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Friday Finals: Ice Dogs clinch NAHL's top spot

March 22, 2014

Johnstown stayed in the thick of the North playoff race with a 6-3 win over the Soo Eagles on Friday.

Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3 @ Kenai River Brown Bears 2 (SO) – Viktor Liljegren scored the lone goal in the shootout, which gave the Ice Dogs a 3-2 win over the Brown Bears and clinched the overall the NAHL’s regular season title for Fairbanks, giving them home ice advantage throughout the Robertson Cup playoffs. Todd Burgess and Doug Rose scored for the Ice Dogs in regulation, while Albin Karlsson and Vincent Stefan scored for Kenai River. The Brown Bears moved into a tie for the 4th and final playoff spot in the Midwest with the shootout loss point. Boxscore

Port Huron Fighting Falcons 1 @ Wenatchee Wild 4 – Joseph Kaszupski scored twice and Chase Perry made 22 saves as the Wenatchee Wild posted a big 4-1 win over the Fighting Falcons to keep themselves in playoff position in the Midwest. Despite the loss, Port Huron clinched the top spot in the North thanks to a Michigan loss earlier in the night. Nicholas Rivera opened the scoring for the Wild in the 1st period. Kaszupski and Matthew Nuttle scored in the 2nd period to make it 3-0. Vito Aluia scored in the 3rd period to put the Fighting Falcons on the board, but Kaszupski added his second goal late in the 3rd period for the 4-1 final. Boxscore

Janesville Jets 4 @ Michigan Warriors 1 – Brock Kautz made 45 saves as the Janesville Jets gave their playoff hopes a huge lift as they beat 2nd place Michigan 4-1 on Friday. Robin Hoglund scored twice including the first goal in the 1st period and the final empty-net goal in the 3rd period. Jordan Himley and Carson Vance scored in the 2nd period to push the Jets lead to 3-0. Mitchell Wedding scored the lone goal for the Warriors. Boxscore

Soo Eagles 3 @ Johnstown Tomahawks 6 – The Tomahawks scored four, 3rd period goals as they gave their playoff hopes a big boost with a win over the Soo Eagles. Soo led 3-2 after two periods on goals from Michael Sabatini, Scott Cuthrell and Michael Caruso. Trevor Recktenwald and Jordan Watt scored for Johnstown. The Tomahawks scored four goals in the last nine minutes of the 3rd period with tallies from Mitch Hall, Casey Lickenheld, Brandon Reinholz and Shane Cuckovich. Boxscore

Coulee Region Chill 1 @ Minnesota Wilderness 7 – The Wilderness scored five, 1st period goals on their way to a 7-1 defeat of the Coulee Region Chill. Six different players scored for the Wilderness and Eric Brenk had two goals on the night. Brenk scored both his goals in the 1st period along with goals from Jaycob McCombs, Jakob Romo and Thomas Lindstrom. Dan Litchke and Richard Buri added the 6th and 7th goals in the 2nd period. Richard Zehnal scored the lone Coulee Region goal, which came on the power play. Boxscore

Wichita Falls 1 @ Amarillo Bulls 3 – Colin Delia made 35 saves as the Amarillo Bulls maintained their one-point lead in the South Division with a 3-1 win at home over Wichita Falls. The score was tied at 1-1 until late in the 3rd period as Brady Ferguson scored for the Bulls and Sam Piazza scored for the Wildcats. In the 3rd period, Patrick Pollock and Tyler Gernhofer scored for the Bulls to put the game out of reach. David Zevnik took the loss in goal for the Wildcats, making 27 saves. Boxscore

Bismarck Bobcats 2 @ Austin Bruins 6 – The Bruins kept their three-point lead in the division thanks to a 6-2 home win over Bismarck. Jay Dickman scored the lone goal in the 1st period for Austin. After Nate Repensky tied the game early in the 2nd period, the Bruins went up 3-1 on goals from Eli May and Easton Viitala. Evan Giesler cut the lead to 3-2 with an early 3rd period goal, but Austin scored three straight markers to end the game on Viitala’s second of the game and others from Trey Dodd and Brian Bachnak. Boxscore

Minnesota Magicians 2 @ Aberdeen Wings 3 (OT) – Erik Baskin scored the last two goals of the game as the Wings climbed back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Magicians in overtime, 3-2. Minnesota led 2-0 early in the 2nd period on goals from Nick Kuchera and Will Johnson. The Wings cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal from Jordan Heller. Baskin took over with a penalty shot goal early in the 3rd period and the game-winner halfway through overtime. Boxscore

Springfield Jr. Blues 2 @ Topeka RoadRunners 3 (OT) – Tyler Poulsen scored on a penalty shot in overtime to help the RoadRunners stay a point behind 1st place in the South Division thanks to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Jr. Blues. Topeka jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the 2nd period on a goal from Yu Hikosaka. Josh Lammon and Mike Severson gave Springfield a 2-1 lead late in the period. Ryan Poulin tied the game late in the 3rd period, setting up Poulsen’s game-winner in overtime. Boxscore

Lone Star Brahmas 3 @ Odessa Jackalopes 4 – Razmuz Waxin-Engback had a hat-trick to lead Odessa to a 4-3 win at home over the Lone Star Brahmas. It was the Brahmas who got on the board first as Matt Lison scored an early power play goal. Waxin-Engback scored two straight goals to end the 1st period with the Jacks in the lead 2-1. After a Leo Lumm goal made it 3-1 early in the 2nd period, Waxin-Engback scored his hat-trick to make it 4-1. Roman Uchyn scored twice in the 2nd period to cut the lead down to 4-3, but the Brahmas could not find the equalizer. Boxscore

Brookings Blizzard 4 @ Minot Minotauros 3 – The Blizzard erased a 3-0 lead on got the game-winning goal with less than a minute to play in a 4-3 road win in Minot. Things looked good for the Minotauros early as Michael Louria single-handedly gave Minot a 3-0 lead with three straight goals, one in the 1st period and two more in the 2nd period. However, the Blizzard stormed back with three goals in the 2nd period from Michele Marchetti, Nick DeCenzo and Brandon Parker to tie the game at 3-3. That set up the game-winner, which came on the power play from Wyatt Schmidt with just :52 seconds remaining in the game. Boxscore


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