Saturday Scores: Brahmas up 2-0; other series tied at 1-1
South Division Finals, Game 2: New Mexico 2 @ Lone Star 4 (Lone Star leads series, 2-0) – The Brahmas erased a 2-0 deficit and forward Nicholas Niemo had two goals and an assist as the Brahmas came from behind for a 4-2 win in Game 2, taking a 2-0 lead in their best of 5 South Division Finals series against New Mexico. Things looked good for the Ice Wolves early as a goal from Jake Keller in the 1st period and then a goal from Dillan Bentley in the 2nd period made the score 2-0. The Brahmas started their comeback later in the 2nd period as Niemo netted his first goal of the night to make it 2-1. In the 3rd period, the Brahmas would take over as a goal from Ray Murakami in the period’s first minute tied the game at 2-2. Three minutes later, the Brahmas took the lead for good as Niemo netted his second goal of the game to make it 3-2. Tanner Daniels would add an empty-net goal to make the final, 4-2. Brahmas goalie Arthur Smith made 25 saves in the win, while New Mexico goalie Beni Halasz made 24 saves in the loss.
East Division Finals, Game 2: Jamestown 2 @ New Jersey 3 (Series tied, 1-1) – The Titans came from behind, scoring two goals late in the 3rd period to pick up a 3-2 win in Game 2, which evened up the East Finals at 1-1. The Titans went ahead 1-0 in the 1st period thanks to a goal from Levente Keresztes. The Rebels would take a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period with back-to-back goals from Noah Szretter and Kolby Amici. With under four minutes remaining in regulation, the Titans tied the game thanks to a goal from Ryan Coughlin, his 3rd of the playoffs. With under a minute remaining in regulation, the Titans found the game-winner off the stick of Stephen Willey, who got loose behind the defense and put a backhand shot home for the 3-2 win. Titans goalie Andrew Takacs made 26 saves in the win, while Rebels goalie Nolan Suggs made 35 saves in the loss.
Central Division Finals, Game 2: Aberdeen 2 @ St. Cloud 6 (Series tied, 1-1) – Norsemen forward Hunter Hanson had two goals and two assists to lead his team to a 6-2 win over Aberdeen, evening the series at 1-1. St. Cloud jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Peyton Hanson and Brandon Lajoie. The Wings cut into the lead in the 2nd period to make it 2-1 as Ronan Walsh scored his 4th goal of the playoffs. However, just :30 seconds after the Wings goal, the Norsemen went back up by two goals at 3-1 as Hunter Hanson scored his first of the game. The Wings pulled to within one goal again as Owen Dubois scored early in the 3rd period to make it 3-2. After that, it was all Norsemen as they scored three straight goals to end the game as Ryan O’Neill and Kade Peterson scored, while Hunter Hanson added his second of the game to secure the 6-2 win. Norsmen goalie Tomas Bolo made 24 saves in the win, while Anton Castro made 30 saves in the loss.
Midwest Division Finals, Game 2: MN Wilderness 7 @ Anchorage 2 (Series tied, 1-1) – Max Ruoho had three points and Bryce Howard scored twice as the Wilderness evened their series against the Wolverines with a 7-2 win in Game 2. The Wilderness were in control the entire game as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Cole Crusberg-Roseen and Ethan Wolthers. The Wolvernines made it a 2-1 game as Talon Sigurdson struck for his 2nd goal of the playoffs. However, goals later in the 2nd period from Ruoho and Howard made it a 4-1 game after two periods. In the 3rd period, the Wilderness added three more goals including tallies from William Persson, Jared Mangan, and Howard to secure the win. Sigurdson had his second of the game for Anchorage to round out the scoring. Matthew Smith made 20 saves in the win, while Raythan Robbins (16 saves, 20 shots) and Shane Soderwall (4 saves/7 shots) both played in the loss.