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Blizzard close gap in Central with win on Thursday

January 30, 2015

A career-high 53 saves from Jake Gwillim helped the Johnstown Tomahawks edge the Springfield Jr. Blues, 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.

Brookings 5 @ Aberdeen 1 - The Blizzard scored three goals in the opening six minutes of the second period and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Aberdeen Wings in a rare Thursday night game at the Odde Ice Center. Brookings scored the opening goal from Kevin Shand just 27 seconds into the second period after Aberdeen lost control of the puck and turned it over in its own zone. Viktor Lindell tacked on a second goal just more than three minutes later, and Zach Glienke a third with 14:03 remaining in the period. Aberdeen switched goalies and got one goal back on a Kyle Haak tally with 12:12 remaining in the period, but another Brookings goal ahead of the halfway point from Garrett Elmore and a final score with 45 seconds remaining in the period from Nate Colwell put things well out of reach for the Wings. Colwell would end up with three points on the night and goalie Ryan Kubic made 18 saves in the win. Boxscore

Johnstown 3 @ Springfield 2 (SO) - Three shootout goals gave the Tomahawks a 3-2 victory, snapping a seven game losing streak. Zac Robbins deflected a shot from Filips Buncis into the net with a backhand, giving the Tomahawks a 1-0 lead 12:55 into the second period.  Less than two minutes later, the Jr. Blues tied the game, as Jared Goudreau scored on a slap shot from inside the right face-off circle.  Joey Lupo gave the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead, taking a quick pass from Kelly Klima that led to a goal from inside the left face-off circle. Kevin Klima also earned an assist on the goal. Just over a minute later, Buncis stole the puck during a Springfield clearing attempt, leading to a Cam Bleck shot that deflected off the pads of goaltender Niko Dellamaggorie and into the net. After a scoreless overtime period, the game moved into the shootout. Bleck, Casey Linkenheld, and Tanner Barnes each converted on their opportunities to give the Tomahawks the extra point. Jake Gwillim earned the win in impressive fashion, stopping 53 of 55 shots and all three shots he faced in the shootout. Dellamaggorie suffered the loss, stopping 29 of 31 shots and one of four shots in the shootout. Boxscore

Corpus Christi 3 @ Odessa 2 (SO) - The Corpus Christi IceRays battled in a highly-offensive game to force overtime and claim a 3-2 over the Odessa Jackalopes on Thursday night in Odessa. After a scoreless 1st period, the IceRays broke the scoreless tie in the 2nd period. IceRays forward Brad LeLievre slapped a hard shot from the top of the right circle at 14:55 to give the IceRays a 1-0 lead with the assist going to forward Wes Michaud. The Jackalopes turned up the heat heading into the 3rd period and at 4:27, forward Razmuz Waxin-Engback rifled a shot home from the left wall off a turnover to even the score, 1-1. Odessa forward Chad Guderian then slipped into open ice in front of IceRays goaltender Andrew Lindgren and flipped a shot over the netminder to give the Jackalopes a 2-1 lead. With time winding down, the IceRays pushed numbers forward, and at 18:00 of the period, defenseman Trevor Heuser took a hard shot from the right point that snuck through multiple screens and by Creel to even the score, 2-2, and send the game into overtime. At 2:43 of overtime forward Nathan Bryer sniped a shot from the right side home to seal the 3-2 win for the IceRays. Lindgren earned the win, saving 30 of 32 shots, while Creel picked up the overtime loss, turning aside 35 of 38 shots. Boxscore

Coulee Region 2 @ Fairbanks 3 (SO) - Following a scoreless first period, Adam Lovick produced the game’s first goal at 2:15 of the second period with a line-drive shot from the left circle that was set up by Nico Luka and Richard Zehnal. The Ice Dogs tied it at 1 on a 4-on-3 power play with Jesper Ohrvall’s rebound shot from the right circle at 14:14 of the second period. Sean Lang gave the Chill a 2-1 lead at 4:47 of the second period, bursting through the slot with Dawson DiPietro’s centering pass and sending a shot under Patrick Munson’s blocker. Ohrvall reunited with Jacob Hetz at 6:51, taking the left wing’s pass at the end of a rush and putting in a rebound shot to make it 2-2 and eventually force overtime. In the shootout, it was Ohrvall again providing the heroics as he scored the shootout winner for the Ice Dogs. In his last three games, Ohrvall has eight goals. Munson made 27 saves in the win, while Adam Carlson took the loss, making 30 saves. Boxscore

Wenatchee 6 @ Kenai River 0 – Kyle Stephan had a hat-trick and the Wild scored four times in the 3rd period to pick up a 6-0 shutout road win in Kenai River on Thursday night. Zach Quinn had to make just 16 saves for his second shutout of the season. On the first power play of the night, Wenatchee capitalized when Stephan collected the puck, skated down the right side of the ice and fired from the right faceoff circle to put the Wild up 1-0. Stephan added another goal four minutes into the second period, catching an assist from behind the net from Ryan Gotelaere and flipping the puck into the net with room to spare to extend the lead to 2-0. Jake Ahlgren caught a long rebound shot and slapped the puck in cleanly to score and put the Wild up 3-0. From there, Wenatchee scored three more in a span of 2:02, including the hat trick clincher from Stephan with 6:44 left in the game. Boxscore 

 
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