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Friday Finals: Minot wins big to snap Bruins streak

January 18, 2020

Isaiah Fox had the overtime-winner on Friday to give the Maine Nordiques a 2-1 road win in Kenai River.

Friday's Box Scores

Minot 7 @ Austin 1 - Dan Russell and Ville Immonen each potted a pair of goals as the Minot Minotauros routed the Austin Bruins, 7-1. Andranik Armstrong-Kingkade and Kyler Kleven each  registered a goal and two assists while Kevin Ness had a goal and assist of his own. AJ Ruskowski denied 28 shots en route to picking up the win in goal. Josef Mysak tallied the only goal for Austin while Brett Miller and Tyler Shea teamed up to make 21 saves for the Bruins.
Maine 2 @ Kenai River 1 (OT) – Isaiah Fox scored a highlight-reel overtime goal to give the visiting Nordiques a 2-1 win over the Brown Bears, who saw their losing streak hit six straight games. Things were going the Brown Bears way in the 1st period as a goal from Brandon Lajoie put the home side ahead, 1-0. Maine tied the game in the 2nd period with a strike from Ignat Belov. In the overtime, Fox went coast-to-coast and put home a one-handed wrap-around attempt for the game-winner. Nordiques goalie Wes Mankowski made 35 saves in the win, while Danny Fraga made 41 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 4 @ Shreveport 1 – The Bulls went into Shreveport and snapped the Mudbugs’ six-game winning streak thanks to a solid defensive effort in a 4-1 win. The Bulls started out strong in the 1st period with an early goal from Ty Black and a goal with just :01 second left from Jordan Venegoni to make it 2-0. The Mudbugs drew within one in the 2nd period with their lone goal from Sam Miller, but the Bulls put the game away with a goal later in the 2nd period from Aaron White and a goal in the 3rd period from Devan Tongue. Bulls goalie Charlie Glockner had to make just 15 saves in the win, while Richie Parent made 27 saves in the loss.
Janesville 4 @ MN Magicians 3 (SO) – The Jets took sole possession of 4th place in the Midwest Division thanks to a 4-3 shootout win in Minnesota on Friday. After a scorelss 1st period, the Magicians led 1-0 after two periods thanks to a goal from Josh Bohlin. In the 3rd period, the Jets stormed out to a 3-1 lead thanks to three goals in a three-minute span from Blake Dangos, Max Itagaki, and Nick Nardella. The Magicians would respond with two goals from Devlin McCabe and another from Bohlin to tie the game at 3-3. Goals from Charlie Schoen and Isaac Novak in the shootout secured the extra point for the Jets. Jets goalie Grant Riley made 37 saves in the win, while Samuel Vyletelka made 27 saves in the loss for the Magicians.
St. Cloud 1 @ Aberdeen 4 – Jake Sibell made 22 saves and Mack Byers had two goals and an assist to lead the Wings to a 4-1 home win over the Blizzard. It was St. Cloud who enjoyed the early lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Luke Aquearo. The Wings responded back in the 2nd period with a pair of power play goals from Cooper Haar and Byers. In the 3rd period, the Wings put the game on ice, which included a power play goal from Jakub Breault and an empty-net tally from Byers. Blizzard goalie Tyler Bost made 38 saves in the loss.
Corpus Christi 5 @ Lone Star 6 – The Brahmas fought off a determined IceRays team to win a wild 6-5 game. Things looked good for the Brahmas early as they got out to a 3-0 lead with 1st period goals from Sam Brennan, Stefan Miklakos, and Joey Baez. The IceRays responded with three goals in the 2nd period to tie the game at 3-3 as Erik Bargholtz, Stephen Kyrkostas, and Aaron Hamel scored. Goals later in the game from Thomas Daskas, Drew DeCarlo, and Evan Goggins secured the win for the Brahmas. Other goals from the IceRays came from Ethan Benz and another from Hamel. Brahmas goalie Ludvig Persson made 14 saves in the win, while Cal Sandquist made 21 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 3 @ Fairbanks 4 (OT) – Oliver Kjaer had the overtime-winning goal and two assists as the Ice Dogs fought off a determined and improved Ice Wolves team with a 4-3 overtime win on Friday. Fairbanks took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Tyler Deweese and Parker Brown. New Mexico responded in the middle of the contest with goals from Jackson Wille and Sean Henry to make it 2-2. Before the 2nd period was done, Fairbanks regained their lead thanks to a goal from Adam Eisele. Wille would score again for the Ice Wolves late in the 3rd period to send the game to overtime where Kjaer hammered home a one-timer on the power play for the 4-3 win. Ice Dogs goalie Mattias Sholl made 29 saves in the win, while Henrik Laursen made 33 saves in the loss.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 @ Jamestown 5 - Renars Karkls had a goal and two assists as the Jamestown Rebels took care of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 5-1 on Friday night. Seth Bergeron and Valentino Passarelli each tallied a goal and an assist in the victory. Carter Korpi and Eric Olson also found the back of the net for Jamestown. Noah West was on his game as he made 38 stops to get the win. Anthony Mastromonica had the lone goal for the Knights and Alex Contey made 21 saves. 
Maryland 2 @ Johnstown 3 - Noah Basarab lit the lamp twice as the Johnstown Tomahawks held off the Maryland Black Bears 3-2. Bennett Stockdale led all skaters with a goal and two helpers for Johnstown while David Tomeo picked up the win in the blue paint as he made 26 saves. Reid Leibold and Aden Bruich each grabbed a goal while Cooper Black made 31 saves in a losing effort. 
Northeast 1 @ New Jersey 4 - Gavin Gulash and Kyle Jeffers each had a goal and an assist to lead the New Jersey Titans over the Northeast Generals 4-1. Cade Penney and Josef Glamos each tickled the twine for New Jersey. Patrick Pugliese improved to 18-3-1 on the year as he made 29 stops. Tyler Cooper found the scoresheet for Northeast and Joey Stanizzi made 26 saves. 
Bismarck 2 @ MN Wilderness 3 - The Minnesota Wilderness outlasted the Bismarck Bobcats 3-2 as Lewis Crosby netted the eventual game winner late in the second period. Blake Holmes and Ryan Nelson gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes while Kaleb Johnson made 27 saves including 10 in the third period to preserve the win for the Wilderness. George Grannis and Austin Jouppi potted goals for the Bobcats. Andrew Miller stopped 25 shots in the loss.
Chippewa 3 @ Springfield 1 - The Chippewa Steel won their fourth game in a row as they topped the Springfield Jr. Blues 3-1 on Friday. Braiden Dorfman gave the Steel the lead in the first period while Grisha Gotovets doubled the lead right before the end of the first period. Springfield would draw within one as Jeremy Gabriele netted his second goal of the season. Connor Szmul added an empty net goal to seal the Chippewa victory. Trent Burnham notched his 11th win of the season by making 24 saves. Joe Sharib made 33 saves in his first NAHL game for Springfield. 
Odessa 1 @ Topeka 4 - The Topeka Pilots cashed in early and never looked back as they defeated the Odessa Jackalopes 4-1. Lucas Sandoval scored just over two minutes into the game to give Topeka the early lead. Vincent Corcoran doubled that lead later in the period. Dominic Sandoval made it 3-0 on his fifth of the year. Ben Doherty potted his first goal of the season to bring Odessa within two but a Quinn Green power play goal early in the third dashed Odessa’s comeback chances. Guy Blessing needed to make just 17 saves to pick up the win while Zach Stern stopped 29 of 33 Topeka shots.
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