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Friday Finals: Tomahawks snap Warriors win streak

February 15, 2014

Tyler Gernhofer scored twice to help the Amarillo Bulls clinch a playoff berth in their 9-2 win over Lone Star on Friday.

Michigan Warriors 0 @ Johnstown Tomahawks 5 – Alex Okicki made 30 saves for this 4th shutout of the season as the Tomahawks snapped the Warriors nine-game winning streak with a 5-0 shutout. Five different players scored for Johnstown including Matthew Meier and Josh Bowes in the 1st period, Dakoda Menslage and Logan Hudson in the 2nd period and Casey Linkenheld in the 3rd period. Trevor Gorsuch made 29 saves in the Warriors loss. Boxscore

Springfield Jr. Blues 0 @ Port Huron Fighting Falcons 3 – Max Milosek stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his 3rd shutout of the season as Port Huron blanked Springfield, 3-0. The Fighting Falcons scored once in each period as they increased their division lead back to four points. Bryce VanHorn added a 1st period and the eventual game-winning goal. Austin Romzek scored in the 2nd period and Bryan Yim added a 3rd period goal. Jr. Blues netminder Stefanos Lekkas made 36 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Coulee Region Chill 2 @ Janesville Jets 3 – Janesville continued their season dominance of the Chill with a 3-2 win at home. Brock Kautz made 36 saves in his third straight start and Jordan Himley factored in on all three Jets goals. Jesse Junttila gave the Jets a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period and then Himley scored back-to-back shorthanded goals just :52 seconds apart in the 3rd period. The Chill came back with two goals later in the 3rd period from Blake Kelley and James McGing, but could not find the equalizer. Boxscore

Lone Star Brahmas 2 @ Amarillo Bulls 9 – The Bulls became the first team in the South Division to clinch a playoff spot as they dominated from start to finish in a 9-2 home win over Lone Star. The Bulls jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 1st period on two goals from Tyler Gernhofer and others from Cody Gylling, Brendan Vetter and Timmy Moore. Eric Purcell and Mitchell McPherson scored in the 2nd period to make it 7-0. Sebastian Vidmar had both Brahmas goals in the 3rd period, which were neutralized by two goals from Amarillo’s Kyle Gattelaro and Roman Ammirato. Boxscore

Topeka RoadRunners 2 @ Wichita Falls Wildcats 1 – PJ Bridges made 39 saves to help the Topeka RoadRunners to a 2-1 road win in Wichita Falls on Friday night. The Wildcats led 1-0 in the 1st period on a goal from Todd Koritzinsky. Cody Champagne tied the game for Topeka in the 2nd period with a power play goal. The game-winner came off the stick of Jake Kamrass midway through the 3rd period. Wildcats goaltender Chase Munroe made 23 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Corpus Christi IceRays 2 @ Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 3 – The Killer Bees kept pace in the South Division race with a 3-2 win. It was the IceRays who got on the board first early in the 1st period as Joey Palumbo scored. The Killer Bees responded with two goals from Brenden Dunning and Dan Kucerovy to make it 2-1 after one period. After no scoring in the 2nd period, the Killer Bees increased the lead to 3-1 on a goal from Jared Dedenbach. Brad LeLievre cut the lead to 3-2, but the IceRays could not find the equalizer. Boxscore

Brookings Blizzard 1 @ Aberdeen Wings 6 – Six different players scored for the Wings as they broke open a 1-1 tie with five 3rd period goals. The Wings opened the scoring in the 1st period on a goal from Erik Baskin. After no scoring in the 2nd period, Brandon Parker tied the game early in the 3rd period for the Blizzard, but it was all Wings after that. Jordan Heller, Drew Doyon, TJ Roo. Zach Doerring and Patrick Steinhauser added five goals in a 13-minute stretch to blow the game open. Boxscore

Bismarck Bobcats 2 @ Minnesota Wilderness 3 – A power play goal late in the 3rd period from Ivan Chukarov gave the home Wilderness a 3-2 win over the visiting Bobcats.  After a scoreless 1st period, Bismarck took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period on a goal from Seth Blair. The Wilderness would take a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd period on goals from Darian Romanko and Jack Forbort. Bismarck tied the game at 2-2 midway through the 3rd period on a goal from Jacob McDowell, but Chukarov added the game winner with 5:40 to go. Boxscore

Soo Eagles 1 @ Wenatchee Wild 3 – The Wild moved back into playoff position with a 3-1 win over the visiting Eagles in front of over 3,500 fans in Wenatchee. Chase Perry made 23 saves in the win. After a scoreless 1st period, Jakob Ahlgren opened the scoring for the Wild in the 2nd period to make it 1-0. The Wild pushed the lead to 3-0 midway through the 3rd period on goals from Troy Loggins and Nicholas Rivera. Perry lost his shutout bid with just :41 seconds remaining in the 3rd period as Michael Caruso scored the lone Soo goal. Boxscore

Austin Bruins 4 @ Fairbanks Ice Dogs 5 – In front of a sold out crowd in Fairbanks, the Ice Dogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead and withstood a furious Bruins rally to win 5-4. The Ice Dogs scored twice in the 1st period on goals from Jacob Hetz and Yannick Vedel. The lead swelled to 4-0 early in the 2nd period on goals from Ross Olsson and Chandler Madry. Austin responded with three straight goals from Jay Dickman, Guillaume Leclerc and Eli May to make it 4-3. Kyle Lee, who had four points on the night, scored a goal late in the 2nd period to make it 5-3. Easton Viitala added a 3rd period goal for the Bruins, but Austin could not find the equalizer. Boxscore

 
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