Friday Finals: Blizzard move into 1st place with win
Aberdeen 3 @ Brookings 6 - Andriy Denyskin’s hat trick led the Brookings Blizzard to a 6-3 win over the Aberdeen Wings on Friday night. Vince Marino scored a goal and an assist while Tyler Hinterser and Josh Boyer each scored a goal. Zachary Borgiel got the win for the Blizzard, denying 30 of 33 Aberdeen shots. For the Wings, Keenan Spillum, John Sladic, and Ricky Carballo all scored in the loss. Daniel Pavlicko made 32 saves.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 @ Philadelphia 2 - The Rebels kept their perfect season alive with a 2-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights. Diarmad Dimurro scored midway through the third period to give the Rebels the eventual game winning goal. Adam Peck scored the Rebels’ first goal in the second period on the power play. Carson Moniz, Auggie Moore and Julian Makary all registered assists in the win. Ryan Keane was almost perfect, stopping 21 of 22 shots. Curtis Carlson scored his third goal of the year for the Knights. Kiryll Ulanov and Matthew Kidney had the assists.
Johnstown 2 @ Northeast 5 - The Northeast Generals continued their domination of their divisional rival as they improved to 3-1 against the Tomahawks this season. The Generals got out to a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes thanks to Matt Demelis, Matthew Wiesner and Ryan Rowland. Johnstown made things interesting in the third, making the score 3-2 courtesy of Cade Groton and Ben Schmidling. Northeast would respond with a pair of goals, coming just 22 seconds apart. Colin Bilek scored his sixth while Joseph Nagle got his first of the year. David Fessenden picked up the win, making 31 saves while Vinnie Purpura was stuck with the loss, stopping 26 of 31 shots.
Fairbanks 1 @ Springfield 2 - Aiden Beck’s second period tally proved to be the difference as the Jr. Blues held off the Ice Dogs by a score of 2-1. Nolan Turi scored Springfield’s first goal. Patrick Smyth, Josh Norman, Max Brainin, and Fletcher Fineman all picked up apples for the winners. Jurja Ovecka got the win between the pipes as he made 24 saves. Fairbanks’ only goal was scored by Jake Willets on the power play, the assists came from Hunter Wendt and Caleb Hite. Josh Benson made 32 saves on 34 shots but was given the loss in goal.
Janesville 3 @ Austin 2 (OT) - Erik Palmqvist’s goal 2:16 into overtime gave the Janesville Jets the victory over the Austin Bruins. Regan Cavanagh tied the game with just under four minutes to play to force the extra session. Kip Hoffman scored a power play goal as well in the win. Daniel Lebedeff got the win in goal by making 31 saves. The Bruins were led by Travis Kothenbeutel and Dante Zapata as they each lit the lamp. Mads Sogaard stopped 25 shots in a losing effort.
Bismarck 4 @ MN Wilderness 5 - Ben Ward’s second goal of the game proved to be the game winner for the Wilderness as they won their second straight game. Nick Altmann also tallied two goals in the win. Isaac Kobienia had a goal and an assist as well. Trevor Micucci made 21 saves in the win for Minnesota. Lukas Millen and Cooper Haar led the Bismarck offense with a goal and an assist each. Ty Enns and Lukas Kucera also scored for the Bobcats. Ryan Ullan got the loss in goal, making 35 saves.
Lone Star 2 @ Topeka 3 - The Topeka RoadRunners were able to outlast the Lone Star Brahmas 3-2 on Friday night as Nigel Nelson scored the eventual game winning goal just under seven minutes in the third period. Nick Granowicz and Dallas Tulik scored their fifth and first goals of the season, respectively. Emil Gransoe was great once again, winning his third game in four starts, he stopped 33 shots. Ture Lindon scored on the power play in the first period while Jared Domin scored in the closing moments of the third. Reigning goaltender of the month, Mitchell Gibson made 18 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 4 @ Odessa 1 - Brendan VanSweden’s two goals and one assist paced the Shreveport offense as they skated by the Odessa Jackalopes 4-1. Jake Transit scored his first goal of the year while Derek Contessa added his second goal of the season. James Durham stayed perfect on the season, making 22 saves. Nick McKeeby scored the only goal for the Jackalopes, Noah Poindexter and Zach Heintz had the assists. Brett Epp stopped 26 Mudbugs shots.
Coulee Region 3 @ MN Magicians 4 (SO) - Matt Denman proved to be the hero of the night as he scored the game tying goal with just 50 seconds remaining in regulation. He then went on to score the game deciding goal in the shootout, igniting a raucous crowd at the Richfield Ice Arena. Brendan Skarda and Kyler Grundy also scored for the Magicians. Isaiah Saville made 23 saves as well as three more in the skills competition. Nick Bowman scored once and had an assist as well. Matt Hines and Landon Lushano also scored for Coulee Region. Emil Zetterquist took the loss in goal despite stopping 30 shots.
Kenai River 2 @ Minot 4 - It took the Minotauros just 13 seconds to take hold of the lead thanks to Austin Dollimer. They would not relinquish it the rest of the night. Minot went on to defeat the Brown Bears 4-2. Miroslav Mucha, Grant Love and Alex Adams picked up goals in the win. Samu Lonkila got the win for Minot, he made 21 saves. For the Brown Bears, Luke Posner scored on the power play for his his fifth of the year. Markuss Komuls picked up his first goal of the year for Kenai River. Artur Pavliukov made 30 saves but took the loss in goal.