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Friday Finals: Bruins, Minotauros sweep to advance

April 11, 2015

Overtime heroes: Chandler Madry (top) scores in OT against Vaughan Ahrens on Friday, while Roman Uchyn (bottom) had the double-overtime winner for Lone Star in a Game 1 win over Wenatchee.

Central Division Semi-Finals (Austin wins series, 3-0)

Game 3: Austin 4 @ Aberdeen 3

The Austin Bruins advanced to the Central Division Finals thanks to a 4-3 win in Aberdeen on Friday night in Game 3, which gave them a sweep of the three-game series. The Bruins outshot the Wings 42-22 and got off to a fast start with two 1st period goals from Luke Forfar and Brian Bachnak. The Wings cut into the lead to make it 2-1 with a 2nd period goal from Will Hammer, his 4th of the playoffs. Austin’s two-goal lead returned early in the 3rd period with a goal from Riese Zmolek, but the Wings would fight back with two straight goals from Tucker DeYoung to tie the game at 3-3 late in the 3rd period. With under two minutes remaining, Nico Sturm’s 4th goal of the series would turn out to be the game-winner as Austin captured the 4-3 win. Jake Kielly got the start in goal for the Bruins and made 19 saves. Andrew Shortridge made 38 saves in what was likely his final appearance in a Wings uniform, as he is headed to Quinnipiac next season. With the win Austin will now advance to the Central Finals to take on Minot. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals (Minot wins series, 3-0)

Game 3: Bismarck 1 @ Minot 2

The Minot Minotauros advanced to the Central Division Finals thanks to a 2-1 win on home ice against the Bismarck Bobcats in Game 3, completing a sweep of the three-game series. Minot got off to a fast start as they stormed the net in the opening period resulting in a goal from Tim Athley. Bismarck evened things up in the 2nd period as a Tanner Salsberry scored on a rocket from the point through traffic on the power play to knot the game at 1-1.  Late in the 3rd period, Johnny Walker would score the eventual game-winner as he wristed home a nice shot past Bismarck goalie Hunter Shepard. Atte Tolvanen picked up in the win in goal for Minot and allowed just four goals in the series, making 19 saves on Friday night. Shepard played well in the loss, making 35 saves as the Bobcats season came to an end. Minot will now advance to the Central Division Finals to take on the Austin Bruins. Boxscore

Midwest Division Semi-Finals (Coulee Region leads series, 1-0)

Game 1: Coulee Region 4 @ MN Wilderness 2

The Chill grabbed home-ice advantage thanks to efficient scoring output in a 4-2 win on the road in Game 1. Adam Lovick led the way with three points on the night, including the game’s first goal early in the 1st period. The Wilderness answered back to tie things at 1-1 on a goal from Niklas Lehtimaki. The Chill regained their one-goal advantage with a goal late in the 2nd period from Jackon Charlesworth, but the Wilderness would again tie the score as with just :05 seconds remaining in the 2nd period, Aaron Miller lit the lamp. In the 3rd period Joe Rutkowski’s early goal would stand as the game-winner and Dominik Florian added an empty-netter. Adam Carlson made 22 saves in the win, while Brock Kautz took the loss, making 17 saves. Boxscore

Midwest Division Semi-Finals (Fairbanks leads series, 1-0)

Game 1: MN Magicians 4 @ Fairbanks 5 (OT)

Chandler Madry scored the overtime-winner to give the Ice Dogs a 1-0 series lead with a 5-4 overtime win on Friday. Things were even after one period as Adam Wilcox scored for Fairbanks and Sam Becker answered for Minnesota. In the 2nd period, Fairbanks took a 4-3 lead on goals from Jacob Hetz, Yannick Vedel and Ethan Somoza. The Magicians would stay within striking distance on goals from Nathan Krusko and Nolan Schaeffer. Lukas Laub scored the lone goal of the 3rd period for the Magicians. In the overtime, Madry faked a pass on a 2 on 1 and fired the puck past Minnesota goalie Vaughan Ahrens for the win. Kevin Aldridge picked up the win, making 32 saves. Ahrens played well in the loss, making 58 saves on 63 Fairbanks shots. Boxscore

North Division Semi-Finals (Janesville leads series, 1-0)

Game 1: Michigan 1 @ Janesville 8

Six goals in a six-minute span in the 3rd period broke open a tight game as the Jets claimed Game 1 of their series with Michigan, 8-1. Things were tight after two periods as the Jets held onto a 2-1 lead. Adam Winborg scored in the 1st period for the Jets to make it 1-0. Winborg would add his second goal of the game early in the 2nd period to make it 2-0. Ryan Burr scored a power play goal for Michigan to make it 2-1 and after a save by Chase Munroe on the penalty shot late in the period, things stood at 2-1 entering the 3rd period. At the 11:39 make the Jets exploded for six goals in six minutes to put the game away, including a hat-trick from Cullen Munson and others from Brandon Schultz, Aleksi Ainail and Zach Solow. Matt Jurusik made 23 saves in the win, while Munroe took the loss, making 29 saves. Boxscore

North Division Semi-Finals (Soo leads series, 1-0)

Game 1: Soo 6 @ Keystone 1

The Soo Eagles grabbed home ice-advantage thanks to an efficient 6-1 Game 1 win on Friday night in Keystone. It didn’t take long for the Eagles to take control of the game as they netted three goals in the 1st period, which chased Keystone starting goalie Alex Blankenburg from the game. Brad Pung scored the opening goal and Matt Menta added the next two to make it 3-0 after one period. The lead swelled to 4-0 thanks to an early goal in the 2nd period from Darren Brady. Keystone would get on the board later in the period with their only tally of the night from LordAnthony Grissom. In the 3rd period, two more Soo goals from Sandis Zolmanis and Raymond Brice would secure the 6-1 win and series lead. Chad Catt was very good in the win, making 34 saves. Blankenburg took the loss, making three saves and Nick Kossoff made 13 saves in relief. Boxscore

South Division Semi-Finals (Lone Star leads series, 1-0)

Game 1: Wenatchee 1 @ Lone Star 2 (2OT)

It took until into the second overtime, but the Brahmas were able to grind out a 2-1 win in Game 1 of the South Division Semi-Finals. It was the Wild who seized early control thanks to a 1st period goal from Brendan Harris with an assist to Jake Ahlgren. The Brahmas struck back with a goal late in the 2nd period from Ludvig Larsson to tie the game at 1-1 with assists to Oskar Andren and Sebastian Vidmar. The rest of the way both goalies were solid as Jake Kupsky and Zach Quinn kept their teams in the game. Both teams would kill off penalties in the first overtime and in the second overtime, a turnover the Wild deep in their zone led to the game-winner by Roman Uchyn, who picked up a puck in the low slot and deked Quinn for a backhand-winner to grab a 1-0 series lead. Kupsky made 35 saves in the win, while Quinn made 28 saves in the loss. Boxscore

South Division Semi-Finals (Topeka leads series, 1-0)

Game 1: Wichita Falls 2 @ Topeka 6

Four, 3rd period goals broke open a tight game as the RoadRunners grabbed a 1-0 series lead with a 6-2 home win in Game 1 of their series with Wichita Falls. Topeka jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 1st period goal from Sly Sutter. Topeka’s lead increased to 2-0 with a late 2nd period goal from Dominic Lutz. Wichita Falls stayed in the game with a goal from Kevin Charyszyn with just :05 seconds to go in the middle period. In the 3rd period, three goals in a six-minute span from Yu Hikosaka, Daniel Rzavsky and another from Sutter broke the game open as Topeka took a 5-1 lead. Shane Kuzmeski scored to cut the lead to 5-2 late in the 3rd period, but Cam Strong added the 6th Topeka goal to cement the 6-2 win. Matej Tomek made 19 saves in the win, while David Zevnik took the loss, making 18 saves. Boxscore

 
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