Sunday Wrap-Up: Brahmas, Drillers punch playoff tickets
New Mexico 2 @ TX Brahmas 5 – The Brahmas clinched their spot in the Fraser Cup Playoffs thanks to a 5-2 win over New Mexico on Sunday, which completed a three-game weekend sweep. The game was tied 2-2 in the 2nd period with Liam Mooney and Brady Nance scoring for New Mexico with Michael Imala and Wyatt Witham answering for the Brahmas. Texas would then score the final three goals of the contest as Beau Kralovec, Aaron Best, and Zac Maupin all found the back of the net. Brendan Forden made 18 saves in the win, while Pierson Haislet made 34 saves in the loss.
Louisiana 4 @ Atlanta 1 – The Drillers punched their ticket to the 2023 Fraser Cup Playoffs as they came away with a 4-1 win in Atlanta on Sunday. Drillers goalie William Carney made 34 saves in the win. The Drillers led 1-0 early thanks to a goals from Jack Lambert less than a minute into the game. In the 3rd period, the Drillers added three more goals from Colton Sebastian, Micah Maldonado, and Daniel Crutcher. The lone Capitals goal came from defenseman Austin Micale. Atlanta goalie Aleks Sumoski made 36 saves in the loss.
Austin 1 @ TX RoadRunners 4 – The RoadRunners outshot the Ice Bats 70-9 as they picked up a 4-1 win and three-game weekend sweep. Austin was first to score on a goal from Nathan Clark. It was all RoadRunners after that as goals from Brandon Wicker and Tyler Love later in the 1st period made it 2-1. After a scoreless 2nd period, the RoadRunners pulled away in the 3rd period with goals from Noah Easterson and Kyle Portlock. Hunter Hein made 8 saves in the win, while Bryson Frazee made 66 saves in the loss.
Oregon 9 @ St. Louis 1 – For the second straight day, the Tradesmen had their way with the Jr. Blues as they stayed in the hunt for the Central Division title thanks to a 9-1 win on Sunday. Dillon Schmidt and Bryce Stensrud each scored twice in the win. Oregon jumped out to a 4-0 lead, which included goals from Schmidt, Max Cohen, Carter Watters, and Christian Tavare. St. Louis made it 4-1 in the 2nd period with their lone goal from Matthew Mahoney, but it was all Tradesmen after that as they scored five straight goals to finish the game, including two from Stensrud, another from Schmidt and others from Max Rotsaert and Easton Simpson. Fred Roufs made 25 saves in the win, while Jordan Behnen made 53 saves in the loss.
New Ulm 0 @ Mason City 4 – Toros goalie Connor Graham stopped all 13 shots that came his way for his second straight shutout as Mason City beat New Ulm, 4-0. After a scoreless 1st period, the Toros scored twice in the 2nd period to make it 2-0 on goals from Dylan Duckson and Carter Newpower. In the 3rd period, the Toros pulled away with two more goals, including another from Newpower and one from Hayden Siegel. Steel goalie Nolan Lacosse made 23 saves in the losing effort.