Sunday, May 01, 2011

Warriors win play-in, will stay in Topeka

The Michigan Warriors earned the North American Hockey League's fourth and final berth to the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament after their 6-5 double-overtime victory over the Bismarck Bobcats in Game 2 of the best-of-three Robertson Cup Playoffs play-in series on Friday night at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kan.

Defenseman Ryan Trenz (pictured) notched the game-winning marker in double-OT for the Warriors and forward Kevin Gibson rang up a goal and two assists in regulation.

Between the pipes, Army recruit Robert Tadazak turned aside 39 shots.

The North Division champion Warriors, who will be the No. 3 seed at the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament, which will be held from May 3-7 at the Kansas Expocentre, won Game 1 of the play-in series on Thursday, 1-0.

The other three teams to advance to this year’s Robertson Cup Championship Tournament are the host Topeka RoadRunners (No. 4 seed), South Division champion Amarillo Bulls (No. 2) and West Division champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs (No. 1).

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