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In the Pipeline: Powering the Pioneers

by Mike Lewis / FloridaPanthers.com

Florida Panthers prospects Henrik Borgstrom and Evan Cowley had a memorable weekend for the University of Denver.

The Pioneers not only swept the University of Nebraska-Omaha with wins last Friday and Saturday, but also secured their first Penrose Cup, as the regular season NCHC Conference Champions. They begin their quarterfinal playoff series this weekend on March 10 against Colorado College.

DU enters the playoffs on a 11-game winning streak.

Tweet from @UofDenver: #ICYMI @DU_Hockey won the @TheNCHC #PenroseCup last weekend! https://t.co/9IaT5R9K0r pic.twitter.com/EyLgYYuVcg

Tweet from @DU_Hockey: No. 1 Pioneers Down No. 21 Mavericks 4-2 at @BaxterArena, Win 2017 Penrose Cup as @TheNCHC Regular Season Champions: https://t.co/XmModdKObU pic.twitter.com/GImMS4llYk

Borgstrom scored four goals over two games this past weekend, completing his freshman regular season with a team-leading 21 goals, 36 points, six game-winning goals (tied) and eight power play goals.

Described by NBCSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire as "a combination of Jaromir Jagr and Petr Nedved", the Panthers 2016 first round pick was named the NCHC Rookie of the Week for his four points in two games and was named to the 2016-17 NCHC All-Rookie Team.

The native of Helsinki, Finland, has produced points in five straight games (6-3-9) and goals in four consecutive games (6G).

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Henrik Borgstr��m is lighting it up for @DU_Hockey, and people are taking notice.From @NBCSN ����https://t.co/vp5HRRzD2u pic.twitter.com/o1IW44ISpW

Tweet from @TheNCHC: The Bauer #NCHCHockey Rookie of the Week:@DU_Hockey Fr. F Henrik Borgstr��mFri: 2G (GWG) & ������ | Sat: 2G (GWG) & ������������ in sweep at Omaha pic.twitter.com/G3g8Lplvkr

Tweet from @TheNCHC: Congrats to the six 2016-17 #NCHCHockey All-Rookie Team members:JostBorgstr��mAndersonAhcanDaviesBlacker��: https://t.co/YsAkwGC0xQ pic.twitter.com/RW9ltiSyVi

Tweet from @markhaastv: ���The crowd goes silent almost in awe of what they just saw. It is like, ���Oh my God, he did it again.'" Henrik... https://t.co/hrmyNeCNr4

In Cowley's first start since Jan. 7, he blanked Nebraska-Omaha with 28 saves, earning his first shutout of the season and fifth of his college career.

The senior netminder was named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week for his performance against Omaha. Florida's fourth round selection of the 2013 NHL Draft has posted a 1.38 goals against average and .946 save percentage over nine games this season.

Tweet from @TheNCHC: The Bauer #NCHCHockey Goaltender of the Week:@DU_Hockey Sr. Evan Cowley28-save shutout (5th of career) at UNO Sat. in 1st start since 1/7 pic.twitter.com/qPnfSaFjvK

Tweet from @TheNCHC: Final Bauer #NCHCHockey Players of the Week this season (2/27-3/5)Winners: @WMUHockey @UNDmhockey & @DU_Hockey��: https://t.co/BHUtdY7axC pic.twitter.com/F2bDEdn2aA

SPRINGY STUFF

The Springfield Thunderbirds will have their first-ever "Pink in the Rink" on Saturday against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Come see pink ice, pink jerseys, and join supporters and survivors to raise awareness for breast cancer on Sat. https://t.co/F4UFm89dfL pic.twitter.com/eWbv63WWSf

Recently acquired defenseman Reece Scarlett made his Springfield debut on March 3 vs. Lehigh Valley and scored his first goal as a T-Bird.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Reece Scarlett with his first goal as a Thunderbird! pic.twitter.com/QfAzdKQ3k0

MASCHERIN BUSINESS

Over his last five games, Adam Mascherin has registered six points (1-5-6). He leads the Kitchener Rangers with 34 goals, 60 assists and 94 points, while ranking third in the Ontario Hockey League in points and second in assists. In his third season of OHL hockey with Kitchener, Mascherin has been among the league's top point producers all season long.

Below check out the story chronicling the rise of Mascherin's OHL career via KitchenerRangers.com

Tweet from @OHLRangers: #Spotlight: Third year's a charm for @OHLRangers Adam Mascherin. READ: https://t.co/IKdtgzWNDJ @FlaPanthers @amascherin_23 pic.twitter.com/RoqXlPgCWd

Click here for this week's full prospect report.

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