Wild fans didn’t get a very long look at prospect Jordan Greenway in the NCAA West Regional. The Boston University forward made an early exit from the tournament Saturday when his team fell 7-2 to Denver, but spectators at Xcel Energy Center got a glimpse of the size and skill that got him picked in the second round of last summer’s NHL entry draft.
Greenway, selected with the 50th overall pick, finished the season with five goals and 21 assists while playing in all 39 games. The 6-5, 230-pound winger managed only two assists in the first two months of the season, but coach David Quinn said Greenway began showing progress in late November. He has developed steadily, collecting 24 points in 26 games since Thanksgiving.
“He’s certainly had a great second half,’’ Quinn said of Greenway, who had an assist and two shots Saturday. “He’s had a huge impact in a lot of our games. He’s a great athlete, very fluid and coordinated.”
BU’s first line included two other NHL draftees: senior winger and leading scorer Danny O’Regan (San Jose, 2012) and freshman center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (Boston, 2015).
Referee Oliver “Butch’’ Mousseau, who died Friday after suffering a head injury during warmups for a WCHA semifinal, was honored with a moment of silence before each of Saturday’s games. Ferris State and St. Cloud State players paid tribute to Mousseau by tapping their sticks.
Four good years
Though he said his players were “devastated’’ after Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss to Ferris State, St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko saw through the pain to praise the contributions of his seven seniors. “There is a great story that will be told about our senior class,’’ he said. “They leave a great legacy for us.’’
Forward Kalle Kossila, who had two assists Saturday, ended his Huskies career with 153 points in 157 games. Forward Joey Benik of St. Francis High School had a goal and an assist, giving him 126 career points in 135 games, and center David Morley finished with 118 points in 150 games.
Defenseman Ethan Prow of Sauk Rapids, who assisted on the Huskies’ second goal, finished with 99 points in 150 games.
Announced attendance for Saturday’s two games was 4,926.