Friday Finals: Wings shutout Bruins in OT
Soo 1 @ Springfield 3 – Springfield won their home opener thanks to two goals from NAPHL graduate Joey Lupo in a 3-1 win. The Jr. Blues started strong with two goals in the opening frame including one from Lupo and another from Joe Immormino. Soo responded with a goal from Brad Pung. Lupo added his second goal late in the game on an empty-net. Dryden McKay sparkled in goal for Springfield making 33 saves and Sean Keating took the loss making 24 saves. Boxscore
Aberdeen 1 @ Austin 0 (OT) - The game was very physical and both teams had many scoring chances. Regulation would end in no score, 0-0. In the overtime period, after two beautiful passes, Wings forward Michael Soucier buried home the game-winning goal improving the Wings to 5-2-0 this season, dropping Austin to 5-2-0. Wings goaltender Andrew Shortridge stopped every shot he faced for his first NAHL career shutout.
Wenatchee 2 @ Corpus Christi 3 – A strong start propelled the IceRays to a 3-2 home win over the Wild, giving the IceRays points in four consecutive games. Corpus Christi jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 1st period goals from Anthony Cortese and Logan Gestro. A goal from newly acquired Nate Colwell made it 3-0 in the 2nd period. The Wild battled back with two 3rd period goals from Ryan Chiasson and Stevie Bryant, but Andrew Lindgren’s 29 saves held the Wild off the board the rest of the way. Boxscore
Minot 1 @ Kenai River 2 (SO) – In a shootout, Kenai River edged Minot, 2-1. The opening 53 minutes of the game went scoreless thanks to great goaltending from both Josh Creelman of the Brown Bears and Atte Tolvanen of the Minotauros. Kenai River took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Maurin Bouvet, which was answered two minutes later by Minot’s James Mathias. Tanner Schachle scored the shootout winner. Creelman ended up with 39 saves and Tolvanen had 37 saves. Boxscore
Odessa 1 @ Rio Grande Valley 4 – Ben Johansson made 30 saves as the Killer Bees salvaged a weekend home split with the Jackalopes thanks to a 4-1 win on Friday in front of 2,100 fans. The Killer Bees started strong with 1st period goals from Parker Wood and Kyle Stephan. After Odessa cut the lead to 2-1 with an early 3rd period goal from Ryan MacKellar, Rio Grande Valley answered with two more goals from Dan Kucerovy and Guy Roby. Boxscore
Lone Star 2 @ Wichita Falls 3 (OT) – Nick Farmer scored just over two minutes into overtime as the Wildcats came from behind to defeat the Brahmas, 3-2. The Brahmas led 1-0 and again 2-1 on goals from Sebastian Vidmar and Hayden Hanson, while Wichita Falls responded each time that Lone Star scored with goals from Austin Beaulieu and Erich Jaeger. Austin Shaw made 15 shots in the win, while Jake Kupsky took the loss making 35 saves. Boxscore
Coulee Region 3 @ Brookings 4 – Zach Glienke scored twice and added an assist as the Blizzard edged the Chill on Friday night, 4-3. The Blizzard jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Joe Anderson and Glienke. The Chill would respond with a goal from Ondrej Zehnal to make it 2-1 after two periods. In the 3rd period, Pat Flynn and Glienke would score for Brookings, while Coulee Region got goals from Nico Luka and Vince Marinaro. Justin Ketola made 32 saves in the win. Boxscore
Bismarck 1 @ Fairbanks 3 – The Ice Dogs raised their Championship banner in front of a sold out crowd and came away with a 3-1 win as Patrick Munson made 23 saves. Chandler Madry got the scoring going in the 1st period for the Ice Dogs. That was met with a goal in the 2nd period from Bismarck’s Alex Toscano to tie the game at 1-1. In the 3rd period, the game-winner was scored on a penalty shot from Yannick Vedel. Jacob Hetz added an empty-net goal later in the 3rd period. Alex Bitsakis made 25 saves in the loss. Boxscore
Amarillo @ Topeka – The game was postponed until Sunday, October 5th at because of a technical malfunction to the Zamboni.