Defending champion Granite City advance to West Finals
March 20, 2016
Tanner Skaja had a big game to help Granite City move into the West Finals, with a 7-4 win in Game 3 over Alexandria.
West Division Semi-Finals, Game 3: Alexandria 4 @ Granite City 7 (Granite City wins series, 2-1) - Behind two goals and one assist from Tanner Skaja and one goal and one assist from Adam Marty, Granite City downed Alexandria 7-4. Skaja scored the first of his two goals short handed at 14:43 into the third period to make the score 6-4 Granite City. Braden Altena assisted on the tally. Skaja's next tally short handed made the score 7-5 Granite City with 10 seconds left in the third period. Marty scored on the power play 6:06 into the third period to make the score 5-4 Granite City. Granite City had gained a power play chance when Jacob Odegard was whistled for roughing. Matt Flom picked up the assist. The win by Granite City clinched the best of three series at 2-1. Granite City additionally got points from Marty, who also had one goal and one assist. Granite City also had goals scored by Casey Esselman, Tommy Hall, Will Mix, and Alex Durand, who each put in one. In addition, Granite City received assists from Spencer Nelson and Chase Di Bari, who each chipped in one. Alexandria was helped by Logan Nelson, who racked up two goals. Nelson scored the first of his two goals at 17 seconds into the second period to make the score 3-3. AJ Gullickson provided the assist. Nelson's next tally made the score 6-5 Granite City with 4:34 left in the third period. Alexandria also got points from Trent Olson, who also registered one goal and two assists and Tyler Frischmon, who also tallied one goal and two assists. Alexandria also got a goal from Aaron Ryback as well. Granite City's Mac Berglove stopped 27 shots out of the 31 that he faced.
West Division Semi-Finals, Game 3: Breezy Point 2 @ Twin City 6 (Twin City wins series, 2-1) - Yannick Zehnder netted a hat trick to lead Twin City over Breezy Point, 6-2. Zehnder's first goal came 5:57 into the first period. He then added goals at 9:41 into the second and at 16:02 into the third. The win by Twin City clinched the best of three series at 2-1. Twin City's offense rang up 49 shots on Breezy Point's net. Twin City additionally got points from Tyler Nystrom, who also had one goal and one assist, Joe Costello, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Luc Kreuser, who also registered one goal and two assists. More assists for Twin City came via Ben Hersman, who had one and Jared Erickson, Alex Egle, and Trevor Woytcke, who contributed two each. Breezy Point was helped by Reise Kieffer, who grabbed one goal. Kieffer scored 8:59 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Josh Laven picked up the assist. Christian Lenzmeier also scored for Breezy Point. In addition, Breezy Point received assists from Jake Tomkowiak, Austin Langworthy, and Ryan Mezera, who each chipped in one. Nathan Siclovan made 26 saves for Twin City on 28 shots.
South Division Semi-Finals, Game 3: Sugar Land 1 @ Point Mallard 10 (Point Mallard wins series, 2-1) - Sugar Land could not stop Point Mallard's Justin Clark, who tallied a hat trick in a 10-1 win. Clark's first goal came 8:50 into the first period. He then added goals at 16:25 into the second and at 2:02 into the third. The win by Point Mallard clinched the best of three series at 2-1. Point Mallard led 4-0 after the opening frame the first period and maintained a healthy margin after. Point Mallard additionally got points from Grant Dukus, who also registered one goal and three assists to lead the team in points and Justin Dunn, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Point Mallard included Jake Cox, who had three and Joe Bresingham and Justin Delisle, who scored one goal each. In addition, Point Mallard received assists from Stephen Coulter, who had one and Josh Hamilton and Jake Champaign, who contributed two each. RC Randall also scored for Sugar Land. Point Mallard took out Josh Martin after he had made 11 saves and installed Cooper Seedott in goal, where he finished with eight saves and the win.
South Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Atlanta 2 @ Texas 3 (Best of 3 series tied, 1-1) - The game between Texas and Atlanta was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Texas emerged with a 3-2 win. Texas gained the winning advantage on a goal by Sam Gagnon 17:45 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer. With the win, Texas avoided elimination to make the series score 1-1 in the best of three series. Texas was led by Gagnon, who grabbed one goal. Texas additionally got points from Bryan Whelan, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Texas also got a goal from George Hansen as well. Other players who recorded assists for Texas were Nick Nitta, who had two and Brock Brown and Ryan Dunner, who each chipped in one. Atlanta was helped by Ross Bartlett, who had one goal. Bartlett scored 7:05 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Colin OConnor picked up the assist. Evan Camba also scored for Atlanta. More assists for Atlanta came via Andrew Cooley, who had one. Tyler Myers made 45 saves for Texas on 47 shots. Aleksandr Zendejas rejected 18 shots on goal for Atlanta.