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In the Pipeline: College Cats Head to the Dance

by Mike Lewis / FloridaPanthers.com

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.

Tweet from @NCAAIceHockey: The 2017 #NCAAHockey Bracket!Who ya got? pic.twitter.com/QqotZxQcYl
 Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Great way to start a video ��We spy @DU_Hockey & #FlaPanthers own 'The Artist' @punanen5! https://t.co/cXz4Av29E5

 
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)

Cornell (21-8-5)

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.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: As the @NCAAIceHockey tourney kicks off, our @GopherSports alums @NBjugstad72 & @T_Vanek26 have a special message for @GopherHockey ! �� pic.twitter.com/RD4fJ7kOWT

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.

Tweet from @Oshawa_Generals: ������������ THE HATS ARE FLYING!!! AS STILLMAN DOES IT AGAIN HIS 3RD OF THE GAME!!�������������� @RileyStillman61 pic.twitter.com/pPON8K7ssb

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.

Tweet from @OHLHockey: �� for @amascherin_23!@FlaPanthers prospect 3rd in #OHL's century club, 1st @OHLRangers since Akeson '11.DETAILS: https://t.co/1PQeKq9PuN pic.twitter.com/B52DCmcPJM

Tweet from @OHLRangers: Congratulations to @amascherin_23 on joining the century club; �� points in the 2016-17 regular season! @OHLHockey #Milestone pic.twitter.com/QZN5nJJFWi

Tweet from @OHLRangers: .@STARSMENSHOPS #GameSummary: Adam Mascherin reaches the century mark in final regular season game. ��https://t.co/Et1GqhKG8s @FlaPanthers pic.twitter.com/TTz57o03MP

Tweet from @OHLRangers: Adam Mascherin picks up the primary assist for his ��th point of the season! Joseph Garreffa with the secondary assist. #KITvsOS https://t.co/2cs87PrOfI

Tweet from @DarrenStevenson: VIDEO - @amascherin_23 is the 1st @OHLRangers player to reach 100 point plateau since Jason Akeson in 2010-2011 #OHL https://t.co/TT4rV0Qsor pic.twitter.com/okwGkkxXtc

The Rangers are set to face the Attack in their first round match-up, beginning March 24.

Tweet from @amascherin_23: Playoffs have a certain buzz about them. The boys are ready! @OHLRangers #AllForBlue
 

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.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: He's stopped 116 of his last 119 shots and has a SV % of .975. ������ https://t.co/JgCvzTnUPt

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Adam Wilcox with a stunning blocker save in the 1st period. #SCTOP10 #TbirdsAHL pic.twitter.com/AKk8YO19fV

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.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Wilcox with another shutout, Greco with two goals, and Wittchow with his first career goal. It definitely was a Sundae Funday. #TbirdsAHL pic.twitter.com/Z5fG5gUTKg

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Anthony Greco with his 2nd shorty of the season. pic.twitter.com/PNQxSO3g2T

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Hear what Geordie Kinnear and @TeamEdward_20 have to say about yesterday's 3-0 win over the @AlbanyDevils. https://t.co/0qLixIJZaz pic.twitter.com/LZcePMqszn

 

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