Brahmas, Bulls, Generals claim playoff titles on Sunday
South Division Finals, Game 3: Oklahoma City @ TX Brahmas 7 (Brahmas win series, 2-1) – Jack Cooper had a hat-trick and Dolan Gilbert stopped all 25 shots that came his way as the Brahmas captured the South Division playoff title with a convincing 7-0 win on Sunday, punching their ticket to the Fraser Cup to defend their title. Texas scored two power play goals in the 1st period to take a 2-0 lead as Cooper and Padraig McEnery lit the lamp. Cooper added his second goal early in the 3rd period and Blake Rothstein and Tyler Blanchard also scored to put the Brahmas ahead 5-0. In the 3rd period Benjamin Mondou and Cooper scored to complete the win. Blazers goalies Oliver Charbonneau and Jacob Ahl combines for 28 saves in the loss. Despite the loss, Oklahoma City would finish the best regular season record among all the Division Finalists and punch their ticket to the Fraser Cup as well as the wildcard.
West Division Finals, Game 3: Willmar 2 @ North Iowa 4 (North Iowa wins series, 2-1) – The Bulls defense allowed just 16 shots on goal, stifling the WarHawks offense in a 4-2 win in Game 3 on Sunday as the Bulls punched their ticket to the Fraser Cup. The WarHawks were first on the board as Isaiah Thomas scored less than four minutes into the game. That was answered by a goal from Hutson Collins for the Bulls later in the 1st period to tie the game at 1-1. North Iowa took control with two goals in the 2nd period from Brayden Uttech and Caden Smith to make it 3-1. In the 3rd period, Sota Isogai scored to make it 4-1. Alex Kupka added a late goal for Willmar. Bulls goalie Carsen Stokes made 14 saves in the win, while Lukas Haugen made 23 saves in the loss.
East Division Finals, Game 3: Titans 1 @ Generals 4 (Generals win series, 2-1) – Ben Pizzimenti scored twice and Patrick Colburn made 21 saves to lead the Gens to a 4-1 win and capture the East Division playoff title and punch their ticket to the Fraser Cup. The Titans were the first to score as Brett Bell lit the lamp for the 3rd time in the playoffs just over three minutes into the game. Northeast tied the game later in the period as Carson Asper scored to make it 1-1. The Generals seized control in the 2nd period, scoring twice on goals from Jacob Kosinski and Pizzimenti’s first. Late in the 3rd period, Pizzimenti scored again, securing the 4-1 win and series for the Gens. Titans goalie Ethan Kavanaugh made 48 saves in the loss.