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Blackhawks prospect watch: Goaltenders shine, Fuel riding 6-game win streak

Indy's Kyle Stroh scores a natural hat-trick

Darling was one of three goaltenders to post a shutout.
Darling was one of three goaltenders to post a shutout.
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Here is the weekly look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are performing around the globe, starting with the minor league affiliates.

Rockford

The IceHogs (25-13-4-2) won back-to-back games with Thursday's 1-0 win at Iowa (Wild) and Saturday's 3-0 win over the Utica Comets (Canucks) at home. Michael Leighton posted a 23-save shutout Thursday and Scott Darling followed with a 31-save shutout.

Matt Carey scored the lone Rockford goal Thursday off a feed from T.J. Brennan and Garret Ross.

Ross added a goal and an assist Saturday for a three-point week. Adam Clendening had two assists while Klas Dahlbeck and Pierre-Cedric Labrie also found the back of the net. Ryan Hartman, Phillip Danault, Viktor Svedberg and Dennis Rasmussen each contributed an assist.

The Blackhawks recalled Rasmussen to take Kris Versteeg's spot, who was placed on long-term injured reserved due to a hand injury. Rockford will also be without Stephen Johns, who suffered another knee injury.

Indy

The Fuel (13-21-4-3) extended its winning streak to six games and point streak to eight with a 2-1 overtime win over the IceMen on Sunday in Evansville.

Forward Kyle Stroh has ignited the team with 12 points (6G, 6A), including three game-winners. Stroh scored a natural hat-trick in the Fuel's 4-1 home win over Evansville on Saturday. Mac Carruth has been a wall in net during the winning streak, going 5-0-0 with one shutout and a 0.98 goals-against average a .966 save percentage.

Down one goal, Vincent Arseneau found the back of the net to ignite a 4-1 comeback win against the Allen Americans on Friday. Arseneau received the feed from Stroh and Dillon Fournier. Rhett Bly took a pass from Evan Vossen and Kirill Gotovets for another Indy tally in the second period. Garett Bembridge and Mike Duco added two quick goals in the third.

NCAA, USHL, and others

Nick Schmaltz (F), North Dakota (NCAA) - Schmaltz had an assist, and went 5-6 in the face-off circle with two block shots in North Dakota's 5-3 win over Colorado College on Saturday. The freshman has 18 points (3G, 15A) in 22 games this season.

Luke Johnson (F), North Dakota (NCAA) - Johnson scored a goal in North Dakota's win over Colorado College on Saturday. The sophomore has 12 points on the season.

Chris Calnan (F), Boston College (NCAA) - Calnan scored the game-winning goal in Boston College's 2-1 win over Merrimack last Wednesday. He shares the team lead with four game-winners and ranks second with 11 goals this season.

Tyler Motte (F), Michigan (NCAA) - Motte had an assist in each game against Wisconsin over the weekend. He has 23 points (7G, 16A) in 20 games this season.

John Hayden (F), Yale (NCAA) - Hayden had an assist in Yale's 3-2 loss to St. Lawrence on Friday. He also had four shots in a 1-0 loss to Clarkson the next night.

Anthony Louis (F), Miami (NCAA) - Louis netted the opening tally in a 4-1 win over Denver on Saturday. The Winfield, Ill. native has 17 points (4G, 13A) in 21 games this season.

Michael Paliotta (D), Vermont (NCAA) - Paliotta scored a power-play goal in Vermont's 2-1 loss to Boston on Saturday. He also assisted a goal the previous night. He has 16 assists and 23 points in 25 games this season.

Vince Hinostroza (F), Notre Dame (NCAA) - Hinostroza had an assist in each game over the weekend. He leads the Irish with 18 assists and has 21 points this season.

Fredrik Olofsson (F), Chicago Steel (USHL) - Olofsson contributed an assist and netted two goals in the final three minutes of regulation to send Chicago to overtime, where they won 4-3 over Dubuque on Saturday. He shares the team lead with 17 goals and ranks second with 32 points in 32 games this season.

Matheson Iacopelli (F), Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) - Iacopelli did not play this weekend. He has 20 points (14G, 6A) this season.

Andres Nilsson (G), AK Bars Kazan (KHL) - Nilsson picked up his fourth shutout of the season, making 24 stops in AK Bars Kazan's 3-0 win over Metallurg Magniogorsk on Thursday.

Ivan Nalimov (G), Admiral Vladivostok (KHL) - Nalimov allowed two goals in a 4-2 win over Metallurg Magniogorsk. He has a 3.00 GAA and .892 save percentage in 22 games this season.

Carl Dahlstrom (D), Linkoping (SHL) - Dahlstrom was held in four games scoreless this week. He has two goals and two assists in 41 games this season.

Robin Press (D), Södertälje (Allsvenskan) - Press was held scoreless in three games this week. He has 11 goals and 16 assists in 42 games this season.

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