Friday Finals: Titans lock down 2nd place in the East
April 7, 2018
Northeast 3 @ New Jersey 4 – The New Jersey Titans secured the #2 seed in the East Division for the upcoming Robertson Cup Playoffs as they edged the Generals on Friday, 4-3. It was the Generals who got off to the quick start, taking a 2-0 lead on goals from Brain Chambers and Matt Demelis. Before the period was out, the Titans answered on power play goal from the recently committed Ryan Naumovski. In the 2nd period, the teams traded goals as Colin Bilek scored for the Generals and Gavin Gulash scored for the Titans. In the 3rd period, the Titans evened the scored at 3-3 with a goal from Kyler Head. With the Generals needing a regulation win to try and gain ground in the standings, they pulled their goalie in the late going and New Jersey would score the game-winner with :01 second remaining in the game from Matthew Camerson. Brandon Perrone made 38 saves in the win, while David Fessenden made 28 saves in the loss.
Philadelphia 3 @ Johnstown 2 – Ryan Patrick scored the game-winning goal on a power play with :01 second to go in regulation to give the Rebels a 3-2 win in Johnstown on Friday. The Rebels led 2-1 after the 1st period on goals from Aaron Bohlinger and Auggie Moore. The Tomahawks kept pace thanks to two goals, both from Roman Kraemer. Ryan Keane made 18 saves in the win, while Jack Leavy made 31 saves in the loss.
Brookings 3 @ MN Wilderness 4 – The Wilderness kept their hopes alive for 2nd place in the Central Division thanks to a 4-3 win and sweep of the Brookings Blizzard to complete their regular season. The Wilderness jumped ahead 2-0 with goals from Gino Lucia and Luke Dow. The Blizzard tied the game with goals from Tyler Hinterser and Vince Marino. Landon Langenbrunner scored his second goal in as many games to put the Wilderness back into the lead and Tyler Watkins also scored to put the Wilderness back ahead 4-2. Cam Babiak added his first goal of the season early in the 3rd period for the Blizzard. Ryan Fanti made 35 saves in the win, while Liam Murray made 37 saves in the loss.
Bismarck 3 @ Austin 6 – Six different players scored as the Bruins kept their hopes alive for 2nd place and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs thanks to a 6-3 home win over Bismarck. The Bruins never trailed, jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Evan Cholak and Dan Petrick. Austin closed out the game with four more goals in the 3rd period including tallies from Garrett Dahm, Xander Lamppa, Levi Stauber, and Jed Pietila, who scored his first goal of the season. Bobcats goals came from Patrick O’Connor in the 2nd period and Simon Morberg and Mitchell Walinski in the 3rd period. Alex Schilling made 26 saves in the win, while Johnny Roberts made 26 saves in the loss.
Springfield 4 @ Coulee Region 3 – The Jr. Blues jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 4-3 win against the Chill on Friday. The loss was the 7th in a row for Coulee Region. The Jr. Blues got goals from Brandon Puricelli, Max Brainin, and Patrick Smyth to take a 3-0 lead early in the 3rd period. The Chill mounted a comeback with goals from Sam Dabrowski and Andrew McGlynn, but a goal from Springfield’s Sam Swanson secured the win. Connor Zilisch had the other goal for the Chill. Jurja Ovecka made 31 saves in the win, while Mitchell James made 31 saves in the loss.
Lone Star 4 @ Corpus Christi 3 (OT) – Connor Stuart scored 1:53 into overtime to give the Brahmas a 4-3 win in Corpus Christi on Friday, extending Lone Star’s point streak to 14 straight games. The Brahmas got goals in the regulation from Austin Bottrell in the 1st period and Michael Montambault and Ture Linden in the 2nd period. IceRays goals came from Adam Kadlec and Jayson Dimizio in the 1st period and Bud Winter in the 3rd period. Brahmas goalie Harrison Feeney made 27 saves in the win, while IceRays goalie Will Tragge made 14 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 6 @ Topeka 0 – Jason Grande stopped all 25 shots that came his way for his 6th shutout of the season as the Bulls blanked the RoadRunners, 6-0. The Bulls scored two goals in each period, which included 1st period goals from Alex Peterson and Gleb Murtazin, 2nd period goals from Billy Duma and Nick Stuckless and goals in the 3rd period from Trey Bagwell and another from Peterson. Sam Metcalf took the loss in goal for Topeka, making 19 saves.
Shreveport 2 @ Odessa 3 - Jackalopes goalie Alex Camarre made 29 saves to lead his club to a 3-2 home win over the Mudbugs. The two teams traded goal in each of the first two periods with Petr Miko scoring both goals for the Jackalopes and Matt Weber scoring both goals for the Mudbugs, which were his first two career goals in the NAHL. The game-winner came early in the 3rd period from Odessa’s Peyton Frantti. Mudbugs goalie Jaxon Castor made 26 saves in the loss.
Janesville 1 @ MN Magicians 5 – The NAHL goalie of the month in March, Magicians netminder Isaiah Saville, picked up right where he left off as he made 35 saves in a 5-1 win over the Janesville Jets. The Magicians jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to two 1st period goals from Kyler Grundy and Chris Konin. Janesville closed the gap early in the 2nd period on their lone goal from Sam Renlund, but it was all Magicians the rest of the way as Grundy added his second goal of the game to make it 3-1 and then Jackson Nauss scored twice to secure the 5-1 win. Jets goalie Daniel Lebedeff made 21 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 2 @ Minot 1 – In a preview of next weekend’s playoff series, the Aberdeen Wings got two goals in the 2nd period and 14 saves from Matt Vernon in a 2-1 win over the Minotauros in Minot. The Minotauros took a 1-0 lead with a 1st period goal from Taylor Lantz. However, the Wings responded with two goals in the 2nd period from Riley Murphy and Colton Fletcher to take a 2-1 lead, which they would hold the rest of the game. Minot goalie Samu Lonkila made 38 saves in the loss.