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Islanders Prospect Report: NCAA Tournament

Cockerill, Mirageas and Pastujov all competing in NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Three Islanders prospects - Logan Cockerill, Ben Mirageas and Nick Pastujov - are competing in this year's NCAA Division 1 Men's Hockey Tournament. 

The tournament features 16 teams in a single elimination tournament. The teams are made up of the six conference winners and 10 at-large bids and split into four regional brackets: East, West, Northeast and Midwest. 

The winners of each regional bracket will advance to the NCAA Frozen Four taking place at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on April 5 and the national championship taking place on April 7.  

All games will be available online Watch ESPN and on specific channel listings. 


PASTUJOV TO FROZEN FOUR: 

Nick Pastujov and the Michigan Wolverines have advanced to the Frozen Four at the NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Tournament. 

Michigan beat Northeastern 3-2 in the Northeastern Regional semis on Saturday and followed it up with a 6-3 win over Boston University in Sunday's regional final. Pastujov scored Michigan's sixth goal on Sunday, his first goal and point in the tournament. 

Michigan will take on Notre Dame on April 5 at 9:30 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Pastujov is the last remaining Islanders prospect in the tournament. Logan Cockerill (BU) was eliminated by Michigan in the Northeastern Regional Final on Sunday, while Ben Mirageas (Providence) was eliminated by Notre Dame in the East Regional Final on Saturday. Cockerill finished the tournament with one goal - an empty-netter - in BU's 3-1 semifinal win over Cornell. Mirageas did not record a point in Providence's two games. 


LOGAN COCKERILL: 

Stats: GP - 37, G - 8, A - 12, P - 20. 

Northeastern Regional Semifinal: BU 3, Cornell 1

Northeastern Regional Final: Michigan 6, BU 3

Logan Cockerill and No. 4 Boston University kick off their quest for a national title in the NCAA Northeast Regional against No. 1 Cornell University on Saturday at 1 p.m. at DCU Center, home of the the Isles ECHL affiliate Worcester Railers. 

BU won the Hockey East title on Saturday night, defeating Providence 2-0 in the conference championship game. The Terriers had to win to qualify for this year's NCAA tournament. 

As for Cockerill, the Isles' 2017 seventh-round pick had 19 points (7G, 12A) in 35 games in his freshman year, including a 10-game point streak, which was the longest in the Hockey East this year. 

Cockerill was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on March 12, after scoring the series-clinching goal in BU's quarterfinals sweep over UConn. 

Cornell won the only meeting between the clubs this season, taking a 4-3 decision at Madison Square Garden on November 25. 


BEN MIRAGEAS: 

Stats: GP - 40, G - 8, A - 11, P - 19

East Regional Semifinal: Providence 1, Clarkson 0

East Regional Final: Notre Dame 2, Providence 1

Ben Mirageas and the No. 2 Providence Friars will take on the No. 3 Clarkson Golden Knights in the East Regional on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena, the home of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

Providence is making their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and earned an at-large bid after losing to BU in the Hockey East final on Saturday night. 

The Friars are 0-2-0 against the Golden Knights this season, falling 4-0 on Oct. 21 and 4-2 on Nov. 25. 

Mirageas, the Islanders' 2017 third-round pick, has scored 19 points (8G, 11A) in 38 games in his freshman season. The defenseman is second among his teammates in power-play goals, with five so far this season. Mirageas is sixth in assists, seventh in goals, and eighth in points among the Friars. Like Cockerill, Mirageas also has a Hockey East Rookie of the Week designation, picking up the honor back in November. 

UPDATE: Providence beat Clarkson 1-0 on Friday night and will play Notre Dame in Saturday's East Regional Final against Notre Dame. Puck drop is at 6 p.m. Watch on ESPNU.


NICK PASTUJOV: 

Stats: GP - 35, G - 4, A - 10, P - 14

Northeastern Regional Semifinals: Michigan 3, Northeastern 2

Northeastern Regional Final: Michigan 6, BU 3

Nick Pastujov and the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines draw the No. 3 Northeastern Huskies in the Northeastern Regional on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at DCU Center, home of the the Isles ECHL affiliate Worcester Railers.

Michigan earned an at-large bid into this year's tournament, which is the 37th in program history and tied with Minnesota for the most bids ever. Michigan posted a 20-14-3 record this season, but lost 3-2 to Ohio State University in the Big 10 semifinals. 

Michigan and Northeastern have not met this season. 

Pastujov posted 13 points (3G, 10A) in his sophomore season at Michigan, surpassing his freshman totals. 

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