Chicago Blackhawks prospect Tyler Motte may not be NHL-ready, but he's ready to take on NHL-caliber hits.
Motte, the Division I leading goal scorer, flipped a puck out the Michigan zone with less than three minutes remaining in the third period against Penn State on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. He was then leveled by a flying elbow from PSU forward Andrew Sturtz on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
ICYMI: Tyler Motte is one tough cookie.— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) January 31, 2016
Amazingly, after this hit, the @umichhockey star scored an empty-netter. https://t.co/Je6jQxLuba
The Big Ten Conference suspended Sturtz one game for the headshot on Chicago's 2013 fourth-rounder, who added an empty-netter moments after the collision to seal a 6-3 win.
Motte has 22 goals and 13 assists with 102 shots in 23 games this season for the Wolverines. His offensive production has taken significant jump from his sophomore season when he tallied nine goals and 31 points in 35 games.