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Weekend Wrap-up: K-Wings still have shot at division title

March 26, 2012

Alexandria's Thomas Williams had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win over Austin that helped the Bruins lock up the #2 seed in the Central Division.

Jamestown 4 @ Kalamazoo 6 - The Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings scored three goals over the span of a minute and thirty seconds early in the second period and never looked back on their way to a 6-4 victory over the Jamestown Ironmen on Sunday.  The loss officially eliminated Jamestown from the playoffs and the Michigan Warriors will be the #4 seed in the North.  For the second straight game, Jamestown got the scoring underway in the first period with a power play tally. Cody Sarmiento scored is fourth of the season just 2:20 into the first to give the Ironmen a one-goal lead.  Kalamazoo pulled even with three and a half minutes remaining in the opening frame on Nick Kovalchiks eighth of the season. Kovalchik deflected a shot in front of Jamestown goalie, Joe Gladnick, which changed directions and found the back of the net. Kalamazoo roared out of the gates in the second period, starting off with a goal by Kovalchik, his second of the game and ninth of the season.  Kalamazoo took a two goal lead on Robbie Payne's team leading 26th of the season. He jammed home a backdoor pass from Matt Wurst to make the score 3-1. Only fifty seconds after the Payne goal, Kyle Gattelaro added to the score sheet with his twentieth of the season when he scored on a rebound tally 3:36 into the period.  Jamestown struck back and pulled to within two goals on the stick of Anthony Coles. With a delayed penalty and skating with an extra attacker, Danny Hamburg (8th) scored his second in as many days to give Kalamazoo a commanding 5-2 lead. The lead would stand through forty minutes of play, with the Jr. K-Wings taking a three-goal lead into the locker room. Jamestown tried to scratch and claw their way back in the game as they brought it to within two goals yet again on Coles' second of the game and team leading 18th of the season. With just 1:19 remaining in the third period, Dan Cesarz lit the lamp for the eighth time of the season to give Kalamazoo another three-goal lead. 23 seconds later, Brian Watt scored his 9th of the season to pull the Ironmen within two yet again, but that was as close as Jamestown would get, as the final horn blew 56 seconds later to seal the victory for the Jr. K-Wings. Boxscore

Austin 3 @ Alexandria 5 – The Blizzard locked up the #2 seed in the Central Division thanks to a 5-3 home win over Austin on Sunday.  The two teams will meet again in two weeks in the opening round of the NAHL playoffs in the Central Division Semi-Final series.  Thomas Williams got things going for the Blizzard, scoring both 1st period goals, which were sandwiched by a goal from the Bruins CJ Smith.  Hayden Trupp have the Blizzard a 3-1 lead, but goals from Jonathan Gehrt and Brandon Wahlin tied things up heading into the 3rd period.  Alexandria took over in the 3rd period with goals from Reid Sturos and Matt Youso to secure the win for the Blizzard.  In his return from injury, Jacob Meyers made 31 saves in the win, while Nicholar Lehr suffered the loss making 25 saves. Boxscore

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