Red Wings Advance to NHL Prospect Tournament Championship

TRAVERSE CITY – The Detroit Red Wings punched their ticket to the championship game of the 2018 NHL Prospect Tournament on Monday.

Detroit (2-1-0) skated to a 5-0 win over the New York Rangers (1-2-0) at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena.

Joseph Veleno led the Red Wings offense with two goals, while Axel Holmstrom, Michael Rasmussen and Zach Gallant tallied a goal apiece as Detroit led 3-0 through two periods.

The Red Wings will now face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup on Tuesday. The Blue Jackets shot past the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, on Monday.

“After the game, it was almost like we won something a lot more significant than we won,” Red Wings prospect and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Ben Simon said. “We haven’t won anything here yet.  But, you can see the enthusiasm with the guys.  They actually are a genuine group where they like each other.  So, it’s kind of fun to see them gel in a short amount of time.”

In other action on Monday, the Minnesota Wild earned a 5-4 overtime win over the Dallas Stars, while the Chicago Blackhawks handed the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 loss in overtime.

The Blues will face the Rangers in the seventh-place game at 3 p.m. Tuesday, while Hurricanes and Stars meet in the fifth-place game at 3:30 p.m. The third-place game pits the Wild and Blackhawks at 6:30 p.m.

The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Centre Ice’s West Rink.