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Friday Finals: Springfield win shakes up Midwest race

January 5, 2019

Nick Portz helped the Minnesota Wilderness pick up a 4-3 win on Friday night to help them move into a three-way tie for the final playoff spot in the Central Division.

Friday's Box Scores

MN Magicians 2 @ Springfield 3 - An early 3-0 lead proved to be enough as the Springfield Jr. Blues survived a comeback bid at the hands of the Minnesota Magicians. Caden Villegas netted a goal and an assist. Nikita Kozyrev and Ben Schmidling also found twine for the Jr. Blues. Jack Williams allowed just two goals to earn his 10th win of the year. Cameron Buhl and Matthew Stanton picked up the offense for Minnesota. Ethan Haider stopped 14 shots in a losing effort.
Minot 3 @ MN Wilderness 4 - A strong first period gave the Wilderness gave them just enough cushion to hold off the Minot Minotauros 4-3. Nick Portz had a goal and an assist. Nate Horn, Brandon McNamara and Jack Johnston all potted goals for Minnesota. Ryan Fanti continued his terrific play by stopping 33 of 36 and earning his 13th win of the year. Taylor Lantz, Nick Strom and Vince Marino all scored for Minot. Ben Garrity took the loss in net as he made 22 saves. 
Jamestown 2 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 (SO) - Auggie Moore scored the only goal of the shootout and that gave the Jamestown Rebels a 2-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Nick Stuckless had the only goal in regulation for the Rebels while Ryan Keane made 27 saves and stopped all three Knights in the shootout to earn the victory. Tyrone Bronte netted the only goal of the game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Zach Stejskal took the loss despite allowing just one goal on 31 shots.
Northeast 7 @ Maryland 1 - It was all Northeast on Friday night as the Generals beat the Maryland Black Bears 7-1. Connor Marshall had two goals and an assist to lead all skaters. Louis Boudon potted a pair of goals while John Jaworski had a goal and two assists. Alex Cohen chipped in with three helpers, Ryan Bogan and Dylan Schuett also lit the lamp in the victory. David Fessenden grabbed the win by making 23 saves. Max Borst grabbed the lone goal for Maryland. Kevin Lake and David Tomeo combined for 31 saves.
Austin 3 @ Brookings 2 (OT) - Dante Sheriff scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Austin Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Brookings Blizzard. Ian Mageau and Hugh Larkin also scored for the visiting club and Brett Miller stopped 19 of 21 shots. It was his eighth win of the year. Kendrick Frost put the team on his back as he scored both Brookings goals. Jack Caruso turned aside 20 in net for the Blizzard.
Fairbanks 5 @ Janesville 3 - Four third period goals propelled the Fairbanks Ice Dogs into second place of the Midwest Division as they topped the Janesville Jets 5-3. Noah Wilson led all skaters with three points, two goals and an assist. Jonathan Sorenson, Ty Proffitt, and Jake Borgida all found the back of the net for Fairbanks. Nate Reid was superb as he turned away 35 of the 38 shots he saw. Tommy Middleton, Brenden Olson and Jack Vincent all netted goals for Janesville. Sam Metcalf made 20 saves in the loss.
Corpus Christi 2 @ Amarillo 5 - The high-powered Bulls have done it again as they increased their point streak to 18 straight games. Trailing 2-1 mid-way through the third, the Bulls scored four unanswered goals to pull away. Jake Willets, Jordan Venegoni and Brett Abdelnour all had a goal and an assist for Amarillo. Logan Jenuwine and Brenden Datema lit the lamp for the home team. Jason Grande did it all for the Bulls as not only did he made 34 saves, he also picked up an assist on offense. Nikita Krivokrasov and Jake Stella scored for the IceRays. Sam Best stopped 32 shots in goal for the IceRays.
Bismarck 0 @ Aberdeen 7 - The Aberdeen Wings have tied a team record for consecutive victories after Friday's 7-0 win over the Bismarck. They have now won 11 in a row. Adam Pitters had a hat trick and finished the night with four points. Brad Belisle and Nic Sicoly each had one goal and an assist in the big win. Thomas Rocco and Connor Beatty also scored for the Wings in this one. December Goaltender of the month, Matt Vernon, picked up right where he left as he stopped all 24 shots taken in his direction. John Roberts and Atticus Kelly combined for 50 saves for the Bobcats.
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