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NYI PROSPECT WATCH: Playoff Edition

Welcome to a special edition of NYI Prospect Watch...Updated May 11: Kessel and Waterloo runners-up in Clark Championship

Friday, 04.11.2008 / 4:12 PM / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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NYI PROSPECT WATCH: Playoff Edition


Name: Blake Kessel
Position: Defenseman
Team: Waterloo (38-17-5)
League: USHL
Acquired: Islanders 2007 sixth-round draft pick (166th overall)
Stats to date: Games Played (56) Goals (19), Assists (35), Points (54), PIM (24)

Update: No. 2 Waterloo took a 2-1 series lead, but lost Game 4 at home and then Game 5 on Saturday on the road in overtime, to give Omaha their first Clark Championship since 2001.

In Game 1 of the Championship series, Waterloo and Omaha battled to a 3-3 tie through 60 minutes of play. At 11:02 of the first overtime period, Kessel set-up Brett Olson for the game-winning power play tally, giving Waterloo a 1-0 series advantage.

The following night, Omaha bounced back with a 2-0 victory, handing Waterloo their first loss of the playoffs.

Game 3 put Waterloo up 2-1. The Black Hawks won 3-1 behind three third-period goals. Kessel assisted on the game-winner.

Omaha shutout Waterloo in Game 4 by the score of 2-0, setting up the decisive Game 5.

In Game 5, Kessel assisted on Waterloo's power play goal that tied the game up at three with under eight minutes to play in the third period. But Barry Almeida ended the game at 6:08 of overtime, handing Waterloo their second Chamopinship runner-up title in two years.

Kessel led all playoff performers with ten assists and ranked first on his team with 11 points. His +4 rating in 11 games was second best on Waterloo.

"I am sure Blake's competitiveness has him disappointed today," said Islanders Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. "However, to be part of two consecutive junior championships does not happen to many players. Especially this year, with Blake being a key player, he should be extremely proud of his accomplishments. It is something that will make him a better player in playoffs down the road."






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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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