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In the Pipeline: Cats in the Frozen Four

by Mike Lewis / FloridaPanthers.com

The road to the Frozen Four leads to Chicago, Ill., from April 6-8 and the Florida Panthers have three prospects vying for a NCAA Championship.

The Cats' three prospects face off on April 6 in Denver's match-up with Notre Dame.

Denver (31-7-4) - Ranked No. 1

Forward - Henrik Borgstrom (Freshman)
35 games played - 21 goals, 21 assists, 42 points

Goalie - Evan Cowley (Senior)
11 games played - 5-2-0, 1.13 goals against average, .955 save percentage, two shutouts

For the second consecutive season, Denver will return to the Frozen Four. The Pioneers punched their ticket to the Frozen Four with wins on Friday (March 25, 5-2 W) against Michigan Tech and Saturday (March 26, 6-3 W) against Penn State. Borgstrom notched four assists over the two games, including a three-assist performance in Denver's tilt against Penn State. 

Tweet from @Buccigross: The @FlaPanthers 2016 1st rounder Henrik Borgstrom is such a good player. Sets up @troyterry1997 (@AnaheimDucks) again. Pios Up 5-2 after 2. pic.twitter.com/HkIoQvKbTr 

Notre Dame (23-11-5)

Forward - Joe Wegwerth (Sophomore)

32 games played - 8 goals, 7 assists, 15 points

The semi-final game between the Pioneers and Fighting Irish will take place at the United Center on April 6 at 9:30 PM and can be seen on ESPN 2.

THE FULL MONTY

Samuel Montembeault has been solid in the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada's first round series against the Drummondville Voltigeurs, leading his club to three consecutive wins. The most impressive part of his perfect playoff record thus far is that he has only allowed one goal in each of the three games. 

Montembeault and the Armada can sweep the Voltigeurs tonight and advance to round two.

MAS EFFECT

Adam Mascherin recorded two points (1-1-2) in the Kitchener Rangers' game two win over the Owen Sound Attack. The Rangers trail Owen Sound 2-1 in their first round series. 

Tweet from @OHLRangers: #GOAL! A power play goal by Adam Mascherin makes it a 1-1 game at 9:04 of the first period. #AllForBlue #OHLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/ZHrLlp4esS

The Rangers hosts Owen Sound for game three on March 27.

PROPELLING THE PETES

Jonathan Ang has scored three goals in three games of the Peterborough Petes' first round series against the Niagara Ice Dogs. In game two, Ang scored twice including the game-winning goal and extended his goal streak in game three by opening the contest's scoring with a power play tally. Peterborough leads Niagara 3-0 in the series and has a chance to complete the sweep on March 30.

Tweet from @PetesOHLhockey: Live with @jonathanang21 post-game! #petesrising https://t.co/DHem37tV1L

LIFE OF RILEY

Riley Stillman has recorded two assists over three games in the Oshawa Generals' first round playoff series with the Sudbury Wolves. Sudbury leads Oshawa 2-1. 

THUNDERBIRDS DOWNED

The Springfield Thunderbirds fell 0-2-1 on their weekend road trip. Despite goals from Josh Brown, Chase Balisy and Dryden Hunt and a 27-save performance from Adam Wilcox, the T-Birds began the weekend with a 4-3 OT loss to the Rochester Americans. 

In Springfield's trip to Toronto the challenge the Marlies, they lost 4-1. Hometown boy Jared McCann (Stratford, Ont.) scored the lone goal for the Thunderbirds on the power play and notched his second point (1-1-2) in two games.

The final game was a trip back to Rochester as the T-Birds and Amerks' second game in three days ended with a 2-0 decision in favor of the home squad. The Americans scored shorthanded in the first period as the Thunderbirds fired 28 shots in the game looking to tie things up. Rochester's second goal was an empty netter in the third period. McCann and Paul Thompson led the T-Birds in shots with five apiece. BIG WILLY STYLE

Since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 1, Wilcox owns a 4-2-1 record, 1.87 goals against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts over eight games for the T-Birds. 

Tweet from @ThunderbirdsAHL: Adam Wilcox continues to keep his team in the game with big save after big save.

Tweet from @ThunderbirdsAHL: Wow. Wilcox with back to back point blank saves.

Click here for this week's full prospect report. 

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