Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Frank Nazar III Shines in Big Ten Tournament Title Game Loss

Frank Nazar III of Michigan put forth a strong effort in the Big Ten Tournament title game, but it wasn't enough as the top-seeded Michigan State Spartans clinched the title in a 5-4 overtime win.

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The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans battled in the Big Ten Tournament championship game on Saturday night. In what was a thrilling contest, it made way for the Spartans score the golden goal for a 5-4 overtime win, after a back-and-forth fight throughout regulation.

Even though Michigan's run for three consecutive Big Ten Tournament titles fell short, Blackhawks' prospect Frank Nazar III had a big night and that was one of the main reasons why the Wolverines were able to keep the game close.

Less than a minute into the opening period, Nazar made his presence felt quickly (thanks to a great find from Josh Ernisse) by getting to the net on a rush and putting Michigan on the board for an early 1-0 lead.

Obviously, Nazar was happy to give his team the lead, however, this one had to feel good. The first-period goal by Nazar was his first goal since February 17 at Penn State. His work, however, was not done yet.

As the back-and-forth battle continued later into the night, the Wolverines saw themselves down 4-3 in the third period. Enter Nazar again. This time, he was fighting for position at the front of the net, and it was a fight he won, as a shot deflected off his skate for the equalizer.

The third-period goal from Nazar was his second of the game, and he ended his night with two points via two goals and winning 10-of-15 faceoffs. The multi-point effort was Nazar's first since January 27 against Wisconsin.

Despite the strong effort from Nazar, Michigan fell in overtime by a final of 5-4. The win for Michigan State clinched their first-ever Big Ten Tournament title, not long after they won the Big Ten regular-season title for the first time.

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