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South, West open Top Prospects with victories

February 20, 2011

Team South (1-0) and Team West (1-0) skated to wins on the first day of the three-day North American Hockey League (NAHL) Top Prospects Tournament on Sunday at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Forward Nate Milam (Topeka RoadRunners) rang up a goal and assisted on Justin Hussar’s (Topeka) game-winning marker in Team South’s 4-1 triumph over Team North. Defenseman Chris Leone (Wichita Falls Wildcats) added two assists in the win.

South goaltenders Eric Rohrkemper (Topeka) stopped all 19 shots he faced, and Steve Bolton (Traverse City North Stars) made 16 saves.

View the box score here.

In Team West’s 6-2 victory over Team Central, Blake Huppert (Alaska Avalanche) connected for the game-winning goal and two assists, while forwards Brett Lubanski (Kenai River Brown Bears), DJ Vandercook (Wenatchee Wild), Matt Friese (Alaska) and Dakota Mason (Dawson Creek) all fashioned two-point nights.

West goaltenders Landon Peterson (Alaska) turned aside all 12 shots he faced, while Andrew Walsh (Dawson Creek Rage) made seven saves.

View the box score here.

On the second day of the tournament, Team North will face off against Team West (3:30 p.m. local time) and Team South will play Team Central (6:30 p.m.).

All Top Prospects Tournament games can be viewed live via the Internet through

The NAHL is auctioning off all game-worn player jerseys from the Top Prospects Tournament through eBay. Bids can be placed at

At the Top Prospects Tournament, which runs from Feb. 20-22, four teams - Team Central, Team North, Team South and Team West - are playing a three-game round robin.

For more information on the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, visit

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