Prospect playoff round-up: Rasmussen 1G, 3A for Tri-City in wild win; Cholowski scores for struggling Winterhawks

In playoff action, in the OHL, Givani Smith finished at -1 on 5 shots as his Kitchener Rangers lost 4-1 to the Sarnia Sting.

Sarnia leads the teams’ second-round series 2 games to 1;

In the WHL, Dennis Cholowski continued his scoring surge, but his Portland Winterhawks are trending in the wrong direction. Cholowski scored a goal on 4 shots, but finished at -3 in Portland’s 6-2 loss to Everett.

Everett now leads the teams’ second-round series 2 games to 1, and Cholowski has posted 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points in 10 games played, but he’s also -7;

Finally, Michael Rasmussen continues to impress. In a wild game, the Tri-City Americans won 6-5 over the Victoria Royals, and Rasmussen’s empty-net goal ended up being the game-winner as Tri-City nearly blew 5-0 and 6-4 leads en route to their victory.

Rasmussen also registered 3 assists and a +4 on 6 shots, going 2-for-2 on faceoffs (he hasn’t taken many faceoffs since his wrist surgery, but boy, has he scored); if you’re keeping score at home, Rasmussen now has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points (and a +13) in 7 games played.

The wrist surgery hampered Rasmussen’s regular-season output significantly (31 goals and 28 assists for 59 points in 47 games played), but the incredibly-serious Rasmussen been lights-out since he returned.

Fellow Wings prospect Lane Zablocki had a goal and an assist for Victoria, finishing even on 2 shots and going 7-for-13 in the faceoff circle.

Rasmussen’s Americans now lead their second-round series 3 2 games to 0.



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6 thoughts on “Prospect playoff round-up: Rasmussen 1G, 3A for Tri-City in wild win; Cholowski scores for struggling Winterhawks”

  1. TC lead is now 3 games to 0. I live in Victoria, BC and was at game 1. Rassmussan was an absolute force that could not be contained.

  2. Keep bringing the good news. What a show from Razz. It looks like the Winterhawks as a whole are a mess, it just sucks to see it go down the drain for Cholowski when maybe his confidence needs a boost or is subject to fluctuation – his college experience wasnt great and he had a strong regular season.

    1. The Winterhawks loaded up for the playoffs, but they haven’t been able to find consistent form all year long. I’m concerned about Cholowski’s plus-minus, but he had a great experience captaining the Prince George Cougars prior to his trade to Portland.

  3. It is good to see Ras dominating a series… this is what we need to see from our top end prospects. We need them to own a series, not just play well.

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