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Playoff matchups set at the 2018 Boys Select 15 PDC

By Kevin Snow, 07/19/18, 3:30PM EDT


Camp wraps up with six games on Friday

UP NEXT: The playoff matchups have been set, and a pair of undefeated teams will meet in Friday’s final game of the week. Team Purple finished 3-0 with a tournament-best plus-11, and they will face Team Navy (3-0, plus-10) at 10:30 a.m. ET.

THURSDAY GAME NOTES: Shea Thibault (Guilford, Conn.) paced the Team Purple attack with four assists in a 7-1 defeat of Team White … Team Columbia needed an Evan Werner (Flower Mound, Texas) goal with just 24 seconds left to defeat Team Grey 5-4 … Carter Batchelder (Eden Prairie, Minn.) scored twice in Team Gold’s victory … Four Team Black players each had a pair of goals in an 8-5 win over Team Red … Paul Davey (Greenwich, Conn.) scored twice late to clinch Team Navy’s 5-3 win over Team Orange. 

BETWEEN THE PIPES: In 75 minutes of action over three games, goaltenders Alexander Mickanin (Hopkinton, Mass. – Team Navy) and Andrew Pichora (Bethel Park, Pa. – Team Forest) have been dominant for their respective teams. Mickanin has posted a tournament-best .974 save percentage and 0.80 GAA, allowing just one goal on the 37 shots he’s faced. Pichora has an identical 0.80 GAA to go along with his .970 save percentage, and has also given up just a single goal on 33 shots.

NOTABLE CAMP CONNECTIONS: Several of this week’s rosters are dotted with players who have very recognizable last names, including the one of a soon-to-be Hockey Hall of Famer.

Team Gray forward Ryan St. Louis (Riverside, Conn.) is the son of Martin St. Louis, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. Martin had 1,033 career points (391G, 642A) in 1,134 games, and captured a Stanley Cup title the same season he was named NHL MVP with Tampa Bay in 2004.

Team Columbia defenseman Max Smolinski (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) is the son of former NHLer Bryan Smolinski, who amassed 651 career points (274G, 377A) in 1,055 games with eight teams from 1993-2008.

Team Navy forward Chase Stillman (Peterborough, Ont.) is the son of former NHLer Cory Stillman, and the younger brother of Riley Stillman, drafted in the fourth round by Florida in 2016. Cory’s 16-year NHL career included Stanley Cup wins with Tampa Bay (2004) and Carolina (2006).

Team White forward Brendan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) is the son of former NHLer Tom Fitzgerald, a veteran of 17 NHL seasons who currently serves as assistant general manager of the New Jersey Devils.

Team Red forward Tyler Boucher (Haddonfield, N.J.) is the son of former NHL netminder and current NBC Sports analyst Brian Boucher. Brian won a silver medal with Team USA at the 1997 IIHF World Junior Championship, and went on to play 13 seasons in the NHL.

Team Kelly defenseman Luke Hughes (Canton, Mich.) is the younger brother of Quinn Hughes (1999), drafted seventh overall by Vancouver in June’s NHL Draft, and Jack Hughes (2001), a top prospect for the 2019 Draft and a member of the USA Hockey’s NTDP Under-18 Team.

Team Royal defenseman Luke Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn.) is the younger brother of Casey Mittelstadt, an eighth overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in 2017. Mittelstadt won bronze medals at the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship and 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, and he scored five points (1G, 4A) in six games for Buffalo at the end of last season.

Team Royal forward Jack Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) is the younger brother of Riley Hughes (2000), drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round of the 2018 NHL Draft. 

Team Kelly forward Jackson Morehouse (Sewickly, Pa.) is the son of Pittsburgh Penguins CEO and president David Morehouse. The Penguins have won three Stanley Cups in 10 seasons under Morehouse’s leadership.

Team Gray defenseman Justin Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is the younger brother of Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson. The latter is a two-time medalist for Team USA, having captured bronze with the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship and gold with the U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship earlier that same year. The elder Gibson earned tournament MVP honors for his role in leading the U.S. to World Juniors gold. In 2011, USA Hockey honored him as its Dave Peterson Award Winner, a tribute bestowed annually on the nation's top junior-level goaltender.

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