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Brahmas Shoot Down Jets – Advance To Finals

Pete Kessel had two goals and an assist to lead the Lone Star Brahmas over the Janesville Jets 3-1. Lone Star will now play the winner of the Aston-Aberdeen game for the Robertson Cup Championship.

 

After taking a one game lead in their best of three series, the Lone Star Brahmas took to the ice against the Janesville Jets for game two on Friday. Thursday saw the Brahmas battle back from a goal down to push the game to overtime where Drake Glover delivered the game winner. With the overtime win on Thursday, Lone Star had gone to overtime in five of the last seven playoff games and emerged victorious each time.

The first period was a fast paced physical affair, but neither team managed to find the back of the net. Shots on goal were even at nine apiece. Period number two followed much the same script with the exception of a drastic increase in chippy play and scrums after the whistle because Referee Nolan Bloyer completely lost control of the game and refused to call anything. Unfortunately he set the stage for  potential injury to a player locked in a quest for the championship.

The first power play of the game came thanks to Jakov Novak cross check. Lone Star was set up in the zone cycling the puck when Glover sent the puck to Austin Kamer at the blueline and he fed it to Pete Kessel in the leftwing circle for a wrister over the right shoulder of Jacob Barczewski at 2:44 of the third.

However, the Brahmas’ lead was short lived. It took Janesville only 1:03 to provide the answer with Adam Roeder sending Kip Hoffmann into the zone with speed and his shot went off Max Prawdzik’s right pad and in to tie the score at 1-1.

The second power play of the game came after Cole Paskus took out John Zimmerman in the far corner at 18:20 of the third. Glover scored seven seconds later on a redirect of a Jakub Melisko shot from the point with the secondary assist to Kessel. Down a goal with time winding down, Janesville pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. They had the puck deep in the Brahmas zone when Kessel picked up the loose puck at the hashmarks and sent it the length of the ice into the empty net with 38 seconds remaining.

Shots on goal were 34-21 Lone Star and they scored on both power play opportunities which was the difference in the contest. With the win the Brahmas move on to a winner take all game Sunday against the winner of the Aston – Aberdeen game on Saturday.

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Elsewhere in the Robertson Cup Semi-Finals

Aston Rebels at Aberdeen Wings

The Aberdeen Wings staved off elimination and forced a game three against the number one seed Aston Rebels with a 3-2 overtime win. Cater Roo opened the scoring for Aberdeen just 32 seconds into the contest then the defenses took over. There would be no more scoring until 18 seconds into the third when Roo would break through again. Aston would come back with two of their own in the next 2:24 from Dustin Manz and Kolby Vegara to force overtime. Gage Mackie hit the game winner at the 16:11 mark of the extra frame for the Wings. Forbes Ploszaj picked up the win in net making 34 saves while Mareks Mitens took the loss facing 33 shots on goal.

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