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Blackhawks lend a helping hand at World Championships

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Blackhawks lend a helping hand at World Championships

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith picked up a pair of assists in Canada's 5-3 win over Finland in the 2012 IIHF World Championships Friday.

Keith assisted on the game-tying goal by Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes late in the second period. He added another point when Jordan Eberle scored an empty-net goal with 24 seconds remaining. Patrick Sharp did not pick up a point in the win.

In other action, Viktor Stalberg was the only Hawks member of Team Sweden to earn a point in their 7-3 loss to Russia. Stalberg picked up the primary assist on the opening goal of the match when Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators put one past Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson were held scoreless.

The Czech Republic scored six goals in their shutout of Italy, but Michael Frolik did not factor into any of them.

30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

School: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant Coaches: Steve Piha, Mike Smith, Russ Swenson, Dan Wilson, Mike O'Brill, Matt Boswell, Tony Manicke, Ryan Willett, Trent Greco, Rashad Daviston, Joe Duszynski

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Streamwood

September 1st @ Larkin

September 8th vs Buffalo Grove

September 15th @ Wheeling

September 22nd @ Glenbrook North

September 29th vs Maine East

October 6th @ Vernon Hills

October 13th @ Highland Park

October 20th vs Deerfield

Biggest storyline: Can Maine West become playoff eligible in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior TE Matt Kentgen Senior DL Walter Hutt

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to reload on both sides of the football with just 7 starters back (3 offense 4 defense) this fall. .

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West is looking to continue to take positive steps forward after just missing out on a five win season in 2016. Look for the Warriors to get the football into the hands of senior TE Matt Kentgen as much as possible and if the underclassmen can develop West could again challenge for a state playoff slot in 2017.

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