Hat-Trick heroics keep seasons alive for Minotauros and Jets
Central Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Aberdeen 2 @ Minot 4 (Series Tied 2-2) - Blaine Warnert logged a hat trick as the Minot Minotauros handed the Aberdeen Wings a 4-2 defeat to force a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday night. It’s the first time this season that the Aberdeen Wings have lost back-to-back games. Brett Roloson also scored for Minot in the victory while Keenan Rancier remained on fire, stopping 38 shots. Liam Fraser and Kevin MacKay were the goal scorers for Aberdeen. Jake Sibell turned aside 26 shots in the loss.
Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 3: Janesville 6 @ Kenai River 1 (Kenai River leads series, 2-1) - The Janesville Jets scored six unanswered goals as they kept their season alive, defeating the Kenai River Brown Bears 6-1 in Game 3. Tommy Middleton registered a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Janesville offense. Shane Ott had four helpers in the victory while Nick Leyer found the back of the net twice to go with one assist. Matthew Romer also added a goal and an assist for the Jets. Owen Millward had an easy night allowing one goal on 14 opportunities. Theo Thrun notched the only goal for the Brown Bears while Luke Pavicich stopped 31 shots in the loss.
South Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Shreveport 3 @ Amarillo 2 (Shreveport wins series 3-1) - Three goals in the second period was enough to propel the Shreveport Mudbugs over the Amarillo Bulls by a final score of 3-2 and into the South Division Finals as they take the series three games to one. Logan Dombrowsky had the opening goal for Amarillo in the final minute of the first period, giving Amarillo a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room. Braiden Dorfman’s first of the playoffs tied the game just five minutes into the middle frame. It would remain tied for just over 10 minutes, that’s when Giovanni Procopio found the back of the net giving Shreveport their first lead of the night. Just 38 seconds later Matt Vermaeten would increase the Mudbugs lead to two with his first of the postseason. Harrison Scott would bring the Bulls within one just seconds into the final period with a power play tally but that would be as close as the Bulls would get as Shreveport ends Amarillo’s season. Cole Hudson stopped 20 of 22 shots to pick up his third win of the series. Andrew Takacs was given the loss in net as he made 26 stops.
East Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Maine 0 @ New Jersey 3 (Series Tied 2-2) - Christian Stoever stopped all 29 shots fired in his direction as the New Jersey Titans have forced a decisive Game 5 with a 3-0 win in Game 4 over the Maine Nordiques. Connor Pelc grabbed the game’s first goal, his first of the postseason, to give the Titans a 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes. He would light the lamp a second time in the middle frame to increase the Titans lead. Anthony Calafiore would chip in an empty netter to ensure the Titans victory. Tyriq Outen took the loss in goal as he made 30 stops.