Americans, Bulls and Jr. Predators take control with wins
March 14, 2015
East Division Finals (Best of three series tied, 1-1)
Game 2: Metro 3 @ Pittsburgh 4
The Metro Jets tried to dig themselves out of a three-goal hole, but the Pittsburgh Vengeance held on for a 4-3 victory. Pittsburgh took a 4-1 lead during the first period, only to have Metro storm back on a Zach Koonce goal 9:14 into the third period to pull to one goal down. With the win, the Vengeance avoided elimination to make the series score 1-1 in the best of three series. Adem Arifi was all over the ice for Pittsburgh, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Arifi scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 6:22 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Pittsburgh. Arifi's next tally on the power play made the score 2-1 Pittsburgh with 10:29 left in the first period. Nils Markgren picked up the assist. Pittsburgh additionally got points from Straub, who also registered one goal and one assist. Pittsburgh also got a goal from Bryan Hovanec as well. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh were Eli Lynn, who had one. Tyler Layle also scored for Metro. More assists for Metro came via David Chavis, Cooper McLean, Pearce Vance, Devin Kelly, and Jacob Rutkoske, who contributed one each. Brian Baker made 35 saves for the Vengeance on 38 shots.
South Division Finals (Nashville leads best of three series, 1-0)
Game 1: Texas 1 @ Nashville 2
The Texas Jr. Brahmas tried their best to erase a two-goal deficit, but the Nashville Jr. Predators would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 2-1. Nashville took a 2-0 lead during the second period, only to have Texas storm back on a Mykyta Sheptytsky goal 19:49 into the third period to pull to one goal down. After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, the Jr. Brahmas face elimination next time out. The Jr. Predators were led by Matiss Gelazis, who tallied one goal. Gelazis scored 9:24 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Nashville. Jon Evans assisted on the tally. Nashville also got a goal from Nickolas Tandeski as well. Other players who recorded assists for Nashville were Topi Samuli Aheristo, Kyle Van Wyk, and Alex Durand, who contributed one each. In addition, Texas received assists from Nick Nitta and Nick Ford, who each chipped in one. Justin Ball recorded 19 saves for Nashville. Tristan Canter rejected 20 shots on goal for the Jr. Brahmas.
West Division Finals (North Iowa leads best of three series, 1-0)
Game 1: Granite City 3 @ North Iowa 6
Joe Burgmeier had two points to lead the North Iowa Bulls to a 6-3 victory over the Granite City Lumberjacks. After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Granite City faces elimination next time out. North Iowa also got points from Conor Durgan, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Brett Gravelle, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Jake Johnson, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for North Iowa included Ryan Durant and Sam Naegele, who scored one goal each. More assists for North Iowa came via Johnny Panvica, who had two and Robert Click, Tyler Johnson, Jack Stang, and Trey Gardner, who each chipped in one. Granite City was helped by Dallas Marvin, who had one goal. Marvin scored 16:43 into the first period to make the score 2-1 North Iowa. Jared Sprink picked up the assist. Granite City additionally got points from Michael Orke, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Blake Phenow also scored for Granite City. In addition, Granite City received assists from Corey Taylor, Tyler Mros, Luke Richardson, and Travis Kemp, who contributed one each. The Bulls' Chris Amsden stopped 37 shots out of the 40 that he faced.
Frontier Division Finals (Great Falls leads best of three series, 1-0)
Game 1: Helena 2 @ Great Falls 5
The Great Falls Americans relied on the scoring touch of Arseny Ivanov, who netted two goals, to beat the Helena Bighorns, 5-2. Ivanov's tallies came at 55 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 Great Falls and 6:42 into the third to make the score 4-2 Great Falls. After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Helena faces elimination next time out. Great Falls also got points from Lucas Lomax, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Josh Larson, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Great Falls also got a goal from Tanner Dodd as well. More assists for Great Falls came via Robert Kalata, Dylan Garton, Hunter Garris, Cody Page, Lucas Stover, and Austin Krantz, who each chipped in one. Helena was helped by Brian Skillicorn, who finished with one goal. Skillicorn scored 19:24 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Helena. Cody Vanthournout also scored for Helena. In addition, Helena received assists from Brandt Miller and Johnny Bonta, who contributed one each. Jordan Moran made 39 saves for Great Falls on 41 shots.