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Wenatchee and Brookings win road games on Thursday

January 17, 2014

Evan Hesse had the game-winning goal to help Brookings to a 2-0 shutout in Bismarck on Thursday.

Wenatchee Wild 4 @ Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2 - The Wenatchee Wild opened up a three-game set against arch-rival Fairbanks Thursday night and rode a pair of second period power play goals to a 4-2 win over the Ice Dogs at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. Fairbanks opened the scoring with Hans Gorowsky lighting the lamp. Wenatchee tied the game at 1-1, by banking one in off a defenseman. Omar Mullan got credit for the goal. Parker Tuomie came out firing in the second period, scoring a pair of power play goals in the early going. The first, coming at 54 seconds, was scored on a rebound. The second, a sharp angle shot from near the right wing circle, giving the Wild a 3-1 lead. Jakob Ahlgren scored off a turnover, snapping a wrist shot from the top of the right wing circle. The unassisted goal stretched the Wenatchee lead to 4-1. Fairbanks cut into the deficit just shy of the four minute mark of the third period, as Johnny Mueller scored, slicing the Wild lead to 4-2. The Ice Dogs would pull the goalie late but Wenatchee stayed strong in their end, finishing out the 4-2 win. Fairbanks outshot the Wild 34-18 on the night. Gustaf Johansson made 32 saves for the Wild, while Patrick Munson and Kevin Aldridge combined to make 14 saves for the Ice Dogs. Boxscore

Brookings Blizzard 2 @ Bismarck Bobcats 0 – Connor Girard stopped all 19 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Brookings Blizzard beat the Bobcats in Bismarck by a 2-0 score. The loss was the first shutout of the Bobcats at home since January 5th of last year, when, ironically, the Blizzard took a 1-0 win out of Bismarck. Brookings forward Evan Hesse scored on the power play at 5:54 of the 1st period, and Jeff Flicker added an empty-net goal at 19:40 of the 3rd period to push Brookings to within two points of the final playoff spot in the NAHL Central Division.  Bismarck’s Aaron Nelson was solid in the loss stopping 24 of a possible 25 shots. Boxscore

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