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In the Pipeline: Perfect between the Pipes

by Mike Lewis / FloridaPanthers.com

This past weekend two goaltenders in the Florida Panthers pipeline posted shutouts for their respective clubs. 

In the AHL, Adam Wilcox earned his second consecutive win for the Springfield Thunderbirds registering a 26-save shutout over the Rochester Americans on March 12. The 24-year old netminder stopped 21 shots through the game's first two periods before turning aside five in the third.  

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Adam Wilcox secures his 1st shutout since joining the Thunderbirds in today's 2-0 win over the @AmerksHockey. pic.twitter.com/SQNchAldYZ

Meanwhile, across the country in Denver, Colo., Evan Cowley backstopped the University of Denver Pioneers to a 4-0 win, earning his second consecutive shutout and leapfrogging Colorado College in the NCHC Tournament

In the senior goaltender's final game at Magness Arena, he faced 17 shots and improved his save percentage to .952 and his goal against average to 1.15 over 10 games. Denver (ranked no. 1) is set to face the University of North Dakota (ranked no. 11) on March 17 in their first game of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Whichever team comes out on top will face the winner of Western Michigan (no. 8) and Minnesota-Duluth (no. 3). 

Tweet from @DU_Hockey: #HockeyHugs ������ #FrozenFaceoffBound pic.twitter.com/SXLJH17uxY

Tweet from @ECtendy31: Surreal experience tonight. Great way to finish four great years at Magness. Onward and upward PioNation #DU1NATION

Tweet from @DU_Hockey: Evan Cowley addresses the media after recording his 2nd straight shutout AND securing free bagels from @Brueggers for the Magness faithful!! pic.twitter.com/JnWzqqhKap

Cowley's Denver teammate and fellow Panthers prospect Henrik Borgstrom recorded an assist in both games against Colorado College marking his seventh consecutive game with a point (6-5-11).

THREE IN A ROW FOR SPRINGY

The Thunderbirds swept the weekend earning wins against the Syracuse Crunch (3-2), Hartford Wolf Pack (5-2) and Rochester Americans (2-0).

THOMPSON HONORED

Paul Thompson had a huge weekend for Springfield recording four goals and one assist over the Thunderbirds' three weekend games. On March 11 vs. Hartford, Thompson scored twice. On Monday, March 13, the AHL announced that Thompson was named the CCM Player of the week for his seven-point weekend.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Congrats to Paul Thompson for being named the @CCMHockey AHL player of the week with 4 G -1 A in in his last 3 games! pic.twitter.com/JAg5ujXTTS

Tweet from @RyanSmithHockey: And speaking of well-deserved... If he didn't get his two-month look in Florida, he'd be right up there with AHL goal leaders, in my eyes. https://t.co/WOwCqhxMh0

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Nothing flashy. Just getting the job done. #TbirdsAHL pic.twitter.com/AAR1jvrq4D

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: ��The Thunderbirds have a noticed a considerable difference since the return of this man. pic.twitter.com/V8DjQJzL2O

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Can we get a "Woo" for this connection from Hunt to Thompson?? pic.twitter.com/MCm7iZWxdB

PINK IN THE RINK

On March 11, the Thunderbirds hosted their first "Pink in the Rink Night" topping Hartford 5-2. After falling behind 2-0, the T-Birds powered back scoring five unanswered goals.

Thompson sparked the comeback with the first goal for Springfield before Anthony Greco lit the lamp on the rush after a cross-zone backhand pass from Jared McCann. 

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Those cross ice passes will get ya. #TbirdsAHL pic.twitter.com/y3Ff3wv8SI

Another tally from Thompson pushed the Thunderbirds ahead of the Wolf Pack 3-2 in the third period. Zac Lynch potted his second goal with the T-Birds for Springfield's fourth goal and Ian McCoshen blasted the puck on a one-timer from the point to score the final goal of the game.  

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Like they didn't know that Saturday was for the Birds. #TbirdsAHL pic.twitter.com/MG0RS6cTui

GRECO ON FIRE

Over Springfield's last three games Greco has tallied four goals. In his first AHL season, the former Ohio State standout has posted 21 points (11-10-21) over 59 games. 

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: That's Anthony Greco, he's so hot right now. #TbirdsAHL pic.twitter.com/YqQp0T53En

MASCHERIN CLOSING IN ON 100

Adam Mascherin tied his career-high in goals with his 35th tally of the season on March 14 against the Guelph Storm. The goal marked not only his fourth consecutive game with a point (1-5-6), but also his 99th point of the season. Mascherin is on the verge of being the first Kitchener player to reach 100 points in a season since Jason Akeson did so in 2010-11 (108). 

Tweet from @OHLRangers: #GOAL! Adam Mascherin gives the #OHLRangers a 1-0 lead at 1:06 of the first period. Point no. 99 on the season for Mash. #KITvsGUE pic.twitter.com/OwdAZNDuF0

We know Mascherin's shot can be lethal, but not even the net is safe anymore… 

Tweet from @OHLRangers: When your �� is so �� it goes THROUGH the ��. Little slow-mo before reminding you how scary 'regular speed' @amascherin_23 is. ���� @flapanthers pic.twitter.com/mdAp59dxZ4

 Click here for this week's full prospect report.

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