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Saturday Scores: North Division a tight race

March 9, 2014

Alex Blankenburg helped the Port Huron Fighting Falcons clinch the first of four playoff spots in the North Division.

Michigan Warriors 2 @ Soo Eagles 6 – Ryan Urso had a four-point night to help the Eagles keep pace in the North playoff race with a 6-2 win and weekend sweep of the Warriors. Soo jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two periods as Scott Cuthrell scored twice and Urso, Matt Menta and Nick Belger added goals. Michigan got to within 5-2 on 3rd period goals from Sean Campbell and Jon Farkas, but Menta added his second of the game late in the period to make the final score 6-2. Paige Skoog made 24 saves in the win. Boxscore

Fairbanks Ice Dogs 5 @ Wenatchee Wild 2 – Fairbanks clinched the Midwest Division title thanks to a 5-2 win in Wenatchee on Saturday, which completed a weekend road sweep. The game was tied at 2-2 heading late into the 3rd period as Mitch Demario and Nicholas Rivera scored for the Wild and Brett Gervais and Tayler Munson scored for Fairbanks. However, the Ice Dogs scored three goals in the final 3:28 on goals from Wyatt Ege and empty-netters from Viktor Liljergren and Doug Rose. Boxscore

Topeka RoadRunners 4 @ Amarillo Bulls 2 – PJ Bridges made 39 saves as the RoadRunners pulled to within two points of the 1st place Bulls thanks to a 4-2 win on Saturday and weekend sweep of the Bulls. After a scoreless 1st period, James Ring and Daniel Rzavsky added 2nd period goals to give Topeka a 2-0 lead. The lead swelled to 4-0 in the 3rd period as Tyler Poulsen and Jasen Fernsler scored back-to-back power play goals. The Bulls scored back-to-back power play goals from Brady Ferguson and Mitchell McPherson, but it would not be enough. Boxscore

Port Huron Fighting Falcons 3 @ Springfield Jr. Blues 2 – Alex Blankenburg made 34 saves to help the Port Huron Fighting Falcons to a 3-2 win in Springfield, which earned them a weekend road split and secured them a spot in the NAHL playoffs. It was a back and forth game most of the way as each time Port Huron scored, the Jr. Blues would answer. Vito Aluia, Niko Coffman and Nick LeSage scored for the Fighting Falcons. Trevor Stone had both goals for the Jr. Blues in the loss. Boxscore

Aberdeen Wings 6 @ Brookings Blizzard 0 – Six different players scored as the Wings routed the Blizzard for a second straight night as they earned a weekend road sweep with a 6-0 win. Henry Dill made 22 saves for his second shutout of the season. Six different players scored for the Wings including TJ Roo and Austin Heakins in the 1st period, Jake Horton in the 2nd period and Erik Baskin, Ryan Cook and Drew Doyon in the 3rd period. Boxscore

Janesville Jets 2 @ Johnstown Tomahawks 1 – Logan Halladay had another strong game as the netmider made 25 saves to help the Jets to a weekend road sweep of the Tomahawks. The win kept the Jets in the 4th and final spot in the North playoff race and moved them to within just a point of 3rd place Johnstown. The Jets took a 1-0 lead with a 2nd period goal from Kyle Patava. Shane Cuckovich answered for the Tomahawks, but an early 3rd period goal from Jordan Himley would prove to be the game-winner. Boxscore

Austin Bruins 2 @ Minot Minotauros 1 – Nick Lehr made 30 saves to help the Bruins stay atop the Central Division thanks to a 2-1 win in Minot, earning them a weekend road split. The Bruins had a fast start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period behind goals from Jay Dickman and Casey Jerry. It wasn’t until late in the 3rd period when Minot spoiled Lehr’s shutout bid as with 4:11 remaining Jake Johnson scored the lone Minotauros goal. Brandon Wildung made 26 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Wichita Falls Wildcats 1 @ Lone Star Brahmas 2 (SO) – TJ Black made 40 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped four of five shooters in the shootout as the Brahmas earned a weekend split with the Wildcats. David Zevnik made 21 saves in the loss, which came in front of over 2,000 fans in Lone Star. Tyler Ledford had the lone goal in regulation for the Wildcats, while Michael Crowley had the lone Brahmas goal. The Brahmas shootout winner came off the stick of Thomas Aldworth. Boxscore

Kenai River Brown Bears 3 @ Corpus Christi IceRays 1 – In front of over 4,300 fans in Corpus Christi, the Brown Bears kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 win and weekend road sweep of the IceRays. Kris Oldham made 27 saves in the win. It was the IceRays who had a 1-0 lead in the 1st period on a goal from Lucas McDiarmid. Kenai River scored the next three goals on a Frankie Spellman goal in the 2nd period and goals from Jacob Wolter and Alec Butcher in the 3rd period. Boxscore

Minnesota Wilderness 4 @ Bismarck Bobcats 2 – Kasimir Kaskisuo made 24 saves to help the Wilderness take three of four points in their weekend series in Bismarck in front of a sold out crowd. With the win, the Wilderness are assured of a playoff spot. The Wilderness did their damage in the middle period as they scored three times, which offset two goals from Bobcats forward Cullen Willox. Thomas Lindstrom, Jack Forbort and Darian Romanko scored in the 2nd period for Minnesota and Eric Brenk added a 3rd period goal. Boxscore

Minnesota Magicians 0 @ Coulee Region Chill 5 – Adam Carlson made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Chill blanked the Magicians to earn a weekend home-and-home split. James McGing scored the only goal in the 1st period, which proved to be the game-winner. Gordon Wells, Adam Lovick and Mac Jansen added goals in the 2nd period and Eddie Matsushima added a 3rd period goal. Cam Bleck and Blake Kelley each had two assists in the win. Boxscore


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