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Semifinals Set for 2012 Preds Cup

Monday, 03.5.2012 / 1:34 PM CT / Features
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Semifinals Set for 2012 Preds Cup
by Maren Angus

The Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey league is down to its final four teams of the 2011-12 season, setting up the Semifinals for the 2012 Preds Cup. All of the four teams -- Brentwood High School, Ravenwood High School, Centennial High School and Father Ryan High School -- have each had a taste of what winning a championship is like. Centennial won the inaugural Predators Cup in 2001, Brentwood won in 2002 and 2011, Ravenwood won in 2006 and 2010 and Father Ryan won in 2009.

All semifinal games will be played on Wednesday, March 7 at A-Game in Franklin with Centennial vs. Ravenwood at 6:40pm followed by Father Ryan vs. Brentwood at 8:10pm. The two winners from Wednesday night's games will meet in the Preds Cup Championship Game to be played at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, March 10 at 1pm (prior to the Preds home game vs. Detroit). The Championship Game at Bridgestone Arena is free to attend; Arena doors will open at 12:30pm.

All three games will also be broadcasted online via Middle Tennessee Sports Network, check MTSN website for broadcast schedule at www.middletennesseesportsnetwork.com.

To see previous Preds Cup champs, in addition to tournament schedule/results, visit www.nashvillepredators.com/predscup. Follow the G.N.A.S.H. Tournament leading up to Preds Cup at www.gnashockey.com.


Ravenwood
The Ravenwood Raptors are the favorite going in to the semifinals, finishing the season with a record of 18-1-2. Ravenwood is out to avenge last year’s championship loss to Brentwood and returned the majority of the players from last season, however the Raptors first have to face Centennial in Wednesday night's semifinals.

The Raptors have a high-powered and balanced offense with 12 players scoring at least 10 points; three players have scored over 40 points this season. Corbin Pefanis led the team in goals, 21, and tied for the lead in assists with Nathan Traczewski, 26. Traczewski also added 16 goals to his point total. Taylor Griffin finished with exactly 40 points, 16 goals and 24 assists.


Brentwood
The Brentwood Bruins are the defending Preds Cup Champions, but finished second in the Gold Division standings behind Ravenwood. However, the Bruins were the only team to defeat Ravenwood during the regular season. Brentwood defeated Montgomery Bell Academy, 4-1, on February 27, to move into the final four of the tournament where they will face Father Ryan. Brentwood won the season series two games to one this season, all three games decided by two goals or less.

The Bruins had 10 players finish the season in double digits with points. Nathan Lee, forward, finished the regular season with 13 goals and 17 assists to lead the team in points, while Garrett Elmore ended the season with 21 goals.


Centennial
The Centennial Cougars may be lowest seed of the remaining teams but Derek Lyle, forward, has been a constant threat against all teams in the Gold Division. Lyle finished leading the division in points (53), goals (31) and finished fourth overall in assists (20).

Centennial will face Ravenwood in the semifinals on Wednesday. Centennial lost two and tied one against the Raptors this season.


Father Ryan
Father Ryan High School defeated Hendersonville High School 4-2 in the opening round of the tournament last week. Father Ryan takes on Brentwood in the semifinals of the Predators Cup.

Out of the final four teams remaining, the Fighting Irish are the underdog but spread the points around. There are eight players who have more than 10 points and Andrew Mueller who had 13 goals and 13 assists, leads the team.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36