The Metro Jets were perfect in the regular season, but the Granite City Lumberjacks won the biggest game of the postseason in the North American 3 Hockey League.
Mac Berglove made 35 saves to lead the Lumberjacks to a 2-1 victory over the Jets in Sunday’s Silver Cup Championship Game at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville, Illinois.
Matthew Moran deflected in an Eric Moser shot in the second period for the game-winning goal.
Berglove was named Most Valuable Player of the Silver Cup Tournament. The 20-year-old from Elk River, Minnesota, opened the postseason with consecutive shutouts. He stopped 67 of 70 shots in the semifinals and finals and, for the playoffs overall, was 8-2 with a 1.72 goals against average and .931 save percentage.
The eight division playoff champions from the 48-team league came to Romeoville for the tournament. They were seeded based on their regular-season records, with Metro seeded first because of a 47-0 regular season, and Granite City seeded eighth.
Berglove and Moran were joined on the all-tournament team by Braden Altena.
Forward Louis Boudon and defenseman Robby Flannery represented the Metro Jets on the all-tournament team.
Yellowstone Quake defenseman Hunter Ruschmeyer was the other all-tournament choice.
The Silver Cup started with two four-team pools for round-robin play to determine four semifinalists.
Andrew Kormos made 25 saves and six different players scored when Metro defeated Yellowstone, 6-1, in one semifinal.
Andrej Jamnicky and Moran scored short-handed goals and Berglove made 32 saves when Granite City edged the Binghamton Junior Senators, 3-2, in the other semifinal.
The round-robin competition was balanced.
Binghamton went 2-0-1. The other three semifinalists went 2-1 along with the North Iowa Bulls, who lost out to Yellowstone on a tiebreaker.
EHL FINALS: The Philadelphia Little Flyers and Philadelphia Junior Flyers are tied at 1-1 after two games of their five-game Eastern Hockey League Premier Division championship series.
The series continues Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Monday.
Alex Peterson’s overtime goal gave the Little Flyers a 2-1 win in the series opener.
Barry Kneedler scored twice to lead the Junior Flyers to a 4-2 win in Game Two.
ANDERSON CUP: The Sioux City Musketeers clinched the Anderson Cup as the United States Hockey League’s top regular-season team for the first time since 1985-86 when they held the Tri-City Storm to 13 shots in Sunday’s 4-1, home-ice victory.
The Musketeers, who will win the Western Conference, are 40-11-5-2.
USHL ROUNDUP: Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Colin Thiesen moved into a tie for the USHL lead with 34 goals by scoring two goals in Friday’s 6-2 win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, then following it up with his third hat trick of the season in Saturday’s 7-4 win over the Omaha Lancers.
Dubuque clinched a Clark Cup playoff berth for the seventh straight season with Saturday’s win.
The Green Bay Gamblers extended their winning streak to eight games with Sunday’s 3-0 shutout of the Madison Capitols.
The Chicago Steel (37-16-2-3) has clinched the Eastern Conference title.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks also clinched a playoff berth.
ONE-TIMERS: Brad Arvanitis, a 19-year-old goalie with the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League from Holliston, Massachusetts, has committed to play at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. … The New Hampshire Jr. Avalanche named Chris Cerella, a veteran of 12 years as a junior coach, as the head coach and general manager of their new team in the EHL Premier Division. … The NA3HL’s Long Beach Sharks have named Bobby Davis their new head coach for next season.
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