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Florida Panthers Prospects: Rocco Grimaldi scores hat trick, Brickley eliminated

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With a handful of prospects playing in the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, at least one was bound to stick out at some point.

It took Rocco Grimaldi the first game to do so. The Florida Panthers second round pick in 2011registered a hat trick in the University of North Dakota’s 5-2 upset victory over the Wisconsin Badgers, in the process eliminating fellow prospect Ed Wittchow.

Grimaldi scored the original go-ahead goal before scoring both of the team’s empty net goals to seal the victory. The goals were number 15,16, and 17 of the season, giving him 39-points in 40-games on the season. His second goal gave him 30-for his career at North Dakota.

North Dakota will take on Ferris State for the chance to go to the Frozen Four, which takes place in Philadelphia this year.

Connor Brickley’s Team Eliminated

The first Panthers’ prospect to play in the tournament, Connor Brickley, was elimanted as his Vermont team lost to Union 5-2, ending his college career. In 116-games, the 22-year old from Everett, Massachuests scored 21-goals and had 48-points.

His next step will be to turn pro, Hockey’s Future has him rated as a potential two-way third line forward with limited offensive upside.

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