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Friday Finals: Blizzard storm through Austin

December 14, 2013

Tyler Poulsen scored twice to lift the Topeka RoadRunners to a 3-1 win, handing Amarillo their fourth straight loss.

Brookings Blizzard 3 @ Austin Bruins 1 – The Blizzard got 35 saves from Connor Girard to pick up a big 3-1 road win in Austin on Friday night. After a scoreless 1st period, the Blizzard took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period on a goal from Conor Andrle. Jeff Flicker made it 2-0 with a goal early in the 3rd period and two minutes later newcomer Ryan Sete made it 3-0. Lucas Kohls spoiled the shutout bid of Girard halfway through the 3rd period with Austin’s lone goal. Sete, who was picked up from Cincinnati in the NA3HL, had two points on the night for the winning Blizzard. Boxscore

Amarillo Bulls 1 @ Topeka RoadRunners 3 – PJ Bridges made 25 saves and Tyler Poulsen scored twice as the RoadRunners picked up a big 3-1 home win, sending the Bulls to a franchise high fourth straight regulation loss. After solid goaltending from Bridges and Amarillo’s Paul Berrafato kept the game scoreless through the first two periods, Poulsen scored on the power play to put the home side up 1-0. Michal Uhrik scored five minutes later to make it 2-0. Carter Penzien scored the lone Bulls goal to make it 2-1, but a late empty-net goal from Poulsen made the final score 3-1. Boxscore

Minnesota Magicians 1 @ Coulee Region Chill 2 – Blake Cates made 23 saves as the Chill stayed hot with a 2-1 home win over the Magicians. Gordon Wells scored midway through the 1st period to give the Chill a 1-0 lead. That lead stood until late in the 2nd period when the Magicians tied the game at 1-1 on Tony Uglem’s goal. However, momentum went back to the home side as just a minute later, Curtis Simonson added the game-winning goal for Coulee Region.  Magicians goalie Atte Tolvanen made 32 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 2 @ Lone Star Brahmas 0 – Two 2nd period power play goals would be all that goaltender Nick Schmit would need as the goaltender made 22 saves to help the Killer Bees blank the Lone Star Brahmas on Friday night. After a scoreless 1st period, the Killer Bees would get all the scoring they need in the 2nd period on power play goals from Anthony Croston and Sean Mostrom. Evan Schmidbauer assisted on both goals. TJ Black took the loss for the Brahmas, making 24 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Wenatchee Wild 4 @ Aberdeen Wings 2 – Three 1st period goals were enough for the Wenatchee Wild to pick up a big 4-2 road win over the host Aberdeen Wings. Gadel Gumerov, Tanner Barnes and Nicholas Rivera scored three goals in a 12-minute span in the 1st period to put the Wild ahead 3-0. Kyle Haak took it upon himself to try and get the Wings back in the game in the 2nd period with both Aberdeen goals, but another goal from Barnes in the 3rd period put the game on ice for Wneatchee. Boxscore

Wichita Falls Wildcats 6 @ Corpus Christi IceRays 1 – Six different players scored for Wichita Falls as they tallied two goals in each period on their way to a 6-1 win in Corpus Christi. The Wildcats led 2-0 after the 1st period on goals from Andrew Kerr and Kirk Van Arkel. The lead swelled to 4-0 after two more Wildcat goals from Kyle Bauman and Will Vosejpka. Sami Pokka scored the IceRays early in the 3rd period to put Corpus Christi on the board, but two more Wildcat tallies from Nick Farmer and Ben Kucera made the final 6-1. Boxscore

Springfield Jr. Blues 1 @ Janesville Jets 2 – Logan Halladay continued his hot play in goal for the Jets as he made a career-high 51 saves to help the Jets edged the Jr. Blues, 2-1 on Friday. The Jr. Blues took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest on a goal from Max Kalter, but Janesville would respond with a goal late in the period from Michael Louria to tie the game at 1-1. Early in the 3rd period, Nick Petrella would score the eventual game-winner for the Jets. Jr. Blues goalie Stefanos Lekkas made 33 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Bismarck Bobcats 3 @ Minot Minotauros 2 (SO) – Nate Repensky scored the lone shootout goal and Aaron Nelson made 25 saves to help the Bobcats creep to within one point of 1st place with a 3-2 shootout win in Minot on Friday. After a scoreless 1st period, the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period on a goal from Huba Sekesi. Tanner Holmquist tied things for the Minotauros 11 minutes later, but the Bobcats went back up by one with a power play goal from Tyler Dunagan. Jon Lizotte added a 3rd period goal to tie the game at 2-2, sending it to a shootout. Boxscore

Michigan Warriors 2 @ Soo Eagles 3 – Another former NA3HL player shined as former Flint Junior Generals netminder Nate Klebe made 34 saves and won his first career NAHL start as the Eagles edged the Michigan Warriors, 3-2. After a scoreless 1st period, each scored twice in the 2nd period as Dante Suffredini and Derek Lodermeier scored for the Eagles, while the Warriors got goals from Tyler Groat and Alec Pellegrino. The game-winning goal came early in the 3rd period as Mike Sabatini tallied a shorthanded marker for the eventual win. Boxscore

Johnstown Tomahawks 3 @ Port Huron Fighting Falcons 5 – Mitch Maloney scored twice as the Fighting Falcons jumped out a 3-1 lead and held on for a 5-3 win over the visiting Tomahawks, increasing their North Division lead to six points. Vito Aluia and Maloney had the three goals in the first two periods. Forest Donovan had the lone tally for Johnstown. After a Matt Seidel goal made it 4-1 early in the 3rd period, goals from Jordan Watt and Trevor Recktenwald made it 4-3 with just a few minutes remaining. Nick Horne added an empty-net goal to secure the win for Port Huron. Boxscore

Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2 @ Kenai River Brown Bears 1 – Fairbanks fired 44 shots on goal and Patrick Munson made 24 saves as the Ice Dogs took over 1st place in the Midwest Division with a 2-1 win in Kenai River on Friday. The Brown Bears lead early after an opening goal from Alec Butcher. However, both Fairbanks goals came in the 2nd period as Viktor Lilegren and Jacob Hetz lit the lamp. Brown Bears goalie Zach Quinn played well in the loss, making 42 saves. Boxscore

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