The EHL’s four second-round playoff survivors head to Providence to decide the league title.
The Philadelphia Little Flyers, East Coast Wizards and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are the other teams that will take part in a round-robin Thursday through Saturday to set up the championship game.
The Little Flyers swept the Philadelphia Revolution, 4-1 and 7-2.
Brendahn Brawley made 26 saves in the first win.
The Little Flyers got at least one point from 16 different players in the two-game series.
The other EHL series went to a third game where they were decided by one goal.
East Coast won the first and last games of its series with the Vermont Lumberjacks.
Tom Usalis scored with two-tenths of a second left in the second period of the opening 5-4 victory.
Vermont scored three times on the power play in a 4-1 win.
Steve Rizzuto scored goals three minutes apart to rally the Wizards to a 2-1 win in the deciding game.
The Knights also won in the first and third games, using a pair of 3-2 victories to offset a 4-1 win by the New Jersey 87s in Game 2.
Thomas Walker is 4-1 with a 2.40 goals against average and .930 save percentage in goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the playoffs.
Dylan Giorgio scored two goals and Ville Hyttinen made 37 saves for the Blizzard during a 4-3 victory in Sunday’s third and deciding game of the series.
Higher-seeded teams won 10 of the 12 first-round series.
The other lower-seeded winner was the Atlanta Capitals with a two-game sweep of the Louisiana Drillers in the South Division.
Cole Thomas Johnson had a hat trick in a 4-0 win Saturday to complete the two-game sweep.
Darren Donovan had a hat trick when the Frontier Division champion Helena Bighorns overcame a 4-2 third-period deficit to defeat the Missoula Bruins 6-5 in the deciding game.
The Great Falls Americans, Coulee Region Chill, Oswego Stampede and North Iowa Bulls also needed a Game 3 win in order to advance.
The division final matchups are: Central, Coulee Region vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues; Coastal, L/A Nordiques vs. Northeast Generals; Frontier, Helena vs. Great Falls; Northeast, Binghamton Junior Senators vs. Oswego; South, Texas Brahmas vs. Atlanta; and West, North Iowa vs. Alexandria.
Steven Pokorny scored the deciding goal at 3:01 of overtime.
PLAYOFF CLINCHERS: Trevor Kuntar scored two goals Sunday when the defending Eastern Conference Youngstown Phantoms clinched a United States Hockey League playoff berth with a 6-3 victory over the Madison Capitols.
Kennan Lund scored with 3:34 left to lift Minot over the Aberdeen Wings, 5-4.
Austin’s Hugh Larkin and Springfield’s Ben Schmidling had hat tricks in the clinching wins.
Daniel Chadlak scored two goals and assisted two more as Bismarck defeated the Minnesota Wilderness 6-2.
Lone Star beat the Corpus Christi Ice Rays 2-1 in a shootout.
ONE-TIMERS: The Breezy Point North Stars of the NA3HL have named Mike Muller head coach and Cory Bergquist general manager. … Luke Mobley had three goals and three assists Friday when the Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated the Janesville Jets 8-3 in an NAHL game.
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Photo courtesy of Edward Jacobs.