Max Prawdzik took advantage of a strong effort by the Lone Star Brahmas defense to post a 17-save, 3-0 shutout Sunday over the Aston Rebels in the Robertson Cup Championship Game in Duluth, Minnesota.
The Robertson Cup decides both the North American Hockey League tournament title and the USA Hockey Tier II junior national championship.
The championship game was scoreless into the second period when Austin Kamer converted on a Drake Glover pass to put the Brahmas in front.
Austin O’Rourke scored early in the third period and Troy York added an empty-net goal.
ALL-TOURNEY: Lone Star’s Glover was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
Aston’s Gianluca Esteves and Glover’s Lone Star teammate Pete Kessel joined him as the all-tournament forwards.
Kolby Vegara from Aston and Adam Roeder from the Janesville Jets were the all-tournament defensemen.
Prawdzik was the goalie.
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ROBERTSON RECAP: The best-of-three semifinal series, featuring the four divisional playoff champions, were both held in Duluth in the days before the championship game.
Aston advanced when Evgeny Yakovlev scored late in the first overtime to defeat the Aberdeen Wings, 3-2, in the third and deciding game.
Regular-season MVP Mareks Mitens made 23 saves in the win.
Aberdeen had forced the deciding with its own 3-2 overtime win in Game 2.
Forbes Ploszaj made 34 saves and Gage Mackie scored the overtime winner on a rebound.
Aston won the opener, 4-2.
Lone Star swept the Janesville Jets in the other semifinal, 3-2 and 3-1.
The first game was decided in overtime.
All the scoring in Game 2 was done in the third period. Glover scored the game-winner on a deflection on the power play. Jacob Barczewski scored twice, including an empty-netter.
CLARK CUP: The Chicago Steel and Sioux City Musketeers are tied at a game apiece after two games of the best-of-five Clark Cup Final.
The Clark Cup decides the United States Hockey League playoff champion and the USA Hockey Tier I junior national champion.
Chicago defeated Sioux City, 5-1, in Game 2.
Brannon McManus scored two first-period goals and Ales Stezka made 38 saves for the Steel.
Jake Jaremko added a goal and two assists. Reggie Lutz had two assists. Jack Badini’s assist extended his playoff scoring streak to 10 games.
Sioux City won the opener, 5-4, on a power-play goal by Philip Knies 2:27 into overtime.
The series resumes Friday.
COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Three forwards who played in the NAHL this season recently announced their college commitments.
Khristian Acosta, who finished up with the United States Hockey League’s Sioux Falls Stampede after excelling with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, is headed to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Caleb Schroer from the Coulee Region Chill committed to Northern Michigan and Zach Mills from the Minnesota Wilderness is going to Niagara University.
Acosta, an 18-year-old from Middletown, New Jersey, went to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in an October trade. He had 12 goals and 23 assists in 34 games with the team. He then moved on to Sioux Falls where he had a goal and 12 assists in 20 games.
Schroer, 21, from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, was third in the NAHL in scoring with 67 points in 59 games. He was named Midwest Division Most Valuable Player.
Mills, 20, from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, led the Wilderness with 48 points in the regular season and was again the team’s top scorer in the playoffs.
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