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Friday Finals: Brown Bears win first 3 on 3 OT game

September 19, 2015

Bismarck forward Willie Brown had five assists in a 6-3 home win over the Austin Bruins (photo by Hope Magelky, Bismarck Bobcats).

Aston 3 @ New Jersey 2 – The Rebels spoiled New Jersey’s inaugural home opener with a 3-2 come-from-behind win on Friday. The crowd was treated to a flurry of offense in the 1st period with the home side lighting the lamp first as goals from Keegan Miller and Andrew Durham put the Titans ahead 2-0 just seven and half minutes into the game. However, the Rebels responded with goals from Andrew Zerban and Gvido Jansons just :44 seconds apart from one another to tie the game at 2-2. The game-winner came off the stick of Drew Blackman midway through the 3rd period. Aston goalie Trevor Micucci made the lead hold, making 22 saves. Jack Berry took the loss in goal for the Titans, making 30 saves. Boxscore

Johnstown 7 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3 – Six straight goals in the middle portion of the contest were the big difference as the Tomahawks spoiled the Knights NAHL debut with a 7-3 win. Anthony Parrucci and Dante Suffredini each had three points. The Knights delighted the home crowd in the 1st period jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Steven Kelly and Kohei Sato. Johnstown answered with six straight goals from Dalton Hunter, Adam Pilewicz, Joe Delandro, Drew Doyon and two from Parrucci. Sato added his second goal of the game for the Knights in the 3rd period and Brendan Jaquay added an empty-net goal for Johnstown. Jake Gwillim picked up the win in goal, making 28 saves, while Grant Valentine had the loss with 39 saves. Boxscore

Kenai River 4 @ Janesville 3 (OT) – Kenai River scored the final three goals of the game, which included the NAHL’s first 3 on 3 overtime game this season as Jack Gessert was the hero, recording a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal and an assist, as the Brown Bears picked up their first win of the season with a 4-3 OT win in the Jets home opener. The Jets led 2-1 after one period with Roberts Smits and Joey Rutkowski scoring on both ends of Gessert’s first goal. Cullen Munson scored midway through the game to make it 3-1 Janesville, but it was all Gessert and Brown Bears after that. Justin Bofshever scored for Kenai River to make it 3-2 and then Gessert added a goal midway through the 3rd period and then three minutes into OT. Brian Baker made 37 saves in the win, while Jack LaFontaine made 16 saves in the loss in his NAHL debut. Boxscore

Corpus Christi 3 @ Topeka 1 – Graham Hunt made 24 saves in his NAHL debut to lead the IceRays to a 3-1 road win in Topeka on Friday. The IceRays offense managed just 17 shots, but scored three times, which included the game’s opening goal in the 1st period from Andy McGlynn on a slap shot. Topeka would tie the game in the 2nd period with an odd-angle goal from Matt Jennings. The IceRays seized the momentum back late in the 2nd period with a goal from the point from Michael Bevilacqua. Ryan Cusin scored his first goal of the season midway through the 3rd period to add some insurance for the IceRays. Vladimir Cibulka made 14 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Austin 3 @ Bismarck 6 – Travis Wood and Aaron Herdt each had two goals and two assists and Willie Brown had five assists as the Bobcats won their home and season opener by doubling up the Austin Bruins, 6-3. Austin got off to a fast start with the game’s opening goal from Logan Haskins early in the 1st period, but Bismarck responded with four straight goals including two from Herdt, one from Wood and another from Harrison Aide. The Bruins made things close in the 3rd period with a pair of goals from Griffin Slightam and Jan Stefka, but Bismarck pulled away with the second goals of the night for both Aide and Wood. Hunter Shepard made 20 saves in the win, while Jacob Berger took the loss for the Bruins making 25 saves. Boxscore

Fairbanks 6 @ MN Wilderness 2 – After raising their Robertson Cup banner, the Wilderness found tough sledding the rest of the way in their home-opener on Friday as Fairbanks moved to 3-0 on the season with a convincing 6-2 win. Todd Burgess scored twice for the Ice Dogs, which included the game’s opening goal just :28 seconds in. After the Wilderness tied the game on a goal from Brett Heikkila later in the period, Brugess answered again in the 2nd period along with a goal from Tyler Tomberlin to make the score 3-1. Koby Bender brought the Wilderness to within 3-2, but two straight goals from Liam Stirtzinger made it 5-2 after two periods and a 3rd period goal from Clay Cross made the final 6-2. Andrew Lindgren made 21 saves in the win, while Chase Munroe took the loss against his former team, making 19 saves. Boxscore

Minot 4 @ Brookings 5 (SO) – The Blizzard avoided losing after a three-goal, 3rd period comeback by Minot to win 5-4 in the first shootout of the year in the NAHL. After a scoreless 1st period, Brookings was seemingly in control after they took a 3-1 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Garrett Elmore, Mikael Hakkarainen and Blake Busch. James LaDouce had the lone tally for the Minotauros in the frame. In the 3rd period, Minot’s Owen Larson scored to make it 3-2, but Brookings jumped ahead by two with a goal from Kane Durment. Minot then tied things up. Will Gauthier had the shootout winner for Brookings. Eric Hancock made 31 saves in the win, while Jon Flakne took the loss with 23 saves. Boxscore

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