For the Florida Panthers prospects in the major junior and college ranks, the postseason is underway.
The playoffs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League began this week, while this weekend the 2017 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament begins this weekend.
ROAD TO CHICAGO
Six Panthers prospects are set to begin regionals this weekend for their respective college clubs as they set their sights on reaching an NCAA championship through the Frozen Four (April 6-8) in Chicago, Ill.
Denver University (29-7-4)
Forward - Henrik Borgstrom (Freshman)
33 games played - 21 goals, 17 assists, 38 points
Goalie - Evan Cowley (Senior)
11 games played - 5-2-0, 1.13 GAA, 0.955 SV%, 2 Shutouts
Denver will face Michigan Tech (23-14-7) on March 25 at 1:00 PM (ESPN 3)
Notre Dame (21-11-5)
Forward - Joe Wegwerth (Sophomore)
30 games played - 7 goals, 4 assists, 11 points
Notre Dame is set to play No. 4 ranked Minnesota on March 25 at 3:30 PM (ESPN U)
Forward - Matt Buckles (Senior)
28 games played - 9 goals, 9 assists, 18 points
Cornell will square off with UMass Lowell on March 25 at 12:00 PM (ESPN 3)
Ohio State (21-11-6)
Forward - Miguel Fidler (Sophomore)
33 games played - 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points
Ohio State will take on No. 2 ranked Minnesota-Duluth at 6:30 PM (ESPN U)
North Dakota (21-15-3)
Forward - Chris Wilkie (Sophomore)
30 games played - 1 goal, 9 assists, 10 points
North Dakota will face Boston University at 3:00 PM (ESPN 2)
University of Minnesota alums and Panthers forwards Nick Bjugstad and Thomas Vanek shared some words of encouragement for their Golden Gophers brethren as they root them on in the tournament.
HATS OFF TO STILLMAN
In the Oshawa Generals last game of the season, Riley Stillman scored a hat trick for the first time in his OHL career. The 19-year old defenseman finished the season with 33 points (11-22-33) over 62 games with Oshawa.
The Generals begin their first round playoff match-up against the Sudbury Wolves on March 24.
MASCHERIN HITS 100
In the Kitchener Rangers' final regular season game on March 19 against the Owen Sound Attack, Adam Mascherin joined the Rangers' 100-point club after registering his 100th point of the season. Mascherin is the first Kitchener player to post 100 points in a season since Jason Akeson (108) in 2010-11.
The Rangers are set to face the Attack in their first round match-up, beginning March 24.
JONNY ON THE SPOT
Jonathan Ang and the Peterborough Petes currently lead the Niagara Ice Dogs 1-0 in their first round playoff series. In game one, Ang finished the game with a plus-two rating.
Game two of their series is set for March 25.
BACKING THE ARMADA
Samuel Montembeault finished the regular season with a 28-9 record, 2.40 goals against average and .907 save percentage over 41 games for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The 20-year old netminder's 28 wins ranked third in the QMJHL, however his career-best six shutouts led the league's goaltenders.
He made 14 saves on 15 shots faced in the Armada's first game of the playoffs, helping his squad top the Drummondville Voltigeurs 3-1. Game two between Blainville-Boisbriand and Drummondville takes place on March 24.
READY AND WILLING
Adam Wilcox earned his second shutout of his five-game run with the Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday (March 19) by making 34 saves to power the T-Birds past the Albany Devils 3-0. Since joining Springfield on March 1 owns a stellar 4-1-0 record with a 1.66 goals against average and a .945 save percentage, while remaining perfect at the MassMutual Center over his last two games. He has earned wins in each of his last four starts.
In the win over Albany, Eddie Wittchow notched his first AHL goal (and the game-winner), while Anthony Greco scored consecutively with a shorthanded goal and an empty-netter to improve to six goals over his last seven games.