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Friday Finals: Metro wins East, punches ticket to Silver Cup

March 26, 2016

Nathan Siclovan had a big game to help Twin City capture Game 1 of the West Finals on the road.

East Division Finals, Game 2: West Michigan 2 @ Metro 11 (Metro wins series, 2-0) - Kevin Shand netted a hat trick to lead Metro over West Michigan, 11-2. Shand's first goal came 14:30 into the first period. He then added goals at 32 seconds into the second and at 8:21 into the second. The win by Metro clinched the best of three series at 2-0 and the Jets punched their ticket to the Silver Cup as the East Champs. Metro forced West Michigan's goalies to work between the pipes, finishing with 44 shots and forcing 33 saves. Samuel Woznicki made 20 stops and Maxwell Barr made 13.  Metro also got points from Michael Tratar, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Jacob Drinkard, who also grabbed one goal and two assists, Mathias Tellstrom, who also finished with two goals and three assists, and Jason Recchia, who also registered one goal and one assist. Metro also got a goal from Jacob Gleason as well. More assists for Metro came via David Chavis, Marc Schwartz, Dylan Naumovski, Jacob Rutkoske, and Chas Distelrath, who each chipped in one and Cam Schwartz, Devin Kelly, and Graham Day, who contributed two each. West Michigan was led by Devin Farkas, who racked up one goal. Farkas scored 10:22 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Brendon Block provided the assist. Connor Henderson also scored for West Michigan. In addition, West Michigan received assists from Ryan Price, who had one. Austin Kane made nine saves before being replaced by Kameron Limburg, who took the win and made 19 saves. Boxscore

West Division Finals, Game 1: Twin City 4 @ Granite City 2 (Twin City leads best of 3 series, 1-0) - Granite City almost clawed its way back from a three-goal deficit, but Twin City managed to pull out a 4-2 win in the end. Twin City led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when Twin City's Joe Costello scored at 11:45 in the second period to put Twin City up 3-0. After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Granite City faces elimination next time out. Twin City was helped by Jay Paul, who registered one goal. Paul scored 19:47 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Twin City. Paul Stehr picked up the assist. Twin City also had goals scored by Fritz Belisle and Trevor Woytcke, who scored one goal each. More assists for Twin City came via Alex Egle, who had two and Nick McKeeby, Tyler Nystrom, and Nicholas Campbell, who contributed one each. Granite City was helped by Matt Flom, who finished with one goal. Flom scored on the power play 13:01 into the third period to make the score 3-1 Twin City. Tanner Skaja provided the assist. Granite City also got a goal from Braden Altena as well. In addition, Granite City received assists from Kevin Finley, who had two. Nathan Siclovan rejected 33 shots on goal for Twin City. Mac Berglove made 25 saves for Granite City on 28 shots. Boxscore

Central Division Finals, Game 1: La Crosse 2 @ North Iowa 9 (North Iowa leads best of 3 series, 1-0) - North Iowa had a six-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 9-2 win over La Crosse. After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, La Crosse faces elimination next time out. Brett Gravelle was all over the ice for North Iowa, as he tallied two goals and two assists in the win. Gravelle scored the first of his two goals at 15 seconds into the second period to make the score 4-0 North Iowa. Gravelle's next tally made the score 9-2 North Iowa with 2:44 left in the third period. Shane Bernhardson picked up the assist. North Iowa also got points from Joe Burgmeier, who also grabbed one goal and two assists, Austin Jackson, who also tallied two goals and one assist, Quinn Fuchs, who also had one goal and one assist, and Marshall Barnes, who also registered one goal and two assists. Others who scored for North Iowa included Ryan Durant and Adam Orn, who each put in one. More assists for North Iowa came via Kohei Sato, Sean Mallonee, Connor Bump, Carmen Dalesandro, and David Min, who each chipped in one. La Crosse also had goals scored by Ben Johnson and Jerame Schuetzle, who scored one goal each. In addition, La Crosse received assists from Jared Bromberg, Mick Nisbet, Matt Wolter, and Daylon De Souza, who contributed one each. Tommi Ahlgren recorded 29 saves for North Iowa. Boxscore

South Division Finals, Game 1: Texas 1 @ Point Mallard 3 (Point Mallard leads best of 3 series, 1-0) - Point Mallard relied on the scoring touch of Josh Hamilton, who netted two goals, to beat Texas, 3-1. Hamilton's tallies came at 8:45 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Point Mallard and 19:37 into the third to make the score 3-1 Point Mallard. After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Texas faces elimination next time out. Point Mallard also got a goal from Jake Champaign as well. More assists for Point Mallard came via Cooper Seedott, who had one and Jake Cox, who had three. Texas was led by Victor Ekk, who scored the team's only goal. Ekk scored 18:24 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Texas. Brock Brown picked up the assist. Cooper Seedott rejected 19 shots on goal for Point Mallard. Tyler Myers recorded 21 saves for Texas. Boxscore

Midwest Division Finals, St. Louis 0 @ Nashville 3 (Best of 3 series tied, 1-1) - Nashville had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 3-0 win over St. Louis. With the win, Nashville avoided elimination to make the series score 1-1 in the best of three series. Nashville got the win thanks to a great game by Trent Kulczyk, who had one goal and two assists. Kulczyk scored 18:10 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Nashville. Kyle Van Wyk assisted on the tally. Nashville also got points from Michael Redmon, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Van Wyk, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Logan Orem also scored for Nashville. More assists for Nashville came via Peter Cabala and Nathan Rieman, who each chipped in one. Nicholas Ottenbacher made 19 saves for Nashville on 19 shots. Zach Young rejected 28 shots on goal for St. Louis. Boxscore

 
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