeClair with an insurance marker in the final minutes of play.

Team Howe’s Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio/U.S. National Under-18 Team) started the game and finished with four saves while Keith Petruzzelli (Wilbraham, Mass./Muskegon Lumberjacks) stopped 11 of 14 shots in relief. Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn./Boston University) started for Team LeClair and made 12 saves before Cayden Primeau (Voorhees, N.J./Lincoln Stars) came in midway through the second period and stopped 17 of 19 shots to secure the win.

NOTES: For full game statistics, click here … Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting … Thirty-five players are on the 2016-17 NHL Central Scouting Futures List, which highlights players that have potential to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft … To date, 102 players who have participated in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects have gone on to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft, including 25 first-round selections.

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