Saturday Scores: Silver Cup set after all series finish
March 26, 2016
Point Mallard captain Josh Hamilton had a huge series to lead his Ducks to the South Division playoff title and a berth in the Silver Cup.
After all the Division Finals came to a close on Saturday night, the eight teams for the 2016 Silver Cup are set. The following are the pools and seeds:
1. North Iowa Bulls (Central Champs)
4. Point Mallard Ducks (South Champs)
5. Great Falls Americians (Frontier Champs)
8. Yellowstone Quake (Wild Card #2)
2. Metro Jets (East Champs)
3. St. Louis Jr. Blues (Midwest Champs)
6. Twin City Steel (West Champs)
7. Texas Jr. Brahmas (Wild Card #1)
South Division Finals, Game 2: Texas 1 @ Point Mallard 4 (Point Mallard wins series, 2-0) - Austin Weber had one point to lead Point Mallard to a 4-1 victory over Texas. The win by Point Mallard clinched the best of three series at 2-0, as the Ducks were crowned South Division playoff champions to qualify for the Silver Cup. Point Mallard also got a goal from Josh Hamilton as well. More assists for Point Mallard came via Jake Champaign, who had two and Chandler Brown, Jake Cox, and Matt Goodman, who contributed one each. Texas was led by Bryan Whelan, who scored the team's only goal. Whelan scored on the power play 12:56 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Texas. Ryan Dunner assisted on the tally. Cooper Seedott rejected 22 shots on goal for Point Mallard. Brandon Perrone made 37 saves for Texas on 40 shots.
Central Division Finals, Game 2: North Iowa 5 @ La Crosse 3 (North Iowa wins series, 2-0) - North Iowa and La Crosse were evenly matched throughout their contest, but North Iowa made the most of its opportunities and won, 5-3. Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Sean Mallonee secured the win for North Iowa with a goal in the third period. The win by North Iowa clinched the best of three series at 2-0 and the Bulls will be the #1 seed in the Silver Cup. Owen Larson was all over the ice for North Iowa, as he registered two goals in the win. Larson scored at 3:10 into the second period to make the score 1-0 North Iowa and again while 19:44 into the third to make the score 5-3 North Iowa. North Iowa also had goals scored by Tom Lindgren and Joe Burgmeier, who each put in one. More assists for North Iowa came via Eric Piatt, Jack Stang, Marshall Barnes, and Connor Bump, who contributed one each and Kohei Sato and Tommy Stang, who each chipped in two. La Crosse forced North Iowa goalie David Johnson to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots. La Crosse was helped by Ben Henderson, who grabbed one goal. Henderson scored on the power play 9:24 into the third period to make the score 3-1 La Crosse. Matt Wolter assisted on the tally. Others who scored for La Crosse included Ben Johnson and Daylon De Souza, who scored one goal each. In addition, La Crosse received assists from Patrick Gazich, who had two and Jared Bromberg, Reid Brown, and Taylor Trapp, who contributed one each. Will Graves rejected 31 shots on goal for La Crosse.
Midwest Division Finals, Game 3: Nashville 1 @ St. Louis 3 (St. Louis wins series, 2-1) - St. Louis relied on the sparkling performance of Jacob Weatherly in net to grab a 3-1 win against Nashville. The win by St. Louis clinched the best of three series at 2-1 and punched their ticket to the Silver Cup as the #3 seed. St. Louis was sparked by Sam Maddox, who registered one goal. Maddox scored 16:50 into the second period to make the score 2-0 St. Louis. Cameron McAtee picked up the assist. St. Louis also had goals scored by Tomas Loeffelman and Alex Klaesner, who each put in one. More assists for St. Louis came via Brian Schumacher, Joe Nolan, and Ezekiel Estrada, who each chipped in one. Nashville was led by Peter Cabala, who scored the team's only goal. Cabala scored on the power play 12:18 into the third period to make the score 2-1 St. Louis. Nicholas Ottenbacher made 26 saves for Nashville on 28 shots.
West Division Finals, Game 2: Granite City 2 @ Twin City 3 (Twin City wins series, 2-0) - In a game where neither team could get a cushion, Twin City escaped with a 3-2 victory over Granite City. No lead was more than one goal during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Yannick Zehnder at 17:37 of the second period. The win by Twin City clinched the best of three series at 2-0 and punched the Steel’s ticket to the Silver Cup as the #6 seed. The win also means that there will be a new Silver Cup Champion as the defending champion Lumberjacks saw their title defense come to an end. Alex Egle was all over the ice for Twin City, as he registered two goals in the win. Egle's tallies came at 18:36 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Twin City and 1:44 into the second to make the score 2-1 Twin City.More assists for Twin City came via Joe Costello, who had two and Paul Stehr, Tyler Nystrom, Nicholas Campbell, and Luke Perunovich, who contributed one each. Granite City kept Twin City's goalie busy throughout the game, and Nathan Siclovan made 35 saves on 37 shots. Granite City was helped by Tanner Skaja, who racked up one goal. Skaja scored on the power play 4:45 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Eric Moser provided the assist. Granite City also got a goal from Casey Esselman as well. In addition, Granite City received assists from Tyler Mros and Alex Durand, who each chipped in one. Mac Berglove made 36 saves for Granite City on 39 shots.
Frontier Division Finals, Game 2: Great Falls 5 @ Yellowstone 4 (Great Falls wins series, 2-0) - Great Falls gutted out a close 5-4 win against Yellowstone. No lead was more than one goal during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Tyler Garcia at 15:56 of the third period. The win by Great Falls clinched the best of three series at 2-0 and gave the Americans a return trip to the Silver Cup as the Frontier Division champs and the #5 seed. Garcia had two goals to lead Great Falls to victory. Great Falls kept Yellowstone's goalie busy throughout the game, and Garret Matz made 44 saves on 49 shots. Great Falls additionally got points from Josh Larson, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Tanner Congdon, who also had one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Adam Apangalook also scored for Great Falls. More assists for Great Falls came via Wade Wylie, who had two and Arseny Ivanov, Tegan Harrington, Jesse Johnson, and Miles Giorgione, who each chipped in one. Yellowstone was helped by Will Landsverk, who registered one goal. Landsverk scored 10:59 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Yellowstone. Manuel Manero picked up the assist. Yellowstone also got points from Reed Kelly, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Yellowstone included Nick Greene and Nicholas Elliot, who scored one goal each. In addition, Yellowstone received assists from Mason Stewart, who had two and Tristan Henrichs, Jake Dickison, and Matt Runyon, who contributed one each. Jake Stephan rejected 35 shots on goal for Great Falls.