Friday Finals: Bobcats return with shutout
October 20, 2018
Minot 0 @ Bismarck 4 – John Roberts posted the lone shutout of the night in the NAHL, as he stopped all 30 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win over the visiting Minotauros. Newcomer Bartek Bison, who was playing in his first NAHL game for the Bobcats, paid immediate dividends as he recorded Bismarck’s first two goals to put his team ahead 2-0 early in the 2nd period. Mitchell Walinski added another goal later in the 2nd period and Sam Malinski added a 3rd period power play goal to make the final 4-0. Ben Garrity made 25 saves in the loss for Minot.
Johnstown 2 @ Wilkes-Barre 1 – Tomahawks goalie Carter McPhail made 42 saves to help the Tomahawks stay in 1st place in the East Division with a 2-1 road win against the Knights. It was a low scoring affair thanks to the work of both goalies, but the Knights struck first with a 1st period goal from David Pennington. Johnstown had an answer early in the 2nd period as Samuel Solensky scored his 8th goal of the season. Early in the 3rd period, the game-winner came off the stick of Carson Briere, who scored on the power play to make it 2-1. Knights goalie Zach Stejskal made 31 saves in the loss.
Northeast 3 @ New Jersey 6 – The Titans won their fourth straight game and got two goals from both Gavin Gulush and Zach Nazzarett in a convincing 6-3 home win. The Generals opened the scoring with a goal in the 1st period from Matt Rutigliano, but that was answered by three Titans goals in the 2nd period from Kyle Jeffers, Craig McCabe, and Gulash. Nazzarett then added his two goals in the 3rd period, along with another from Gulash to put New Jersey ahead for good. Rutigliano had two goals for the Generals and Brady Gaudette added a late goal in the 3rd period. Matt Ladd made 30 saves in the win, while David Fessenden was saddled with the loss, making 16 saves.
Jamestown 3 @ Maryland 2 (SO) – The Rebels clawed back from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the 3rd period and then took the extra point in the shootout as they snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win in Maryland. Things looked good for the Black Bears through two periods as goals from Jake Sujishi and Max Borst gave the home side a 2-0 lead after two periods. In the 3rd period goals from Augistine Moore and Alex Frye knotted the game at 2-2 and sent it to extra time where a shootout was then needed. Nick Stuckless and Jim Glynn scored for the Rebels and Ryan Keane stopped two of three Maryland shooters to secure the extra point. Keane made 24 saves in the win, while David Tomeo made 40 saves in the loss.
MN Magicians 3 @ Austin 2 (SO) – The Magicians stayed hot and won their fifth straight game thanks to 39 saves from goalie Ethan Haider in a 3-2 win in Austin. Dante Zapata scored both goals in regulation for the Bruins, which came in the 1st and 3rd periods. Magicians goals in regulation came from Matt Stanton in the 1st period to answer Zapata’s goal, and then Minnesota took a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd period courtesy of a goal from Jackson Nauss.
Fairbanks 4 @ Corpus Christi 1 - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs, making their first appearance in Corpus Christi in five seasons, skated to a 4-1 victory Friday over the Corpus Christi IceRays. Luke Mobley and Jack Johnston each registered three points for the Ice Dogs. Trenton Woods opened the scoring for the Ice Dogs at the 2:36 mark of the first period with a wrist shot from the left point. Mobley then made it 2-0 with a one-timer from Johnston at 11:44. Santeri Hartikainen registered the IceRays’ lone goal of the night in the final minute of the first period, cashing in on a turnover at 19:10. Johnston and Mobley added goals in the second period to increase the visitors’ lead to 4-1. Nate Reid made 27 saves in the win for the Ice Dogs, while IceRays goalie Sam Best made 37 saves in the loss.
MN Wilderness 3 @ Brookings 1 – The Wilderness handed the Blizzard their 8th straight loss as Ryan Fanti made 24 saves in a 3-1 road win. Things looked good for the home side as Shane Hathaway scored his first goal of the season to give Brookings a 1-0 lead after one period. It was all Wilderness after that as Aaron Myers and Isaac Kobienia scored in the 2nd period and Luke Dow added a 3rd period goal. Blizzard goalie Jack Caruso made 23 saves in the loss.
Springfield 3 @ Janesville 2 (OT) – The Jr. Blues erased a 2-0 deficit and Brandon Puricelli scored the game-winner just :44 seconds into overtime as they beat the Jets in Janesville, 3-2. The Jets flew out of the gate to start the game, scoring twice in the 1st period to take a 2-0 lead on goals from Sean Driscoll and Logan Ommen. Springfield chipped away at the lead thanks to a 2nd period goal from Caden Villegas and a goal late in the 3rd period from Giovanni Carabelli. Jr. Blues goalie Caleb Hannon made 37 saves in the win, while Jets goalie Owen Zdunski made 22 saves in the loss in his Jets debut.
Kenai River 2 @ Topeka 3 – The Pilots kept pace with the South Division leaders as Dallas Tulik scored twice in a 3-2 win over the visiting Brown Bears. Topeka jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Kaiden Scott and a goal in the 2nd period from Tulik. Kenai River answered later in the 2nd period as Connor Scahill scored his 3rd goal of the season. Topeka’s lead swelled back to two goals as Tulik’s 9th goal of the season and second of the game made it 3-1. Scahill again struck for Kenai River late in the game, but it would not be enough. Pilots goalie Emil Gransoe made 25 saves in the win, while Dennis Westergard made 20 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 1 @ Amarillo 5 – The Bulls got some revenge for last weekend’s losses in Shreveport as they outshot the Bugs 51-12 in a 5-1 win. The 1st period saw the teams deadlocked at 1-1 as Nick Trela opened the scoring for the Bulls and Jack Johnson answered for the Mudbugs. The Bulls broke the game open in the 2nd period with a pair of goals from Logan Jenuwine and Brenden Datema. Trela added his second goal of the game midway through the 3rd period and Trey Bagwell also scored. Jason Grande had to make just 11 saves in the win, while Leo Chuard made 46 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 4 @ Chippewa 1 – Matt Vernon made 27 saves as the Wings broke open a close game with two, 3rd period goals en route to a 4-1 win in Chippewa Falls on Friday. The Wings started the scoring midway through the 1st period as Stepan Pokorny recorded a shorthanded tally to make it 1-0. The Steel had an answer late in the opening period as Tomas Vochozka scored his team’s lone goal to make it 1-1. The Wings took the lead for good as Joe Strada scored in the 2nd period and Connor Beatty and Peter Morgan added goals in the 3rd period. Steel goalie Josh Langford took the loss, making 27 saves.
Odessa 1 @ Lone Star 3 – Michal Stinil factored in on all three Brahmas goals as he recorded a goal and two assists in a 3-1 home win on Friday night. Stinil opened the scoring midway through the 1st period and Blake Evennou added a power play goal less than a minute later to make it 2-0 for the Brahmas after the 1st period. Matt Guerra added his 6th goal of the season in the 2nd period with a power play marker to make it 3-0. Odessa got on the board late in the 3rd period as Sebastian Frantz scored his first goal of the season to make it a 3-1 final. Brahmas goalie Harrison Feeney made 20 saves in the win, while CJ Hapward made 24 saves in the loss.