The Islanders have finally clinched their own berth in the playoffs, while a sextet of prospects have advanced past the first rounds of theirs.
(* - if necessary, but you already knew that)
Michael Dal Colle, Kingston Frontenacs and Joshua Ho-Sang, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
Dal Colle torched his old team for 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in a five game victory over Oshawa. (FYI: Oshawa's Mitch Vande Sompel, an Islanders third round pick, had a goal and three assists against Kingston.) Meanwhile, Ho-Sang had two goals and nine assists in Niagara's five game series win over the Ottawa 67's. Dal Colle and Ho-Sang will meet in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Dal Colle's Generals beat the Ice Dogs last season in the OHL's Eastern Conference semi-finals. (Thanks for the reminder, Cory)
|Thursday, April 7, 2016||at Kingston||7:00 PM|
|Friday, April 8, 2016||at Kingston||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, April 10, 2016||at Niagara||2:00 PM|
|Wednesday, April 13, 2016||at Niagara||7:05 PM|
|Friday, April 15, 2016||at Kingston||7:00 PM|
|Monday, April 18, 2016||at Niagara||6:05 PM|
|Tuesday, April 19, 2016||at Kingston||7:00 PM|
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Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Seattle swept Prince George in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Incredibly, Mathew Barzal didn't score any goals, but he had seven assists and leads the team in points. Everett finished right behind the Thunderbirds in the division and beat Portland in its first round series.
|Friday, April 8, 2016||at Seattle||7:35 PM|
|Sunday, April 10, 2016||at Seattle||5:05 PM|
|Wednesday, April 13, 2016||at Everett||7:05 PM|
|Friday, April 15, 2016||at Everett||7:35 PM|
|Saturday, April 16, 2016||at Seattle||7:05 PM|
|Monday, April 18, 2016||at Everett||7:05 PM|
|Tuesday, April 19, 2016||at Seattle||7:05 PM|
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Anthony Beauvillier, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Beauvillier had two goals and three assists as Shawinigan beat Sherbroke in five games. The Cataractes will now face the Charlottetown Islanders, featuring Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong (three goals, nine assists versus Rimouski)
|Thursday, April 7, 2016||at Shawinigan||7:00 PM|
|Friday, April 8, 2016||at Shawinigan||7:30 PM|
|Monday, April 11, 2016||at Charlottetown||7:00 PM|
|Tuesday, April 12, 2016||at Charlottetown||7:00 PM|
|Thursday, April 14, 2016||at Charlottetown||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, April 17, 2016||at Shawinigan||4:00 PM|
|Tuesday, April 19, 2016||at Shawinigan||7:00 PM|
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Devon Toews, Quinnipiac
Toews had three assists in Quinnipiac's 4-0 first round win over RIT, then helped the No. 1 seeded Bobcats beat UMass.-Lowell 4-1 in the quarters. Jeff Cox of SBN College Hockey says Toews is part of a mobile defense that could lead QU to a title.
They'll next face Boston College in the semifinals on Thursday, April 7th at 5:00 pm. The Frozen Four championship game is two days later on the 9th at 8:00 pm. The semis will be broadcast on ESPN 2 and final can be watched on ESPN.
Among other NCAA prospects, Doyle Somerby had a rough game for Boston University, who lost to Denver in the first round. Somerby was on the ice for four goals against in BU's 7-2 loss. Kyle Schempp and Ferris State upset second-seeded St. Cloud State in the opening round before falling to Denver themselves in the quarterfinals. Schempp had a goal and an assist in the loss, and six shot attempts across both games.
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Ilya Sorokin, CSKA Moscow
We neglected to include goalie Ilya Sorokin in our last round-up because deciphering the KHL's website is a real chore. But the Islanders have the info on Sorokin and CSKA Moscow as they head to the league's Gagarin Cup final versus Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Sorokin, who went 17-7-4 in 28 regular season games with a .953 save percentage, is 12-1 in the playoffs for CSKA including three shutouts. The 2014 third round pick of the Islanders was named the KHL's Goaltender of the Month for March.
The Gagarin Cup final starts Thursday night in Moscow. Former NHLer Alex Semin has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in the playoffs for Metallurg.