Friday Finals: Titans flexing muscles in the East
October 5, 2019
New Jersey 7 @ Northeast 2 – The Titans widened their lead in the East as they went off for seven goals in a 7-2 road win against the Generals. Kyle Jeffers had two goals and two assists in the win. The Titans opened up a 5-1 lead after two periods, which included two goals from Jeffers and others from Brad Zona, Josef Glamos, and Jake LaRusso. New Jersey would add two more in the 3rd period, both off the stick of Tyler Nielsen. The Generals got goals from Ricky Boysen and Gerard Marretta. Arseni Sergeev made 30 saves in the win, while Arttu Ruotsalainen made 14 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 0 @ Springfield 1 – Jr. Blues goalie Ryan Wilson made a season-high 37 saves to pick up his second shutout of the season and also assisted on the lone goal as the Jr. Blues edged the Mudbugs, 1-0 on Friday. The lone goal of the game came early in the 2nd period off the stick of Springfield forward Danila Larionovs with assists to Trent DeNuccio and also to Wilson. Shreveport goalie Maiszon Balboa played well in the loss, allowing one goal on 25 shots.
Johnstown 5 @ Maine 4 – The Tomahawks rallied with four goals in the 3rd period to spoil the Nordiques home opener and come from behind to win, 5-4. Max Kouznetsov scored twice for Johnstown, included the game’s first goal. However, Maine scored four straight goals from Alex Rivet, Trent Grimshaw, Isaiah Fox, and Stefan Owens to take a 4-1 lead into the lockerroom after two periods. The the 3rd period Tristan Poissant got the comeback started, Carson Gallagher added two goals and Kouznetsov added his second goal to complete the four-goal comeback. Blaine Moore made 28 saves in the win, while Connor Androlewicz made 38 saves in the loss.
WBS Knights 4 @ Jamestown 2 – Lincoln Hatten scored twice as the Knights snapped a four-game slide with a 4-2 win in Jamestown, spoiling the Rebels home opener. The Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Hatten and Spencer Kring and never looked back. Hatten added his second of the game in the 2nd period and Johnny Kaljian scored in the 3rd period. Rebels goals came from Eric Olson and Jordan Cormier, both on the power play. Zach Stejskal made 25 saves in the win, while Noah West made 29 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 4 @ Austin 5 (SO) – Ben Almquist had a goal in regulation and scored the only goal of the shootout, as the Bruins won their home opener against the Wings, 5-4. After a scoreless 1st period, the teams traded goals throughout the 2nd and 3rd periods with Hugh Larkin, Carson Riddle, Conner Tilmon, and Almquist, while the Wings got goals from Connor Beatty, Philip Tornqvist, Jack Powell, and Riley Murphy. Tyler Shea picked up the win, which included 18 saves and stopping all three Aberdeen shooters in the shootout, while Jake Sibell picked up the loss, making 16 saves.
Minot 6 @ MN Wilderness 7 (SO) – Nate Horn had a hat-trick to lead the Wilderness to a wild 7-6 shootout win over the Minotauros. The two teams traded goals throughout the game with Horn getting a goal in the 1st period and two more early in the 3rd period. Other scorers for the Wilderness included Nick Portz, who also had three assists in the game, Jacob Herter and Tyler Watkins. Minot got goals from Cole O’Connell in the 1st period, Andranik Armstrong-Kingkade and Isak Dahlin in the 2nd period, and Jay Buchholz, Sam Skinner, and Kevin Ness in the 3rd period. Kimball Johnson scored the lone goal of the shootout. Ryan Ouellette made 38 saves in the win, while Salvatore Evola made 25 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 0 @ Topeka 2 – Topeka Pilots goalie Jakub Dobes made a season-high 47 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Pilots blanked the Bulls 2-0 for their second win of the week over Amarillo. The Pilots got on the board early in the 1st period with a goal from Luc Salem, which was his first of the season. Shawn Kennedy would add an insurance goal midway through the 3rd period to secure the win. Bulls goalie Ethan Lahmon made 19 saves in the loss.
Kenai River 2 @ Chippewa 8 – Jacob Dirks and Alec Schwab each scored twice as the Steel handed the Brown Bears their first regulation loss of the season thanks to a convincing 8-2 win on home ice on Friday. The Steel scored three goals in the 1st period from Chase Hamstad, Braden Lindstrom, and Dirks and never looked back. Schwab and Ian Famulak added 2nd period goals and Dirks, Schwab, and Braiden Dorfman added 3rd period goals. Both Brown Bears goals came in the 2nd period from Theo Thrun and Zach Krajnik. Steel goalie Grant Boldt made 27 saves in the win, while Landon Pavlisin made 29 saves in the loss.
St. Cloud 2 @ Bismarck 5 - Lars Rodne had a three-point night to lead the Bobcats to a 5-2 home win and into a tie for 1st place in the Central Division. Things looked good for the Blizzard early on as they opened up a 2-0 lead with 1st period goals from Ryan O’Neil and Jack Suchy. Later in the 1st period, the Bobcats would knot up the game at 2-2 with goals from George Grannis and Austin Jouppi. Grant Johnson would break the deadlock in the 2nd period with the eventual game-winning goal and Rodne and Will Hillman would add goals in the 3rd period for insurance. Bobcats goalie Ryan Ullan made 24 saves in the win, while Travis Allen made 19 saves in the loss.
Fairbanks 4 @ MN Magicians 2 – Jack Johnston scored twice as the Ice Dogs picked up a 4-2 road win in Richfield, handing the Magicians their fifth straight loss. The Ice Dogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Tyler Deweese, Laker Aldridge, and Johnston and never looked back. Johnston would add another goal in the 2nd period to complete the scoring. The Magicians got both their goals from Marko Reifenberger in the 1st and 3rd periods. Austin Ryman made 19 saves in the win, while Samuel Vyletelka made 19 saves in the loss.
Corpus Christi 3 @ Odessa 1 – IceRays goalie Cal Sandquist made 20 saves to help Corpus Christi hand Odessa their first regulation loss of the season in a 3-1 road win on Friday. The IceRays jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 1st period goal from Ryan Coughlin. Evan Carroll scored early in the 2nd period to make it 2-0. Odessa made it 2-1 later in the 2nd period on their lone goal of the night from Michael Sacco. Cole Golden would add an insurance goal for the IceRays early in the 3rd period to make it a 3-1 final. Jackalopes goalie Zach Stern made 18 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 0 @ Lone Star 4 – Brahmas goalie Ludvig Persson made 14 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Brahmas stayed perfect on the season thanks to a 4-0 shutout win at home over the Ice Wolves. After an opening goal in the 1st period from Sam Brennan, Lone Star put the game out of reach with two 2nd period goals from Michal Stinil. Joey Baez added another goal in the 3rd period to make it a 4-0 final. New Mexico goalie Josh Langford made 25 saves in his season debut for the Ice Wolves.