3/28 Recap: Florentino produces; Curtain closes for quartet

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 3/29/2014

Anthony Florentino scored his fifth goal of the season as Providence advanced to the NCAA Tournament East Regional Final with a 4-0 victory over Quinnipiac. Florentino's marker came off a wrist shot from the left point that sailed through a maze of bodies to put Providence ahead 2-0 in the game's 26th minute. The Friars will take on Union for the right to the advance to the Frozen Four Saturday at 3:00 ET (ESPN2).



Elsewhere in the NCAA, Jake McCabe (-4, 2 SOG) and Brad Navin (-1) saw their seasons come to an end as Wisconsin was defeated by North Dakota 5-2 in the Midwest Regional Semifinal. A competent two-way defender, McCabe completes the campaign with career bests of eight goals and 25 points in 36 games for the Badgers. The third-year man has demonstrated the skill and all-around polish necessary to jump to the pro ranks if he's ready to give up his final year of college eligibility. Navin, a junior winger, collected four goals and nine points in 36 appearances for the Big Ten champs.

In the OHL, Nick Baptiste was unable to get things going as Sudbury was bounced from the playoffs with a 7-0 pummeling at Barrie. Baptiste was a point-per-game producer (1+4) in the postseason on the heels of a 45-goal, 89-point regular season. The Colts were playing without stud draft prospect Aaron Ekblad, who sat out the game with a lower body injury.

In QMJHL action, Mikhail Grigorenko gathered two more assists as Quebec was knocked out of the playoffs with a 6-2 loss at Rouyn-Noranda. The playmaking Russian contributed one goal and eight helpers in the 4-1 series loss, and is now expected to make his way to Rochester to join the Amerks for their playoff push.

William Carrier did not play as Drummondville advanced to the QMJHL quarterfinal round with a 5-4 win over Victoriaville in Game Five of the best-of-seven tilt. Carrier missed the last three contests with a lower body injury. His status remains unknown heading into the next round.

In the AHL, Joel Armia snapped a seven-game goal drought with his seventh of the year as short-handed Rochester dropped a 4-2 decision to Toronto. Andrey Makarov stopped 29 of 32 shots in his third consecutive start for the Amerks, who with the loss extended their winless skid to nine games. Rochester remains in ninth place in the Western Conference standings, one point out of a playoff spot.



In the USHL, Connor Hurley notched three assists as Green Bay held on for a 4-3 victory over Lincoln. The productive effort was Hurley's second of the season with three or more points. He enters the final week of regular season action with 46 points (12+34) in 52 games.

Judd Peterson went without a point as Cedar Rapids edged Youngstown 4-3. Peterson has recorded two shots on goal in four games since returning from a five-week stint on the injured list.

Cal Petersen got the night off as Waterloo cruised past Des Moines 7-2. The Notre Dame commit has won just two of his last 10 starts.

In ECHL action, Shawn Szydlowski (+3) collected two assists as Fort Wayne skated to a 7-4 win over South Carolina. Szydlowski has three goals and nine points in his last eight games.

Colin Jacobs (-1) logged a roughing double-minor as Elmira lost at Reading 4-3. The WHL product has two goals in 12 coast league contests this season.

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