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Mathew Barzal and Linus Soderstrom continue their playoff runs

by Kelly Keogh kellykeogh19 / New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal and Linus Soderstrom are the last two Islanders prospects playing, as both continue deep playoff runs. Barzal is currently in the third round of the WHL playoffs, while Soderstrom is the SHL final. Follow both in the Islanders prospect report.

Barzal, T-Birds Open Conference Championship vs. Kelowna

Mathew Barzal is the last Isles prospect remaining the CHL playoffs as his Seattle Thunderbirds take on the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL's Western Conference Championship. 

The Islanders' 2015 first-round pick has three assists in the first two games, as the T-Birds and Rockets are tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven series. Barzal recorded an assist on the T-birds opening goal in the 5-4 win on Friday night and tallied two assists in Seattle's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday.

The 19-year-old co-captain has recorded at least one point in every game this post season and now has 10 points (4G, 6A) in six games after missing Seattle's entire first-round with an illness. 

Barzal will look to extend is post-season point streak to seven games as the series shifts to Kelowna on Tuesday. 

Thunderbirds vs. Rockets Schedule:

Game 1 (Fri. April 21) - Kelowna 4 at Seattle 5
Game 2 (Sat. April 22) - Kelowna 4 at Seattle 3 (OT)
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, Vande Sompel Eliminated in Playoffs

Both David Quenneville (WHL, Medicine Hat) and Mitchell Vande Sompel (OHL, London) have finished their seasons, after falling in a pair of Game 7 OT losses on Tuesday, April 18.

Quenneville, 19, closed out his third full season in the WHL on Tuesday as Medicine Hat fell 5-4 in overtime to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in their second round matchup. The Islanders' 2016 seventh-round pick tallied an assist in the loss. He finished with 13 points (4G, 9A) in 11 games during the Tigers 2017 post-season run. 

Quenneville set new career-highs in goals (23) and points (59) during his 49 regular season games this season despite missing a month and a half with a broken leg. The Edmonton, AB native's 59 points ranked him second among Tigers defenseman in scoring and eight in the WHL. 

Next Season, Quenneville will return to Medicine Hat unless he makes the Islanders NHL squad out of training camp, as he is too young to join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Vande Sompel, 20, finished his fourth and likely final season in the Ontario Hockey League on Tuesday night in London's 5-4 overtime loss to the Erie Otters in the second round of the OHL playoffs. 

The London, ON native closed out his OHL career with 174 points (47G, 127A) in 218 games spanning four seasons with the Oshawa Generals and London Knights. Vande Sompel's 20 goals was good for second among all OHL blueliners while his 53 points ranked him 10th among OHL defenseman.  

Vande Sompel was drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 2013 OHL draft by the Oshawa Generals, where he won a Memorial Cup Championship in 2015 alongside Islanders' 2014 first-round pick, Michael Dal Colle. In January of this season, Vande Sompel was traded to his hometown London Knights where he played 30 regular season games and 14 playoff games.

The four-year OHL D-man singed a three-year, entry level deal with the Islanders back in October of 2016 and is eligible to turn pro this upcoming season. 

Soderstorm, HV71 Down 3-2 in SHL Final

Linus Soderstrom and HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series in the SHL final against Brynas. HV71 took games one and four while Brynas took games two, three and five, winning games two and three in overtime. Brynas won 2-0 on Monday to take a 3-2 series lead, forcing Soderstom and HV71 to face elimination on Thursday. 

During the playoffs, the Islanders' 2014 fourth-round pick has posted a 2.16 GAA with a .919 SVS% in 14 playoffs games. In the Final, Soderstrom has posted a 3.00 GAA with a .896 SVS% with a pair of wins. 

HV71 vs. Brynas Schedule:

Game 1 (Sun. April 16) - Brynas 2 at HV71 5
Game 2 (Tues. April 18) - HV71 2 at Brynas 3 (OT)
Game 3 (Thurs. April 20) - Brynas 4 at HV71 3 (OT)
Game 4 (Sat. April 22) - HV71 6 at Brynas 4
Game 5 (Mon. April 24) - Brynas 2 at HV71 0
Game 6 (Thurs. April 27) - HV71 at Brynas
*Game 7 ( Sat. April 29) - Brynas at HV71

* = if necessary

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