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Friday Finals: Playoff pairings go down to the wire

March 29, 2014

Minot defenseman and Miami University recruit Scott Dornbrock had a hat-trick on Friday to lead Minot to a overtime win in Brookings.

Amarillo Bulls 8 @ Odessa Jackalopes 2 – Mike Davis had a hat-trick and Kyle Gattelaro had a four-point night as the Bulls fired 54 shots on goal in an 8-2 win in Odessa. After an even 1st period which saw Dean Rhymer score for the Bulls and Alex Alger score for the Jacks, the Bulls blew the game open with four 2nd period goals. Davis scored twice and Gattelaro and Matt Sieckhaus added the others. The Bulls added three more goals in the 3rd period including Davis’ hat-trick and others from Tyler Gernhofer and Mitchell McPherson. Leo Lumm scored the other goal for Odessa. Boxscore

Minot Minotauros 4 @ Brookings Blizzard 3 (OT) – Michael Louria scored with just :14 seconds remaining in overtime to cap a thrilling 4-3 win for the Minotauros in Brookings. It wasn’t until the 2nd period when Brookings opened the scoring on a goal from Brandon Parker. Then came the wild 3rd period, which saw Minot defenseman Scott Dornbrock record a hat-trick with two unassisted goals and a power play goal. That was matched by Blizzard goals from Beau Michaud and Conor Andrle, who scored with just :07 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. Boxscore

Michigan Warriors 0 @ Port Huron Fighting Falcons 3 – Max Milosek stopped all 29 shots that came his way for his 5th shutout of the season as the Fighting Falcons blanked the Michigan Warriors, 3-0. Bryan Yim had a goal and an assist and got the scoring going with a power play goal in the 1st period. That was followed by two goals in the 2nd period from Matt Jones and Bryce VanHorn. Noah Batis also had two assists on the night for Port Huron. Robbie Beydoun took the loss for the Warriors making 26 saves. Boxscore

Springfield Jr. Blues 1 @ Soo Eagles 2 – The Eagles played the role of spoiler as they edged the Jr. Blues, ending the playoff hopes of Springfield. Paige Skoog was one of the stars for the Eagles, as he turned away 35 shots. The Jr. Blues jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period courtesy of a power play goal from Logan Wendling. The Eagles answered with back-to-back goals in less than two minutes apart from Bruno Birzitis and Chase Matson. Stefanos Lekkas made 29 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Johnstown Tomahawks 3 @ Janesville Jets 5 – The Jets kept their hopes for the #2 seed in the North alive with a come-from-behind 5-3 win over Johnstown, scoring the last three goals of the game. Evan Feno scored the first two goals for the Jets, both on the power play. Trailing 3-2, the Jets scored three goals in the final 10:05 as Kyle Patava, Drew Callin and Jordan Himley all scored. Johnstown got goals from Casey Lickenheld, Jordan Watt and Tyler Basham. Despite the loss, Johnstown secured the North’s final playoff spot. Boxscore

Minnesota Wilderness 3 @ Coulee Region Chill 2 (SO) – The Chill playoff hopes took a turn downward as they fought back late to earn a point, but fell in a shootout to the Willderness, 3-2. The Chill led 1-0 after one period on a goal from Bryan Kronberger. The Wilderness would respond with two goals in the 2nd period from Darian Romanko and Ivan Chukarov to take a 2-1 lead. The Chill were down to their final minute, but stay alive as Richard Zehnal scored with the extra attacker to draw the game even at 2-2. In the shootout, Romanko and Tyler Hart scored for Minnesota. Boxscore

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 2 @ Corpus Christi IceRays 0 – In front of the largest crowd in the NAHL this season (6,203) Nick Schmit stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his 6th shutout of the season as the Killer Bees blanked the IceRays, 2-0. The eventual game-winning goal came courtesy of Tyler Bruneteau in the 1st period with assists to Ben Greiner and Aleksi Luhtalampi. With 1:08 remaining in the game, Joe Llaurado added an empty-net goal. Ben Myers made 16 saves in the IceRays loss. Boxscore

Topeka RoadRunners 4 @ Wichita Falls Wildcats 2 – Topeka kept their South title hopes alive for one more night as they scored two 3rd period goals to beat the Wildcats, 4-2. The score was dead-even at 2-2 through the 1st period as Tyler Poulsen and Sly Sutter scored for Topeka and Max Reisinger and Todd Korizinsky answered for Wichita Falls. In the 3rd period, Sutter and Poulsen would each add their second goals of the night to give Topeka the win. PJ Bridges made 34 saves for his 26th win of the year. Boxscore

Aberdeen Wings 3 @ Wenatchee Wild 2 (OT) – Dillon Eichstadt scored with just 1:08 remaining in overtime to keep the Wings Central title hopes alive in a come-from-behind 3-2 win in front of 3,566 fans in Wenatchee. Things looked good for the Wild early as power play goals from Parker Tuomie and David Powlowski put Wenatchee in front, 2-0. Aberdeen would answer on a goal from Bjorn Sigurdarson and a 3rd period tally from Tanner Okeson. Despite the loss, the Wild earned a point and the #3 playoff spot in the Midwest. Boxscore

Austin Bruins 4 @ Bismarck Bobcats 1 – Three 3rd period goals broke the game open and helped Austin keep its Central title hopes alive with a 4-1 road win in Bismarck. It was the Bobcats who struck first in the 1st period on a power play goal from Tyler Dunagan. The Bruins responded in the 2nd period on a goal from Charlie Manley to tie the game at 1-1. Then came the three-goal 3rd period as Alex Petterson, Kody Reuter and Niko Hildenbrand all scored. Bruins goalie Nick Lehr had to make just 14 saves to pick up his 34th win of the season. Boxscore

Kenai River Brown Bears 1 @ Fairbanks Ice Dogs 5 – Behind two power play goals from Brett Gervais, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs beat the Kenai River Brown Bears 5-1 in front of a sold out crowd in Fairbanks on Friday. Gervais opened the scoring in the 1st period, which was followed by a 2nd period goal from Tayler Munson to make the score 2-0. Fairbanks pushed the lead to 4-0 in the 3rd period behind goals from Lonnie Clary and Johnny Mueller before the Brown Bears responded with their lone goal from Nathan Colwell. Gervais would add his second of the game late in the 3rd period. Boxscore

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