Day 3 concludes with Bulls and Blazers headed to Semi-Finals
Day 3 of the 2021 Fraser Cup featured the last games of round-robin play in Pools A and B as two more teams were looking to punch their ticket to Sunday’s Semi-Finals.
When all was said and done, the North Iowa Bulls finished in the top spot of Pool A thanks to a convincing 8-1 win over the Northeast Generals, while the Oklahoma City Blazers scored five goals in the 3rd period, including a hat-trick from Alex Walker to defeat their rivals from the South and defending champion Texas Brahmas, to claim the second spot from Pool B.
That sets up Semi-Final Sunday as the North Iowa Bulls will face the Oklahoma City Blazers in the first Semi-Final at Noon, followed by the Sheridan Hawks taking on the Rochester Grizzlies at 3pm.
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 3 recaps:
Fraser Cup Round-Robin, Pool A: North Iowa 8 vs. Northeast 1 – The North Iowa Bulls cruised their way into the Fraser Cup Semi-Finals thanks to a 8-1 win over the Northeast Generals in the final round-robin game in Pool A on Saturday afternoon. Jack Campion and Jac Triemert each had two goals in the win. The Bulls took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals late in the frame from both Triemert and Campion. The Bulls put the game out of reach in the 2nd period with three more goals to make it a 5-0 contest as Campion struck for his second goal of the game on a nice tip-in and Carter Newpower and Hayden Fox also scored. In the 3rd period, a goal from Bulls forward Lucas Jorgenson made it 6-0. The Generals responded for their lone goal of the game as James Clarke poked home a loose rebound from the side of the net. The Bulls finished off the game with two more goals late in the 3rd period, including the second of the night from Campion and another from Sota Isogai. Bulls goalie Carsen Stokes made 18 saves in the win and stopped 58 of 60 shots in the two round-robin wins. Northeast goalie Patrick Colburn finished with 33 saves as the Generals 2020-21 season came to an end. The Bulls move onto Sunday’s Fraser Cup Semi-Finals as the top seed from Pool A as they will face the Oklahoma City Blazers, who are the #2 seed from Pool B.
Fraser Cup Round-Robin, Pool B: Oklahoma City 5 vs. TX Brahmas 1 – Thanks to a hat-trick from Alex Walker and 31 saves from Jacob Ahl, the Oklahoma City Blazers punched their ticket to the Fraser Cup Semi-Finals thanks to a 5-1 win over their South Division rivals, the Lone Star Brahmas. The 1st period was scoreless, but not without its chances. However, both Blazers goalie Jacob Ahl and Brahmas goalie Dolan Gilbert were equal to the challenge with as the two stopped a combined 20 shots in the opening frame. The 2nd period was much of the same… more great goaltending from both Ahl and Gilbert, but this time Gilbert was the busier of the two in net. Neither team was able to solve either goalie and the game remained scoreless after two periods. Early the in the 3rd period, the Blazers took advantage of power play as Artem Korolev collected a rebound to score the game’s first goal. Less than three minutes later, the Blazers made it 2-0 as a turnover at the blue line led to a 2 on 1 as Alex Walker got a pass from Korolev to beat Gilbert in alone on the backhand. The Blazers continued to pour it on thanks to another power play opportunity as a shot from the point was redirected past Gilbert by Walker for his second goal of the game and a 3-0 lead for the Blazers. The Brahmas showed signs of life late in the 3rd period as Jacob Kalandyk scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway to make it 3-1. However, the Blazers would add two empty-net goals from Brad Crook and the third of the game for Walker for a hat-trick as the Blazers beat the Brahmas 5-1 and punched their ticket to the Fraser Cup Semi-Finals, where they will face the North Iowa Bulls. Ahl ended up with 31 saves on 32 shots in the win, while Gilbert made 27 saves in the loss.