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Friday Finals: Keystone stays hot with shootout win in Johnstown

January 17, 2015

Brendan Harris (above) had a hat-trick to help Wenatchee to a 4-1 win on Friday night over Corpus Christi, while Nick Schmit (below) posted a shutout over Wichita Falls.

Keystone 3 @ Johnstown 2 (SO) – Nick Kossoff made 40 saves and shut down the Tomahawks in the shootout as the Ice Miners defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks on the road Friday night thanks to a 3-2 shootout win. Jeff Solow scored in the 1st period and Joey Sofo scored early in the 2nd period to put the Ice Miners ahead 2-0 midway through the game. Johnstown would come back with a late 2nd period goal from Casey Linkenheld and a 3rd period tally from Zac Robbins. In the shootout, Sofo was the lone goal scorer of the 10 combined shooters. Jake Gwillim ended up with 19 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Austin 4 @ Coulee Region 1 – The Bruins fired 52 shots on goal as they handed the Chill their 4th straight loss with a 4-1 road win on Friday night. Austin opened up a 3-0 lead with a 1st period goal from Tony Uglem and 2nd period tallies from Derek Olmschenk and Brian Bachnak. Coulee Region got on the board late in the 3rd period as Eddie Matsushima scored the lone goal for the Chill, but Jacob Kullberg added an insurance goal to put the game away. Evan Smith played well in the win, making 34 saves. Adam Carlson made 48 saves in the loss. Luke Dietsch and Alex Jasiek each had a pair of assists. Boxscore

Soo 2 @ Janesville 4 – The Jets broke a 2-2 tie with two power play goals in the 2nd and 3rd period to extend their North Division lead with a 4-2 home win over the Eagles on Friday. Keegan Miller started the scoring for Soo early in the 1st period, which was answered by two Janesville goals from Mitch Fossier and Jeff Alderfer. Soo tied the game at 2-2 late in the 2nd period on a goal from Chase Gamelin, but the Jets took a 3-2 lead to the lockerroom on a late goal from Grant Hutton. Nils Rygaard put the game out of reach with a late 3rd period power play goal. Blake Weyrick made 24 saves in the win. Boxscore

Odessa 1 @ Amarillo 4 – Anton Martinsson made 36 saves to lead the Amarillo Bulls to a 4-1 win over Odessa, handing the Jacks their 5th straight loss. After a scoreless 1st period, Brady Crabtree, Charlie Combs and Luke Novak all scored in the 2nd period to put the Bulls ahead 3-0 after two periods. Odessa would answer with their only goal later in the 3rd period as Razmuz Waxin-Egback scored his 12th of the season, but the Bulls would put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal from Will Harrison. Tanner Creel made 32 saves in the loss. Boxscore

MN Magicians 1 @ MN Wilderness 5 – Brett Heikkila scored twice as the Wilderness stayed hot with a 5-1 home win over the Magicians. Heikkila scored his first goal in the 1st period and Darian Romanko added a 2nd period goal to make it 2-0 Wilderness after two periods.  The Wilderness put the game away in the 3rd period with three more goals including another from Heikkila and others from Brett Gravelle and Michael Covach. Kris McKinzie scored the lone goal for the Magicians. Ryan Anderson made 25 saves in the win. In his return to the Magicians line-up, Vaughan Ahrens made 35 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Michigan 3 @ Springfield 4 (OT) – Kevin Klima made the most of his NAHL debut as the 17-year-old forward and son of former NHL’er Petr Klima scored two goals, including the overtime-winner as the Jr. Blues beat the Warriors, 4-3. Springfield led 3-1 after two periods thanks to a 1st period goal from Jason Dhooghe and 2nd period goals from Kevin and Kelly Klima. Michigan had a 2nd period goal from Tyler Groat and tied the game in the 3rd period with another goal from Groat and Colin Horton. Klima’s OT-winner came 2:27 into the extra frame. Boxscore

Lone Star 2 @ Topeka 3 – Matej Tomek made 20 saves as the RoadRunners increased their South Division lead with a 3-2 home win over the 2nd place Brahmas on Friday. Mike Gornall, who committed to Air Force earlier in the day, scored the opening goal for the RoadRunners. However, that was answered with two straight goals from Lone Star thanks to strikes from Roman Uchyn and Liam Stirzinger. Topeka fought back in the 2nd period with two goals to take a 3-2 lead as Tyler Irvine and Daniel Rzavsky scored. Jake Kupsky made 22 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Rio Grande Valley 1 @ Wichita Falls 0 – Nick Schmit stopped all 33 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Killer Bees picked up a big road win in Wichita Falls by a 1-0 score. After a scoreless 1st period, the game’s only goal came in the 2nd period as Parker Wood found the back of the net for his 11th goal of the year, which was assisted by Mason Van Tuyl. That would be all Schmit and the Killer Bees would need for the win. Austin Shaw played well in the loss for Wichita Falls, making 22 saves. Boxscore

Minot 3 @ Aberdeen 2 – The Minotauros came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Aberdeen Wings 3-2 on Friday night. Things looked good early on for the Wings as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead on 1st period goals from Brendan Riordan and Austin Swingle. After a goalie change the Minotauros got back in the game with two late 2nd period goals just :16 seconds apart as Blake Lizotte and John Snodgrass tied the game.  In the 3rd period Tim Athley scored the game-winner with less than seven minutes to go for the win. Atte Tolvanen got the win as he came in relief to stop all 14 shots he faced. Boxscore

Brookings 6 @ Bismarck 2 – The Blizzard offense was efficient, scoring six goals on just 20 shots as they snapped Bismarck’s five-game winning streak thanks to 25 saves from Ryan Kubic in a 6-2 road win. The score was knotted at 2-2 after two periods as Tanner Salsberry and Jared Turcotte opened the scoring for Bismarck, but that was answered by six unanswered goals from the Blizzard including a goal from Oscar Odd in the 1st period, Joe Nathe in the 2nd period and four, 3rd period goals from Nate Colwell, Kevin Shand, Zed Dietrich and Zach Glienke. Boxscore

Corpus Christi 1 @ Wenatchee 4 – Zach Quinn had to make just 14 saves as the Wild got a hat-trick from Brendan Harris in a 4-1 home win over Corpus Christi in front of over 3,500 fans in Wenatchee. After a scoreless 1st period, Harris scored twice in the 2nd period and Ryan Chiasson also added a goal to put the Wild ahead 3-0. Matt Colford scored the lone Corpus Christi goal before the period was done to make the score 3-1 after two periods. Harris added his hat-trick in the 3rd period on a shorthanded goal, giving him one of each kind for the game (power play, even strength and short handed). Boxscore

Fairbanks 6 @ Kenai River 3 – Kevin Aldridge made 21 saves and six different players scored for Fairbanks as they handed the Brown Bears their 13th straight loss in a 6-3 win. Kenai River jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Jack Gessert and Zack Zulkanycz, but the Ice Dogs responded with four straight goals from Jacob Hetz, Todd Burgess, Jakob Stridsberg and Hans Gorowsky. Kenai River cut into the lead with a 2nd period tally from Alex Jackstadt, but two 3rd period goals from Yannick Vedel and Ethan Somoza secured the win for Fairbanks. Boxscore

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