Semifinals Set for 2012 Preds Cup

Monday, 03.05.2012 / 2:34 PM / Features
Nashville Predators
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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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