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Friday Finals: IceRays claim final playoff spot in South

April 6, 2019

Carter McPhail had 43 saves to lead Johnstown to a 3-2 win on Friday, which clinched the NAHL regular season title for the East Division Champion Tomahawks. They will be the #1 overall seed heading into the Robertson Cup Playoffs.

Friday's Box Scores

Topeka 0 @ Corpus Christi 1 - The Corpus Christi IceRays are heading to the postseason as they shutout the Topeka Pilots 1-0. Samuel Vyletelka was perfect, keeping all 34 Topeka shots out of the goal. Matthew Headland’s goal in the opening minutes stood as the game-winning goal and as a result, the IceRays are going back to the playoffs. McLean Dorr did everything he could to keep his team in the postseason hunt by stopping 36 of 37.
Johnstown 3 @ Jamestown 2 - Three goals in the third period lifted the Johnstown Tomahawks to victory and to the first overall seed in the 2019 Robertson Cup playoffs. Bennett Stockdale, Roman Kraemer and Chad Merrell all found the back of the net for the Tomahawks offense. Carter McPhail stopped 43 of 45 shots to grab his 29th win of the year. Niki Jasko and Hunter Johannes scored for the Rebels. Noah West made 22 saves for Jamestown.
Aberdeen 6 @ MN Wilderness 3 - Jonathan Benforf potted a pair of goals and the Aberdeen Wings closed their regular season with a 6-3 win and road sweep over the Minnesota Wilderness. Riley Murphy, John Sladic and Pierson Brandon each had a goal and an assist while Stepan Pokorny also lit the lamp. Connor Close denied 32 shots and earned the win in goal. Dylan Johnson, Brandon McNamara and Ryan Nelson all netted goals for the Wilderness. Ryan Fanti stopped 29 shots.
Maryland 1 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 8 - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights kept their playoff hopes alive as they routed the Maryland Black Bears, 8-1. Jake Fuss was all over the ice as he netted a hat trick and added two assists. Gabe Temple lit the lamp twice for the Knights while Adrian Dancheko and Beck Moore each tallied three points. Joey Verkerke and Markus Cook also scored for Wilkes-Barre. Zach Stejskal was superb in net as he denied 31 of 32 Maryland chances. Luke Posner scored the only goal for the Black Bears while David Tomeo and Anthony Del Tufo combined for 26 saves.
Bismarck 0 @ Austin 3 - Garrett Dahm did it all himself as the Bruins forward scored all three goals in Austin’s 3-0 victory over the Bismarck Bobcats. Ben Almquist, Andrew Willis, Dante Sheriff, Spencer Kimball and Carson Riddle all found themselves on the scoresheet with helpers on Dahm’s goals. Kyle McClellan turned aside all 31 shots fired in his direction. John Roberts was stuck with the loss despite stopping 21 of 23.
Janesville 4 @ Springfield 2 - Matt Hanewall scored two goals and Cole Brady stopped 27 shots to lead the Janesville Jets to a 4-2 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues. Nick Gonrowski and Parker Lindauer all scored for Janesville in the win. Sam Sterne and Caden Villegas provided the offense for Springfield. Jack Williams and Henry Graham stopped 28 shots combined. 
Amarillo 3 @ Odessa 2 (OT) - Ryan Lautenbach scored 23 seconds into overtime to lift the Amarillo Bulls to a 3-2 win against the Odessa Jackalopes. Logan Jenuwine scored his league leading 59th goal while David Ojamae also found the back of the net. Justin Evenson made 34 saves en route to picking up his 18th victory of the season. Vaclav Zidek scored both goals for Odessa while Kade Phipps made 43 saves.
Chippewa 2 @ MN Magicians 6 - The Minnesota Magicians jumped out to a early lead and never looked back as they took care of the Chippewa Steel, 6-2. Jake Hale netted a pair of goals while John Keranen scored a goal and added an assist. Carter Breitenfeldt, TJ Sagissor and Cameron Buhl all got on the scoresheet as well for Minnesota. Jack Robbel stopped 28 of 30 shots fired in his direction to pick up the win. Jacob Dirks and Isaac Moberg scored for Chippewa while Josh Langford made 29 saves.
Shreveport 4 @ Lone Star 5 (SO) - Michal Stinil’s goal in the shootout clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs for the Lone Star Brahmas as they topped the Shreveport Mudbugs, 5-4. Nick Siffringer, Andrew DeCarlo, Zach Heintz and Eric Huss all scored in regulation for the Brahmas. Seth Eisele got the win in goal as he stopped 31 shots. Jack Jaunich, Timothy Clifton, Jay Feiwell and Dakota Concannon netted goals for the Mudbugs. Leo Chuard made 21 saves in the loss.
Brookings 0 @ Minot 2 - The Minotauros secured home ice in the first round as they shutout the Brookings Blizzard, 2-0. Nicholas Grabko was perfect, stopping all 25 shots he faced. Vince Marino had a goal and an assist for Minot. Andrew Kangas also tallied a goal for the home squad. Brennan Boynton stopped 35 of 37 shots for the Blizzard.
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