Mathew Barzal advances to the third round of the WHL playoffs, Linus Soderstrom wins Game 1 of the SHL final while David Quenneville and Mitchell Vande Sompel look to stay alive in a pair of Game 7s this week. Read more in the Islanders Prospect Report.
Barzal, T-Birds Sweeping Their Way to the Third Round
Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds have yet to lose a game on their impressive run to the Western Hockey League's Western Conference Championship. The T-Birds improved to 8-0 after sweeping their second-round series against the Everett Silvertips in four games.
Barzal, 19, made his 2017 WHL playoff debut on April 7 after missing Seattle's first-round with an illness. Since drawing back into the lineup, Barzal has tallied a point in each of his four games including a pair of multi-point games.
In Game 1, the Coquitlam, BC native tallied a goal and an assist in Seattle's 3-2 win. Barzal opening the scoring for the T-Birds with a power-play tally then added the secondary assist on the game-winner. Barzal notched an assist on Seattle's GWG in a 4-3 win in Game 2.
For Game 3, the series shifted back to Seattle where Barzal broke out with a team-leading three-point night with two goals and an assist en route be being named the No. 1 Star of the Game. The T-Birds won Game 3 5-4 in OT.
Seattle closed out the series with a 4-1 win on Friday, where Barzal added an insurance marker in the second period.
The Thunderbirds will face-off in a rematch of the 2016 Western Conference Championship as Seattle hosts the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night. Last Year, the Thunderbirds topped the Rockets 4-0 to advance to the WHL Championship, but Kelowna leads this year's season series 3-1. Barzal has tallied recorded six assists in three games against the Rockets this season.
Thunderbirds vs. Silvertips Results:
Game 1 (Fri. April 7) - Seattle 3 at Everett 2
Game 2 (Sat. April 8) - Seattle 4 at Everett 3
Game 3 (Tues. April 11) - Everett 4 at Seattle 5 (OT)
Game 4 (Fri. April 14) - Everett 1 at Seattle 4
Thunderbirds vs. Rockets Schedule:
Game 1 (Fri. April 21) - Kelowna at Seattle
Game 2 (Sat. April 22) - Kelowna at Seattle
Game 3 (Tues. April 25) - Seattle at Kelowna
Game 4 (Wed. April 26) - Seattle at Kelowna
*Game 5 (Fri. April 28) - Kelowna at Seattle
*Game 6 (Sun. April 30) - Seattle at Kelowna
*Game 7 (Tues. May 2) - Kelowna at Seattle
* = if necessary
Quenneville, Medicine Hat set for winner-take-all Game Seven on Tuesday
UPDATE: Quenneville and Medicine Hat lost Game 7 in overtime to Lethbridge.
David Quenneville's two assists helped Medicine Hat score a crucial win in Game 6 and force a deciding Game 7 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the second round of the WHL Playoffs.
The deciding game is on Tuesday night in Medicine Hat and Quenneville will look to extend his point streak to three games in the winner-take-all contest. The Islanders' 2017 seventh-round pick has a goal and two assists in his last two games against the Hurricanes.
Quenneville co-leads all WHL defenseman in playoff goals with four and ranks fourth among WHL blueliners with 12 points in 10 games.
If the Tigers win, they will advance to the WHL's Eastern Conference Championship for the first time since 2014.
Game 1 (Fri. April 7) - Lethbridge 0 at Medicine Hat 4
Game 2 (Sat. April 8) - Lethbridge 7 at Medicine Hat 4
Game 3 (Tues. April 11) - Medicine Hat 2 at Lethbridge 5
Game 4 (Wed. April 12) - Medicine Hat 3 at Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game 5 (Fri. April 14) - Lethbridge 5 at Medicine Hat 4
Game 6 (Sun. April 16) - Medicine Hat 5 at Lethbridge 2
Game 7 (Tues. April 18) - Lethbridge 5 at Medicine Hat 4 (OT)
Vande Sompel, London Knights Force Another Game Seven
UPDATE: Vande Sompel and London lost Game 7 in overtime to Erie.
Two playoff series, two Game 7's for Mitchell Vande Sompel and the London Knights.
Vande Sompel and the Knights have battled back and forced a Game 7 for the second straight series, this time against the Erie Otters. The deciding game is set to take place on Tuesday night in Erie.
The defending Memorial Cup Champion London Knights forced a Game 7 with a 2-1 OT win in Game 6 on Sunday in London.
Vande Sompel, a native of London, Ont. native scored his first goal of the 2017 OHL playoffs in London's Game 2 loss in Erie. Vande Sompel, 20, has recorded five points (1G, 4A) in 13 games through two series. The defenseman is tied for second on the Knights in playoff scoring.
Game 1 (Thurs., April 6) - London 2 at Erie 0
Game 2 (Sun., April 7) - London 1 at Erie 5
Game 3 (Tues., April 11) - Erie 3 at London 1
Game 4 (Thurs., April 13) - Erie 2 at London 4
Game 5 (Sat., April 15)- London 3 at Erie 6
Game 6 (Sun., April 16) - Erie 1 at London 2 (OT)
Game 7 (Tues., April 18)- London 4 at Erie 5 (OT)
Soderstrom Opens SHL Finals with a Win
Linus Soderstrom and HV71 lead the Swedish Hockey League Final 1-0 after scoring a 5-2 win over Brynas on Sunday. Soderstrom made 25 saves in the win.
Soderstrom is 9-1-0 in the SHL playoffs, with a 1.86 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. The Islanders 2014 fourth-round pick is third in both GAA and SV%.
Game 1 (Sun. April 16) - Brynas 2 at HV71 5
Game 2 (Tues. April 18) - HV71 at Brynas
Game 3 (Thurs. April 20) - Brynas at HV71
Game 4 (Sat. April 22) - HV71 at Brynas
*Game 5 (Mon. April 24) - Brynas at HV71
*Game 6 (Thurs. April 27) - HV71 at Brynas
*Game 7 ( Sat. April 29) - Brynas at HV7
* = if necessary