Sunday Wrap-Up: Blazers lock up #2 seed in regular season finale
Oklahoma City 6 @ Louisiana 1 – The Blazers completed a three-game sweep of the Drillers thanks to a 6-1 win on Sunday, which also secured a 2nd place finish in the South. Six different players scored for the Blazers. Anton Thelander opened the scoring for the Blazers in the 1st period. That was answer by the Drillers lone goal which came from Brandon Morgan. It was Oklahoma City from that point on as Petr Philippov, Gabe Shipper, and Michael Onda scored in the 2nd period to make it 4-1. Carter Eha and Artem Korolev added 3rd period goals. Jacob Ahl made 22 saves in the win, while Chris Branch made 40 saves in the loss.
Titans 3 @ Bobcats 5 – The Bobcats concluded their regular season with a 5-3 win over the Titans. John Kosa was the star for the Bobcats, recording two goals and two assists in the win. Kosa started the scoring in the 1st period. Brandon Avezov answered for the Titans to make it 1-1. The Bobcats quickly answered back with three more goals to make it 4-1 as James Sandison, Landon Boothe, and Kosa all scored. The Titans cut the lead down to 4-3 by the end of the 2nd period with goals from Tanner Smith and Philippe Doucette, but a late goal in the 3rd period from JayVon Fogelgren secured the win. Nathan Moffitt made 33 saves in the win, while Grant Goodson made 8 saves in the loss.
Sharks 1 @ Jr. Hat Tricks 6 – Nick Cullinan had two goals to lead the Jr. Hat Tricks to a 6-1 win in their season finale. Danbury took a 2-0 lead thanks to 1st period goals from Brandon Cope and Misha Mshar. The Sharks cut the lead to 2-1 thanks to a 2nd period goal from Zane Burnside. The Jr. Hat Tricks poured it on in the 3rd period with four goals, including two from Cullinan and others from Jake Oldham and Nate Mastrony. Nathan Hadley made 14 saves in the win, while Greyson Skirpan made 52 saves in the loss.
St. Louis 0 @ Oregon 3 – Tradesmen goalie Hunter Adams stopped all 45 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as Oregon shutout the Jr. Blues, 3-0. Oregon scored a goal in each period as Jacob Best lit the lamp in the 1st period, Carter Watters scored in the 2nd period and Devin Hays added an empty-net goal in the 3rd period. Jr. Blues goalie Owen Carlson played well in the loss, making 58 saves.
Alexandria 3 @ Granite City 6 – A night after falling just short of the winning the West Division, the Lumberjacks rebounded for a 6-3 win over the Blizzard in both team’s season finale. Brett Reed had two goals to pace Granite City. The Blizzard opened the scoring with an early goal from Austin McNeil. The Lumberjacks answered with three straight goals, including two from Reed and another from Kullan Daikawa. The Blizzard stayed close with two goals, including another one from McNeil and one from Alex Illies, but the Lumberjacks pulled away with goals from Carson Simon, Bjorn Jorgenson, and Ben Anderson in the 3rd period. Josh Weyandt made 21 saves in the win, while Joey Greilich made 29 saves in the loss.
Willmar 4 @ New Ulm 2 – The WarHawks ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak as they topped the Steel, 4-2 on Sunday. Willmar forward Jonah Jangula had two goals and two assists in the win. Jangula scored the first two goals of the game to put Willmar ahead 2-0. New Ulm cut into the lead with a goal from Harrison Albrecht. Willmar went back up by two thanks to power play goal late in the 2nd period from Ben Johnson. Albrecht scored again for the Steel in the 3rd period to make it 3-2, but an empty-net goal from Isaiah Thomas made it a 4-2 final. Will Pinney made 26 saves in the win, while Griffin Foster made 44 saves in the loss.