Day 2: Jets and Bulls stay undefeated, while Brahmas and Ducks win
March 31, 2016
Day 2 of the 2016 NA3HL Silver Cup came to a close on Thursday night and as a testament to the event, very little has been solved in way of teams advancing to the Semi-Finals on Saturday.
Both Pools A and B have the same scenario where one team is 2-0, two teams are 1-1 and one team is 0-2. However, because of the match-ups on Friday, all teams remain mathematically in the hunt.
It is important to note that the top two teams from each pool advance to Saturday’s Semi-Finals. If two teams are tied within the pool with the same number of points and same record, the head-to-head match up will be used to break the tie. However, if three teams are tied with the same number of points and same record, the tie-following tie-breaker will be implemented:
Tie Breaking Formula, Round-Robin
The tie-breaking system for two teams with the same number of points in a standing will be the game between the two teams, the winner of the game taking precedence. Due to the fact that the three-point system does not allow a game to end in a tie, then the following tie breaking procedure is applicable when three or more teams are tied in points in the Round Robin Standings. Should three or more teams be tied on points, then a tie breaking formula will be applied as follows, creating a sub-group amongst the tied teams. This process will continue until only two or none of the teams remain tied. In the case of two tied teams remaining, the game between the two would then be the determining tie-breaker as the game could not end as a tie. In the case of none of the teams being tied, the criteria specified in the respective step applies.
Step 1: Taking into consideration the games between each of the tied teams, a sub-group is created applying the points awarded in the direct games amongst the tied teams from which the teams are then ranked accordingly.
Step 2: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points then the better goal difference in the direct games amongst the tied teams will be decisive.
Step 3: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points and goal difference then the highest number of goals scored by these teams in their direct games will be decisive
Step 4: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points, goal difference and goals scored then the results between each of the three teams and the 4th-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied. In this case the tied team with the best result (1. points, 2. goal difference, 3. more goals scored) against the 4th ranked-team will take precedence.
Step 5: Should the teams still remain tied after these four steps have been exercised then the teams will be ranked by their positions coming into the Silver Cup Championship (seeding).
Game 5, Texas Jr. Brahmas 4 vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues 2 - St. Louis tried its best to erase a three-goal deficit, but Texas would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 4-2. Texas moved to 1-1 at the event and St. Louis dropped to 1-1 at the event. A goal by Zack Andersen put Texas up 4-1 in the third period, but St. Louis pulled to within two on Joe Nolan's tally 18:39 into the third period. Texas was led by Bryan Whelan, who registered three goals. In addition, Texas received assists from Hunter Frado and Kyle Galloway, who each chipped in one and George Hansen and Ryan Dunner, who contributed two each. St. Louis also got points from Tomas Loeffelman, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. More assists for St. Louis came via Dominic Caito, who had one and Chris Brown, who had two. Brandon Perrone rejected 22 shots on goal for Texas. Boxscore
Game 6, Metro Jets 2 vs. Twin City Steel 1 - Metro relied on the sparkling performance of Kameron Limburg in net to grab a 2-1 win against Twin City. Metro moved to 2-0 at the Silver Cup, while the Steel dropped to 0-2. Metro was led by Cam Schwartz, who racked up one goal and one assist. Schwartz scored 12:45 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Metro. David Chavis provided the assist. Metro also got a goal from Devin Kelly as well. More assists for Metro came via Jacob Gleason, who had one. Twin City was led by Nick McKeeby, who scored the team's only goal. McKeeby scored on the power play 7:53 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Joe Costello picked up the assist. Limburg rejected 27 shots on goal for Metro. Gunnar Howg recorded 21 saves for Twin City. Boxscore
Game 7, Point Mallard Ducks 3 vs. Yellowstone Quake 0 – Point Mallard had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 3-0 win over Yellowstone. With the win, Point Mallard improved to 1-1 at the Silver Cup, while Yellowstone dropped to 0-2. Point Mallard was led by Justin Clark, who had one goal. Clark scored 16:27 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Point Mallard. Matt Darnell picked up the assist. Point Mallard forced Yellowstone goalie Lance Knudson to work between the pipes, taking 34 shots. Josh Hamilton also scored for Point Mallard. Other players who recorded assists for Point Mallard were Jake Cox, Stephen Coulter, and Grant Dukus, who contributed one each. Point Mallard's Cooper Seedott stopped 20 shots out of the 20 that he faced. Boxscore
Game 8, North Iowa Bulls 4 vs. Great Falls Americans 1 – Brett Gravelle registered one point to lead North Iowa to a 4-1 victory over Great Falls. With the win, North Iowa moved their record to 2-0 at the Silver Cup, while Great Falls fell to 1-1. North Iowa kept Great Falls' goalie busy throughout the game, and Jake Stephan made 29 saves on 33 shots. Kohei Sato also scored twice for North Iowa. More assists for North Iowa came via Tom Lindgren, Austin Jackson, and Sean Mallonee, who contributed one each. Great Falls was led by Josh Larson, who scored the team's only goal. Larson scored 3:57 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Great Falls. Tanner Congdon provided the assist. North Iowa's David Johnson stopped 19 shots out of the 20 that he faced. Boxscore