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Brown Bears and Butcher even things up in Fairbanks

April 6, 2014

Zack Szajner scored twice to lift the Michigan Warriors to a 5-1 win and 2-0 series lead over the Janesville Jets on Saturday.

Kenai River Brown Bears 3 @ Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2 (OT) (Best of five series tied, 1-1) – NAHL scoring champion Alec Butcher was a one-man wrecking crew as he scored all three goals to help the Brown Bears even their series with Fairbanks thanks to a 3-2 overtime win in Game 2. After a scoreless 1st period, Butcher scored twice in the 2nd period to give Kenai River a 2-1 lead. Wyatt Ege had the Fairbanks goal. The Ice would tie the game up in the 3rd period as Johnny Mueller scored, but it would be an Ice Dogs penalty in overtime, which would give Butcher and the Brown Bears the chance they need to win and tie the series as Butcher completed his hat-trick. Zach Quinn made 43 saves in the win. Boxscore

Janesville Jets 1 @ Michigan Warriors 5 (Michigan lead best of five series, 2-0) – Zack Szajner scored twice as the Warriors put forth another strong effort in a 5-1 win at home over the Jets to take a 2-0 series lead. Colin Horton and Szajner scored in the 1st period to put the Warriors ahead 2-0. After an Alex Smith goal made it 2-1, Tyler Groat scored to make it 3-1 and Szajner added another to make it 4-1. Connor Lyons added a 3rd veriod goal to make the final 5-1. Trevor Gorsuch had another strong outing, making 28 saves in the win. Boxscore

Wenatchee Wild 4 @ Minnesota Wilderness 3 (Wenatchee leads best of five series, 2-0) – Alex Rauter scored twice to help the Wenatchee Wild to a 4-3 win on the road again against the Wilderness to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Wild can close out the series in Game 3, which will be in Minnesota on Sunday. Rauter scored the game’s first goal on the power play in the 1st period. The Wilderness answered with goals from Darian Romanko and Jakob Romo to take a 2-1 lead, but another goal from Rauter would tie the score at 2-2. Troy Loggins and Nicholas Rivera added 2nd period goals, which turned out to be enough for the win. Boxscore

Minot Minotauros 1 @ Austin Bruins 2 (Best of five series tied, 1-1) – Jay Dickman had the eventual game-winning goal in the 2nd period as the Bruins evened their best of five series with the Minotauros. Austin outshot Minot 33-14 in the game. Drew Anderson put the Bruins ahead in the 1st period, but that was answered by a goal from Minot’s Jake McCann. Dickman scored late in the 2nd period to put the Bruins ahead for good. Nick Lehr made 13 saves in the win, while Merrick Madsen took the loss, making 31 saves. Boxscore

Bismarck Bobcats 5 @ Aberdeen Wings 1 (Bismarck leads best of five series, 2-0) – Aaron Nelson made 27 saves and Evan Giesler scored twice more as the Bismarck Bobcats seized control of the best of five series against the Wings with another road win in Aberdeen on Saturday. It was another dominating performance from the Bobcats as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st period on one of two goals on the night from Zach Yon. Chris Diver made it 2-0 in the 2nd period and another goal from Yon made it 3-0. Back-to-back goals from Giesler made it 5-0 before the Wings scored their only goal from Erik Baskin. Boxscore

Wichita Falls Wildcats 4 @ Amarillo Bulls 7 (Amarillo leads best of five series, 2-0) – The Bulls broke open a 3-3 tie with four straight goals on their way to a 7-4 win and 2-0 series lead over the Wildcats. The Bulls led 3-0 after the 1st period on goals from Roman Ammirato, Cody Gylling and Tyler Gernhofer. The Wildcats answered with three straight from Kyle Bauman, Todd Koritzinsky and Evan Okeley. The Bulls would answer with four straight including two from Brady Ferguson and others from Kyle Gattelaro and Eric Purcell. Ben Kucera added the other goal for the Wildcats. Boxscore

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 1 @ Topeka RoadRunners 2 (OT) (Topeka leads best of five series, 2-0) – PJ Bridges made 23 saves and Tyler Poulsen scored six minutes into overtime as the Topeka RoadRunners defeated the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 2-1 to take a 2-0 series lead in the best of five South Semi-Final. After a scoreless 1st period, Evan Schmidbauer put Rio Grande Valley ahead 1-0 in the 2nd period. That was answered by a power play goal from James Ring to knot the game at 1-1. In the overtime, Topeka got the game-winner on the power play just :08 seconds after the Killer Bees went to the box. Ryan Polin assisted on both Topeka goals. Boxscore 

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