The Janesville Jets and Lone Star Brahmas because the first two of the four teams that will compete in the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup, May 11-14 in Duluth, Minnesota.
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Midwest Division Finals, Game 4: Janesville Jets 5 @ Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2 (Janesville wins series, 3-1) - A busy first period helped the Janesville Jets to a 5-2 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Jack Gates opened the scoring with a goal for the Jets, assisted by Michael Maloney at 2:41 of the first period. Grayson Gavin netted the equalizer for the Ice Dogs at 6:10 of the first, with help from Connor Chilton and Cayden Cahill. Janesville took back the lead with a goal at 7:13 from Kip Hoffmann off a pass from Cullen Munson. Maloney struck one of his own at 18:09 – assisted by Adam Roeder and Hoffmann, to extend Janesville’s lead to two. Bauer Neudecker brought Fairbanks back within one with a goal at 19:26 with help from Daniel Haider and Aaron McPheters. After twenty minutes, the score is 3-2, Janesville, and the Ice Dogs Championship dreams are on the line. Janesville’s Peter Bates notched the only goal in the middle period, a power play goal with help from Joseph Abate at 10:09, bringing the scoring totals to 4-2, Janesville after two periods. The only goal of the third came via Hoffmann, his second of the night, at 19:32, with help from Abate and Colin Felix. After sixty minutes, the scoreboard reads 5-2, Jets. Janesville’s Jacob Barczewski made 12 saves on the night, while Erik Gordon stopped 18 shots for Fairbanks. With the win, the Janesville Jets are named the Midwest Division Champions, and will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship in Duluth, MN. Boxscore
South Division Finals, Game 5: Corpus Christi Ice Rays 0 @ Lone Star Brahmas 1 (OT) (Lone Star wins series, 3-2) - After a scoreless sixty minutes, a lone overtime goal decided the game – and the series. Troy York scored at 4:50 of overtime, assisted by Carson Kelley and John Zimmerman, to give the victory to the Lone Star Brahmas, 1-0, over the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. York’s goal came early in overtime as he got a puck down the left wing and snapped a shot past the glove of IceRays goalie Tomas Vomacka. In net, Lone Star’s Max Prawdzik made 15 saves for a shutout, and Tomas Vomacka stopped 34 shots for the Ice Rays. With the win, the Brahmas earn the title of South Division Champions, and will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship in Duluth, MN. Boxscore
East Division Finals, Game 4: Aston Rebels 2 @ New Jersey Titans 3 (OT) (Series tied, 2-2) - The New Jersey Titans scored a late overtime goal to keep alive their Robertson Cup dreams, forcing a Game 5. Andrew Bellant opened the game with an Aston goal at 11:22 of the first off a pass from Ryan Solomon. Jordan Kaplan tied the game when he found the back of the net at 9:15 of the second period, assisted by Todd Goehring and Tyler Antonucci. Tied after two periods, the Rebels hope to secure their trip to the finals in the third period. Gianluca Esteves scored for the Rebels at 5:52 of the third to give them the lead, with help from Aaron Maguyon and Evgeny Yakovlev. Goehring tied the game once again with a goal at 9:03 of the third, off a pass from Ryan Wheeler, forcing an overtime. At 16:33 into extra minutes, Wheeler notched one of his own – assisted by William Riedell. New Jersey’s Ryan Ferland made 41 saves on the night, while Jack Leavy stopped 23 shots for Aston. Game 5 will take place at 7:00 on Sunday night in Aston. Boxscore
Central Division Finals, Game 4: Minnesota Wilderness 2 @ Aberdeen Wings 5 (Series tied, 2-2) - A pair of goals from Carson Dimoff helped the Aberdeen Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wilderness, tying this series at two games each. Kevin Fitzgerald scored first for Aberdeen, at 2:56 of the first period, with help from Gage Mackie and Carson Dimoff. Louis Roehl retaliated with a goal for the Wilderness at 10:05 of the first, assisted by Gunnar Goodmanson and Ashton Altmann. Dimoff notched his first of two at 11:52 of the second, assisted by Carter Roo and Fitzgerald. Dimoff struck again at 12:06, extending the Wings lead off a pass from Keenan Spillum and Adam Pitters. After forty minutes, Minnesota hopes to close out the series and advance to the Robertson Cup, trailing 3-1. Wilderness forward Jesse Farabee found the back of the net at 2:47 of the third, assisted by Will Zmolek and Zach Mills, to bring Minnesota within one. Pitters notched one of his own at 8:31, with help from Colton Fletcher and Nolan Sullivan, to bring the score to 4-2. Colin Raver secured the win for Aberdeen with an empty net goal at 16:37 of the third – assisted by Spillum and Jack Kelly. Aberdeen goaltender Forbes Ploszaj made 25 saves on the night, while Luke Kania stopped 31 shots for the Wilderness. Game 5 will be on Monday, May 8th in Cloquet, MN at 7:05. Boxscore