Robertson Cup, Day 2: Wings stay alive, Brahmas punch ticket to Final
May 12, 2017
Pete Kessel celebrates one of his two goals on Friday as the Lone Star Brahmas punched their ticket to the National Championship Game with a sweep of the Janesville Jets.
Robertson Cup Semi-Final #1: Aberdeen Wings 3 vs. Aston Rebels 2 (OT) (Series tied 1-1)
– The Aberdeen Wings forced a Game 3 in their best of three series against the Aston Rebels thanks to a 3-2 overtime win on Friday afternoon. The Wings seized the momentum from the very beginning as just :32 seconds into the game, Wings forward Carter Roo converted on a rebound after a 2 on 1 to put Aberdeen ahead 1-0. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Wings and Roo struck again quickly in the 3rd period as just :18 seconds into the period, Roo found himself in on a breakaway where he then sniped a shot over the left shoulder of Rebels goalie Mareks Mitens. However, the Rebels fought back right away as just over a minute later Dustin Manz plucked home a rebound after a sprawling save by Wings goalie Forbes Ploszaj to make the score, 2-1. Just over a minute later, the Rebels tied the game at 2-2 as the Wings could not clear their own zone and a shot from the point from defenseman Kolby Vegara was deflected off a skate and over the shoulder of Ploszaj. The game would end up going to overtime, where both goalies made several saves to keep their team in it. Late in the overtime a rush up the ice by Wings defenseman Colton Fletcher eventually saw the puck taken to the high slot, where Fletcher’s initial shot was blocked, but the rebound came to the stick of Wings captain Gage Mackie, who fired a wrist shot past the glove of Mitens for the overtime-winner. Ploszaj made 34 saves in the win, while Mitens made 30 saves in the loss. With the win, the Wings tied the best of three series at 1-1, with the deciding Game 3 set for Saturday at 3pm. Boxscore
Robertson Cup Semi-Final #2: Lone Star Brahmas 3 vs. Janesville Jets 1 (Lone Star wins series 2-0)
– The Lone Star Brahmas punched their ticket to the Robertson Cup National Championship Game thanks to a 3-1 win over the Janesville Jets on Saturday night in Game 2 of Semi-Final #2. Through the first two periods, the game was scoreless, but wasn’t without its chances or physical play as both goalies, Max Prawdzik for the Brahmas and Jacob Barczewski for the Jets, stood tall in goal. An early power play for the Brahmas in the 3rd period netted the game’s first goal as some nice puck movement got the puck to Pete Kessel on the low left wing, who then one-timed a blast past a sprawled Barczewski for a 1-0 lead. The Jets were very quick to respond as just over a minute later, the Jets star of the playoffs, Kip Hoffman, scored his 9th goal of the post-season as he came in on a 1 on 1 and slipped a shot through the 5-hole of Prawdzik to tie the game at 1-1. However, a late power play for the Brahmas netted the eventual game-winner as a face-off win deep in the Jets zone by the Brahmas got the puck to the point where a shot was redirected by Drake Glover for a 2-1 lead. Kessel would add his second of the game on an empty net to secure the 3-1 win and spot in Sunday’s National Championship Game. Prawdzik made 20 saves in the win for the Brahmas, while Barczewski made 31 saves in the loss. Boxscore