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Revolution Capture Elite Division Title

03/23/2017, 12:45pm MDT
By Tom Robinson

Other action includes final matchups determined in RMJHL

Blake Hallman had two goals and six assists as the Philadelphia Revolution completed an unbeaten playoff run by beating the Boston Junior Rangers in two straight one-goal games, the first in overtime, to claim the championship of the Eastern Hockey League Elite Division.

Luke Aquaro scored 3:26 into overtime for a 5-4 win in the championship series opener.

The Revolution scored the first three goals of the second game, then held on for a 4-3 victory.

After going 30-10-2 to tie for first place in the South Conference during the regular season, the Revolution won three straight games in the round-robin South playoffs a week before the championship series.

FINALS SETS: The Pikes Peak Miners and Steamboat Wranglers will meet in this weekend’s best-of-three championship series in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, after each won semifinal series.  

The regular-season champion Miners handled the Colorado Rampage, 7-1 and 6-1.

Kole Mudra and J.P. Nolette each had a goal and two assists in the opener. Dalton Dosko scored the first two goals and Paul Norris also scored twice in the series clincher.

Steamboat had to get past the defending champion Aspen Leafs, who were on a 12-game winning streak.

Aspen won the first game of the best-of-three series before Steamboat took the next two.

Game two featured 122 shots on goal, but just three goals scored, including Zack Dym’s overtime game-winner that lifted the Wranglers to the 2-1 win. Cole Kohut made 63 saves in the victory.

Kohut made 35 more saves in a 5-2 win in the deciding game.

PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: The Eastern Hockey League Premier Division is down to its four semifinalists — the Philadelphia Little Flyers, Philadelphia Junior Flyers, New Hampshire Junior Monarchs and New Jersey Rockets.

Anthony D’Aloisio made 35 saves and the Texas Junior Brahmas rallied from an early deficit to beat the Point Mallard Ducks, 4-1, in the third and deciding game of their North American 3 Hockey League South Division semifinal series.

After going 47-0 in the regular season, the Metro Jets struggled to get through their first playoff series against the West Michigan Wolves.

Dakota Ulmer had two goals and three assists as West Michigan took the series opener, 5-2.     

The Jets advanced by winning the next two games by a total of three goals.

The La Crosse Freeze, New England Stars, Pittsburgh Vengeance and New Ulm Steel also needed three games to get through their series.   

Jeremy Wilber opened the playoffs with three goals and four assists to lead the Binghamton Junior Senators to a 15-1 romp over the Roc City Royals.

Binghamton, the North Iowa Bulls, Long Beach Sharks, Yellowstone Quake, Great Falls Americans, St. Louis Junior Blues, Peoria Mustangs, Jersey Wildcats, Atlanta Capitals and Granite City Lumberjacks all swept two-game NA3HL series.

CLINCHING WINS: The Sioux City Musketeers became the first team to clinch a United States Hockey League playoff berth with Saturday’s 8-1 victory over Team USA.   

Charlie Kelleher, Eeli Tolvanen and Odeen Tufto each scored two goals in the win.

Carson Kelley scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner, as the Lone Star Brahmas defeated the Wichita Falls Wildcats, 3-2, Friday to clinch the North American Hockey League South Division title.

AWARD TIME: Richard McCarthy from the Philadelphia Revolution was named Most Valuable Player and Forward of the Year in the EHL Premier Division after scoring 74 points and seven game-winning goals.

Rocky Russo from the Philadelphia Little Flyers, who guided his team through a 30-game winning streak, was named Coach of the Year. Samuel Kany from the Little Flyers was named Goaltender of the Year.

Dylan Carabia from the Walpole Express was selected as Defenseman of the Year while Matthew Brown of the New Jersey Rockets was named Rookie of the Year.

The Green Bay Gamblers swept the United States Hockey League’s Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week awards.

Casey Mittelstadt was chosen as the forward after posting two goals and four assists in three games on his return to the team since being away for his high school season since Nov. 12. He has 27 points in 19 games with the team.   

Mackey, who leads USHL defensemen in scoring, had five assists in three games.

Maksim Zhukov was honored in goal.

Green Bay defeated the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 4-1 and 4-2, then topped the Madison Capitols, 5-1.

ONE-TIMERS: Austin Albrecht and Mikael Hakkarainen had hat tricks in the same game when the Muskegon Lumberjacks routed the Tri-City Storm, 9-1, Friday in a USHL game. … Austin Park is now both the reigning NAHL Goalie of the Month and NAHL Central Division Star of the Week after stopping 54 of 58 shots in a pair of weekend wins. … Fairbanks Ice Dogs goalie Erik Gordon posted back-to-back NAHL shutouts, stopping a total of 43 shots by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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