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Blue Devils advance to semis with win over Tawas

TAWAS, Mich. — Playoff hockey is well underway. On Tuesday, the Tawas Braves collided with the Blue Devils of Sault Ste. Marie in a first-round matchup. Tawas played really hard but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils cruised past the Braves, winning 5-2.

The Blue Devils got off to a fast start in the first period. Jory Homminga scored the first two goals of the game, giving them a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

After a goal from Aaron Kogan in the second frame to make it 3-0, it looked like the game was already over. However, it wasn’t over and the Braves got into a rhythm. Tawas closed out the period with a pair of goals from Brayden Heemer and Joseph Ernst to make it 3-2.

In the third period, the Blue Devils closed out the game with two more goals. With the victory, the Blue Devils now advance to the regional semifinals. Sault Ste. Marie will return to Tawas on Thursday where they will take on Alpena. Both teams played twice in the regular season and both teams got the job done on their home ice. The puck drop for Thursday’s game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Winner of that game will play the winner of Gaylord/Cheboygan on Saturday.