3/16 Recap: Nelson connects; McCabe leaves game

In Saturday action, Logan Nelson tied the game with less than three minutes to play and set up the overtime winner as Victoria polished off regular season play with a 4-3 victory over Everett. The pesky forward gathered six goals and five assists over his final 10 tilts to finish sixth in Royals' team scoring with 43 points (14+29) despite missing 22 games with an ankle injury. The multi-point effort was Nelson's 10th of the year. Victoria opens the playoffs Friday night in Kamloops.

Colin Jacobs was unable to produce as Prince George ended the year with a 7-0 loss to Kamloops. Jacobs, who earlier in the day was named the team's Player of the Year, finishes the season with team-bests 25 goals and 53 points in 66 games.

In NCAA playoff action, Jake McCabe (+1) left the game in the second period and did not return as Wisconsin knocked off Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 to sweep the first round series and advance to next week's WCHA Final Five. Brad Navin recorded one shot on goal for the Badgers, who will wait until Sunday to learn who they'll face in Friday's semifinals. We'll have more information on McCabe's status as details become available.

Christian Isackson (-1) contributed two shots on goal as Minnesota swept Bemidji State 4-3 to move on to the WCHA Final Five. The Gophers will play Friday night in the semifinals against an opponent to be determined.

In the OHL, Alex Lepkowski (+1) recorded an assist as Barrie closed the regular season with a 3-2 win over Niagara. The rugged defender posted nine helpers, a plus-10 rating, and 78 PIM in 60 games this season. Locked in as the #2 seed in the OHL's Eastern Conference, the Colts await the results of Sunday action before learning if they'll face Mississauga, Peterborough, or Kingston in the opening round.

Justin Kea (-1) was unable to score as Saginaw capped the regular season schedule with a 3-2 overtime loss to London. The power forward prospect finishes his first post-draft year with 22 goals and 48 points. Knights forward Max Domi ('13) registered a pair of assists. The Spirit and Knights will kick off their first round best-of-seven series Friday in London.

In Sweden, Linus Ullmark served as backup as MODO was put on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 loss to Farjestads BK. MODO now trails the series 3-0 entering Monday's game four.

In the AHL, Maxime Legault scored his eighth goal of the year and fifth in his last seven games as Rochester dropped a 6-1 decision at Toronto. Amerks defender Brayden McNabb finished with a season-low minus-five rating, which clocks in as his poorest single-game plus/minus since January 8, 2011 when he was a member of the WHL's Kootenay ICE. David Leggio allowed six goals on 32 shots for the Amerks, who continue their season-long road trip Tuesday at Oklahoma City.

Daniel Catenacci, Brady Austin, and Andrey Makarov were all given the night off Saturday as their respective clubs closed regular season play having already locked in their post-season positions. Catenacci finishes the season as Owen Sound's leading scorer with 38 goals (11th in OHL entering final day of play) and 79 points (14th). The third-seeded Attack begin the playoffs Thursday when they host Sault Ste. Marie. Makarov, who tied the WHL lead with 37 wins, will lead Saskatoon into their first round series with Medicine Hat beginning Thursday. Austin and the top-seeded Bulls will wait until Sunday to learn who gets the eighth spot in East.
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