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Twin City claims 3HL Showcase crown on final day

December 7, 2011

Defenseman Ken Miloser had four points in four games to help the Flint Jr. Generals go undefeated at the 3HL Showcase.

Twin City 5 vs. Pittsburgh 0 – The Twin City Steel posted their second straight shutout and in the process won the inaugural 3HL Showcase by virtue of a better goal differential with their 5-0 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  The Steel finished with a +13 goal differential on their way to the Showcase title outscoring their opponents, 20-7.  In the clincher, Evan Weiss posted a shutout and Kegan Storjohann had three points as he finished with 10 points in the four games at the Showcase. Luke Vogelhesang scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 1st period. Boxscore

Flint 4 vs. Minnesota 3 – The Flint Jr. Generals finished with a perfect 4-0 record at the Showcase, making themselves one of only two 3HL teams to do so.  However, their goal differential margin of +7 was not enough to overcome the Steel for the title.  In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Jr. Generals got a goal and assist each from Warren Carter, Andrew Lay and Josh Kestner to edge the Flying Aces.  Minnesota, who finished with a 3-1-0 record at the Showcase got two goals from Parker Tomczyk, who had 10 points at the Showcase including seven goals. Boxscore

Peoria 4 vs. Queen City 2 – The Mustangs won their second straight game at the Showcase thanks to a hat-trick from Michael Melka as they topped the Steam, 4-2.  Queen City finished the Showcase 1-3-0.  Cory Welnicke had the other goal for Peoria, while Devin Lyshon and Ryan Faucheux scored for Queen City. Boxscore

Toledo 4 vs. Quad City 3 (SO) – Toledo won their first game of the Showcase thanks to a goal and assist from Mike Baker and 40 saves from Austyn Roudebush.  Roudebush also stopped six of seven Cherokee shooters in the shootout before Baker’s game-winner.  Quad City, who got a multi-point game from Drake Fisher, finished 1-0-3 at the Showcase. Boxscore

Chicago 5 vs. Michigan 3 – The Hitmen scored three, 3rd period goals to come from behind to beat the Mountain Cats and finished the Showcase with a 2-2-0 record.  Michigan finished 0-4-0.  Kyle Gonzalez had the game-winning goal and Josh Baker, Ben Boukal and Nick Gnagni all had multi-point games for the Hitmen.  Ethan Baker had a goal and assist in the losing effort for Michigan. Boxscore

Metro 4 vs. North Iowa 3 (SO) – Metro picked up their second win of the Showcase to finish 2-2-0 as forward Chris Hellebuyck recorded a hat-trick including the shootout winner.  North Iowa, who finished the Showcase 2-1-1, got a goal and assist from Nick Marsh.  Dillon Kelley made 33 saves for the win as North Iowa outshot the Jets, 36-29. Boxscore

Granite City 4 vs. Cleveland 3 (OT) – In one of the best games of the Showcase and in a battle of division leaders both with the Lumberjacks nickname, it would be Nick Zierden’s power play goal in overtime, which would give Granite City the win as they finished the Showcase 3-0-1.  Alexander Larson was excellent in goal for Cleveland, making 44 saves, but it would not be enough as Cleveland finished the Showcase with a 1-2-1 record. Boxscore

St. Louis 8 vs. Battle Creek 3 – The Jr. Blues scored 18 goals in their final two games to finish the Showcase 3-1-0, including the eight goal outburst against the Revolution on Wednesday.  Daniel Rosse, the current 3HL goal scoring leader, had three goals and an assist in the win.  Ben Henry scored twice for Battle Creek, who despite losing all four games at the Showcase, managed to score nine goals in four games, which was well above their season average. Boxscore

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