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Metro, Granite City and North Iowa win on Day 2

March 20, 2015

The Metro Jets defeated Great Falls, 3-1, while Granite City got a shutout from Jesse Garcia in a 2-0 win over Nashville.

Metro 3 vs. Great Falls 1 – Kameron Limburg made 24 saves as the Metro Jets moved to 1-1 in the Silver Cup Tournament with a 3-1 win over the Great Falls Americans. The loss dropped the Americans to 0-2 and they now have been mathematically eliminated from the event. The Jets didn’t take long to grab the lead as they scored just :37 seconds in. A shot from the point from David Chavis took a fortunate bounce after a save from Jordan Moran and Matt Dempsey jumped on the rebound for a 1-0 lead. Great Falls answered later in the period on a nice give-and-go play from Lucas Lomax to Cody Page to even things at 1-1. Metro took control in the 2nd period as a nice passing play found Alex Holm on the back door to tip a shot home for a 2-1 lead. Four minutes later, the Jets made it 3-1 on a power play as Zach Koonce wired a wrist shot through a screened Moran to push the Jets lead to two goals. 11 of Limburg’s 24 saves came in the 3rd period. Jordan Moran made 29 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Granite City 2 vs. Nashville 0 – Jesse Garcia stopped all 19 shots that came his way as Granite City blanked the Nashville Jr. Predators 2-0 on Friday. The win moved the Lumberjacks to 1-1 in pool plat and Nashville dropped to 1-1 in pool play. Granite City jumped ahead 1-0 about seven minutes into the opening period as a centering pass from Jared Sprink found Michael Orke in front, who lifted a shot over the glove of Nashville goalie Michael Ball for the first goal of the game. After a scoreless 2nd period in which both goalies, Jesse Garcia for Granite City and Justin Ball from Nashville, shined, the Lumberjacks would get the insurance goal they needed late in the 3rd period as Travis Kothenbeutel put a shot through the legs of Ball for the 2-0 win. David Kenney and Tyler Mros picked up assists on the goal. Boxscore

North Iowa 2 vs. West Michigan 0 – North Iowa had a lot of chances in the opening period, outshooting the Wolves 15-2, and broke through for the game’s first goal.  Off a West Michigan turnover in the neutral zone, the Bulls raced in on a 3 on 1. Brett Gravelle fed the puck in the slot to Joe Burgmeier, who snapped a shot over the shoulder of Wolves goalie Hunter Vorva for a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd period, the Bulls took advantage of an early power play as some nice passing by Burgmeier and Gravelle worked the puck down low to Johnny Panvica, who put home a shot from the side of the net past a sprawled out Vorva to make it 2-0. West Michigan managed 10 shots in the period, but Bulls goalie Chris Amsden managed to fend them all off. Neither team budged in the 3rd period with both goalies making 13 quality saves. Amsden ended up stopping all 25 shots that came his way, while Vorva was very good in the loss, making 41 saves.  With the win North Iowa became the only team at the event to go 2-0 in the first two games, while West Michigan dropped to 1-1. Boxscore

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