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Friday Finals: Wilderness, Jets run winning streaks to five

December 17, 2016

The Aberdeen Wings celebrated a shutout win on Friday night over the Brookings Blizzard in front of a packed house at the Odde Ice Center.

Minot 2 @ MN Wilderness 4 – The Wilderness closed the gap in the Central Division thanks to a 4-2 home win over the Minotauros. Alexander Esbjors had three points and two goals in the win, which was the Wilderness’ 5th in a row. After an opening goal from Minot’s Nate Pionk (6), the Wilderness scored four straight goals, which included two in the 1st period from Pavel Mikhasenok (8) and Dylan Mills (8). Esbjors took over with back-to-back goals to make it 4-1 early in the 3rd period. Reid Stefanson scored his 12th goal of the season late in the 3rd period for Minot to make it a 4-2 final. Trevor Micucci picked up his 5th straight win, making 23 saves, while Lucas Murray made 24 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 @ Aston 4 – Mareks Mitens stopped all 21 shots that came his way for his NAHL-leading 8th shutout of the season as the Rebels blanked the Knights, 4-0. A balanced scoring attacked helped the Rebels seize control of the game by the early 2nd period. After an opening goal from Jensen Zerban in the 1st period, the Rebels added three more goals in the 2nd period, which included stirkes from Gvido Jansons (10), Aaron Maguyon (6) and Andrew Ballant (16). Grant Valentine took the loss in goal for the Knights, making 24 saves. Boxscore

Fairbanks 5 @ Northeast 3 – The Ice Dogs scored twice in the 3rd period to break a 3-3 deadlock to edge the Generals 5-3 on Friday. Five different players scored for the Ice Dogs, which included two goals in the opening period from Sam Ruffin (3) and Tanner Schachle (5). Cayden Cahill added his 7th goal of the season in the 2nd period as Hampus Eriksson (5) and Nick Rogers added 3rd period goals. Scoring for the Generals were Kohei Sato (5), Colin Bilek (7) and Evan Somoza (7). CJ Booth made 25 saves in the win, while Gabe Vinal made 33 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Brookings 0 @ Aberdeen 4 – Forbes Ploszaj stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Wings blanked the Blizzard on Friday, 4-0. Aberdeen got two goals from Kevin Fitzgerald (9, 10) in the opening two periods to take a 2-0 lead. In the 3rd period, Gage Mackie added two more goals (7, 8) to make the final score, 4-0. Carson Dimoff and Shawn Knowlton each chipped in two assists in the win. Brookings goalie Josh Boyko made 40 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Kenai River 3 @ New Jersey 2 (SO) – It took 65 minutes and more of hockey to see the Brown Bears pick up a big 3-2 shootout win on the road in New Jersey on Friday. Robbie Goor shined for Kenai River in the win, making 35 saves and stopping all three Titans shootout attempts. Kenai River opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with two quick goals from Anthony Tzveyn (9) and Tyler Rock (7).  The Titans responded with goals from Greg Malafronte (8) later in the 1st period and Nick Boyagian (9), who tied the game with just :43 seconds remaining in regulation. Luke Radetic had the lone shootout goal for either team. Brandon Bussi made 27 saves in the shootout loss for New Jersey. Boxscore

Springfield 1 @ Janesville 6 – Joseph Abate scored twice and Jacob Barczewski made 30 saves as the Jets won their 5th straight game with a convincing 6-1 win over the Jr. Blues. The Jets scored twice in each period, which included 1st period goals from Peter Bates (14) and Frank Sullivan (4). Abate then added both of his goals in the 2nd period, which was followed by two more goals in the 3rd period from Alec Semandel (2) and Carter Ekberg (2). The lone Jr. Blues goal of the game came from Fabio Hollenstein (6) in the 1st period. Mike Robinson made 32 saves in the loss for the Jr. Blues. Boxscore

Amarillo 5 @ Topeka 1 – The Bulls were dominant in a 5-1 road win in Topeka on Friday night. Jeff Solow and Luke Edgerton each had three points in the win. The Bulls led 2-0 after 1st period goals from Charlie Singerhouse (7) and Edgerton (3). The lead swelled to 3-0 with a 2nd period goal from Steven Ipri (5) and 3rd period goals from Phil Fromberger (2) and George Mika (16). The lone goal for the RoadRunners came late in the 3rd period off the stick of Peyton Frantti (8). Bulls goalie Nikita Babintsev sparkled in the win, making 23 saves, while Topeka goalie Mike Rockwell made 25 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Corpus Christi 2 @ Shreveport 3 (SO) – The Mudbugs pushed their winning streak to four straight games with a close 3-2 shootout win over the IceRays on Friday. The game was even throughout as the teams traded goals with Jordan Fader (1) and Brendon Gysbers (3) scoring for the Mudbugs, only to see Corpus Christi answer each Mudbugs goal with tallied from Nathan Bryer (7) and Jayson Dimizio (3). With both goalie shining throughout the game, it took a combined 14 shooters to decide the shootout as Cameron Cook netted the winner. Dylan Lubbesmeyer made 29 saves in the win, while Tomas Vomacka made 26 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Austin 1 @ Bismarck 5 – The Bobcats snapped their losing skid with a convincing 5-1 win at home over the visiting Bruins. Five different players scored for Bismarck and goalie Camden Haugenoe made 21 saves in the win. After an opening goal in the 1st period from Austin’s Justin Misiak (11), it was all Bobcats. Jared Resseguie scored his 6th goal of the season later in the 1st period to make it 1-1. Matthew Barry (9) scored the lone goal of the 2nd period to give the Bobcats a lead they would not surrender. Bismarck added three more goals in the 3rd period, which included goals from Cooper Haar (1), Tanner Breidenbach (2) and Tristan Ashbrook (3). Alex Schilling took the loss in goal for the Bruins, making 23 saves. Boxscore

Coulee Region 2 @ MN Magicians 6 – Travis Brown had a three-point night to lead the Magicians to a convincing 6-2 home win over the visiting Chill. It was all Magicians in the first two periods as they took a 2-0 lead with 1st period goals from Cameron Buhl and Brendan Skarda, who each scored their 9th goals of the season. Brown (7), Caleb Hite (6) and Davis Kirkendall (4) added three more goals in the 2nd period to make it 5-0. Jake Cass (3) added Minnesota’s 6th goal in the 3rd period. Isaac Theisen (5) and Alex Falconer (7) scored for Coulee Region in the 3rd period. Ivan Prosvetov made 23 saves in the win, while Todd Scott made 24 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Wichita Falls 1 @ Lone Star 2 – Alec Calvaruso made 17 saves as the Brahmas outshot the Wildcats 46-18 in a 2-1 win on Friday in a battle of the top two teams in the South standings. Lone Star opened the scoring with a 1st period goal from Julian Biondo (3). Wichita Falls would answer back in the 2nd period with Steven Tillie’s 11th goal of the season. The game-winner came later in the 3rd period as Jack Zielinski scored his first goal of the season while on the power play. Wildcats goalie Jared Dempsey played well in the loss, making 44 saves. Boxscore

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