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