EAST ALTON - After trailing a goal after the first period to Triad in game two of the their second-round series in the Class 1A MVCHA playoffs, the Redbirds responded with four unanswered goals to go on and tie the series up at one game apiece.

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The deciding game three will be on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. from the McKendree Metro Rec Plex.

Triad's Steven Rushing put his team on the board at 5:25 in the first period, assisted by Ian Carruthers and alternate captain Ryan LeJeune.

The Redbirds went into the first intermission down a goal in a must-win game.

They rallied with a three-goal second period that got started at 7:35 when Keller Jacobs scored unassisted.

Then came two more goals in the final two minutes.

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Bradley Bower scored from Joe Stephan at 1:56 then Jacobs got his second with 42 seconds remaining from Lawson Bell.

In the third period, Jacobs finished up his hat trick when he scored an empty-netter with 46 seconds left in the game. Wyatt Salters grabbed the assist for that one.

Shots on goal were 42-31 in favor of Triad, meaning Alton's net minder Logan Seymour made a whopping 41 saves.

EAST ALTON - The Oilers had their hands full Tuesday night in game two of their second-round series with top-seeded Waterloo/Freeburg.

The Ragin' Bulldogs won game on by a score of 3-1, forcing EAWR's backs against the wall.

Things didn't go much better in game two, as Wood River's season came to a close after a 7-1 defeat.

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