Friday Finals: Morberg scores four in Bulls win for Russo
Corpus Christi 0 @ Amarillo 4 - On an emotional night in Amarillo, the Bulls were missing their Head Coach Rocky Russo who was back in his hometown of Youngtown, Ohio with his family following the tragic death of his father, Ron Russo, one week ago. There was a moment of silence prior to the game and the Bulls wore special stickers on their helmets. It was then the Simon Moberg show on Friday night and the Corpus Christi IceRays had a front row seat. Moberg scored all four goals for Amarillo in their 4-0 win. The forward from Goteborg, Sweden now has six goals total on the season. Jason Grande notched a very impressive 39 save shutout, that’s his second of the year. Jake Acton made 37 saves in his Corpus Christi debut.
Topeka 2 @ Springfield 3 (SO) - Nikita Kozyrev and Riley Doyon scored in the shootout to secure a win for the Springfield Jr. Blues over the Topeka RoadRunners. Joey Moore’s goal with 53 seconds left in regulation helped Topeka erase a 2-0 deficit and earn a point in the standings. Ethan Stewart and Giovanni Carabelli scored in the second period for Springfield. Nick Granowicz scored his seventh goal of the season to get the RoadRunners within one before Moore's last minute tally. Jurja Ovecka earned the win in goal stopping 48 of 50 shots and denying both RoadRunners he faced in the shootout.
MN Wilderness 3 @ Aberdeen 4 (OT) - Tim Makowski’s first goal of the season turned out the game winner for the Aberdeen Wings as they took down the Minnesota Wilderness 4-3. Colton Fletcher scored a pair of goals in the win. Satchel Clendenin also scored his first of the year for Aberdeen. For the Wilderness, Kosta Likourezos, Gino Lucia and Nick Altmann scored in the loss. Gabe Vinal denied 30 Wilderness shots, improving to 3-2 on the season.
Austin 2 @ Brookings 4 - Josh Boyer and Vince Marino each scored a goal and added an assist as the Brookings Blizzard took the down the Austin Bruins by a score of 4-2. Two days after scoring a hat trick against Austin, Andriy Denyskin scored another goal while Jimmy Elser also scored in the win. Evan Cholak scored both goals for Austin in a losing effort. Benjamin Beck stopped 32 shots en route to his third win of the season. Alex Schilling was tagged with the loss after making 24 saves.
New Jersey 2 @ Northeast 5 - The Generals picked up their league leading 13th win as Colin Bilek scored two goals in a 5-2 over New Jersey. Mike Egan, Luke Perunovich and Justin Jallen all scored for Northeast. David Fessenden picked up his sixth win of the year as he made 36 saves. Ryan Naumovski and Nick Boyagian lit the lamp for the Titans while Brandon Perrone stopped 27 of 31 shots.
Odessa 1 @ Lone Star 2 (OT) - Kyle Hallbauer’s tally at the 3:38 mark of overtime was the difference as the Lone Star Brahmas topped the Jackalopes 2-1 in overtime. An excellent saucer pass from Austin Botterll found Hallbauer in front and he roofed the shot over the glove of Brett Epp. Harrison Feeney picked up the win in between the pipes, turning aside 30 of 31 shots. Epp made 16 saves for Odessa on 18 shots.
Bismarck 1 @ Minot 2 (OT) - Austin Dollimer proved to be the hero in overtime as his goal at the 1:17 mark propelled the Minot Minotauros to a 2-1 victory and snapped the six game winning streak of the Bismarck Bobcats. The game winning goal was Dollimer's fourth of the season. Miroslav Mucha scored the only goal for the MInotauros in regulation. For Bismarck, Tommy Altounian’s second of the year was the only offense the Bobcats could muster. Jack Robbel made 20 saves and grabbed his second win of the year.
Shreveport 2 @ Fairbanks 4 - The Ice Dogs scored four unanswered goals as they defeated the Shreveport Mudbugs 4-2. The Mudbugs held a 2-0 lead after the first period thanks to goals from Brendan Gysbers and Jake Transit. It was all Fairbanks in the second period as Luke Orysuik, Jack Johnston and Erkka Vanska all found the back of the net for Fairbanks. Caleb Hate added a much needed insurance goal in the third period for his eighth goal of the season. Josh Benson picked up the win in the crease as he made 29 saves on 31 shots.
MN Magicians 5 @ Kenai River 4 (OT) - John Keranen’s one timer in overtime was the difference as the Magicians defeat the Brown Bears 5-4. The overtime winner was Keranen’s fifth of the season and second of the game. Cameron Buhl also scored two goals for the Magicians while Ethan DeStefani scored the other Minnesota goal. Sacha Guillemain’s goal with 1:22 remaining in regulation pushed the game to extra time and earned a point for the Brown Bears. Luke Radetic, Gil Garcia and Michael Spethmann all scored in the loss. George McBey picked up the win in net, making 28 saves.