|Anthony Florentino (Getty Images)
Sophomore defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) posted an even rating Sunday as Providence advanced to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four with a 4-1 victory over Denver in the East Regional Final. The win vaults the Friars into their first Frozen Four appearance in 30 years.
On Saturday, Florentino earned one assist and provided a tough physical presence as Providence held on for a 7-5 triumph over Miami. Florentino cleared the zone in the final minute to earn an assist on an empty-net goal as Providence closed out the semifinal win. The Roxbury, Mass.-native has 13 points (2+11) in 38 games entering the Friars’ national semifinal matchup against Omaha on Sunday, April 9.
Providence defender Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) finished with a plus-one rating over the weekend as the Friars punched a ticket to Boston. The fifth-year senior has three points (1+2) and a plus-nine rating in 30 games this season.
In other NCAA Tournament action, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored at 8:11 of overtime Friday on his only shot on goal of the game as St. Cloud State advanced to the West Regional Final with a 3-2 victory over Michigan Tech. After a Michigan Tech defender took a tumble at the Huskies' blue line, Peterson filled a lane on a two-on-one rush, took a pass and finished off his own rebound to get the game-winner. The next night, Peterson produced one shot on goal as the Huskies were defeated by North Dakota 4-1 in the West Regional Final. Peterson ends his first collegiate season with four goals and seven points in 37 games.
In Saturday’s Midwest Regional Semifinal, Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) logged one shot on goal as Harvard was defeated 4-1 by Omaha. Malone's sophomore campaign ends with eight goals and 18 points in 21 appearances with the Crimson.
On Friday, Hudson Fasching saw his season come to an end as Minnesota suffered a 4-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the East Regional semifinal. Fasching played 38 games this season, scoring 12 goals and 26 points while leading all Gophers' forwards with a plus-18 rating.
Minnesota forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) saw his collegiate career come to a close with the loss to Minnesota-Duluth. The Pine City, Minn.-native notched seven points (3+4) in 39 appearances this season.
|Justin Bailey |
In Friday action, Justin Bailey (2013, second round) scored the game's first goal as Sault Ste. Marie opened the 2015 playoffs with a 5-1 win over Saginaw. Bailey showed great hustle all game long, using his speed and determination to generate his own chances en route to earning the game’s first star. Bailey kept it going on Saturday, scoring a pair of goals to nab the game’s second star honor as the Hounds blasted the Spirit 8-2. Sault Ste. Marie will look to extend their 2-0 series lead when the teams resume play Tuesday in Saginaw.
Sault Ste. Marie forward Jean Dupuy saw out the first two playoff tilts after taking a high hit last weekend in the second-to-last regular season game. The Greyhounds hope to have him back this week as they look to close out the Spirit.
Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) opened his 2015 playoff campaign Thursday with one assist as Erie was stunned 3-2 by Sarnia. The following night, Baptiste snagged an insurance marker with a big slapshot from the left hash mark while on a second-period power play as the Otters evened the Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 3-1 win. The speedy winger went without a point Sunday as the Otters held on for a 6-5 victory over the Sting. Erie leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4 set for Tuesday in Sarnia.
In the Eastern Conference quarterfinal, Eric Cornel (2014, second round) was unable to produce Friday as Peterborough was smoked 7-2 by Oshawa. Cornel, who was again blanked Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the Generals, has just two goals in his last 24 contests dating back to the end of January. The Petes head back to home ice for Game 3 on Wednesday trailing the first-round series 2-0.
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) earned one assist Friday as Baie-Comeau opened the playoffs with a 3-1 win over Saint John. Karabacek elevated his production Saturday, collecting three assists to earn the game’s second star in a 4-1 victory over the Sea Dogs. Karabacek is heating up at the right time for the Drakkar, who lead the quarterfinal series 2-0 entering Game 3 on Tuesday.
In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal round on Sunday, Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) scored his first goal of the playoffs on a power-play deflection in the low slot as Kootenay lost at Calgary 3-2 in overtime. Reinhart was unable to factor offensively in Friday’s opener as the ICE gained an early edge with a 4-3 triumph. A season ago, Reinhart amassed five goals and 17 points to lead the ICE to a first-round upset over the Hitmen in six games. Reinhart and the ICE head home following the road split for Tuesday’s Game 3.
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) was blanked over the weekend as Tri-City was dealt 4-2 and 2-1 losses to Fargo. Brown has five assists in 11 games since his trade to the Storm, and has gone without a goal in his last 17 league contests dating back to his time with Green Bay.
|Linus Ullmark |
Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) stopped 31 of 32 shots Wednesday as MODO completed the sweep of their SHL direct qualification series with a 4-1 win over HC Vita Hasten. With the victory, MODO maintains their spot in Sweden's top league for 2015-16. Ullmark finishes the series with a perfect 4-0 record along with a sparkling 0.50 GAA and .980 save%. It was an excellent end to an otherwise trying season.
MODO winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) went without a point in Wednesday’s victory to end the four-game sweep of HC Vita Hasten with two assists. Possler posted 23 points (9+14) in 51 total games this season including the direct qualification series, but ended the year with a 19-game goal drought.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) recorded one assist Saturday as MODO J20 was eliminated from the postseason with a 4-3 loss to Frölunda HC. Olofsson, who on Friday notched one goal and one assist in a 6-4 MODO victory, completes the playoffs with five goals and eight points in five contests.
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