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Saturday Scores: Wilderness, RoadRunners, Bobcats, Bruins advance

April 24, 2016

Ryan OConnor won the series for Topeka with a last-minute, end-to-end goal in overtime.

Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Janesville 2 @ MN Wilderness 3 (OT) (MN Wilderness win series, 3-1) – The two teams needed another overtime for a second night in a row and it was the defending champion Wilderness again who would end up the winners, as they advanced to the Midwest Finals for a rematch against Fairbanks thanks to a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night. The Jets had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 thanks to goals from Adrian Holesinsky and Peter Bates, but each time the Jets scored, the Wilderness had an answer as Ryan Bloom scored to tie the game at 1-1 and Aaron Miller scored to tie the game at 2-2. With less than seven minutes remaining in the first overtime, Bloom took a pass entering the zone, cut sharply to the middle and wristed a shot past Janesville goalie Jack LaFontaine, who was screened on the goal for the game and series winner. Luke Kania made 23 saves in the win, while LaFontaine made 28 saves in the loss. Boxscore

South Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Lone Star 4 @ Topeka 5 (OT) (Topeka wins series, 3-1) – For the second straight game, Topeka scored five goals against the Brahmas and would need all five as a last second goal in overtime by Ryan O’Connor sent the RoadRunners to the South Division Finals with a 5-4 win, clinching the series 3 games to 1. Lone Star got the first goal of the night courtesy of Hogan Davidson. Topeka would answered with three straight goals including one from O’Connor and others from Andrew Hart and Max Harper.  After a goal from Joseph Fallon cut the lead to 3-2, Topeka again went back up by two on a late 2nd period goal from Quinn Preston. The Brahmas stormed back late in the 3rd period with two goals from Peter Kessel and Tyler Drevitch to send the game to overtime. With time running out in the first overtime, O’Connor picked up the puck behind his own net and went coast-to-coast for the game-winner, which was his second goal of the night as he wristed a shot that snuck through the glove hand of Brahmas goalie Corbin Kaczperski. Topeka goalie Juho Niku had 39 saves in the win, while Kaczperski made 34 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Minot 2 @ Austin 3 (Austin wins series, 3-1) – When it comes to the playoffs, the Austin Bruins simply have Minot’s number. For the fourth consecutive year, Minot’s season came to an end at the hands of the Bruins as Austin took advantage of home ice winning both Game 3 last night and Game 4 on Saturday to win the series and advance to the Central Division Finals. Again, Bruins goaltender Kris Carlson stepped to the forefront as he made 31 saves in the win. After a 1st period which saw each team score, including the opening goal from Austin’s Jacob Paganelli. That was answered by Minot’s Jared Brandt, who scored a power play goal to tie the game at 1-1. The Bruins dominated the 2nd period, scoring two goals including tallies from Jade Miller and Paul O’Connor to put Austin ahead, 3-1. Christian Mohs scored a late goal in the 3rd period to draw Minot to within 3-2, but they could not find the equalizer. Gunner Rivers made 21 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Bismarck 3 @ Brookings 1 (Bismarck wins series, 3-1) – Harrison Aide scored twice and Hunter Shepard made 28 saves as the Bobcats picked up a 3-1 win in Game 4 and won the series over the Blizzard, 3 games to 1, to advance to the Central Division Finals where they will face the Austin Bruins. Brookings got off to the start they wanted with a 1st period goal from Griff Jeszka to take a 1-0 lead.  It was all Bobcats in the 2nd period as Patrik Demel scored to make it 1-1 and just over five minutes later it was Aide with his first of the night, which turned out to be the game-winner. Early in the 3rd period, Aide added his second, which is all Shepard and the Bobcats would need for the win and the series clincher. Brookings goalie Josh Kuehmichel made 24 saves in the loss. Boxscore

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