Friday Finals: Generals beat #1 Titans in Game 1
East Division Semi Finals, Game 1: Northeast 4 @ New Jersey 1 (Northeast leads series, 1-0) - The fourth-seeded Northeast Generals topped the top-seeded New Jersey Titans in a statement 4-1 win on Friday night. The game did not see its first goal until late in the first period when Jared Scott netted the Generals first goal of the contest taking a 1-0 lead. Scott was aided by Jackson McCarthy and Alexander Krause on the goal. In the second frame, Brent Keefer scored an unassisted goal to add to the Generals lead, 2-0. The Titans connected on the power-play with David Posma scoring to get the Titans within a goal. Posma was assisted by Ryan Coughlin and Levente Keresztes on the goal. David Andreychuck scored an unassisted goal adding to the Generals lead, 3-1 to end the second period. In the third frame, David Andreychuk netted his second goal of the postseason unassisted for a final score of 4-1. Generals goaltender Cullen DeYoung only allowed one goal off of the 53 shots he faced in the win.
East Division Semi Finals, Game 1: Jamestown 2 @ Johnstown 1 (2OT) (Jamestown leads series, 1-0) - After two overtime periods, Kolby Amici netted the game winning goal for the Rebels to take game one against the Tomahawks, 2-1. In the first period, Ryan Waltamn scored after connecting with Jak Vaarwerk and Reid Lune for a 1-0 Jamestown lead. In the second period, the Tomahawks evened the game 1-1 with Cole Bianchin with the help of Jonny Ulicny and David Wilcox. No goals were scored in the third period which forced overtime, and then a second overtime period. In the second extra frame, Kolby Amici scored the game winning goal for a 2-1 Rebels win. Rebels goaltender Nolan Suggs stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced in the win, while Tomahawks netminder Matthew O’Donnell stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced.
Central Division Semi Finals, Game 1: Bismarck 1 @ St. Cloud 4 (St. Cloud leads series, 1-0) - Blake Perbix potted a pair of goals in St. Cloud’s convincing game one victory over the Bobcats. Perbix and Broten each scored goals in the 1st period for the Norsemen. Ryan Taylor helped hold the lead at one with a goal for Bismarck. In the middle frame, Nick Young scored 6:08 into the period to double the lead. Perbix added his 2nd of the game with a power play insurance goal late in the 3rd period to secure the victory. Tomas Bolo grabbed the win making 23 saves on 24 shots. Oskar Spinnars Nordin took the loss making 36 saves for the Bobcats.
Midwest Division Semi Finals, Game 2: Anchorage 2 @ Springfield 1 (Anchorage leads series, 2-0) - Kory Diponio found the back 8:10 into the 3rd period to help lift the Wolverines past Springfield and take a commanding 2-0 series lead. Hunter Bischoff opened the scoring with a goal just 5:40 into the opening period. Cole Dubicki buried a goal on the power play in the 2nd period to keep the scores even through 40 minutes of play. Raythan Robbins secured the win making an impressive 34 saves on 35 shots. Ethan Roberts was dealt the loss making 59 saves on 61 shots faced.
Central Division Semi Finals, Game 1: Aberdeen 4 @ Austin 2 (Aberdeen leads series, 1-0) - After trailing by a pair of goals after two periods of play, the Aberdeen Wings rallied for four consecutive goals in the 3rd period to take down the Bruins on the road. Anthony Menghini scored the lone goal in the 1st period on the power play to give Austin a 1-0 lead thorough 20 minutes. Alex Trombley doubled Austin’s lead 16 minutes into the 2nd period. In the final frame, Seamus Campbell scored a pair of goals while Dominic Schmizzi and Jacob Bosse also lit the lamp to secure the comeback victory. Anton Castro had a quiet night in net, completing the victory with 14 saves. Klayton Knapp kept out 24 of 27 shots faced in the loss.
South Division Semi Finals, Game 1: Shreveport 0 @ Lone Star 1 (Lone Star leads series, 1-0) - Arthur Smith stopped all 22 shots fired in his direction as the Lone Star Brahmas grabbed a 1-0 win over the Shreveport Mudbugs in Game 1 of their division semi final series. Logan Tobias registered the only goal of the game as it came on the power play just 6:53 into the first period. Artur Turansky and Ray Murakami picked up the helpers on the game’s only goal. Devon Bobak couldn’t get any offensive support but had a heck of game in his own right. He stopped 27 of 28 Lone Star shots.
South Division Semi Finals, Game 1: Wichita Falls 4 @ New Mexico 3 (Wichita Falls leads series, 1-0) - Carter Kopri’s goal in the third period proved to be the game winner as the Wichita Falls Warriors edged the New Mexico Ice Wolves by a score of 4-3. The goals came fast and furious in the opening frame as Evan Carroll got New Mexico on the board first. The Warriors responded with two goals in 34 seconds of the sticks on Dean Bauchiero and Vincent Corcoran. William Howard lit the lamp on the power play before the end of the period. Wichita Falls would take the lead early in the second period as Ryan Robinson netted his first of the postseason. The lead would be short lived as Dylan Bentley scored 85 seconds later. The game remained tied after the second and was finally broken as Philip Tornqvist set up Korpi for the game winning goal. Brandon Milberg stopped 42 shots to pick up the win in the blue paint. Beni Halasz was stuck with the loss, he made 21 stops for the Ice Wolves.
Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: MN Wilderness 2 @ Fairbanks 3 (OT) (Fairbanks leads series, 1-0) - The Ice Dogs scored late in regulation and then netted an early overtime winner as the came from behind to beat the Wilderness in Game 1, 3-2. Fairbanks opened the scoring in the 1st period with a goal from Jacob Conrad. The Wilderness tied the game at 1-1 in the 2nd period thanks to a goal from defenseman Cole Crugberg-Roseen. Early in the 3rd period, the Wilderness took their first lead on a goal from William Persson. With just :27 seconds left in regulation, the Ice Dogs tied the game at 2-2 on a goal from Tyler Stewart. Just over two minutes into overtime, Brendan Miles netted the game-winner. Ice Dogs goalie Kayden Hargraves made 35 saves in the win, while Matthew Smith made 19 saves in the loss.