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Predators’ Prospects Report: Post-season Primer Part IV

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Jacob Paquette
The Kingston Whig-Standard

This is the last installment of our post-season primers. There’s certainly more playoff hockey to come, but we’ll keep you updated via Twitter and our monthly recaps.

#18 Boston Terriers [NCAA]; Dante Fabbro, David Farrance & Patrich Harper

The Terriers are the only team with a Predators’ prospect to make the NCAA Tournament, and they did so by defeating Providence College in the Hockey East Championship.

The Terriers are the four seed in the Northeast Region and will face the Cornell Big Red tomorrow at 12:00 Central time. If they defeat Cornell, they will face the winner of Michigan-Northeastern on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

BU finished an inconsistent year with a 21-13-4 record. Cornell is a tough opponent. They finished with a 25-5-2 record and challenged St. Cloud State for the number one ranking often down the stretch of the season.

Below is the full NCAA bracket. All games can be seen on WatchESPN as well as the indicated network.

NCAA Hockey Bracket

Jokerit [KHL]; Eeli Tolvanen

After a marathon Game 5 against CSKA, Tolvanen and Jokerit live to fight another day. Jokerit took Game 5 by a score of 2-1 in the fifth overtime period (the 142:09 mark to be exact).

Game 6 is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:00 am.

Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers [DEL]; Taylor Aronson

Aronson and the Ice Tigers are locked in a tight series with Kolner Haie in the DEL Quarterfinals. The series is tied at 2 games apiece. Game 5 is today at 1:30 pm central time. Aronson has posted no points in the first four games.

SKA-1946 [MHL]; Konstantin Volkov

SKA-1946 advanced to the second round of the Kharlamov Cup, and Volkov is playing great hockey. Volkov helped SKA take Game 1 in their series against Spartak Moscow by posting a 16-save shutout. His playoff numbers now sit at 1.67 GAA and .926 SV% in three starts. Volkov continues to post the numbers the Predators organization is looking for this season but not in the VHL or KHL. It seems most likely he’ll spend more time in Russia.

Below is the schedule for the rest of the series:

SKA’s Kharlamov Cup Schedule versus Spartak

Drummondville Voltigeurs [QMJHL]; Pavel Koltygin

Koltygin’s Voltigeurs are another team that has a legitimate shot at a Memorial Cup run. They finished fifth overall in the QMJHL with a record off 44-20-4 (92 points). The QMJHL playoffs are seeded 1-16, so the Voltigeurs will face the 12th-seeded Cape Breton Screaming Eagles who finished at 32-28-8 (72 points).

This series kicks off tonight. Check out the schedule below:

Voltigeurs v. Screaming Eagles first-round schedule

Games 1,2,6 and 7 are in Eastern time while Games 3-5 are in Atlantic time (one hour ahead of Eastern time).

Kingston Frontenacs [OHL]; Jacob Paquette

Paquette and the Frontenacs have loaded up this season in search of a run to the Memorial Cup. They finished third in the OHL Eastern Conference with a record of 36-23-9 (81 points) and seventh overall in the league. That’s earned them a first-round date with the North Bay Battalion who finished at 30-28-10 (70 points).

Below is the schedule for the series:

Kingston v. North Bay first-round schedule