Playoffs are in full force for Minutemen of old and to be.

First, let’s start with the young’uns.  Jeff Teglia and Troy Power’s Omaha team advanced in the first round of the USHL playoffs as the Lancers beat Tri-City in three games.  Teglia allowed only 3 goals total in two of the nights while Power put up a goal and an assist in the series.  They’ll play the Fargo Force starting tomorrow.

John Parker and the defending champion Indiana Ice won in their first round series in 5 games.  Parker was a +1 for the series.

Chris DelMauro’s Lincoln team did not make the playoffs and Conor Allen wasn’t able to play for Sioux Falls due to injury.

North of the border the CCHL Newmarket Hurricanes and Joel Hanley took on OPJHL champion Oakville Blades and Steven Guzzo.  The Blades took the championship series 4-2 as Guzzo scored a hat trick in the clinching game to win the Buckland Cup.  Hanley had an assist in the series.


Meanwhile, in just a few hours Jon Quick will make his playoff debut for the Kings on a nationally televised game against the Canucks.  This is the 2nd time a UMass player has made it to the playoffs as Thomas Pöck had three assists in 4 playoff games with the Rangers.  I just may have to pull out my Brad Norton LA Kings gameworn for this one.  Good luck, Jon!

Also for those who missed it, Casey Wellman scored his first NHL goal in the final game for the Wild.  The game featured American hockey legend Mike Modano saying farewell to his old Minnesota friends in an old North Stars jersey.