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Friday Finals: Brahmas get big win over Bulls

December 7, 2013

Colton Wolter had a hat-trick to help the Fairbanks Ice Dogs to their ninth straight win in a 4-1 triumph over Kenai River.

Amarillo Bulls 1 @ Lone Star Brahmas 4 – The Lone Star Brahmas picked up what may be their biggest win of the season as they defeated the 1st place Bulls, 4-1. Assistant captain Matt Lison had three of the four goals for the Brahmas.  All five combined goals in the game from both clubs came on the power play. After a scoreless 1st period, the Brahmas took a 1-0 lead on goal from Kellen Wasell. Amarillo answered with a goal from Cody Gylling. Lison then scored two goals in the 2nd period and one more in the 3rd period to secure the win. Boxscore

Kenai River Brown Bears 1 @ Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4 – Fairbanks made it nine wins in a row in front of another sold out crowd at the Big Dipper Ice Arena as they defeated the Brown Bears, 4-1. Colton Wolter had a hat-trick and Kevin Aldridge made 16 saves in the win. Wolter put the home side ahead 2-0 in the 1st period. Wyatt Ege assisted on both goals. Kyle Lee scored to make it 3-0 Fairbanks late in the 2nd period before Kenai River would answer with a goal from Alec Butcher. Wolter added an empty-net goal for his hat-trick with just :47 seconds remaining in the game. Boxscore

Corpus Christi IceRays 4 @ Odessa Jackalopes 0 – Ben Myers stopped all 23 shots that came his way as the IceRays blanked the Jackalopes in Odessa on Friday night, 4-0. It wasn’t until the 3rd period that the IceRays exploded for four goals to break the scoreless tie. Newcomer Joe Chitwood scored less than two minutes into the 3rd period for the eventual game-winning goal.  Nick Monfils, Lucas Bennett and Jake Durflinger would add the other markers. Eric Hancock made 23 save sin the loss. Boxscore

Wichita Falls Wildcats 0 @ Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 3 – Olli Kalkaja made 16 saves for his second shutout of the season as the host Killer Bees blanked the visiting Wildcats, 3-0. Evan Schmidbauer had a multi-point game, which included the first goal just over six minutes into the 1st period. In his first game as a Killer Bee, Dean Balsoma made it 2-0 with his first goal of the season. Anthony Croston made it 3-0 before the period was over and that is all the Killer Bees would need. David Zevnik made 13 saves in the loss for the Wildcats. Boxscore

Brookings Blizzard 1 @ Bismarck Bobcats 4 – Aaron Nelson made 22 saves and the Bobcats took advantage of a three-goal 3rd period in a 4-1 home win over the Blizzard. After a scoreless 1st period, the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Huba Sekesi. Brookings would answer on a goal from Beau Michaud. Matt Perry and Stanislav Dzakhov would score late in the period to make it 3-1 Bobcats after two periods. Nate Repensky would add a 3rd period marker. Connor Girard took the loss making 30 saves in his Brookings debut. Boxscore

Coulee Region Chill 4 @ Minnesota Magicians 1 – The Chill scored four unanswered goals in a 4-1 road win in Richfield against the Magicians. After an opening goal from Magicians forward Mario Bianchi, it was all Chill the rest of the way. Blake Kelley scored a power play goal late in the period to tie the game at 1-1. James McGing gave the Chill a 2-1 lead with a 2nd period tally. In the 3rd period, Adam Lovick and Gordon Wells scored to make the final 4-1. Chill goaltender Blake Cates made 29 saves in the win. Boxscore

Aberdeen Wings 1 @ Minot Minotauros 2 (OT) – An overtime goal with :05 seconds left from Minot’s Jon Lizotte and 40 saves from Brandon Wildung gave Minot their seventh straight win and a 2-1 overtime triumph over the Aberdeen Wings. Erik Baskin put the Wings ahead 1-0 in the 1st period with a power play goal. Minot would answer late in the 3rd period on goal from Jake McCann.  Lizotte would the decide the game in overtime. Chad Catt made 36 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Johnstown Tomahawks 1 @ Wenatchee Wild 2 – In front of over 2,800 fans in Wenatchee, a battle of goaltenders ensued and in the end it was the Wild’s Gustaf Johansson who bested Johnstown’s Jake Moore as Wenatchee edged the Tomahawks, 2-1. Shane Bednard put the visiting side ahead 1-0 in the 1st period with a power play goal. That was answered twice in the 2nd period from newcomer Jakob Ahlgren who supplied with Wild with both of their goals in the 2nd period and that would be the difference in the win. Boxscore

Austin Bruins 2 @ Minnesota Wilderness 3 – Two, 3rd period goals were the difference as the Minnesota Wilderness defeated the Austin Bruins, 3-2 in a battle of 1st place teams. The teams were deadlocked at 1-1 after the 1st period as Brennan Sanford scored for Austin and Michael Covach scored for the Wilderness. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Wilderness took a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd period on a goal from Thomas Lindstrom. Easton Viitala answered back two minutes later for the Bruins, but the game-winner came three minutes later off the stick of Billy Exell. Kasimir Kaskisuo made 23 saves in the win, Nick Lehr made 37 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Topeka RoadRunners 4 @ Springfield Jr. Blues 3 – Two late 3rd period goals were the difference as the Topeka RoadRunners came from behind to defeat the Springfield Jr. Blues on the road, 4-3. Topeka jumped out to a 2-0 lead on power play goals from James Ring and Jasen Fernsler.  Springfield would score three straight to take a 3-2 lead on a 1st period goal from Cameron Brown, a 2nd period goal from David DeKorte and 3rd period goal from Alex Baskakov.  The RoadRunners would answer with two goals in the final seven minutes from Michal Uhrik and the game winner from Ring. Boxscore

Soo Eagles 4 @ Janesville Jets 3 – The Eagles snapped the Jets three-game winning streak with a fast start and then held off a late Jets rally for a 4-3 road win. Mike Sabatini opened the scoring for the Eagles with a 1st period goal. Nick Belger made it 2-0 for the road side early in the 2nd period. After Robin Hoglund scored to give the Jets their first goal, the Eagles scored twice more before the period was over to take a 4-1 lead on goals from Michael Caruso and Chase Matson. The Jets tried a goaltending switch to change momentum and it worked as Drew Callin and Jordan Himley scored, but the Jets could not find the equalizer before time ran out. Boxscore

Port Huron Fighting Falcons 4 @ Michigan Warriors 5 (SO) – The Warriors survived a late Fighting Falcons rally to tie the game and ultimately win in a shootout in a 5-4 win in front of more than 2,400 fans in Flint. Michigan jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the 1st period on goals from AJ Marcinek and Ryan Dougherty. Port Huron answered with a goal from Taylor Fernandez. Tyler Groat made it 3-1 for Michigan in the 2nd period, but Nick Horne scored to make it 3-2. Michigan’s lead was 4-2 early in the 3rd period on goal from Colin Horton. Port Huron would tie the game with two late goals from Taylor Fernandez. Jon Farkas scored the lone goal in the shootout for the Warriors. Boxscore

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