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Friday Finals: A night of hat-tricks

January 14, 2017

Aston defenseman Gvido Jansons had a hat-trick in a 3-0 win on Friday night, which was the 5th straight for the Rebels.

MN Wilderness 3 @ Aberdeen 1 – Wilderness goalie Trevor Micucci made 40 saves and forward Zach Mills scored all three goals as Minnesota picked up a 3-1 win in Aberdeen on Friday night. After a scoreless 1st period, the Wilderness took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period with a goal from Mills. Early in the 3rd period, Mills scored again to make the score 2-0. The Wings got on the board midway through the 3rd period thanks to a goal from Colton Fletcher, but Mills would complete the hat-trick just two minutes later to make the final 3-1. Forbes Ploszaj made 25 saves in the Wings loss. Boxscore

Kenai River 0 @ Aston 3 – Goaltender Mareks Mitens stopped all 20 shots that came his way for his 10th shutout of the season and defenseman Gvido Jansons scored all three goals as the Rebels blanked the Brown Bears on Friday, 3-0. For Mitens, his 10th shutout tied an NAHL single-season record, which was set during the 2011-12 season by Rob Nichols. For Jansons, two of the three goals came via the power play in the 2nd and 3rd periods.  The goals were his 11th, 12th and 13th of the season. Dom Garcia and Brennan Kapcheck each had a pair of assists. Robbie Goor made 30 saves in the loss for the Brown Bears. Boxscore

Amarillo 3 @ Corpus Christi 0 – Thanks to 36 saves from Brandon Bussi, the Amarillo Bulls salvaged a weekend split with the IceRays thanks to a 3-0 shutout win on Friday. It was Bussi’s 3rd shutout of the season. After a scoreless 1st period, the Bulls took a 1-0 lead midway through the 2nd period on a goal from Brendan Walkom. In the 3rd period, the Bulls tacked on two more goals thanks to strikes from George Mika and Eric Cooley. IceRays goalie Cam Burggrabe made 29 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Janesville 4 @ Brookings 3 – Despite a hat-trick from Brookings forward Paul Cotter, the Midwest-leading Janesville Jets stayed hot with another win on Friday as they got a three-point night from Peter Bates in a 4-3 road win. The Jets controlled the first two periods as they got a 1st period goal from Cullen Munson and a 2nd period goal from Bates.  In the 3rd period, the Blizzard made a game of things thanks to the hat-trick from Cotter, which ended up tying the game at 3-3.  However a late goal from Cole Paskus have the Jets the win. Michael Maloney had the third Jets goal and Derek Schaedig made 30 saves in the win, while Josh Boyko made 24 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Topeka 1 @ Shreveport 3 – For the second straight night the Mudbugs beat the RoadRunners, 3-1. The win pushed the Mudbugs winning streak to five straight games thanks to 22 saves from Dylan Lubbesmeyer. Topeka opened the scoring with a 1st period goal from Devon Fields. After that, it was all Mudbugs as they tied the game with a 2nd period goals from Kristaps Jakobsons and then took the lead midway through the 3rd period with a goal from Croix Evingson. Brendan VanSweden added a late empty-net goal to make the final 3-1. Ben Churchfield made 30 saves in the loss for Topeka. Boxscore

Minot 3 @ Bismarck 1 – Austin Park made 20 saves as the Minotauros rebounded with a 3-1 win in Bismarck on Friday. Minot took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period with a power play goal from Nate Pionk. Bismarck knotted the game at 1-1 early in the 2nd period thanks to a goal from Tristan Askbrook. Minot regained the lead four minutes later thanks to Tyler Jeanson’s 12th goal of the season. Derek Frentz added a late empty-net goal in the 3rd period to secure the win. Bismarck goalie Severi Isokangas made 14 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Austin 1 @ MN Magicians 2 – Ivan Prosvetov made 33 saves to help lead the Magicians to a 2-1 win on Friday. It was the third straight win for the Magicians. After a scoreless 1st period, the Magicians took a lead late in the 2nd period thanks to a goal from Will Hammer. In the 3rd period, the Bruins tied the game thanks to a goal from Evan Cholak. With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, the Magicians netted the game-winner thanks to Tanner Tweten’s 7th goal of the season. Alex Schilling made 17 saves in the Bruins loss. Boxscore

Odessa 0 @ Lone Star 2 – In a classic goaltending battle, Lone Star’s Alec Calvaruso stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his 3rd shutout of the season as the Brahmas outlasted the visiting Jackalopes thanks to two 3rd period goals in a 2-0 win. Jonny Hogue made 32 saves in the loss. After the first two periods went scoreless, the Brahmas finally broke through thanks to a goal midway through the 3rd period from Austin O’Rourke. Hunter Stanley would add a late empty-net goal in the 3rd period to secure the win. Boxscore

 
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