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Friday Finals: Texas sweeps their way to South Finals

April 13, 2013

South Division Semi-Finals, Game #3

Topeka RoadRunners 1 @ Texas Tornado 8 (Texas wins series, 3-0)

The defending Robertson Cup Champion Texas Tornado swept their way to the South Finals with an 8-1 win over the RoadRunners, completing a three game sweep.  Texas goalie Hunter Leisner was stellar again allowing just a goal for the third straight game.  Texas led 3-0 after two periods as Scott Conway scored twice and Alexey Solviev added another.  Jason Eddy and Jackson Leef tacked on two more to start the 3rd period before Topeka’s lone goal came from Juraj Kucirko.  Three more goals from Texas in the final nine minutes salted the game away, which included a hat-trick for Conway and others from Justin Greenberg and Nick Blase.  Texas now moves on to face Amarillo in the South Finals. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals, Game #1

Brookings Blizzard 3 @ Bismarck Bobcats 8 (Bismarck leads best of 5 series, 1-0)

Seth Blair had a hat-trick and an assist and Patrick Moore scored twice as the Bobcats buried the Blizzard in Game 1, 8-3.  Thomas Williams had two goals for Brookings in the losing effort.  Matt Anders and Evan Giesler put Bismarck up 2-1 after one period.  The Bobcats broke the game open in the 2nd period with three goals, two from Moore and one from Blair.  Blair added the next two in the 3rd period to make it 7-1 at one point.  Eetu Karvinen scored and Williams added his second to make it 7-3 before Cory Chapman added a late goal for the 8-3 final. Boxscore

Central Division Semi-Finals, Game #1

Minot Minotauros 1 @ Austin Bruins 3 (Austin leads best of 5 series, 1-0)

Nick Lehr got the start and made 23 saves as the Bruins wore down the Minotauros for a Game 1 win in Austin.  As predicted, the game was a low scoring affair. Minotauros goaltender Tyler Parks did a great job of keeping his team in the game with 30 saves.  It wasn’t until the 2nd period when Austin struck first on a goal from Michael Bond, who had just one goal in the regular season.  Minot responded to tie the game at 1-1 three minutes later on a goal from Cameron Rowat.  Grant Eichstadt, who had just four goals in the regular season, scored late in the 2nd period to give the Bruins the lead for good.  A late empty-net goal from Nolan Kirley secured the win. Boxscore

North Division Semi-Finals, Game #1

Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings 1 @ Jamestown Ironmen 7 (Jamestown leads best of 5 series, 1-0)

Daniel Cesarz struck for two goals and an assist and Joe Ballmer made 33 saves as the Ironmen scored early and often in their Game 1 win at home over Kalamazoo.  The Ironmen scored three goals in the first 10+ minutes of the game as Tyler Dunagan, Nate Ropelewski and Ryan Doucet scored.  That would be the end of the night for starting goalie Alex Okicki.  Marcus Due-Boje didn’t fare much better in the 2nd period as Jamestown scored three more goals from Cesarz, Brett Szajner and Evan Ritt.  Cesarz made it 7-0 in the 3rd period before Luc Boby spoiled Ballmer’s shutout bid. Boxscore

North Division Semi-Finals, Game #1

Port Huron Fighting Falcons 2 @ Soo Eagles 4 (Soo leads best of 5 series, 1-0)

Chris Waterstreet scored twice including the first and last goals of the game as the Soo Eagles opened up their series with the Fighting Falcons with a 4-2 win on Friday.  A goal from Waterstreet and Alexander Taulien gave the Eagles an early 2-0 lead.  But, Port Huron stormed back late in the 1st period with goals from Brett D’Andrea and Rick DeRosa to tie the game at 2-2.  Pat Thompson added the eventual game-winner early in the 2nd period and Waterstreet added his second of the night late in the period for the eventual 4-2 win. Boxscore

West Division Semi-Finals, Game #1

Fresno Monsters 0 @ Wenatchee Wild 7 (Wenatchee leads best of 5 series, 1-0)

The Wild broke open the game with four, 3rd period goals on their way to a 7-0 win at home in Game 1 of their series with Fresno.  Robert Nichols made 23 saves in the shutout.  Seven different players scored for the Wild including Derick Kuchera and Nick Kuchera in the 1st period and Evan Schmidbauer in the 2nd period.  All four goals in the 3rd period were of the power play variety for Wenatchee as Josh Hartley, who had four points on the night, scored to make it 4-0.  Noah Nelson, Jono Davis and Chris Kerr all scored later in the 3rd period to make the final score, 7-0. Boxscore

West Division Semi-Finals, Game #1

Kenai River Brown Bears 1 @ Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3 (Fairbanks leads best of 5 series, 1-0)

Steve Perry made 24 saves and the Ice Dogs played tough defense and got timely scoring in their series opening win over the Brown Bears on Friday.  After a scoreless 1st period Lawrence Cornellier, who Fairbanks acquired in the trade at the deadline with Odessa to add scoring depth, lit the lamp for the Ice Dogs as he fired a shot off a face-off over Brown Bears goalie Marcus Zelzer.  Kyle Lee made it 2-0 as he put one past Zelzer’s glove for a 2-0 lead.  The Brown Bears cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the 3rd period as Brad LeLievre scored as he shot from just inside the blueline eluded Perry.  Jakob Romo added a late 3rd period empty-net goal for the 3-1 win and early series lead. Boxscore

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