Generals punch ticket to Semis; Lumberjacks stay alive on Day 2
Pool A, Round-Robin: Northeast 3 vs. Gillette 2 – Thanks to a hat-trick from forward Nolan Zotter, the Northeast Generals punched their ticket to the Fraser Cup Semi-Finals and won Pool A thanks to a 3-2 win over the Wild on Thursday. The Generals conclude pool play at 2-0 and will await the 2nd place finisher from Pool B in the Semi-Finals on Saturday. Just over five minutes into the game, Zotter collected the first goal of the game as he pounced on a rebound and loose puck that had snuck behind Wild goalie Jack Orchard to make it 1-0. The Wild would respond less than a minute later to tie the game at 1-1 as Alex Duchemin picked up a rebound in the crease and put a shot over sprawled Generals goalie Mason Joseph. Before the period was over, it was Zotter again showing off some slick hands as he rushed up the ice and beat the Wild defenseman 1-on-1 with a slick dangle to make it 2-1. Midway through the 2nd period, Zotter netted his hat-trick as he converted on a 2-on-1 pass from Nicholas Wracker to make it 3-1 at the end of two periods. In the 3rd period, the Wild tried to make a comeback late in the game and cut the lead down to 3-2 on a goal from Carson Kuche, but could not find the equalizer in the game’s dying seconds. Joseph made 32 saves in the win, while Orchard made 21 saves in the loss. At 0-1, the Wild will face the Rochester Grizzlies on Friday, who are also 0-1, with the second spot in the Semi-Finals on the line from Pool A.
Pool B, Round-Robin: Granite City 5 vs. El Paso 0 – A four-goal 2nd period and 64-13 shots advantage led the Granite City Lumberjacks to a 5-0 win over the El Paso Rhinos on Day 2 of the Fraser Cup. After a scoreless 1st period in which Granite City continued to struggle to find the back of the net thanks to the hot goaltending of Rhinos goalie Camden Pendleton, the Lumberjacks would erupt for four goals in the 2nd period to put the game out of reach. First, Cody Dias converted on a 2-on-1 to give the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later, defenseman Tal Halliday walked through the defense in the high slot and wristed a shot home for a 2-0 lead. Three minutes after that, the Granite City pressure continued, this time with Nicholas Richert smashing home a one-timer from the side of the cage for a 3-0 lead. With just over a minute remaining in the period, the Lumberjacks made it 4-0 as Coby Weber was the beneficiary of a nice pass from behind the net by Andrew Butler. The Lumberjacks would add one more goal in the 3rd period as Luke Delzer put home a nice shorthanded goal to make the final 5-0. Lumberjacks goalie Quentin Sigurdson made 13 saves in the shutout win. Pendleton played admirably in the loss, making 59 saves. Granite City is now done with round-robin play with a 1-1 record and +3 goal differential. They will have to await the result of the Helena vs. El Paso game on Friday so see how Pool B shakes out.
The 2022 NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship continues with Day 3 on Friday, March 25th and runs from March 23-27 at the St. Peters Rec Plex in St. Peters, Missouri. Six teams have advanced to the season-ending event, which annually crowns the NA3HL National Playoff Champion.
A round-robin format with two pools will be implemented, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the Semi-Finals, where they will then cross over to play the other top two teams from the other pool. The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Fraser Cup Championship Game. The six teams that advance to the Fraser Cup Championship Tournament will be seeded 1-6 based on their regular season winning percentage.
Games can be seen live and in HD on HockeyTV
Admission to all Fraser Cup games is free.
For more information about the Fraser Cup, please visit: http://na3hl.com/fraser-cup/
The seeding for the event will be as follows and was based on point totals in the 2021-22 NA3HL regular season standings:
Pool A: #1 Northeast Generals (East), #4 Rochester Grizzlies (Central), #6 Gillette Wild (Wild Card)
Pool B: #2 Granite City Lumberjacks (West), #3 Helena Bighorns (Frontier), #5 El Paso Rhinos (South)
2022 Fraser Cup Championship Schedule (all times Central)
Wednesday, March 23: Rochester Grizzlies 2 vs. Northeast Generals 5 | Helena Bighorns 2 vs. Granite City Lumberjacks 0
Thursday, March 24: Gillette Wild 2 vs. Northeast Generals 3 | El Paso Rhinos 0 vs. Granite City Lumberjacks 5
Friday, March 25: Gillette Wild vs. Rochester Grizzlies, 4pm | El Paso Rhinos vs. Helena Bighorns, 7pm
Saturday, March 26: Northeast Generals vs. Pool B 2nd place, 4pm | Pool B 1st place vs. Pool A 2nd place, 7pm
Sunday, March 27: Championship Game, 3pm