The Bismarck Bobcats, Traverse City North Stars and Wenatchee Wild took 2-0 leads in their respective best-of-five divisional finals series of the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Robertson Cup Playoffs with wins on Saturday night.
In the Central Division, five different players scored and forward Sean McKenzie tallied a goal and two assists as the Bobcats downed the Alexandria Blizzard, 5-2, in Game 2 of their series. Between the pipes, Jake Williams turned aside 23 shots.
Five different players lit the lamp for Traverse City and forward Tim Opie connected for a goal and two assists as the North Stars downed the Motor City Metal Jackets, 5-1, in the North Division finals. Goaltender Drew Strandberg made 14 saves.
In the West, the Wenatchee Wild bested the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, 6-2, in Game 2 of their series. Defenseman Alex McLean notched a pair of goals and an assist in the win, and goaltender Brandon Jaeger stopped 12 shots.
The winners of the Central, North and South Division playoff finals, along with Wenatchee and Fairbanks, will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament, which will be held from May 4-9 at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Wash.
View the Robertson Cup Playoffs bracket here.