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Saturday Scores: Defending champ Ice Dogs one of many up 2-0

April 16, 2017

Forbes Ploszaj stopped 43 of 45 shots on the weekend to give the 4th seeded Wings a 2-0 series lead, as they are headed home for Game 3.

Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4 @ Minnesota Magicians 1 (Fairbanks leads series, 2-0) – The Magicians opened the game with an early goal, but four unanswered goals put the Ice Dogs on top. Pieter Von Steinbergs scored for Fairbanks at 1:40 of the first period, with help from Cameron Buhl and Caleb Hite. Hampus Eriksson responded for the Ice Dogs at 9:52 – assisted by Erkka Vanska and Aaron McPheters. After twenty minutes, the teams are tied at one. Benton Maass scored the lone goal of the second period, at 9:43 with help from McPheters and Eriksson. The goal put Fairbanks in the lead for the first time of the night. Hunter Wendt opened the third at 11:27 after a pass from Cayden Cahill and Luke Orysiuk to put the Ice Dogs up by 2. Bauer Neudecker scored an empty netter at 19:42 to close out the game, 4-1 Fairbanks. Erik Gordon made 19 stops for the Ice Dogs, while Ivan Prosvetov stopped 19 shots for Minnesota. With the win, Fairbanks leads the Midwest Division Semi-Finals, 2-0). Boxscore

Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Coulee Region Chill 2 @ Janesville Jets 3 (2OT)(Janesville leads series, 2-0) – After almost 36 minutes without a goal, Carter Ekberg notched one in double overtime to earn a 3-2 victory for the Janesville Jets over the Coulee Region Chill. Ekberg was assisted by Joseph Abate and Cullen Munson. Abate opened the game with a goal at 9:21 of the first, unassisted, to put the Jets up 1-0. Billy Duma retaliated at 12:22 after a pass from Shay Donovan to tie the game at one. Kip Hoffmann then found the back of the net at 16:00, closing the first with a 2-1 lead for the Jets. The second period was scoreless, but a late third period goal from Matt Doran, with help from Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, at 14:07 tied the game at two, forcing two overtime periods. Janesville’s Jacob Marczewski made 39 saves, while Brad Arvanitis stopped 55 shots for the Chill. With the win, the Jets hold a 2-0 series lead in this Midwest Division Semi-Finals. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Aberdeen Wings 3 @ Minot Minotauros 1 (Aberdeen leads series, 2-0) – With three unanswered goals, the Aberdeen Wings increase their series lead to 2-0 in this Central Division Semi-Final. After a scoreless first, Miroslav Mucha scored the first goal of the game just 39 seconds into the second period off a pass from Paul O’Connor to put the Minotauros up 1-0. Adam Pitters responded with the equalizer at 3:33 with help from Dusan Kmec and Riley Murphy. Nolan Sullivan stole the lead at 19:44 – assisted by Colin Raver and Colton Fletcher – to put the Wings in the lead after two periods. Joey Strada then scored the only third period goal, at 12:23 off a pass from Carter Roo and Tyler Bossert. The goal put the Wings up by 2, resulting in a 3-1 win. Aberdeen’s Forbes Ploszaj made 20 saves on the night, while Lucas Murray stopped 30 shots for Minot. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Brookings Blizzard 4 @ Minnesota Wilderness 3 (OT) (series is tied, 1-1) – Tim Faulkner scored at 10:31 of the extra period to close out the game, after a pass from Paul Cotter, and five the Brookings Blizzard the Game 2 victory. Luke Dow opened the game with the lone first period goal with help from Pavel Mikhasenok at 9:47 to give the Wilderness an early lead. Brookings came out of the gates strong with an equalizer at 0:39 of the second via the stick of Brandon Kruse – assisted by Nicholas Cardelli. The Blizzard then took their first lead of the night at 1:38 off the stick of Derek Hammer – with help from Roman Ahcan and Cade Borchardt. Minnesota’s Tristan Rostagno tied the game once again at 4:27 after a pass from Ashton Altmann and Nick Altmann. Exactly one minute later, at 5:27, Tim Nicksic returned the lead to the Wilderness with help from Zach Mills. Borchadt then notched one of his own at 12:36 – assisted by Connor Koviak. With the game tied at 3 and no third period goals, the game was forced into OT. Brookings’ Jake Begley made 37 stops on the night, while Trevor Micucci and Luke Kania stopped 17 and 28 shots, respectively for Minnesota. With the win, this Central Division Semi-Final is tied at one game each. Boxscore

South Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Corpus Christi Ice Rays 5 @ Shreveport Mudbugs 3 (Corpus Christi leads series, 2-0) – Both teams passed the lead back and forth, but in the end Corpus Christi pulled out the victory with a 5-3 win over the Mudbugs. Shreveport’s Jack Jaunich opened the game with a goal at 11:54 of the first – assisted by Dominick Procopio and Jay Feiwell. Going into the second down by one, David Baskerville scored one for the Ice Rays to tie the game at 1 at 3:56, after a pass from Brendan Miller and David Thomson. Corpus Christi took the lead at 4:31 when Nathan Bryer found the back of the net off a pass from Larry Jungwirth. David Baskerville furthered the lead at 7:45 with help from Miller. Kristaps Jakobsons cut the lead in half with a goal for the mudbugs at 10:08 of the second period. Jakobsons was assisted by Frankie Melton and Kieran Durgan. Jungwirth notched one of his own – assisted by Griffin Loughran -  at 12:41 to close out the second with the Ice Rays leading, 4-2. Thomson then netted one for himself at 2:35 of the third, unassisted, to bring Corpus Christi’s scoring total to 5 goals. Shreveport’s Croix Evingson notched one at 8:34 off a pass from Gueorgui Feduolov to close out the game, 5-3. Corpus Christi’s Tomas Vomacka stopped 28 shots, while Dylan Lubbesmeyer and John Roberts made 16 and 4 saves, respectively, for the Mudbugs. Corpus Christi increases their series lead to 2-0 in this South Division Semi-Finals.  Boxscore

South Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Wichita Falls Wildcats 3 @ Lone Star Brahmas 7 (Lone Star leads series, 2-0) – The Lone Star Brahmas grabbed an early lead to pull past the Wichita Falls Wildcats in a 7-3 victory. Julian Biondo scored first for the Brahmas, at 6:07 after a pass from Aidan Spellacy. Pete Kessel notched an unassisted goal at 16:43 of the first, and Drake Glover netted a power play goal with help from John Zimmerman at 17:48 to put Lone Star up 3-0 after twenty minutes. Carson Kelley pushed the lead to 4 goals at 6:42 of the second – assisted by Hunter Stanley and Jordan Wishman. Less than a minute later, at 7:04, the Wildcats scored their first goal of the game via the stick of CJ Walker after a pass from Ricky Carballo. After forty minutes of play, the Brahmas lead, 4-1. Jonathan Waring scored twice in the third – one at 2:54 (unassisted) and the second at 9:42 with the help of Aleksi Poikola and Blake Ripley – to bring Wichita Falls scoring total to three. Austin O’Rourke scored at 9:04 of the second off a pass from Biondo for the Brahmas. Lone Star closed the game with two more goals – one at 15:53 from Austin Kamer, assisted by Kessel and Jakub Melisko, and the second at 19:24 from Spellacy, unassisted. Lone Star’s Max Pawdzik made 14 saves on the night, while Jared Dempsey racked up 26 saves for the Wildcats. With the win, the Lone Star Brahmas increase their series lead to 2-0 in this South Division Semi-Final. Boxscore

East Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 1 @ Aston Rebels 2 (Aston leads series, 2-0) – An early lead helped the Aston Rebels clinch a Game 2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Andrew Hart opened the game with a goal at 4:44 after a pass from Andrew Noel, to put Aston up 1-0 early. Gianluca Esteves doubled the lead with a goal at 18:38, assisted by Drew Blackmun and Gvido Jansons. After two periods of play, the Aston Rebels lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, 2-0. Joe Schuler scored the lone Knights goal at 17:56 of the third, with help from Dorian Dawson. Markes Mitens made 19 saves for the Rebels, while Grant Valentine stopped 24 shots for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. With the win, the Aston Rebels lead this East Division Semi-Final matchup, 2-0. Boxscore

East Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: New Jersey Titans 1 @ Johnstown Tomahawks 0 (New Jersey leads series, 2-0) – Nick Boyagian scored the only goal of the game – almost exactly halfway through the match – at 9:28 of the second, to put the New Jersey Titans up 1-0. Boyagian was assisted by Andrew Husted. New Jersey’s Ryan Ferland made 35 saves for the shutout, while Drew Hotte stopped 22 shots for Johnstown. The New Jersey Titans lead this East Division Semi-Final, 2-0. Boxscore

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