Blackhawks' post-season callups include Saad, Morin


Blackhawks' post-season callups include Saad, Morin

The Chicago Blackhawks have made their postseason call-ups, including the rookie who made a splash right out of training camp.

The Blackhawks have recalled Brandon Saad from the Saginaw Spirit, as well as Rockford forwards Jeremy Morin and Brandon Pirri, defensemen Joe Lavin and Ryan Stanton and goaltender Carter Hutton on Monday afternoon.

The 19-year-old Saad, who had a stellar training camp and started this regular season with the Blackhawks, had 34 goals and 76 points with the Spirit this season. He also finished with a team-high plus-35 rating.

Morin played in three games with the Blackhawks this season. Pirri had two assists in five Blackhawks games. Hutton was recalled twice this season but did not see any action with the Blackhawks.

Lavin and Stanton each had 17 points for the IceHogs this season. Lavin played in 71 games for Rockford; Stanton played in all 76.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents


Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.