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Friday Finals: Shootouts and shutouts in the NAHL

January 3, 2015

Casey Linkenheld (above) scores one of the his three goals on Friday, while Chad Catt (below) posted his second straight shutout of the week.

Soo 5 @ Springfield 3 – Jack Berry made 39 saves as the Eagles picked up a big 5-3 road win in Springfield. Mitch Vanderburg was the other star of the night for the Eagles, as the forward recorded a hat-trick. Trevor Cope scored in the 1st period and Chase Matson added an empty-net goal in the 3rd period. The Jr. Blues got goals from Tyler Funk, Jared Goudreau and Cameron Cooper. Cope ended up with five points on the night, factoring in on every Soo goal and Sandis Zolmanis had four assists. Boxscore

Fairbanks 0 @ Keystone 2 – For the first time since 2013, someone handed the Fairbanks Ice Dogs a shutout loss and on Friday it was Nick Kossoff and the Keystone Ice Miners, who blanked Fairbanks, 2-0. It took until the 3rd period for anyone to score and with just 1:29 remaining in regulation, LordAnthony Grissom would scored the game-winner. A minute later, Alex Archibald would add the insurance goal. Kossoff made 29 saves for his third shutout of the year. Patrick Munson made 28 saves in the Ice Dogs loss. Boxscore

Kenai River 3 @ Johnstown 5 – Casey Linkenheld had a hat-trick and Jake Gwillim made 38 saves as the Tomahawks picked up their second straight win with a 5-3 victory at home over Kenai River.  Linkenheld scored in the 1st period as did Luke Lynch and Cam Bleck. He then added two straight goals in the 2nd period to complete his hat-trick. Trevor Recktenwald assisted on all three of Lickenheld’s goals. Kenai River got a goal in each period from Tanner Schachle in the 1st period, Ben Campbell in the 2nd period and Matt Rudin in the 3rd period. Boxscore

Coulee Region 1 @ Janesville 2 (SO) – With 9-game winning streaks on the line for both teams, something had to give and thanks to a closely matched game, the result would be decided in a shootout as the Jets edged the Chill. 2-1. Coulee Region led early in the 1st period thanks to a goal from Isaac Theisen. Zach Lavalle evened things up with a power play goal in the 3rd period. In the shootout, Mitch Fossier and Evan Feno scored for Janesville, which proved to be enough. Blake Weyrick made 31 saves in the win, while Adam Carlson also played well in the shootout loss, making 33 saves. Boxscore

Aberdeen 1 @ Minot 0 (SO) – It was a battle of two hot goalies on Friday night as neither Aberdeen’s Chad Catt, nor Minot’s Atte Tolvanen would budge, thus deciding the game in a shootout, where Aberdeen would triumph to win their second consecutive 1-0 game in a win over the Minotauros. In the shootout, Michael Heidkamp and Tanner Okeson would score for the Wings, while the lone Minot goal came from Johnny Walker. Catt ended up with 41 saves for his second shutout of the week, while Tolvanen stopped all 20 shots that came his way. Boxscore

Bismarck 3 @ MN Wilderness 2 – Hunter Shepard made 31 saves as the Bobcats picked up a big 3-2 road win in Cloquet against the Wilderness. It was the first loss in regulation for the Wilderness since November 8th. Bismarck did it on the strength of three, 3rd period goals. The Wilderness had taken a 1-0 lead early in the 2nd period on a goal from Billy Exell. The Bobcats exploded for three goals in the 3rd period from JM Piotrowski, Alex Strand and the game-winner from Evan Giesler with 2:48 remaining. Dan Litchke had the other goal for the Wilderness. Boxscore

Wenatchee 4 @ Topeka 2 – The Wild snapped the RoadRunners six-game winning streak thanks to a 4-2 road win in Topeka on Friday night. Zach Quinn made 21 saves in the win. After an opening goal from Topeka’s Jasen Fernsler, Wenatchee answered with goals from Colin Burston and Jake Ahlgren. Daniel Rzavsky tied the game early in the 3rd period, but the Wild would score twice more, including the game-winner from Troy Conzo and another from Ahlgren. Drew Vogler made 21 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Odessa 0 @ Lone Star 5 – TJ Black posted his second shutout of the week and of the season as the Brahmas picked up a 5-0 home win over the visiting Jackalopes. Black had to make just 16 saves in the win, while Ludvig Larsson scored twice, including goals in the 1st and 3rd period. Also adding goals for Lone Star were Roman Uchyn in the 1st period, Sean Giles in the 2nd period and Eric Carreras in the 3rd period. Tanner Creel took the loss in goal for Odessa, making 19 saves. Boxscore

Wichita Falls 7 @ Amarillo 4 – In front of over 3,000 fans in Amarillo, Wichita Falls scored four goals in the 2nd period on their way to a 7-4 win. Matt Koch had three points for the Wildcats including the Wildcats first goal, which answered 1st period Bulls goals from Charlie Combs and Will Harrison. In the 2nd period, Wichita Falls got goals from Colin Staub, Jonathan Lazarus, Nick Farmer and Tommy Apap. Farmer added another goal in the 3rd period and Jake Townsend also scored. Also scoring for the Bulls on the night was Elijiah Barriga and Trent Dillinger. Boxscore

Austin 3 @ Brookings 2 (SO) – In their first meeting of the year, the Austin Bruins picked up a 3-2 shootout win in Brookings. Austin took a 1-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Zach Kennedy. Brookings responded with two, 2nd period goals from Ryan Sete and Truman Gonzales. Landen Letwin tied things up for Austin with a goal midway through the 3rd period. In the shootout, goals from Luke Dietsch and Trevor Boyd would prove to be enough for the Bruins. Evan Smith made 19 saves in the win, while Ryan Kubic made 29 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Corpus Christi 2 @ Rio Grande Valley 3 (SO) – It took a 9-round, 18-man shootout, but the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees finally triumphed to complete a sweep of the IceRays thanks to a 3-2 shootout win. The Killer Bees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period on goals from Trevor Abbot and Dallas Gerads. The IceRays responed with goals from Griff Jeszka in the 1st period and Mason Kreuger in the 2nd period to tie the game. In the shootout, Daniel Nilsson would end up with the decider as the 9th shooter for the Killer Bees. Nick Scmit made 15 saves in the win, while Andrew Lindgren took the loss, making 26 saves. Boxscore

 
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