FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF RESULTS
Monday April 8th
Maple Leafs 7 Red Wings 5
The Red Wings came to play after their
two season absence from the playoffs, and with only slightly more than a minute gone in the first period took the lead on
a Jayde Cournaya goal with Andrew Cwik and Austyn Fears getting the assists. The Leafs were able to tie it up however 19 seconds
later when Lainey Tomko on defense got the puck up to center Dalton Hosey who passed over to Kyle Rose for a hard shot that
found the back of the Wing net. Less than a minute and a half later Rose scored again from another Hosey pass to put the Maple
leafs in the lead. With 3:11 left in the period however Jayde Cournaya again sored for the Wings when Chase Hughes on
the defense got the puck down to Fears in the corner who passed it out front for a Cournaya one-timer to the top
of the net.
Most of the second period
was tightly played, but at 2:53 to go Dalton Hosey stopped a clearing pass and smashed a hard shot into the Leaf net. He then
only 16 seconds later scored again with
assists going to Breonna Wilson and Trista Medina. The Wings again battled back with an Austyn Fears powerplay goal assisted
by Ward Smith Jr. and Cwik. With only 42 seconds remaining in the period however McKayla Brighton on the Leaf defense got
the puck up to Hosey who again was able to beat the Wing goaltender and get back the two goal lead.
At 6:16 left in the third Medina scored
out in front on a nice pass from Rose who had picked up a Lane Morris pass in the corner to put the Leafs up by three. Then
at 4:34 Hosey again collected a clearing pass and scored to put them up by four. The Wings were however not giving up, and
Austyn Fears scored twice, both on Jayde Cournaya passes, before the buzzer sounded to end the contest.
Northstars 7 Blues 2
The Stars got on the board first at
7:01 of the opening period on a Lane Pixley shot after he got the puck from Brianna Kikendall. The Blues Dylan Wagner
stole the puck from the Northstars at 5:36 and smashed it hard to tie the game at one apiece. With 2:38 to play in the first
the Stars again took the lead on an Eston Sheldon goal
with Pixley getting the assist. Wagner once
again tied it up with a hard shot after getting a Gage Garrett pass with only 50 seconds left in the period.
The Northstars really put pressure on
the Blues in the second period with Billy Nelson getting the first goal at 8:13 after a pass from Pixley. He then assisted
on another Sheldon goal at 7:46 with sister Hannah also getting an assist from the defense. At 6:54 Lane took a pass
from rookie Celeste Feasel and got it over to Kikendall for her second goal.
The Blues weren't able to get too much
pressure on the Stars goal in the third and Sheldon scored his third goal at 8:23 with Kikendall assisting. At 4:20 Sheldon
returned the favor after getting a pass from Cassidy Simpson on the defense by passing to Kikendall for the final goal
of the game.
Friday April 12th
Blackhawks 4 Canadiens 2
The Canadiens got the
first goal of the game at 5:58 when Tre Sisson pressured a Hawk defense to try a risky pass up the middle in front of the
Blackhawk goal where it hit the other defense and ended up in the net. The period ended without any further scoring although
both goalies had to make several saves.
With only 11 seconds played
in the second period Tristan Cole took a Tristyn Collins faceoff win and smashed it in to the Canadien net. At the
8:42 mark Nick Martin won a faceoff then collected the puck and fired it into the Hawk net to put his team back in the lead.
As the period was only three seconds from being over Cole Clark from the defense passed up to Collins who sent it over to
Payton Bolton who crushed one into the Canadien goal.
At the 7:47 mark of the
third Tristan Cole got his second goal to put the Hawks in the lead for the first time in the game, when he took a
clearing pass and sent a looping shot that found the back of the net. The Canadiens then really pressed to try to tie things
back up. Hawk goalie Hazi Lynn Stephens however, stopped everything thrown her way. With only 2:50 to play
rookie Thomas Gordon on the Blackhawk defense sent the puck down to the Canadien end where Payne Stephens was able to find
Tristan Cole who beat goalie Austin Shantz, (who really had played a strong game), for his hat trick. Although the Canadiens
continued to press, the clock ran out giving the Hawks the win.
Rangers 2 Flyers 0
This was a defensive battle
right from the start with no scoring until with nine seconds to go in the period Carson Hasselback took a Annica Barlow pass
and sent a weak bouncing shot that skipped past Flyer goalie Dylan Humble to give the Rangers the lead.
The second period saw
the Rangers defense keep the pressure on Humble, but although much of the preiod was played in the Flyer end of the floor
the score remained the same.
In the third period again
the Ranger defense kept the Flyers penned in much of the time, but finally with only a minute 58 seconds to go Carson Hasselback
took a Barlow pass and smashed a hard shot that deflected off forward Andrew Sebastian in front of the Flyer net to
give the Rangers their second goal and the last soring of the game. Goalie David Hosack-Frizzell held the Flyers scoreless
in the first and third periods and Carson Hasselback stopped all shots on goal in the second period for the Rangers.