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News and Notes from the Nike Bauer NIT

By Tim Droogsma, 11/10/08, 12:34PM CST


Tournament Notes
Victor Ohman of Malmo, who had nine points in the tournament, is the son of team General Manager Roger Ohman, who was the 2nd-round selection (#39 overall) of the Winnipeg Jets in the 1985 NHL draft.
More than 70 scouts and college coaches were in attendance over the weekend. Virtually every NHL team was represented - the Toronto Maple Leafs alone had three different scouts here over the weekend - and University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia and St. Cloud State’s Bob Motzko headed a list of colleges represented, including New Hampshire, Yale, Boston U, Michigan State, Princeton, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Air Force, Providence and Colorado College.
At least a dozen tournament players have already made college commitments, including future University of Minnesota Gophers Nick Bjugstad, Christian Isackson, Nick Leddy and Nate Schmidt. Others included Danny DeLisle (Minnesota-Duluth), Marshall Everson (Harvard), Derek Forbort (North Dakota), Danny Mattson (North Dakota), Tyler Pitlick (Minnesota State-Mankato) and Max Tardy (Minnesota-Duluth).
Anders Lee of Minnesota Red ended up as the leading scorer in the tournament, with 4 goal and 7 assists for 11 points. Bill Simon of Minnesota Red and Marshall Everson of Minnesota White tied for the tourney lead in goals with 5.
The wildest finish of the tournament came in the consolation game between Wisconsin and Michigan. Wisconsin held a 7-2 lead with 13 minutes left in the game, but found itself clinging to a 7-6 lead with 7:47 left. After Michigan nearly tied the game in the final minute, Wisconsin ended the comeback with an empty-net goal.