Bulls, Mudbugs, Titans advance with Game 5 wins
April 23, 2019
South Division Semi-Finals, Game 5: Corpus Christi 1 @ Amarillo 3 (Amarillo wins series, 3-2) – Two early goals would hold as the lead and difference and Bulls goalie Jason Grande made 26 saves as Amarillo completed a comeback to win their series against the IceRays by a score of 3-1. The Bulls scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, including a power play tally from Brett Abdelnour and a blocker-side shot by David Ojamae. Just over three minutes later, Nicholas Seitz intercepted an Amarillo clearing attempt and bounced the puck off the end wall. Nikita Krivokrasov found the puck and bounced it off Bulls netminder Jason Grande to score the IceRays’ lone goal of the contest. The game remained 2-1 until Alex Peterson scored a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining in the contest. During a late penalty kill, the IceRays had pulled goaltender Brian George to put the game back to 5-on-5 with an empty net, but Peterson sealed the series with his third goal of the first round. Amarillo outshot Corpus Christi by a 33-27 margin. Game 5 was the only game of the series in which the home team was victorious. George made 30 saves in the loss.
South Division Semi-Finals, Game 5: Shreveport 3 @ Lone Star 2 (3OT) (Shreveport wins series, 3-2) – It took three overtimes and 51 shots, but the Shreveport Mudbugs erased a pair of one-goal leads by the Brahmas and took their first and only lead of the game when Tim Clifton scored midway through the third overtime to pick up a 3-2 win in Game 5 to win the series. After a scoreless 1st period, the Brahmas broke though early in the 2nd period on a goal from Michal Stinil. The Mudbugs would respond in the final minute of the period as Carson Nichols scored his second goal of the playoffs. The Brahmas regained the lead midway through the 3rd period as Thomas Daskas scored to make it 2-1. Late in the 3rd period, the Mubugs got more late period heroics from Nichols as he scored again to tie the game at 2-2. In the 3rd overtime, Clifton pounced on a rebound to send the defending champs back to the South Division Finals. Mudbugs goalie Leo Chuard made 26 saves in the win, while Brahmas goalie Seth Eisele made 48 saves in the loss.
East Division Semi-Finals, Game 5: New Jersey 3 @ Jamestown 2 (New Jersey wins series, 3-2) – The Titans jumped out to a 3-2 lead and held off a Rebels rally to complete a series comeback and defeat Jamestown 3-2 in Game 5. New Jersey won the final three games of the series to advance to the East Finals. The Titans were bolstered by early scoring as goals from Gavin Gulash on the power play and Chris Garbe shorthanded, pushed the road team to a 2-0 lead after one period. The Titans then increased the lead to 3-0 later in the 2nd period as Ryan Naumovski scored, which ended the night for Rebels goalie Ryan Keane. The move sparked the Jamestown offense later in the 2nd period as Antonio Venuto and Colin Schmidt scored to make it a 3-2 game heading into the 3rd period. However, New Jersey locked things down in the 3rd period, allowing the Rebels only six shots on goal to come out with the 3-2 win to move onto the East Finals. Brandon Perrone made 28 saves in the win, while Keane made 14 saves in the loss and Noah West made 10 saves in a relief appearance.