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New Years Eve: Tomahawks thrill packed house with win

January 1, 2016

Janesville goalie Jack LaFontaine made 70 saves in a two-game road sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness.

Minot 0 @ Bismarck 3 – Bismarck goalie Hunter Shepard had to make just 15 saves as he posted his league-leading 4th shutout of the season as the Bobcats completed a home-and-home sweep of Minot. After a scoreless 1st period, the Bobcats jumped ahead 2-0 in the 2nd period courtesy of two power play goals from Nick Wallace and Aaron Herdt. Willie Brown added Bismarck’s 3rd goal, which came early in the 3rd period. The win moved the Bobcats into sole possession of 3rd place in the Central, just two points behind the division leaders. Boxscore

Kenai River 3 @ Johnstown 6 – Casey Linkenheld scored twice as the Tomahawks used a big 3rd period to delight a sold out crowd with a 6-3 win over the Brown Bears. Johnstown took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Brendan Jaquay and Andrew Romano. The Brown Bears responded with two goals in the 2nd period from Justin Bofshever and Cameron Cook and another early in the 3rd period from Bofshever to take a 3-2 lead. Johnstown would respond with the last four goals if the game in a 13-minute span including two from Linkenheld and others from Adam Pilewicz and Luke Lynch. Boxscore

Brookings 2 @ Aberdeen 3 – The Wings did all their scoring in the 1st period and got 31 saves from Peter Thome as they edged the visiting Blizzard, 3-2. Aberdeen jumped on the Blizzard quickly with three, 1st period goals, which came from Ryan Cook, Kevin Fitzgerald and Carter Roo. The lone Brookings goal of the 1st period came from Nick Cardelli. The Blizzard cut the lead to 3-2 early in the 2nd period with a goal from Nick Ford, but that would be as close as they would get thanks to Thome. Magnus Lindhe picked up the loss and was pulled after one period in favor of Josh Kuehmichel, who stopped all 18 shots he faced. Boxscore

Coulee Region 5 @ Austin 2 – The Chill scored the final four goals of the game, including three in the 3rd period to pick up a 5-2 road win in Austin. The Chill got on the board first with a 1st period goal from Justin Kendall. The Bruins responded with two goals early in the 2nd period from Zach Kennedy and Jade Miller to take a 2-1 lead. However, it was all Chill after that. Dominik Florian tied the game midway through the 2nd period and the Chill blew things open in the 3rd period with goals from Nico Luka, Isaac Theisen and Caleb Schroer. Matiss Kivlenieks made 28 saves in the win, while Robbie Goor made 14 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Janesville 4 @ MN Wilderness 3 – Thanks to another great game from goalie Jack LaFontaine, the Jets earned a road sweep in Cloquet against the Wilderness with a 4-3 win on Thursday. It was the Wilderness who held a 2-1 advantage after one period thanks to goals from Aaron Miller and Casey Gilling. Cole Paskus scored the Jets in the opening period. Janesville then took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Adam Winborg and LordAnthony Grissom. The lead increased to 4-2 as Jake Bresser scored. Miller added his second of the game for the Wilderness with just seconds remaining. LaFontaine ended up making 38 saves in the win. Boxscore

Wichita Falls 4 @ Amarillo 2 – The Wildcats added to their South Division lead with a 4-2 win in Amarillo on Thursday, thanks to a big 3rd period. The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 1st period goals from Ben Lown and Adam Goodsir. The Wildcats would respond with two goals of their own in the 2nd period to tie the game at 2-2, which included tallies from Trent Dillinger and Joey Molinaro. The Wildcats put the game away in the 3rd period with two more goals from Garrett VanWyhe and Nikita Litviak. Justin Kapelmaster picked up the win, making 25 saves, while Anton Martinsson made 42 saves in the loss. Boxscore

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