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Friday Finals: A night of shutouts in the Central

November 22, 2014

Tanner Holmes picked up his first career NAHL shutout on Friday as Minot blanked Bismarck.

Coulee Region 5 @ Michigan 4 – In a wild offensive affair, Adam Lovick and Dominik Florian each scored twice to lead the Chill to a 5-4 road win in Flint against the Warriors. The Chill jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 1st period as Lovick scored twice and Florian added the other. Mike Behm had the lone Michigan goal before Seth Adams and Cody Lichtenvoort scored in the 2nd period to tie the game at 3-3. Florian and Garrett Riebling added two goals for the Chill to make it 5-4. Tyler Groat scored a late 3rd period goal for the Warriors, but they could not find the equalizer. Boxscore

Keystone 1 @ Janesville 3 – The Jets got 22 saves from Matt Jurusik as they continued their good fortune against the Ice Miners with a 3-1 win. Keystone would jump out to an early 1-0 leads thanks to a goal from Taylor Fernandez. The Jets responded with two goals in the 2nd period to take a 2-1 lead as Brandon Schultz and Adam Winborg scored. Zach Lavalle assisted on both goals. Dan Kucerovy added a 3rd period tally to make the final, 3-1.  Alex Blankenburg made 29 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Odessa 2 @ Corpus Christi 6 – The IceRays kept pace with the leaders in the South Division as they capitalized on a wild 1st period to defeat Odessa, 6-2 handing the Jacks their 7th straight loss. It only took 11 minutes for the IceRays to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the opening period as Pierre Crinon, Connor Bucsis, Tanner Lomsnes and Nic Laburn scored. The period included Odessa goals from Razmuz Waxin-Engback and Alex Alger. Frankie Melton scored his first career NAHL goal to make it 5-2 for the IceRays after the first 20 minutes. Lomsnes added the only other goal of the game early in the 3rd period. Luke Pickar made 24 saves in the win. Boxscore

Springfield 0 @ Topeka 4 – Matej Tomek made his return to the line-up in grand fashion as the goaltender stopped all 14 shots that came his way since his first action since October 12th in a 4-0 shutout of the visiting Jr. Blues. After a scoreless 1st period, the RoadRunners scored twice in the 2nd period, which included goals from Daniel Brickley and Mike Gornall. Daniel Rzavsky and Sam Rennaker added 3rd period goals for Topeka, who outshot Springfield, 38-14. Niko Dellamaggorie made 34 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Minot 7 @ Bismarck 0 – Seven different players scored and Tanner Holmes stopped all 27 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as Minot picked up a big 7-0 road win in Bismarck to move back into 1st place in the Central Division. Minot led 2-0 after one period on goals from Troy Delger and Blake Lizotte. The lead swelled to 6-0 thanks to four, 2nd period goals from Christian Mohs, Jared Brandt, Chase Springman and James Mathias. Rasmus Sorgardt added the lone 3rd period goal. Johnny Walker picked up three assists for the Minotauros. Alex Bitsakis took the loss, making 25 saves. Boxscore

Amarillo 2 @ Lone Star 5 – After a close 1st period, the Brahmas broke open the game in the final two periods to defeat the Bulls, 5-2. Andy Madej and Nick Ford each scored twice to fuel the Brahmas win.  Ford and Madej each scored their first goals in the opening period, which was answered by a goal from Cody Gylling for the Bulls. Madej scored in the 2nd period as did Roman Uchyn to answer a goal from the Bulls’ Brady Crabtree to make it 4-2. Ford added his second goal of the game in the 3rd period. TJ Black made 18 saves in the win. Boxscore

Wenatchee 6 @ Kenai River 1 – It was all Wenatchee as they went on the road and captured a 6-1 win in Kenai River on Friday. Six different players scored for the Wild including Andre Pison in the 1st period, Chris Jones and Mike Coyne in the 2nd period and Colin Burston, Mitch Demario and Stevie Bryant in the 3rd period. Quinton Wunder scored his first career NAHL goal in the 2nd period, which stood as the lone goal for the Brown Bears. Michael Bullion and Zach Quinn combined for the win for the Wild, making 27 saves between them. Boxscore

MN Magicians 2 @ Fairbanks 7 – The Ice Dogs exploded for five goals in the 2nd period on their way to a 7-2 home win over the Magicians. Seven different players scored for the Ice Dogs. After a scoreless 1st period, Fairbanks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd period behind goals from Jacob Hetz, Chandler Madry, Adam Wilcox and Jakob Stridsberg. The Magicians answered with a goal from Ryan Solomon, but Hans Gorowsky scored the fifth goal of the frame to make it 5-1. Todd Burgess and Yannick Vedel added 3rd period goals. Paul O’Connor scored the other goal for Minnesota. Patrick Munson made 26 saves for his league-leading 12th win. Boxscore

Aberdeen 0 @ Brookings 5 – in his first NAHL start, 16-year-old goaltender Ryan Kubic stopped all 23 shots that came his way for a shutout as Brookings blanked Aberdeen, 5-0. The Blizzard jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 1st period goal from Zach Glienke. Brookings broke the game open in the 3rd period with four more goals including tallies from Jared Goudreau, Beau Michaud, Tyler Frischmon and Joe Nathe. Andrew Shortridge took the loss for the Wings, making 26 saves. Boxscore

Rio Grande Valley 3 @ Wichita Falls 4 – Nick Farmer’s penalty shot goal with 1:31 remaining in the 3rd period was the difference as the Wildcats stayed hot with a 4-3 win at home over the Killer Bees. It was the Killer Bees who held the advantage after one period as Kyle Stephan scored twice for the Bees as they took a 2-1 lead to the lockerroom. Austin Albrecht had the Wildcats goals. Wichita Falls would score two straight goals from Colin Staub and Austin Beaulieu to take a 3-2 lead before Stathis Soumelidis answered with under five minutes remaining, which set up Farmer’s game-winner via the penalty shot. Boxscore

Austin 1 @ MN Wilderness 3 – Brad Johnson scored twice including the game-winning goal in the 2nd period as the Wilderness topped the Austin Bruins, 3-1. Brock Kautz made 28 saves in the win, which was the third straight for the Wilderness. Johnson scored on the power play in the 1st period and added a 2nd period even strength goal. JC Maclean scored in the 3rd period for the Bruins, but Billy Exell’s goal put the game out of reach late in the 3rd period. Jake Kielly made 27 saves in the loss. Boxscore

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