The brooms were out in the first round of the playoffs as six of the eight series were settled in two-game sweeps.
The Boston Bandits bounced the New England Wolves in two games, 2-1 and 6-1. In Game One, Ryan Barnes and Ryan O’Donnell both scored in the final five minutes and Kenny Graham had 36 saves. Game Two was much more straightforward as six players scored and Graham made 24 stops.
The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs had little trouble sweeping aside the Vermont Lumberjacks, 6-3 and 4-0. Connor Powell, Connor Jewett and C.J. Grinnell had a goal and an assist each in Game One. Powell scored two goals and Kyle Madore made 29 saves for the Game Two shutout.
The Walpole Express ousted the Boston Jr. Rangers in straight sets, 2-1 (OT) and 4-1. Dan Eruzione scored his second of the game at 14 seconds of the second overtime to settle Game One. In Game Two, Cody Rorick scored the game-winner in the second period. Express goalie Connor Rodericks stopped 79-of-81 shots in the two games.
The Northern Cyclones needed three games to knock out the Valley Jr. Warriors. Tyler Seltenreich and Jarrod Fitzpatrick scored two goals each in the Cyclones’ 6-3 Game One win. The Warriors returned the favor in Game Two, 5-4, thanks to Garrett Gintoli’s two goals and Matt Wiesner’s game-winner. Game Three went the way of the Cyclones behind two goals by Seltenreich, one from Fitzpatrick and Drennan Atherton’s 25 saves.
The Connecticut Oilers battled past the New Jersey Rockets, 7-5 and 3-2 (OT). Phillip Kreuser had two third-period goals to lift the Oilers in Game One, offsetting two strikes from the Rockets’ Doug Elgstam. Kreuser then delivered the game-winner at 4:58 of OT in Game Two. Elgstam had both Rockets’ goals.
The Little Flyers handled the Nighthawks in two straight, 3-0 and 5-2. Tim Higginbotham, Pavel Mikhasenok and Oleg Potemkin scored in Game One while Brock Thompson had 16 saves for the shutout. In Game Two, Potemkin connected for two power play goals and Austin Kelley notched the game-winner late in the first period.
The Hartford Jr. Wolfpack rallied from a game down to eliminate the Jr. Flyers. Philly won Game One, 4-2, erupting for four goals in the game’s first 16 minutes, including two by Edward Ziegenfuss. The Wolfpack pulled even with a 5-2 Game Two decision behind Bobby Wurster’s game-winner and a pair of Connor Bechtel tallies. Colin Valentine had the decisive goal at 7:22 of the third period and Michael Dion finished with 31 saves in a 3-2 Game Three win.
The Philadelphia Revolution knocked out the New York Bobcats with a pair of two-goal wins, 5-3 and 6-4. The Revs took control of Game One on first-period goals by Bryce Witman, Zach Pamaylaon and Ilya Skvortsov. Chayse Primeau and Skvortsov connected for two goals each in Game Two, sealed by Vojtech Luza’s ENG.