Friday Finals: Chill break out with big win
MN Wilderness 4 @ Coulee Region 9 - The Coulee Region Chill brought the Minnesota winning streak to a screeching halt as the Chill exploded for nine goals. Nick Bowman led all skaters with a hat trick and two assists. Andrew McGlynn scored a pair of goals and also added an assist, Sam Dabrowski also scored two goals. Tomas Vochozka had a goal and an assist, Connor Zilisch also found the back of the net in the win. Josh Graziano was credited with the win, he made 16 saves. Edward Lindelow scored two goals and had an assist for the Wilderness. Ashton Altmann and David. Vaysberg also scored in the loss.
Fairbanks 5 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3 - In Friday matinee action, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs outlasted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 5-3. Tanner Schachle, Caleb Hite, and Erkka Vanska all scored and had an assist for the Ice Dogs while Hunter Wendt and Jake Borgida scored as well. Josh Benson made 29 saves to pick up his 13th win of the season. Curtis Carlson led the offense for the Knights as he netted two goals. Tyrone Bronte also scored in the loss. David Tomeo stopped 25 shots for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Northeast 1 @ Philadelphia 5 - The Rebels responded to an early Northeast goal with five unanswered to earn a 5-1 victory over the Generals. Jensen Zerban led all players with three points, one goal and two assists. Ryan Patrick found the back of the net twice in the victory while Konur Peterson and Eric Olson scored once. Eli Billing allowed just one goal on 19 shots. Justin Jallen scored the only goal for Northeast, Marko Sturma took the loss in net, he made 32 saves.
Kenai River 1 @ Johnstown 3 - The Johnstown Tomahawks started 2018 with a 3-1 victory over the Brown Bears of Kenai River. Chris Trouba scored his first goal of the season for the Tomahawks. Cade Groton and Joe Kile added goals as well. Kade Phipps was great in the crease for Johnstown as he made 27 saves while allowing just one goal. Gil Garcia picked up the lone goal for Kenai River. Gavin Enright stopped 29 of 32 in the loss.
Janesville 2 @ Springfield 0 - Garrett Nieto stopped all 26 shots thrown his way en route to his 10th win and second shutout of the season. Jakov Novak and Matthew Doyle provided the offense in the Jets’ 2-0 win over Springfield. Evan Fear was dealt the loss as he stopped 18 shots.
Minot 3 @ Austin 4 (SO) - The Austin Bruins went two-for-two in the shootout to secure the extra point as they topped Minot 4-3. Travis Kothenbeutel and Evan Cholak each lit the lamp once and provided an assist. Alex Mella also scored in regulation for the Bruins. Alex Schilling stopped 25 of 28 shots and denied both shooters he faced in the skills competition. Sam Fuss had a goal and an assist for the Minotauros. Michael Talbot and Rykr Cole also scored in the loss. Samu Lonkila turned aside 32 shots.
Odessa 4 @ Topeka 0 - One of the hottest teams in the league is the Odessa Jackalopes as they have now won five in a row and nine of their last 10. Zach Heintz and Petr Miko each netted a goal and an assist. Nick Wilson and James Crossman also scored for the Jacks. Alex Camarre was perfect, he denied all 29 Topeka shots. Ryan O’Toole made 18 saves for Topeka, Sam Metcalf stopped nine.
Aberdeen 4 @ MN Magicians 2 - The Wings trailed 2-0 after the first 20 minutes but four unanswered goals gave them a 4-2 victory over the Magicians. Jon Sladic scored twice for the Wings while Logan Britt and Nathan Burke also tallied a goal in the win. Gabe Vinal got the win between the pipes as he made 24 saves. Cameron Buhl scored both of the Magicians goals. George McBey stopped 27 of 30 shots he faced.
Corpus Christi 4 @ Lone Star 3 (OT) - Aleksi Peltonen’s goal in the final minute of overtime just got over the goal line but it was enough to give the IceRays a 4-3 win. In addition to scoring the game winner, Peltonen had three assists. Rylee St. Onge scored twice for Corpus Christi while Jayson Dimizio scored once. Chad Veltri made 30 saves for Corpus. Michael Montambault netted a pair of goals and Justin Addamo added the other goal for the Brahmas. Mitchell Gibson was given the loss in net despite stopping 23 shots.