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Friday Finals: Defending champ Brahmas open with shutout win

September 16, 2017

Matt Kidney had two goals, including the overtime-winner, as the Knights opened their season with a 3-2 win on Friday.

Lone Star 3 @ Shreveport 0 – The defending Robertson Cup Champion Lone Star Brahmas got their season off on the right foot with a 3-0 shutout win on the road in Shreveport against the Mudbugs. Mitchell Gibson stopped all 18 shots that came his way for the shutout in his season debut. After a scoreless 1st period, the Brahmas jumped ahead 2-0 with goals in the 2nd period from Mick Henegham and Julian Biondo. Veteran forward Justin Addamo added a 3rd period goal to secure the win on a night that saw the Mudbugs retire the jersey of former player and now Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong. Gustavs Grigals made 23 saves in the loss for the Mudbigs. Boxscore

Johnstown 3 @ Northeast 2 – The Johnstown Tomahawks salvaged a win of their three-game series in Northeast against the Generals as they came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Generals, 3-2 on Friday. The Generals jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Louis Boudon and an early 2nd period goal from Justin Jallen. The Tomahawks struck back thanks to the power play as they knotted the game at 2-2 with two power play goals later in the 2nd period from Joe Kile and Roman Kraemer. In the 3rd period, Andary Andrew potted the game-winner with just over five minutes remaining. Tomahawks goalie Vinnie Purpura made 27 saves for his first win of the season, while David Fessenden made 24 saves in the loss. Boxscore

New Jersey 2 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3 (OT) – Veteran forward Matt Kidney scored twice, including the overtime-winner as the Knights opened their season with a 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Titans. The Titans jumped ahead 1-0 with a 1st period goal from Tyler Barrow. The Knights answered back early in the 2nd period with a goal from Reed Robinson. Less than two minutes later, the Titans went back up by a goal with a strike from Nick Yazguirre. Kidney then took over the game with a power play goal early in the 3rd period and a breakaway goal in over to seal the victory. David Tomeo made 42 saves in the win, while Brandon Perrone made 46 saves in the overtime loss. Boxscore

Corpus Christi 4 @ Topeka 1 – Brendan Miller scored twice as the IceRays fired 40 shots on goal on their way to a convincing 4-1 road win in Topeka in both team’s season opening game. Bradon Osmundson scored the season-opening goal for the IceRays in the 1st period to make it 1-0. The lead increased to 2-0 for the IceRays in the 2nd period with a goal from Jayson Dimizio. The RoadRunners answered the IceRays power play goal with one of their own from Chad Hillebrand to make it 2-1 after two periods. Miller then scored twice in the 3rd period to secure the 4-1 win. Cam Burggrabe made 27 saves in the win, while Emil Gransoe made 36 saves in the loss. Boxscore

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