Friday Finals: Fairbanks, Jamestown clinch playoff berths with wins
March 9, 2019
MN Magicians 1 @ Fairbanks 2 - Tanner Edwards early third period goal was the difference as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs held off a late charge from the Minnesota Magicians and won their game 2-1. With the win, the Ice Dogs clinched a spot in the Robertson Cup Playoffs and are now tied with the Magicians for the Midwest Division lead. John Stampohar also scored for the Ice Dogs and Mattias Sholl made 31 saves to earn his 10th win of the year. Konnor Lundeen scored the lone goal for the Magicians. Ethan Haider was dealt the tough loss as he made 32 saves.
New Jersey 1 @ Jamestown 5 - Connor Linton’s three points, one goal and two assists, lifted the Jamestown Rebels to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Titans. The win, coupled with a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton loss, clinched a playoff spot for the Rebels. Niki Jasko potted a pair of goals while Zach Brydges and Antonio Venuto also netted a goal for Jamestown. Noah West only needed to make 13 stops but it was enough to earn his 10th win of the year. Matteo Menotti scored for the Titans while Brandon Perrone made 22 saves in the loss.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2 @ Johnstown 3 - Cameron Hebert notched a goal and two assists as the Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, 3-2. Hunter Toale also lit the lamp and had a helper for Johnstown. Christian Gorscak also scored for the Tomahawks. Cooper Lukenda earned the win in goal by stopping 26 shots. Anthony Mastromonica and Jacob Badal tallied goals for the Knights. Zach Stejskal and Jacob Urban combined for 28 saves.
Northeast 4 @ Maryland 1 - Louis Boudon’s two goals and one assist led all skaters as the Northeast Generals took care of the Maryland Black Bears, 4-1. Clark Kerner also picked up a pair of goals for the Generals. David Fessenden turned aside 15 of 16 shots to pick up the win. Maryland’s only goal came off the stick of Nick Grimaldi while David Tomeo made 25 saves for the Black Bears.
Corpus Christi 7 @ Topeka 5 - There was plenty of offense to around in Topeka as the IceRays outlasted the Pilots, 7-5. Both Kyle Moore and Nicholas Seitz scored two goals and added an assist in the win. Blake Bennett tallied three assists while Jake Stella, Mitchell Walinski and Santeri Hartikainen all lit the lamp for Corpus Christi. Brian George made 23 saves and won his seventh game of the season. Hugh Quinn netted two goals while Michael Muschitiello had a goal and two assists. Cole Thiessen and Austin McCarthy each scored a goal and an assist. Emil Gransoe stopped 35 shots in the loss for Topeka.
Brookings 2 @ Austin 4 - Dante Sheriff’s two goals and one assist propelled the Austin Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Brookings Blizzard. Garrett Dahm and Hugh Larkin also lit the lamp for the Bruins. Kyle McClellan denied 20 shots for his 19th victory of the season. Ryan Reid and Brady Bjork scored for Brookings in the loss. George McBey stopped 25 shots for Brookings.
Springfield 4 @ Chippewa 3 - Nikita Kozyrev’s second goal of the night was the game winner as the Springfield Jr. Blues took down the Chippewa Steel, 4-3. Ben Schmidling and Max Brainin each had a goal and an assist for Springfield. Jack Williams got the victory in goal as he made 25 saves. Connor Szmul, Braiden Dorfman, and Kyle Schroeder all lit the lamp for the Steel. Josh Langford was dealt the loss as he made 26 saves.
Shreveport 2 @ Odessa 5 - Joseph Winkelmann and Jack Conroy could not be stopped as they each netted a pair of goals and finished with four and three points respectively. Connor Fedorek finished the night with three assists for the Jackalopes while Brendan Coughlin tallied a goal as well. Alex Camarre was superb in net as he turned aside 47 Mudbug shots. Jack Jaunich and Andrew Jackson scored goals for the Mudbugs. Maiszon Balboa and Leo Chuard combined for 36 saves.
MN Wilderness @ Aberdeen 4 - Brad Belisle registered three points and Matt Vernon stopped all 19 shots thrown his way as the Aberdeen Wings blanked the Minnesota Wilderness, 4-0. It was Vernon’s sixth shutout of the year which now leads the NAHL. Jonathan Bendorf and Nic Sicoly netted goals for the Wings while Colton Guard and Stepan Pokorny each had two assists. Ryan Fanti stopped 36 shots for Minnesota.
Amarillo 2 @ Lone Star 3 - Jake Suede’s three points helped the Lone Star Brahmas defeat the Amarillo Bulls, 3-2 on Friday night. Zach Heintz and Joey Baez each notched a goal for the Brahmas and Seth Eisele was great in the crease as he allowed just two goals on 30 shots. Brett Abdelnour and Brenden Datema scored for Amarillo. Jason Grande made 16 saves in the loss for the Bulls.
Janesville 1 @ Kenai River 0 - Cole Brady stood on his head and made 41 stops as the Janesville Jets inched closer to a playoff spot with a 1-0 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears. Andrew Hicks netted the only goal of the game as Nicholas Nardella and Brenden Olson picked up the assists. Gavin Enright couldn't get any goal support and was given the loss as he made 39 stops for Kenai River.