Friday Finals: Wings offense explodes in home opener
Brookings 4 @ Aberdeen 8 - The Aberdeen Wings made a statement in their home opener knocking off the Brookings Blizzard 8-4. Joe Strada was the catalyst for the Wings offense as he scored twice and notched three assists. Logan Britt, Riley Murphy and Colton Fletcher each had a goal and an assist in the win. Nathan Burke, Zach Noble and Trey Bagwell also lit the lamp for Aberdeen. Daniel Pavlicko got the win in net, making 29 saves. For Brookings, Vince Marino scored a goal and added an assist. Josh Boyer, Ryan Dickenson and Derek Hammer all scored in the loss. Jeremy Forman made 18 saves while Nick Althaus made 13 saves for the Blizzard.
Kenai River 2 @ Springfield 1 (SO) - The Kenai River Brown Bears picked up the extra point on Friday night as they topped the Springfield Jr. Blues 2-1 in a shootout. Emils Ezitis scored the only goal in regulation for Kenai River and also scored the game deciding goal in the shootout. Artur Pavliukov picked up the win between the pipes for the Brown Bears. For the Jr. Blues, Nikita Kozyrev scored a power play goal in the 2nd period to tie the game at one. Ethan Stewart and Jordan Muzzillo added the assists. Jurja Ovecka took the loss in net for Springfield.
Minnesota M 4 @ Janesville 5 (SO) - Despite trailing 3-0 after 20 minutes of play, the Janesville Jets stormed back to defeat the Minnesota Magicians 5-4 in a shootout. John Keranen, Brendan Skarda, and Kyler Grundy helped the Magicians get out to an early lead. Jakov Novak, Erik Palmqvisk, and Blake Ripley netted goals for the Jets in the 2nd to tie the game. Carter Breitenfeldt scored midway through the 3rd to give Minnesota the lead again but Carter Ekberg’s 1st goal of the season tied the game at four with just 1:37 remaining. Blake Ripley would be the hero in the shootout as he scored on a beautiful backhand to give the Jets the win in their home opener. Daniel Lebedeff stopped 29 shots, picking up his second win of the season. George McBey took the loss for the Magicians, stopping 44 of 48 shots.
Lone Star 6 @ Amarillo 1 - The Amarillo fans were brought out of their seats early as Brendan Michaelian scored the game’s first goal just 1:55 into regulation. After that, however, it was all Lone Star. The Brahmas scored three times in less than three minutes and quickly took a 3-1 lead. Austin O’Rourke finished his natural hat trick in the 2nd period, which made the score 4-1. Julian Biondo, Jared Domin and Emack Bentley added goals in the win for Lone Star. Mitchell Gibson was once again brilliant for the Brahmas, he made 27 saves on 28 shots to pick up his third win. Brandon Bussi was tagged with the loss as he 13 saves on 17 shots.
Odessa 2 @ Corpus Christi 1 (OT) - The Odessa Jackalopes were only minutes away from a 1-0 loss, 2:15 to be exact. That’s when Lucas Andersson scored his third goal of the year with help from Brenden Stenko to tie the game at one. In the extra session, Zac Herrmann scored on the power play to give the Jackalopes the 2-1 overtime victory. Brett Epp scored the victory in the crease, he made 35 saves. Blake Coffey scored his first goal of the season in the 2nd period with assists going to Josh Tripp and Angus Scott. Camden Burggrabe was stuck with the tough loss as he made 37 saves.
Shreveport 2 @ Topeka 3 - The Topeka RoadRunners used goals from Nick Granowicz, Adrian Elefalk, and Nigel Nelson to top the Shreveport Mudbugs 3-2 at the Kansas ExpoCentre on Friday night. Nelson would finish the night was a goal and an assist while Matt Barnes ended the night with two helpers. Jack Clement scored for the Mudbugs to get them on the board. Brendan VanSweden scored and also had an assist in the loss. Coming off a 54 save shutout, Emil Gransoe denied the Shreveport on 27 of 29 opportunities. Gustavs Grigals winds up with the loss despite stopping 24 shots.
Fairbanks 2 @ Bismarck 0 - After stumbling in the final game of the NAHL Showcase, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs bounced back with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Bismarck Bobcats. Josh Benson won the goaltender duel by turning away all 21 shots thrown in his direction. Jake Willets scored in the first period, assisted by Jake Borgida and Erkka Vanska. Daniel Haider would add the empty netter to ensure the win for Fairbanks. Ryan Ullan was unable to get any goal support and took the loss even though he stopped 26 shots out of 27.