Playoff runs begin and end for several Islanders Prospects. Ilya Sorokin finishes his season with CSKA as Linus Soderstrom continues onto the postseason with a contract extension. Jake Bischoff, Doyle Somerby, and Kieffer Bellows get set for the NCAA Tournament, while David Quenneville caps off a career-year. Read all about it in the Islanders Prospect Report.
Sorokin and CSKA Eliminated in KHL Playoffs:
Ilya Sorokin and CSKA were eliminated by Lokomotiv in six games in the second round of the KHL playoffs. Sorokin did not play in Games 3, 4, and 5. Sorokin opened the series with a 4-2 win over Lokomotiv but stumbled in Game 2, allowing three goals on 27 shots to a 4-3 loss. Though CSKA came back in Game 3 to win 2-1, Lokomotiv got the better hand in the rest of the series, and moves on to play SKA in the Western Conference Final.
Sorokin ended the playoffs with a 5-2 record, a 2.03 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. The Islanders' 2014 third-round pick went 1-2 vs. Lokomotiv after sweeping Jokerit in the first round. Sorokin was named the Best Goaltender of the first round with a KHL-leading 1.33 GAA and a .942 SV%.
The Islanders' 2014 third-round pick finished the regular season with a 25-7 record, and posted a 1.61 GAA and .929 SV%.
Soderstrom Signs Extension, HV71 2-0 in Playoffs
Linus Soderstrom and HV71 took the 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal playoff series against Farjestad with a 3-1 win this past Saturday and 3-1 victory Monday. Soderstrom ended the first game with 26 saves and a .963 save percentage. In the second game, Soderstrom was able to hold back FBK despite letting up one goal in the second period to help HV71 get their second straight win.
The goalie is first right now in the postseason among goalies in goals against average 1.00, and is second in save percentage with a .960. Soderstrom also has a total of 48 saves. The team takes on FBK in Game 3 this Wednesday.
After a record-setting year, HV71 re-upped Soderstrom with a one-year contract extension.The Islanders' 2014 fourth-round pick posted an SHL-record 1.34 goals against average in the regular season, ranked second with a .943 save percentage, and recorded six shutouts - second in the SHL.
Game 1 - HV71 3, FBK 1, Sat. Mar. 18
Game 2 - HV71 3, FBK 1, Mon. Mar. 20
Game 3 - HV71 vs. FBK, Wed. Mar. 22
Game 4 - FBK vs HV71, Fri. Mar. 24
Game 5 - HV71 vs FBK, Sun. Mar. 26
Game 6 - FBK vs HV71, Tues. Mar. 28
Game 7 - HV71 vs FBK, Thurs. Mar. 30
College Hockey Playoffs
Minnesota Enters Tournament As A #1 Seed:
The Big Ten regular-season champion Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-11-3) will make their NCAA record 37th appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship - the most by any program. Minnesota opens the national tournament against Notre Dame this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame enters the tournament 21-11-5 on the year. Minnesota is 27-15-3 all-time against Notre Dame which includes 1-0 in tournament play.
The Gophers, which include Islanders' 2012 seventh-round pick and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Jake Bischoff, clinched the regular season conference title for a sixth straight regular season, a first in NCAA history.
The regular-season success didn't translate to the postseason, as the Gophers were eliminated by Penn State on Friday in the Big Ten semifinals. The Gophers lost 4-3 in overtime, in what was the longest game (93:33) in conference history.
Boston University Enters Tournament As A #2 Seed:
Doyle Somerby, Kieffer Bellows and the Boston University Terriers (23-11-3) are the No. 2 seed in the NCAA West Regional and will take on defending national champs North Dakota on Friday at 3 p.m. The Terriers and Fighting Hawks are meeting for the first time since BU's win in the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four semifinals.
The teams have split in their previous six NCAA tournament meetings, though the all-time series advantage going to North Dakota with a 12-10-2 record.
The game marks the first time in 10 years that BU has secured three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, making its all-time 35th appearance (tied for third all-time).
Boston University is coming off close 3-2 loss to Boston College in the Hockey East semifinal.
CHL Playoffs Set To Begin:
David Quenneville Looks To Continue Career Year In Playoffs
David Quenneville capped off a career year with three points (1G, 2A) in three games last week. The Islanders' 2016 seventh-round pick set highs in goals (23) and points (59) despite missing a month and a half with a broken leg.
Thanks in part to the high-scoring blueliner, Medicine Hat ended the regular season first in the Central Division and second in the Eastern Conference.
The Tigers will take on the defending WHL champions Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round of the 2017 Western Hockey League Playoffs. This marks the first time in six years the two teams have met in postseason play.
Game 1 - Brandon at Medicine Hat - Fri. Mar. 24
Game 2 - Brandon at Medicine Hat - Sat. Mar. 25
Game 3 - Medicine Hat at Brandon - Tues. Mar. 28
Game 4 - Medicine Hat at Brandon - Wed. Mar. 29
Game 5 - Brandon at Medicine Hat - Fri. Mar. 31
Game 6 - Medicine Hat at Brandon - Sun. Apr. 2
Game 7 - Brandon at Medicine Hat - Tues. Apr. 4
Barzal vs. Wotherspoon As Seattle Takes On Tri-City
Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds will face Parker Wotherspoon and Tri-City Americans in the first round of the WHL playoffs on Friday. The T-birds defeated the Vancouver Giants 6-1 this past Sunday to close out their regular season with a win. Tri-City ended its season with a three-game winning streak.
Barzal finished second in Seattle scoring with 79 points (10G, 69A) in 41 games, but has been sidelined since March 7.
Wotherspoon scored a career-high 65 points (10G, 55A) in 69 games with Tri-City this season.
Game 1 - Tri-City at Seattle - Fri. Mar. 24
Game 2 - Tri-City at Seattle - Sat. Mar. 25
Game 3 - Seattle at Tri-City - Wed. Mar. 29
Game 4 - Seattle at Tri-City - Fri. Mar. 31
Game 5 - Tri-City at Seattle - Sat. Apr. 1
Game 6 - Seattle at Tri-City - Mon. Apr. 3
Game 7 - Tri-City at Seattle - Wed. Apr. 5
Mitchell Vande Sompel Heads To OHL Playoffs With Knights
Mitchell Vande Sompel and the London Knights will take on the Windsor Spitfires in the first round of the OHL playoffs.
Vande Sompel was acquired by the Knights in a midseason trade, scoring 16 points (3G, 13A) in 30 games with London. The defenseman scored a career-high 20 goals this season.
Game 1 - Windsor at London - Fri. Mar 24
Game 2 - Windsor at London - Sun. Mar 26
Game 3 - London at Windsor - Tues. Mar 28
Game 4 - London at Windsor - Thurs. Mar 30
Game 5 - Windsor at London - Fri. Mar 31
Game 6 - London at Windsor - Sun. Apr 2
Game 7 - Windsor at London - Tues. Apr 4
Mavericks Earn One Point in Last Three Games
Missouri Mavericks: 28-26-3-5; 6th in Mountain Division, 10th in Western Conference
The Missouri Mavericks went 0-2-1 last week, falling to the Wichita Thunder 2-1 in OT on Tuesday before dropping consecutive losses by the Quad City Mallards.
The losing week comes as the ECHL enters it's stretch drive. The Mavs are six points behind the Alaska Aces for the final playoff spot in Mountain Division with 10 games to play.
Missouri returns to action this Wednesday against the Allen Americans, followed by two consecutive games against the Thunder on Friday and Saturday. Connor Bleakley has five points in his four games for the Mavericks.
Mitchell Vande Sompel