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Saturday A.M. Prospect Notes (Forbort, Czarnik, Vey, Pelech, Moller)

Ministers of Defense: Blood and Forbort Playing Role in Unbeaten Streak | WDAY | Fargo, ND
[…] When you’re chosen fifteenth by the L.A. Kings in the NHL draft, it’s easy to develop some arrogance. But when Derek Forbort arrived on the UND campus, he was welcomed with a reality check. “I was like, ‘why is this guy in the locker room? He needs to be in the gym, because he’s so skinny,'” junior Ben Blood said.

“Yeah, I need to put on some weight. But he’s been helping me with that. He’s been pushing me hard in the weight room. We always work out together,” Derek Forbort said.

“The biggest thing with him is that he needs to be more assertive as a person and to grow up a little bit, and be more of a man,” Blood said.

“I think Ben really showed great leadership in working with Derek as a younger player and the two meshed. The chemistry was there immediately,” Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol said. That chemistry is tough to overlook and so are the two players. At 6’4″, 235 pounds, Blood is the biggest player on the team, but he still looks up to his defensive partner, who tours [sic] at 6’5″.

[…] Forbort leads Sioux freshmen with 15 points.

Metro & state: Plymouth Whalers can’t close out series | Detroit Free Press |
Host Kitchener scored four goals in the third period to beat Plymouth, 6-4, Friday night. The victory kept the Rangers alive in the Ontario Hockey League first-round playoff series. […] The Whalers led, 3-2, late in the third period, but the Rangers scored three goals within 3:24. […] Robert Czarnik scored two goals, and Tyler Brown had four assists for Plymouth.

Tigers battle back on Wheat Kings – Brandon Sun
The Brandon Wheat Kings woke up a sleeping Tiger on Thursday night. Linden Vey, relatively quiet through three games, broke out with two goals and two assists in Game 4 last night at the MTS Centre, netting the game-winner with 25 seconds left to play as the Medicine Hat Tigers beat the Wheat Kings 5-4.

Reign sorry to see season conclude –
Based on how they have played over the last week, Beau Erickson and the Reign look like they could keep going like this for a while. Unfortunately, their season ends today. […] Goals by Michael Pelech and Jordan Morrison staked the Reign to a 2-0 lead. […] Idaho is already locked into the No. 5 seed in the ECHL’s Western Conference, while the Reign were eliminated from the playoffs on March 25. […] In the game’s key matchup, the line of O’Malley, Pelech and Shawn Collymore, and defensemen Shawn Germain and Jason Fredricks, kept Derlago and Mouillierat off the scoreboard entirely. “That line did play well,” Taylor said. “It was nice to see them rewarded with the empty-netter at the end.”

Move ‘sucks’ for fans of Bruins: Moller
If Los Angeles Kings forward Oscar Moller has one regret about his time with the Chilliwack Bruins, it’s that he didn’t get a chance to say a final goodbye to the team’s devoted fans. With reports indicating the WHL team has been all but sold to a group in Victoria, it seems he never will. The Bruins are expected to relocate to the B.C. capital.[…]

“[…]That sucks for Chilliwack fans,” said Moller before the Kings’ game with the Vancouver Canuck[…]. “There was a great fan base out there.[…] It’s a great junior hockey city.”

Moller was the face of the Bruins for two years after the city was awarded an expansion franchise for the 2006-07 season. The 22-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden, still holds numerous franchise scoring records and will forever be remembered as the team’s first European player, going second overall in the 2006 CHL Import Draft.

“I’m really bummed, Chilliwack will always be a special place,” he said. “It was where I got my first taste of North American hockey and my first time away from home. They took me in and treated me like one of their own and for that I’ll be forever grateful.”

Moller surprised everyone, including himself, when he made the Kings lineup out of training camp as a 19-year-old in 2008. He truly expected to be back for a third junior season.

“We made the playoffs the first two years of the franchise and that’s something I’m very proud of,” said Moller. […] “I never figured that last playoff loss would be my final game there and always figured I’d get a chance to go back sometime.”

“It’s sad to hear and it’s very unfortunate for the fans – they really care about the players there.”

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