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Friday Finals: Four teams advance to Division Finals with wins

April 18, 2015

Cody Wickline (above) and Ethan Somoza (below) led their respective teams to series sweeps on Friday and a ticket to the Division Finals.

North Division Semi-Finals (Janesville wins series, 3-0)
Game 3: Janesville 7 @ Michigan 4 – Once again, the Jets offense could not be stopped as they scored seven more goals in a 7-4 win in Game 3, sweeping the series with Michigan.  The Jets scored 21 goals in the three wins. The game was fairly even through the first two periods. Janesville led 4-3 after two periods thanks to goals from Cullen Munson, Drew Callin, Brandon Schultz and Zach Yoder. The Warriors were able to keep pace behind goals from Derek Frentz and AJ Marcinek in the 1st period and Cody Kuster in the 2nd period. After Alex Berardinelli tied the game with a goal early in the 3rd period, the Jets scored three more times in the 3rd period including the game-winner from Zach LaValle on the power play and empty-net goals from Schultz and Zach Solow. Janesville finished the series 10 for 15 on the power play. Matt Jurusik made 29 saves in the win, while Chase Munroe took the loss, making 36 saves.  The Jets now advance to the North Finals to face the Soo Eagles. Boxscore
 
North Division Semi-Finals (Soo wins series, 3-0)
Game 3: Keystone 1 @ Soo 3 – The Ice Miners never had an answer for Eagles goalie Chad Catt as once again the netminder stifled his opponent with 38 saves in a 3-1 win in Game 3, sweeping the series for the Eagles and ending the season for Keystone. Soo jumped ahead first with a 1st period goal from Keegan Miller. The Ice Miners answered midway through the 2nd period to tie the game at 1-1 on a strike from Cameron Smith. However, just four minutes later, it was Leo Lumm scoring what would be the eventual game-winning goal.  Trevor Cope added another goal early in the 3rd period to make it 3-1.  For good measure, Catt stopped a penalty shot later in the 3rd period to cement the win and the series for the Soo. Nick Kossoff made 24 saves in the loss. The Eagles now move onto the North Division Finals, where they will face the Janesville Jets. Boxscore
 
South Division Semi-Finals (Lone Star wins series, 3-0)
Game 3: Lone Star 3 @ Wenatchee 1 – For the third game in a row, Brahmas goalie Jake Kupsky was again the difference as the Brahmas won Game 3 in Wenatchee, sweeping the best of five series to advance to the South Finals. Kupsky made 37 saves in the win and allowed just one goal in each of the three wins. The Brahmas struck first late in the 1st period on a goal from Peter Kessel, his first of the playoffs. The Brahmas lead increased to 2-0 with a goal early in the 2nd period from Cody Wickline, which ended the night for Wild goalie Zach Quinn. Michael Bullion came into the game in relief and the move paid off five minutes later with Wenatchee’s lone goal from defenseman Chris Jones. A late empty-net goal from AJ Vanderbeck secured the win and the series for the Brahmas, who now advance to the South Division Finals to take on the Topeka RoadRunners. Boxscore

Midwest Division Semi-Finals (Fairbanks wins series, 3-0)
Game 3: Fairbanks 4 @ MN Magicians 1 – Three, 3rd period goals were the difference as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs claimed a 4-1 win in Game 3 on Friday and swept the Semi-Final series from the Magicians. It was the Magicians who started the scoring early, as just 2:37 into the game, a goal from Austin Jackson gave Minnesota the lead. Fairbanks evened things up five minutes later on a goal from Jesper Ohrvall, his first of the playoffs. After a scoreless 2nd period, in which both goalies shined, the 3rd period was all Fairbanks. Ethan Somoza scored just over five minutes into the period with the eventual game-winning goal. Midway through the frame, a goal from Jacob Hetz made it 3-1 and a late empty-net goal from Todd Burgess made the final 4-1. Patrick Munson picked up the win, making 22 saves, while Vaughan Ahrens took the loss, making 28 saves. Fairbanks now advances to the Midwest Division Finals. Boxscore
 
Midwest Division Semi-Finals (Coulee Region leads series, 2-1)
Game 3: MN Wilderness 5 @ Coulee Region 4 – The Wilderness got off to a big 4-0 lead and survived a 3rd period comeback attempt from the Chill to win Game 3, 5-4 and stay alive in their best of five Midwest Division Semi-Final series. Game 4 is slated for Saturday, April 18th in Coulee Region. The Wilderness were finally able to solve Chill goalie Adam Carlson thanks to two 1st period goals from Brett Heikkila and Dan Litchke. In the 2nd period, the Wilderness scored twice more including a power play goal from Michael Covach and another from Litchke. Carlson was then ejected from the game after a skirmish late in the 2nd period, which seemed to spark the Chill as they then scored four goals in the 3rd period with goals from Richard Zehnal, Nico Luka, Charlie Parker and Adam Lovick. However, a goal from Tyler Cline in the period would stand as the game-winner. Brock Kautz would pick up the win in goal for the Wilderness, making 42 saves, while Chill back-up goalie Jimmy Thomas took the loss, making 16 saves in a relief appearance. Boxscore
 
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