Grizzlies, Bulls ride hot goalies to wins on Day 2
Day 2 of the 2021 Fraser Cup did not disappoint thanks to a pair of low-scoring and tight games as the goaltenders showed their value and fortitude. The Rochester Grizzlies and North Iowa Bulls picked up wins, setting up an exciting and dramatic Day 3 on Saturday.
Rochester’s win on Friday clinched the top spot in Pool B with a 2-0 record. Meanwhile, the North Iowa Bulls edged the Sheridan Hawks in overtime on Friday. Despite the loss, Sheridan did earn a point for the overtime loss, giving them four points, which is enough to advance to the Semi-Finals out of Pool A. What is unknown is who will join them and what seed they will be.
On Saturday, the Bulls need any type of point (win, overtime/shootout win, overtime/shootout loss) to advance to the Semi-Finals. Meanwhile, the Northeast Generals need to win in regulation to advance. In Pool B, it is very simple… the winner of the final round-robin game between the Texas Brahmas and the Oklahoma City Blazers will advance to the semi-finals as the #2 seed out of Pool B.
The top two teams in each pool advance to the Semi-Finals on Sunday, where they will then cross over to play the other top two teams from the other pool. The winners of the Semi-Finals on Sunday will advance to the Fraser Cup Championship Game, which takes place on Monday.
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Day 2 recaps:
Fraser Cup Round-Robin, Pool A: North Iowa 2 vs. Sheridan 1 (OT) – Goaltending was the story in the opening game on Day 2 of the 2021 Fraser Cup as the North Iowa Bulls got two goals from Carson Jones to come from behind and beat the Sheridan Hawks in overtime, 2-1. Despite 43 combined shots in the 1st period, neither team was able to light the lamp thanks to the goaltending of Christian Wong-Ramos of the Hawks and Carsen Stokes of the Bulls. Midway through the 2nd period, the Hawks took a 1-0 lead as Luke Desmarais scooped up a rebound to put one behind Stokes for the first goal of the game. Early in the 3rd period, the Bulls equalized as Carson Jones wristed a shot through traffic as the Hawks failed to clear the zone and beat a screened Wong-Ramos to tie the game at 1-1. In the overtime, it took the Bulls just 1:20 into the extra frame to net the game-winner as Jones dangled his way through traffic and walked in unmarked to roof a backhand over Wong-Ramos for the game-winner. Stokes made 40 saves in the win, while Wong-Ramos made 45 saves in the loss. With the win, the Bulls need a win or loss in overtime/shootout against Northeast on Saturday to advance to the Semi-Finals. The Hawks earned one point for the OT loss, meaning they have guaranteed themselves a spot in the semi-finals, but await the North Iowa vs. Northeast result on Saturday to know their seed.
Fraser Cup Round-Robin, Pool B: Rochester 3 vs. Oklahoma City 1 – Grizzlies goalie Shane Soderwall made 29 saves to lead his team to a 3-1 win as Rochester won Pool B to advance to the Fraser Cup Semi-Finals. Rochester opening the scoring midway through the 1st period as Joey Fodstad didn’t quit on a loose rebound that finally snuck underneath Blazers goalie Olivier Charbonneau after several saves. Later in the period, the Blazers equalized in a similar fashion as Grizzlies goalie Shane Soderwall made several big stops while his team was shorthanded only to see Oklahoma City tie the game as Petr Philippov poked home a loose puck to tie the game at 1-1. Just over a minute later, the Grizzlies would regain their one-goal lead as Matthew DeRosa got free down the left wing and sniped a shot top corner on the far side over the glove of Charbonneau for a 2-1 lead. In the 3rd period, it was more good goaltending as neither team could find the back of the net. With just seconds remaining in regulation, Peyton Hart scored an empty-net goal to secure the 3-1 win. Soderwall ended up with 29 saves in the win, while Charbonneau made 35 saves in the loss. With the win, the Grizzlies won Pool B and will be the #1 seed out of the pool in the Semi-Finals. With the loss, Oklahoma City will play in a winner take all game against Texas on Saturday.