Express Win Series
DALLAS SNIPERS @ SPRINGFIELD EXPRESS
02.10.17 – Springfield 9, Dallas 6
02.11.17 – Springfield 13, Dallas 5
02.12.17 – Springfield 7, Dallas 5
With a three-game sweep of the Dallas Snipers, the Springfield Express moved to within five points of second place in the Mid-Western Division and the first-round bye that goes with a top-two finish.
Friday’s series opener was a long night for both goaltenders with 15 goals scored, but Springfield’s Bailey Stephens (26 saves) picked up a 9-6 win over Alexander Moustakis of Dallas (46 saves).
Nikita Salnikov (3-1-4) scored a pure hat trick for Springfield, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 Express lead. They would score three more to go up, 7-2, and up the game out of reach. Anatoly Uspenyev assisted on Salnikov’s first two goals, and ended the night with four helpers.
Peter Kutlak (2-4-6) figured in all six Dallas goals and Michael Tugo (3-2-5) notched a hat trick for the Snipers. Alexander Yunanov (1-4-5) also had a five-point game for Dallas.
Gael Lubwele’s four-goal game led the way in Springfield’s 13-5 win on Saturday. Hunter Lovdokken (1-4-5), Michael Crawford and Jack Nevicosi all had four assists for the Express. Mike Sauer (2-3-5) and Tyson Klingspohn (2-2-4) had two goals each.
Kutlak scored two more goals for the Snipers.
Sunday’s series finale was the closest game of the weekend. The game was tied, 3-3, late in the first period but Filip Jansson gave Springfield a 4-3 lead before the first intermission and they led the rest of the way in a 7-5 win.
Kutlak had four more points – a goal and three assists – and Crawford and Sauer had the same 1-3-4 line for the Express. They were two of seven different players to score goals for Springfield.