Saturday Scores: Brahmas win to advance over defending champs
South Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Lone Star 4 @ Shreveport 3 (OT) (Lone Star wins series, 3-1) – Nicholas Niemo recorded a hat-trick, including the game-winner in overtime as the top-seeded Brahmas won their series over the defending Robertson Cup Champion Mudbugs thanks to a 4-3 win in Game 4. The Brahmas took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period as Niemo scored his first of the series. Shreveport tied the game in the 2nd period as Burke Simpson scored. In the 3rd period, the Brahmas regained their one-goal edge as Niemo scored his second of the game to make it 2-1. The Mudbugs then took a 3-2 lead later in the 3rd period as Jacob Onstott and Hayden Nichol scored back-to-back goals. With just over three minutes left in regulation, the Brahmas tied the game thanks to a goal from Jack Collins. In overtime, it took less than a minute for the Brahmas to win the series as a shot from Ray Murakami was saved by Mudbugs goalie Devon Bobak, but the rebound was collected by Niemo and stuffed home for the winner and hat-trick. Brahmas goalie Arthur Smith made 21 saves in the win, while Bobak made 35 saves in the loss.
South Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: New Mexico 1 @ Wichita Falls 2 (OT) (Series tied, 2-2) – The Wichita Falls Warriors kept their season alive thanks to a 2-1 win in overtime in Game 4. After a scoreless 1st period, both goals in regulation came in the 2nd period as Carter Korpi opened the scoring early in the period for Wichita Falls. New Mexico answered less than four minutes later with William Howard’s third goal of the season. Late in the first overtime, the Warriors netted the game-winner as Dominick Rivelli’s shot from a sharp angle on the goal line snuck through New Mexico goalie Beni Halasz for the game-winner. Daniel Duris made 27 saves in the win, while Halasz made 27 saves in the loss. Game 5 is Monday, May 2nd.
Central Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: St. Cloud 3 @ Bismarck 2 (OT) (Series tied, 2-2) – Norsemen forward Nik Hong scored the game-tying goal late in the 3rd period and set-up the overtime-winner as the Norsemen fought off elimination thanks to a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday. Bismarck led early in the 1st period on a goal from Paul Huglen. Ethan Benz tied the game later in the 1st period thanks to a power play goal. In the 2nd period, the Bobcats took a 2-1 lead thanks to a goal from Adam Pietila. With five minutes remaining in the 3rd period, the Norsemen tied the game thanks to Hong putting home shot after a scramble in front. Late in the overtime, Hong sent a pass from behind the net to Peyton Hanson in the low slot who then snapped home the game-winner. Norsemen goalie Tomas Bolo made 17 saves in the win, while Bismarck goalie Oskar Spinnars Nordin made 41 saves in the loss.
Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Fairbanks 0 @ MN Wilderness 3 (Series tied, 2-2) – Wilderness goalie Matthew Smith stopped all 31 shots that came his way as the Wilderness tied their best of 5 series against Fairbanks thanks to a 3-0 win on Saturday against the Ice Dogs. After a scoreless 1st period, the Wilderness took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period as Ethan Wolthers scored the eventual game-winning goal. In the 3rd period, goals from Calvin Knight and Gunnar Thoreson secured the 3-0 win for the Wilderness. Ice Dogs goalie Kayden Hargraves made 34 saves in the loss.
East Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: New Jersey 2 @ Northeast 4 (Series tied, 2-2) – Generals defenseman Evan Orr had a three-point game to lead his team to a 4-2 win in Game 4 on Saturday night. The Generals exploded for three goals in the 1st period to take a 3-0 lead as they got goals from Matt Boczar, Kyle Schroeder, and Orr. New Jersey made it a game later in the 2nd period as goals from Levente Keresztes and Marcus Sang made the score 3-2 at the end of two periods. In the 3rd period, the Generals held the fort and got an empty-net goal from Jared Scott to secure the 4-2 win. Generals goalie Cullen DeYoung made 35 saves in the win, while Andrew Takacs made 31 saves in the loss.
East Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Johnstown 1 @ Jamestown 4 (Series tied, 2-2) – Rebels goalie Nolan Suggs made 36 saves to lead the Rebels to a 4-1 win in Game 4 on Saturday, and force a Game 5 in Johnstown on Sunday. Less than four minutes into the contest, the Rebels got on the board first thanks to John Lundy’s first goal of the series. Johnstown tied the game later in the period thanks to a goal from Ethan Perrault that tied the game at 1-1. Jamestown regained the lead for good thanks to a goal from Jak Vaarwerk. The Rebels lead swelled to 3-1 in the 2nd period thanks to a goal from Noah Szretter. In the 3rd period, the Rebels cemented the 4-1 win thanks to another goal from Vaarwerk. Johnstown goalie Matthew O’Donnell made 22 saves in the loss.