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Islanders Prospect Report: April 1, 2019

Ben Mirageas advances to Frozen Four, Noah Dobson nominated for QMJHL's best defenseman award

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

NCAA TOURNAMENT:

Mirageas Heading to Frozen Four:

Ben Mirageas and the Providence College Friars are heading to the Frozen Four. 

The Friars, who earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division 1 Men's Hockey Tournament, beat Minnesota State and Cornell to advance to the Frozen Four. Providence beat the No. 3 Minnesota State 6-3 in the first round on Saturday and shut out Cornell 4-0 in the quarterfinals on Sunday. 

Mirageas, the Islanders' 2017 third-round pick (77th overall), did not record a point in either contest. 

Providence will face No. 2 Minnesota Duluth on April 11 at 5 p.m. at KeyBank Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. 

The University of Denver and No. 4 UMass will also meet on April 11 at 8:30 p.m. The national championship game will take place on April 13.

Tweet from @NCAAIceHockey: The #FrozenFour 🏒 pic.twitter.com/uf0y0AMlZT 

Pivonka Eliminated in NCAA Semis: 

Jake Pivonka and Notre Dame were eliminated by UMass in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday night. Pivonka and Notre Dame beat Clarkson 3-2 in overtime in the first round before falling 4-0 to UMass the next day. The Islanders' 2018 fourth-round pick (103rd overall) finished his freshman season with 10 points (2G, 8A) in 40 games, winning a Big 10 title with the Fighting Irish. 


CHL PLAYOFFS:

Dobson Nominated For QMJHL Best Defensemen: 

Noah Dobson is a finalist for the Émile Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL's best defenseman. 

The Isles' 2018 first-round pick (12th overall) is up against Charle-Édouard D'Astous (Rimouski Océanic) and Nicolas Beaudin (Drummondville Voltigeurs). 

Dobson recorded 52 points (15G, 37A) in 56 games between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Dobson's season really took off with the Huskies, with 36 points (6G, 30A) in 28 games after the midseason trade. The Huskies went 27-1-0 after acquiring Dobson, finishing first in the league with 59 wins and 119 points. 

D'Astous recorded 66 points (12G, 54) in 55 games, while Beaudin notched 56 points (7G, 49A) in 53 games. 

Dobson Leading QMJHL Playoff Scoring for Defensemen:

Noah Dobson leads all defensemen with 10 points (2G, 8A) in the QMJHL playoffs. 

Dobson and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies beat the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-2 in their best-of-seven series. The Isles' 2018 first-round pick has at least a point in all six contests. The Huskies will take on the winner of Victoriaville and Val-d'Or in the second round. 

Durandeau, Halifax Force Game 7:

Arnaud Durandeau and the Halifax Mooseheads have come back to force a Game 7 against the Quebec Remparts in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter final series. After falling behind 0-2 to the eighth-seeded Remparts, the top-seeded Mooseheads responded with a pair of road wins in Quebec to tie the series. Quebec took a 3-2 lead after five games, but the Mooseheads won a do-or-die Game 6 to force the seventh-and-deciding game. 

Durandeau has five points (4G, 1A) in six games in the series.


OHL PLAYOFFS: 

Tweet from @SpiritHockey: .@JenkinsBlade IS TONIGHT'S HERO!! #OHLPlayoffs | | #Isles pic.twitter.com/ZG49ImC8tB

Saginaw Sweeps Sarnia:

Bode Wilde and Blade Jenkins will advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs after the Saginaw Spirit swept the Sarnia Sting 4-0 in the opening round. 

Wilde finished the series with four points (2G, 2A), while Jenkins notched two goals, including the series-clincher in a 5-4 OT win in game four.

Saginaw will take on the Sault-Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the second round, starting on Friday. The second-seeded Spirit went 4-3-1 against the third-seeded Sting this season. The Greyhounds beat the Owen Sound Attack in five games in their first-round series. 


KHL PLAYOFFS:

Sorokin, CSKA Leading 2-1 in Conference Finals:

Ilya Sorokin and CSKA Moscow are up 2-1 over SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL Western Conference Finals. Sorokin limited to SKA to one goal in each of CSKA's first two wins, before falling 2-1 in OT in game three. Sorokin is 10-2-0 in the postseason with a 1.07 GAA and a .952 SV%.

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