In the third 1 - goal game of the series and fifth of the season, the Hudson Crusaders once again edged the Steele County Blades 3 - 2 in Hudson Sunday night. Tristyn Sabina and Brandon Mills both scored for the Blades. Hudson advances to the second round against the Maple Grove Enery while the Blades will pack up and look ahead to next year.
Blades beat Crusaders to force deciding game 3.
Goalie Adam Ranck made 43 saves as the Steele County Blades held off a late game surge by the Hudson Crusaders in game 2 to force a 3rd and deciding game in round one of the playoffs. The Blades took a 2 goal lead into the first intermission on goals by Jake Hainline and Chris Koziel.
Hudson responded in the 2nd, tying the game on goals by Justin Holliday and Luke Bing. The teams traded goals later in the period on goals by Alex Mason and Filip Uherek, and the two teams went into the second intermission deadlocked at 3 – 3.
The game remained tied until nearly midway through the third when Steele County’s Danil Kolesnikov scored his first of the playoffs. Aaron Green then added one eight minutes later. And with With 4:24 left in regulation, the Blades held a two goal lead.
Hudson’s Luke Bing kept the Crusader’s hopes alive with his 2nd, a power play goal with just 44 seconds remaining in regulation. But that’s as close as the Crusader’s were able to get and the Blades held on for a 5 – 4 victory. Adam Ranck had 43 saves in the win. The two teams will meet in Hudson on Sunday night at 6:00 for a 3rd and deciding game.
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