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2019 NHL Prospect tournament: Beat up Blackhawks top Wild 6-1 for 7th place

Nearly perfect Alexis Gravel helps Chicago win despite losing four players to minor injuries.

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The Blackhawks wrapped up the NHL Prospect tournament with a 6-1 win Tuesday in Traverse City, Michigan.

MacKenzie Entwistle, Tim Soderlund and Michal Teply each had a goal and an assist, and free agent invitee Sean Josling (OHL Sarnia) had two assists. Alexis Gravel made 27 saves and held a shutout until 2:03 left in the game when Minnesota’s Connor Dewar scored.

Four Blackhawks prospects, including Kirby Dach and Adam Boqvist, left the game with “minor” injuries and were held out for precautionary reasons, but the team is hopeful they’ll all be ready for training camp Friday in Chicago.

Dach scored the opening goal 4:19 into the game, and his WHL teammate Riley McKay doubled the lead by pouncing on a loose puck in front at 7:42.

Shortly after McKay’s goal, Dach exited the game after he was hit by Darian Pilon, who was given a boarding penalty. McKay, who led the WHL in penalty minutes each of the past two seasons, dropped the gloves for a second time in the tournament to scrap in retaliation for the hit on Dach. But McKay found the wrong Pilon as he threw down with Derek Pilon and not Darian.

After things calmed down, Entwistle added a power-play goal off a feed from Nicolas Beaudin to give Chicago a 3-0 lead.

The second period saw Boqvist (upper-body contusion) and forwards Philipp Kurashev (upper- and lower-body) and Mikael Hakkarainen (teeth) leave the game. The Wild continued to dish out a physical style of play and often checked Chicago prospects from behind into the boards.

Minnesota’s Damien Giroux was ejected after his boarding hit against Kurashev that caused the Swiss forward to be curled in the fetal position on the ice before a trainer came to his aid. Kurashev skated off the ice with assistance and went to the locker room. Hakkarinen lost some teeth late in the second from a high stick.

Soderlund, Dylan McLaughlin and Teply added goals in the third period that was far less physical than the middle frame.

Soderlund intercepted a pass to start a rush with Teply for his goal then picked up the puck at the blue line and weaved his way through the zone before finding Teply at the right faceoff dot.