Mudbugs and Wings win on Day 1 of Robertson Cup
Robertson Cup Semi-Finals, Game 1: Aberdeen Wings 5 vs. Minnesota Magicians 1 (Aberdeen leads series, 1-0) – Natan Vertes scored twice and Jake Sibell made 20 saves as the Wings cruised to a 5-1 win in Game 1 of their Semi-Final series against the Minnesota Magicians. The Wings got off to a fast start in the 1st period. After Magicians goalie Andy Beran made several saves in the opening stages of the game, the Wings broke through for three goals later in the period as defenseman Christian Abrams fired home a shot from the point for a 1-0 lead. The lead increased to 2-0 as Kyle Gaffney split the Magicians defense and deked out an outstretched Beran to double the Wings lead. With just over a minute remaining in the period, the Wings made it 3-0 as forward Will Arquiett showed patience from the point on the power play and held a shot until a screen was in place and fired a shot over Beran’s glove for the three-goal advantage. The Magicians got on the board early in the 2nd period as Hunter Longhi converted on a nice 2-on-1 to make it 3-1. The momentum was short-lived as the Wings pushed the lead back to three goals as Natan Vertes got free behind the defense to race in on a breakaway and score to make it 4-1. Less than a minute remaining in the 2nd period, Vertes potted his second goal of the game as he dangled between the legs and trickled a puck past Beran for a 5-1 lead after two periods. In the 3rd period, the Wings held the fort and did not allow the Magicians much room to create some offense as they held the Magicians to just seven shots in the final period to complete the 5-1 win in Game 1. Wings goalie Jake Sibell made 20 saves in the win, while Beran ended with 32 saves in the loss.
Robertson Cup Semi-Finals, Game 1: Shreveport Mudbugs 4 vs. Maine Nordiques 1 (Shreveport leads series, 1-0) – The Mudbugs used a dominant 2nd period to separate themselves from the Maine Nordiques in a 3-1 win on Game 1 of the Robertson Cup Semi-Finals in Blaine. Thing went well for the Nordiques early in the game as just :34 seconds into the contest a shot from the point from defenseman James Philipott pinballed its way into the back of the net for the first goal of the game. Just over a minute later, the Mudbugs found the equalizer as Garrett Steele was left unmarked in front to pot home a rebound chance to make it 1-1, which is how the 1st period would end. The Mudbugs would take control in the 2nd period with two goals. Just 1:13 into the period, Adam Kolcon scored his first goal of the playoffs to make it 2-1 and four minutes later, Gio Procopio tipped home a nice back door pass from Chris Hedden to make it 3-1. In the 3rd period, the Mudbugs squashed a couple of Maine power play opportunities and then Procopio’s second goal of the game secured the 4-1 win. Mudbugs goalie Cole Hudson made 25 saves in the win, while Nordiques goalie Tyriq Outen made 32 saves in the loss.