Chicago Blackhawks Prospects Help Teams Advance To Semifinals In Big Ten Tournament

Minnesota and Michigan took down Penn State and Notre Dame, respectively, and were able to move on to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament thanks to the help of a few Blackhawks' prospects.

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In a clash of Blackhawks' prospects, Michigan hosted Notre Dame in the other quarterfinal series.

The Wolverines handled the Fighting Irish during the regular season by posting a 3-1 record. In the postseason, that success continued to stay true as Michigan swept Notre Dame with a 5-4 win on Friday night and a 4-3 win on Saturday night.

Frank Nazar III of Michigan was quiet on Friday night with only one shot on goal, however, he won 10 of 18 faceoffs that night. On Saturday night, Nazar assisted on an equalizer in the second period to make it a 3-3 game before Michigan eventually pulled away. Nazar's success on faceoffs continued, where he won 9 of 13 to close out the weekend.

Through 36 games this year, Nazar has 37 points on 14 goals and 12 assists. He ranks fifth on the team in goals and points, and sixth on the team in assists.

Just like Minnesota, Michigan will wait and see who their next opponent will be. One thing is for sure, however, and that is the fact that Michigan's next game will be on the road. The Wolverines will either face Michigan State or Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.