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Friday Finals: South shutouts highlight first night of playoffs

April 15, 2017

The New Jersey Titans won 3-1 in Johnstown on Friday to take a 1-0 series lead. Half of the lower-seeded teams picked up wins on Friday night.

South Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: Corpus Christi Ice Rays 2 @ Shreveport Mudbugs 0 (Corpus Christi leads series, 1-0) - The Corpus Christi Ice Rays shut out the Shreveport Mudbugs to give them a 1-0 series lead after Game one of this South Division Semi-Final. Corpus Christi’s Tomas Vomacka made 21 shots for the shutout, while Dylan Lubbesmeyer made 16 saves for the Mdbugs. Griffin Loughran opened the game with a goal at 9:21 of the first period, with help from Cole Gammer and Connor Yawney. After almost two full periods without another goal, Brad Power notched an empty net goal at 18:23 to secure the victory for the Ice Rays, 2-0. Boxscore

South Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: Wichita Falls Wildcats 0 @ Lone Star Brahmas 3 (Lone Star leads series, 1-0) - 23 saves for Max Prawdzik made for a 3-0 shutout victory for the Lone Star Brahmas over the Wichita Falls Wildcats in this South Division Semi-Final. After a scoreless first period, Aidan Spellacy notched an unassisted goal at 15:05 of the second to put the Brahmas up 1-0. Pete Kessel scored for Lone Star at 2:12 to start the third period – assisted by Jakub Melisko and John Zimmerman. Carson Kelly then scored an empty net goal at 19:57 to secure the win for Lone Star. His goal was assisted by Austin Kamer and Jack Zielinski. Jared Dempsey made 31 saves for the Widcats. The Lone Star Brahmas lead the series, 1-0, against the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the South Division Semi-Finals. Boxscore

East Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 1 @ Aston Rebels 3 (Aston leads series, 1-0) - In the first match up of the playoffs, the Aston Rebels lock up Game 1 with two goals from forward Jensen Zerban. Aston drew first, with a goal from Drew Blackmun – assisted by Andrew Bellant – at 18:38 of the first period. Curtis Carlson then scored for the Knights to tie the game at 7:17 of the second after a pass from Matt Kidney. Zerban found the back of the net for the first time at 14:10 of the first, with help from Andrew Hart and Carter Woolley. After two periods, the Rebels hold on to a 2-1 lead. The only goal of the third came from Zerban, unassisted, at 18:58, to secure the win for Aston, 3-1. Aston netminder Mareks Mitens made 22 saves on the night, while Grant Valentine stopped 23 shots for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Aston Rebels lead the series, 1-0, for the East Division Semi-Finals.  Boxscore

East Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: New Jersey Titans 3 @ Johnstown Tomahawks 1 (New Jersey leads series, 1-0) - In Game 1 of this East Division Semi-Final, the New Jersey Titans score twice in the third to secure a victory, 3-1, over the Johnstown Tomahawks. Jordan Kaplan opened the scoring with a goal at 1:16 of the second period, with help from Spencer Stanley and Todd Goehring, to put the Titans up 1-0. The Tomahawks quickly tie the game at 3:05 of the second with a goal from Andy Iehle – assisted by Filips Buncis and Roman Kraemer. Tied after two, Nick Boyagian scored off a pass from Ryan Wheeler and Danny Eruzione to give New Jersey the lead once again at 16:42 of the third. Up by one, Goehring launched an empty net goal at 19:49 of the third to secure the 3-1 victory for the Titans. In net, New Jersey’s Ryan Ferland made 14 saves, while Drew Hotte made 18 stops for Johnstown. The New Jersey Titans lead the series 1-0 for the East Division Semi-Finals. Boxscore

Midwest Division Semi-Final, Game 1: Coulee Region Chill 2 @ Janesville Jets 3 (Janesville leads series, 1-0) - Blake Wareham scored twice for the Janesville Jets to earn a 3-2 victory for the Janesville Jets over the Coulee Region Chill in Game 1 of this Midwest Division Semi-Final. Wareham opened the game with a goal just 14 seconds in, with help from Jack Gates and Michael Maloney, to put the Jets up 1-0. Caleb Schroer responded with a goal at 10:38 of the first – assisted by Justin Kendall and Matt Doran – to tie the match at one. Steven Quagliata then scored off a pass from Andy McGlynn at 15:18 to put the Chill up 2-1 after the first twenty minutes. Wareham scored the lone second period goal – at 4:45, with help from Cole Paskus and Peter Bates – to tie the game at 2 after two periods of play. Frank Sullivan ended the game in regulation, scoring at 17:05 of the third, with help from Paskus and Carter Ekberg, to give the Jets their first lead of the night, leading to the 3-2 win. In net, Jacob Barczewski made 30 saves for Janesville, and Brad Arvanitis stopped 38 shots for Coulee Region. The Janesville Jets lead the series 1-0 for the Midwest Division Semi-Finals. Boxscore

Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2 @ Minnesota Magicians 1 (Fairbanks leads series, 1-0) - The Magicians struck first, but two unanswered goals for the Ice Dogs put them up for a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of this Midwest Division Semi-Final. David Kirkendall scored first, notching the lone Magician point at 11:24 of the first after a pass from Jarrett Lee. Fairbanks responded to the lead with a goal at 3:36 of the second for Ryan Kero, with help from Samuel Ruffin, to tie the game at one. Aaron McPheters also scored, unassisted, for the Ice Dogs at 4:04 of the second to give them their first lead of the night. With no goals in the third, the final score stands at 2-1, Faribanks. In net, Erik Gordon made 28 saves for the Ice Dogs, and Ivan Prosvetov stopped 18 shots for Minnesota. The Fairbanks Ice Dogs lead the series 1-0 for the Midwest Division Semi-Finals. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: Aberdeen Wings 3 @ Minot Minotauros 1 (Aberdeen leads series, 1-0) - The Aberdeen Wings grabbed an early lead to help them climb to a 3-1 victory over the Minot Minotauros in Game 1 of this Central Division Semi-Final. Kevin Fitzgerald opened the game with a goal at 11:53 of the first period, with help from Carson Dimoff and Logan Jenuwine. With the goal, the Wings go up 1-0 after twenty minutes. DImoff scores one of his own at 7:36 – the lone goal of the second period – to put the Wings up 2-0 after two periods of play. DImoff had help from Jenuwine and Fitzgerald. Miroslav Mucha cut the lead in half with unassisted Minot goal at 2:8 of the first period. Colin Raver then notches an empty net goal for Aberdeen, securing the win at 18:54 of the third period. Aberdeen’s Forbes Ploszaj and Austin Park of Minot each made 23 saves in Game 1. The Aberdeen Wings lead the series 1-0 in the Central Division Semi-Finals. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: Brookings Blizzard 3 @ Minnesota Wilderness 6 (MN Wilderness lead series, 1-0) - In the highest scoring game of the night, the Minnesota Wilderness take home Game 1 of this Central Division Semi-Final with a 6-3 win over the Brookings Blizzard. Brookings opened the game with a goal at 5:21 of the first, off the stick of Nicholas Cardelli, with help from Christian Canavati. The lead, however, was short lived at Jesse Farabee scored at 6:08 to tie the game at one ater a pass from Louis Roehl and Zach Mills. Mills then struck one of his own at 8:36, with help from Farabee and Michael Zuffante, to but Minnesota up 2-1. Tim Nicksic extended Minnesota’s lead at 16:50 after a pass from Luke Dow, to make the score 3-1 Minnesota after one period of play. Tim Faulkner opened the second period at 3:40 after a pass from Cardelli and Connor Koviak to slash the lead in half. The Wilderness retalitated with a pair of goals from Gunnar Goodmanson to put them up 5-2 after two. The first goal came at 13:55 of the second, assisted by Nick Altmann. Goodmanson struck again at 19:36 of the second, with help from Altmann and Luke Dow. Chase Brand scored the last Blizzard goal at 6:14 of the third period, with help from Derek Hammer and Cade Borchardt. Nicksic scored his second of the night at 7:09, off a pass from Pavel Mikhasenok and Tyler Vold, resulting in a 6-3 final score. Minneosta’s Luke Kania made 45 stops on the night, while Josh Boyko made 42 saves for Brookings. The Minnesota Wilderness leads the series 1-0 for the Central Division Semi-Finals. Boxscore

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