3/27 Recap: Peterson pots winner; Fasching done

Judd Peterson scored at 8:11 of overtime Friday on his only shot on goal of the game as St. Cloud State advanced to the NCAA Tournament West Regional Final with a 3-2 victory over Michigan Tech. After a Tech defender took a tumble at the Huskies' blue line, Peterson broke into the zone on a two-on-one rush, took a pass and finished off his own rebound to thrust St. Cloud State into a Saturday game versus North Dakota for a spot in the 2015 Frozen Four.

Hudson Fasching (4 SOG, -1) saw his season come to an end as Minnesota was bounced from the tourney with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the East Regional semifinal. Fasching played 38 games this season, scoring 12 goals and 26 points while leading all Gophers' forwards with a plus-18 rating. Senior forward Christian Isackson saw his career come to a close with the loss. The Pine City, Minn. native notched seven points (3+4) in 39 appearances this season.


Justin Bailey scored the game's first goal as Sault Ste. Marie opened the 2015 playoffs with a 5-1 win over Saginaw. Bailey was a hustling force all game long, skating hard and generating his own chances due to his consistent hard work. Jean Dupuy did not play for the Hounds after taking a high hit last weekend in the second-to-last regular season game. The Hounds will look to keep it going when the puck drops for Game 2 on Saturday.

Nicholas Baptiste scored his first goal of the playoffs as Erie evened the Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 3-1 win over Sarnia 3-1. The speedy winger snagged an insurance marker with a big slap shot from the left hash mark while on a second-period power play. Baptiste has one goal and one assist with the series tied at one game apiece. The teams resume action Sunday in Sarnia.

Eric Cornel was unable to produce as Peterborough was smoked by Oshawa 7-2. Cornel has just two goals in his last 23 contests dating back to the end of January. Game 2 goes down Sunday night in Oshawa.


Sam Reinhart (-2) did not get on the scoresheet as Kootenay gained an early edge in their first-round series with a 4-3 triumph at Calgary. A season ago, Reinhart amassed five goals and 17 points to lead the ICE to a first-round upset over the Hitmen in six games. Game 2 takes place Sunday afternoon in Calgary.


Vaclav Karabacek earned one assist as Baie-Comeau opened the first round of the playoffs with a 3-1 win over Saint John. The Drakkar remain on home ice Saturday when the teams lock horns for Game 2.


Christopher Brown recorded one shot on goal as Tri-City was doubled by Fargo 4-2. Brown has five assists in nine games with the Storm, and has gone without a goal in his last 16 league contests going back to his time with Green Bay.


Evan Rankin scored a pair of goals including the overtime winner and added an assist  as Rochester earned a 3-2 victory over Hamilton. Dan Catenacci scored his 11th goal of the year on the power play to set a new career best for both goals and points. Anthony Peters stopped 36 shots to earn his first career AHL victory.
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