Friday Finals: Brahmas come from behind to win OT thriller
South Division Finals, Game 1: Corpus Christi Ice Rays 3 @ Lone Star Brahmas 4 (OT) (Lone Star leads series, 1-0) - The Lone Star Brahmas came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Corpus Christi Ice Rays and gain a one game lead in this South Division Final. Troy York opened the game with a goal at 3:44 of the second period after a pass from Simon Loof and Drake Glover. Ice Rays’ David Baskerville netted the equalizer at 5:01 with help from Brendan Miller. Cole Filler gave Corpus Christi their first lead of the game – assisted by Cole Gammer and Cody Fleckenstein. To round out the second, Griffin Loughran notched an unassisted goal at 17:45 to bring the scoring total to 3-1 Corpus Christi. Austin O’Rourke scored at 13:17 of the third to cut the lead to one, off a pass from Loof and Julian Biondo. Troy York tied the game at three with 24 seconds remaining in regulation – assisted by Glover and Hunter Stanley. Lone Star’s Justin Addamo found the back of the net at 2:26 into OT to secure the victory with a highlight reel goal. Addamo’s goal was assisted by David Marabella and Jakub Melisko. In net, Lone Star’s Max Prawdzik made 15 saves, while Tomas Vomacka stopped 17 shots for the Brahmas. Boxscore
Midwest Division Finals, Game 1: Fairbanks Ice Dogs 1 @ Janesville Jets 4 (Janesville leads series, 1-0) - A pair of goals from Joseph Abate helped push the Janesville Jets to a 1-0 series lead over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Abate notched his first at 1:36 of the first period, with help from Chris Dodero and Chase Blackmun. Frank Sullivan extended the lead to 2 when he found the back of the net off a pass from LordAnthony Grissom and Michael Maloney. Dodero notched one of his own at 5:47 of the second - assisted by Keegan Miller and Abate – to bring the game to 3-0 Janesville after two periods. Abate scored again at 16:36 of the third, with help from Adam Roeder and Kip Hoffmann, to bring the Jets’ scoring total to 4 goals. Nolan Schaeffer scored one for the Ice Dogs at 18:02 off a pass from Kyle Mayhew and Robert Blueger, bringing the final score to 4-1, Janesville. Janesville’s Jacob Barczewski made 19 saves on the night, while Erik Gordon racked up 20 saves for Fairbanks. Boxscore
Central Division Finals, Game 1: Aberdeen Wings 4 @ MN Wilderness 3 (2OT) (Aberdeen leads series, 1-0) - After almost two full periods of play, Logan Jenuwine scored the double OT winner on a breakaway to put the Aberdeen up by one game in this Central Division Finals. Zach Mills opened the game at 16:26 of the first off a pass from Jesse Farabee and Eric Gotz. Louis Roehl extended the Wilderness lead to 2 at 0:17 of the second period, assisted by Mills and Michael Zuffante. Minnesota’s Tim Nicksic brought their scoring total to three after a pass from Pavel Mikhasenok at 6:44 of the second. Carter Roo scored Aberdeen’s first goal of the game – at 19:49 of the second with help from Kevin Fitzgerals and Tyler Bossert. Fitzgerald notched one of his one at 13:37, with help from Logan Jenuwin and Carson Dimoff to cut the lead to one. Colin Raver found the back of the net off a pass from Roo at 15:58 to tie the game, forcing an overtime period. At 18:03 of the second OT, Jenuwine notched one of his own to earn the 2OT winner – off a pass from Dimoff. Minnesota’s Luke Kania made 62 saves on the night, while Aberdeen’s Forbes Ploszaj stopped 43 shots.
East Division Finals, Game 1: New Jersey Titans 2 @ Aston Rebels 5 (Aston leads series, 1-0) - The Aston Rebels grabbed an early first period lead to gain a one game lead in this best of five Eastern Division finals. Adam Peck opened the game with a goal off a pass from Ryan Patrick at 1:57 of the first period. Aaron Maguyon stretched the lead to 2-0 when he found the back of the net at 6:04 of the first. Aston’s Evgeny Yakovlev found the back of the net 13 seconds into the second – with help from Gianluca Esteves - to push the Rebels’ lead to 3 goals. New Jersey’s Gordie Helmuth scored their first goal of the game – at 12:37 of the second, assisted by Oskar Stromberg. Jordan Kaplan brought the Titans within one at 17:29 – assisted by Dylan Healey and Stromberg. After forty minutes of play, the Aston Rebels lead the New Jersey Titans, 3-2. Esteves notched one of his own off a pass from Andrew Bellant, at 17:23, to extend their lead back to two. Bellant secured the win with an unassisted empty netter at 19:56 of the third, resulting in a final score of 5-2. Aston’s Mareks Mitens made 16 saves on the night, while Ryan Ferland stopped 23 shots for the Titans. Boxscore