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Friday Finals: Eagles soar into playoff position

January 18, 2014

Connor Thie had two goals to help the Odessa Jackalopes to a 5-2 win in Corpus Christi on Friday night.

Soo Eagles 3 @ Janesville Jets 2 – The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 and fought off a Jets comeback bid to win, 3-2. The win vaulted the Eagles into the 4th and final playoff spot in the North. Soo jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals in the 1st period from Brad Pung and Scott Cuthrell and a 3rd period marker from Mike Sabatini. The Jets cut the lead to 3-2 with two power play goals from Michael Louria, but it would not be enough. Eagles goalie Landon Trutt made 37 saves in the win. Boxscore

Odessa Jackalopes 5 @ Corpus Christi IceRays 2 – Connor Thie scored twice to help the Jackalopes pick up a big road win in Corpus Christi on Friday night. A fast start was key for the Jacks as Thie scored twice in the 1st period as did Ian Mansfield. Leo Lumm and Lukas Laub added 3rd period goals for the Jackalopes. IceRays goals came from Nick Monfils and Grant Hutton. Eric Hancock made 23 saves in the win, while Ben Myers took the loss with 26 saves. Boxscore

Johnstown Tomahawks 4 @ Port Huron Fighting Falcons 2 – Jake Moore made 43 saves and Cody Bentzel had a multi-point game as Johnstown beat Port Huron, 4-2. The win closed the game to five points between the 2nd place Tomahawks and the 1st place Fighting Falcons. Johnstown goals game from Logan Hudson in the 1st period, Joe Drabin and Bentzel in the 2nd period and Matthew Meier in the 3rd period. Bryce VanHorn and Vito Aluia had the Port Huron goals. Boxscore

Minnesota Wilderness 3 @ Coulee Region Chill 6 – Three 3rd period goals were the difference as Coulee Region doubled up the Wilderness on Friday night. Six different players scored for the Chill. The Chill jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the 2nd period on goals from Jesse Tredinnick, Ondrej Zehnal and Cam Bleck. The Wilderness responded right back to tie the game at 3-3 on two goals from Brett Heikkila and another from Billy Exell. In the 3rd period, Gordon Wells, Mac Jansen and Lance Carney all scored to give the Chill the win. Blake Cates made 57 saves in the win. Boxscore

Amarillo Bulls 4 @ Wichita Falls Wildcats 3 – The Bulls used a fast start to win their 8th straight game in a 4-3 win in Wichita Falls on Friday night. The Bulls seized control from the start with two quick goals from Mitchell McPherson and Cody Gylling. After a power play goal from Josh Haverstrom made it 2-1, the Bulls scored twice more on goals from Brendan McGuire and Mike Davis to push the lead to 4-1. The Wildcats got goals from Kyle Bauman and Evan Okeley to cut the lead down to 4-3, but could not find the equalizer. Boxscore

Topeka RoadRunners 3 @ Springfield Jr. Blues 0 – PJ Bridges stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his 6th shutout of the season as the RoadRunners blanked the Jr. Blues, 3-0. Topeka scored in each period. Tyler Poulsen had a 1st period goal, Jasen Fernsler scored in the 2nd period and Jake Kamrass had a 3rd period power play goal. Stefanos Lekkas made 27 saves in the Jr. Blues loss. Poulsen, Kamrass and Cody Champagne each had multi-point games for the RoadRunners. Boxscore

Aberdeen Wings 3 @ Austin Bruins 5 – Dillon Kelley made 30 saves in his first start in a Bruins uniform as Austin beat Aberdeen, 5-3. The Wings took a 2-0 lead on goals from Jordan Heller and Austin Swingle.  However, a four-goal 2nd period propelled the Bruins ahead as Jay Dickman, Drew Anderson, Austin Nelson and Alex Pettersson scored for Austin. Luke Dietsch had the lone goal in the 3rd period for Austin. TJ Roo had the other goal for the Wings. Boxscore

Brookings Blizzard 2 @ Bismarck Bobcats 3 – Bismarck outshot Brookings 39-13 and squeezed out a 3-2 win on Friday. The teams were tied at 1-1 after the 1st period on alternating power play goals as Jacob McDowell scored for Bismarck and Evan Hesse scored for Brookings. Bismarck took control in the 2nd period with a pair of goals from Tyler Dunagan and Ryan Callahan. Beau Michaud scored in the 3rd period for the Blizzard. Boxscore

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 4 @ Lone Star Brahmas 1 – Anthony Croston had a goal and two assists to lead the Killer Bees to a 4-1 road win against the Brahmas. The Brahmas offense struggled, managing just 14 shots on goal. The Killer Bees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period on goals from Croston and Ian Janco. Tyler Bruneteau added a 2nd period goal to make it 3-0. The lead swelled to 4-0 early in the 3rd period on a goal from Evan Schmidbauer.  Paul Fregeau scored the lone goal for the Brahmas in their loss. Boxscore

Wenatchee Wild 2 @ Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3 (SO) – The Ice Dogs came from behind in the final moments of the 3rd period to tie the game and ultimately win in a shootout, 3-2 in the second game of a three game set against the Wild. Omar Mullan opened the scoring for Wenatchee in the 1st period, but that was answered in the 2nd period by a goal from Viktor Liljegren to tie things at 1-1. Nicholas Rivera gave the Wild a 2-1 lead, which lasted until :52 second remaining in the 3rd period when Tayler Munson tied the game. Hans Gorowsky had the shootout winner. Boxscore

Minnesota Magicians 2 @ Kenai River Brown Bears 5 – The Brown Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead and didn’t look back as they beat the Magicians, 5-2. Matt Rudin scored twice in the Brown Bears win. Kenai took a 3-0 lead midway through the game on goals from Tyler Andrews, Tommy Dierl and Alec Butcher. The Magicians would strike back on goals from Cody Milligan and Eetu Karvinen, but Rudin’s goals in the 3rd period put the game away for the Brown Bears. Boxscore

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