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Friday Finals: 6th straight win puts Brahmas back on top in South

March 7, 2020

Iron Man: Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Preston Weeks has played in more regular season games than anyone else in NAHL history as he appeared in his 232nd game on Friday night.

Friday's Box Scores

Lone Star 4 @ Shreveport 1 - Ludvig Persson was nearly perfect as he allowed just one goal on 21 shots as the Lone Star Brahmas shut down the Shreveport Mudbugs 4-1. Michal Still, Thomas Daskas, Matt Guerra and Josh Martin all lit the lamp for Lone Star. Anton Rubtsov scored the only goal for the Mudbugs while Maiszon Balboa made 25 saves on 28 shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 9 @ Maine 6 - It was a wild night in Maine as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights outlasted the Maine Nordiques 9-6. Lincoln Hatten, Christopher Rubenach and Nikita Asylaev all scored twice in the win while Michael Sacco tallied a goal and two assists. Zak Currie and Johnny Kaljian also lit the lamp. Zach Stejskal made 27 saves to earn his 22nd win of the year. Tyler Gaulin potted a pair of goals for Maine while Cole Ouellette, Trent Grimshaw, Cannon Green and Andrius Kulbis-Marino all found the back of the net as well. Noah Kane led the Nordiques offense with four assists. Wesley Mankowski and Avery Sturtz combined for 31 stops.
Amarillo 2 @ Kenai River 3 - Max Helgeson grabbed a goal and an assist as the Kenai River Brown Bears scored a 3-2 win over the Amarillo Bulls. Max Osborne and Logan Ritchie also scored for the Brown Bears. Adam Szubert and Zach Krajnik each tallied a pair of assists for Kenai River. Niclas Puikkonen and Ty Black got on the scoresheet for Amarillo. Landon Pavlisin made 32 saves in the win for Kenai River while Charlie Glockner took the loss, he stopped 37 shots for the Bulls.
Topeka 2 @ Odessa 3 (OT) - Samuel Harris was the overtime hero as the Odessa Jackalopes snapped their seven game losing streak by knocking off the Topeka Pilots 3-2. The game winning goal was Harris’ second of the night. Spencer Kimball tied the game with his first goal of the season at the 18:22 mark of the third period. Quinn Green and Lucas Sandoval scored for Topeka in the loss. Andrew Takacs made 34 saves to earn the win in the blue paint while Josh Langford made 21 stops of his own. 
Corpus Christi 3 @ New Mexico 4 - Tristan Rand’s goal just past the midway point of the third period was the difference as the New Mexico Ice Wolves defeated the Corpus Christi IceRays 4-3. Spencer Rudrud, Philip Ekberg and Cooper Anderson all scored for the Ice Wolves. Hunter McDonald and Alberto Pison scored their first NAHL goals for the IceRays. Mac Wiseman momentarily tied the game for the IceRays just 57 seconds before New Mexico took the lead. Henrik Laursen denied 24 shots for New Mexico while Cal Sandquist made 23 saves for the Corpus Christi.
Northeast 1 @ Fairbanks 2 (OT) - Tyler Deweese tapped in a shot into a virtually empty net as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs came from behind late to top the Northeast Generals 2-1 in overtime. Liam McCanney had the first goal of the game with just 10 seconds remaining in the second period. It would remain 1-0 until just over four minutes left in regulation as Emil Gabrielson tied the game at one. It was at the 3:13 mark of overtime when Deweese found the back of the net thanks to a nice feed from Dylan Abbott. Mattias Sholl made 25 stops for the Ice Dogs and increased his league lead in wins to 28. Joey Stanizzi was great all game long as he turned aside 31 saves.
New Jersey 3 @ Jamestown 5 - Liam Hansson scored once and added two helpers as the Jamestown Rebels took down the first place New Jersey Titans 5-3. Carter Korpi and Janis Vizbelis had a goal and an assist each while Seth Bergeron and Tyler German also scored. Noah West denied 30 shots in the victory. Matthew Iasenza, Chris Garbe and Cade Penney scored in the loss for the Titans. Patrick Pugliese and Ryan McInchak teamed up to made 30 saves.
Johnstown 4 @ Maryland 2 - The Johnstown Tomahawks inched within three points of first place in the East Division as they doubled up the Maryland Black Bears 4-2. Christian Gorscak led the charge as he scooped up a goal and two assists. Brendan Blair had a goal and an assist while Pavel Kharin and Carson Grainer both tickled the twine. Brayden Stannard and Cameron Recchi were the goal scorers for Maryland. Alex Tracy stopped 37 shots to improve to 16-4-1 in between the pipes. Aaron Randazzo made 15 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 2 @ Austin 3 (OT) - Kyle Oleksiuk’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner as the Austin Bruins defeated the Chippewa Steel 3-2. Oleksiuk had an assist on Carson Riddle’s 10th goal of the season. Brett Miller won his 19th game of the year as he turned aside 20 shots. Braiden Dorfman accounted for both of the Steel’s goals, giving him 13 for the season. Grand Boldt stopped 36 shots for Chippewa.
MN Wilderness 2 @ Janesville 1 (SO) - Zach Michaelis scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lead the Minnesota Wilderness over the Janesville Jets 2-1. Aaron Myers tied the game at one just over the midway mark of the second period with assists going to Christian Galatz and Nate Horn. Parker Lindauer scored the lone goal for Janesville. Isak Johansson made 37 saves in the first 65 minutes and stopped four of five shooters in the shootout. Riley Sims made 27 saves for the Jets.
Minot 7 @ St. Cloud 4 - The Minot Minotauros used a six-goal third period to runaway from the St. Cloud Blizzard as they grabbed the win on Friday night 7-4. Dan Russell and Cole O’Connell each potted a pair of goals for Minot while Cade Stibbe, Andranik Armstrong-Kingkade and Hunter Bjorge all tallied a goal and an assist. Ben Garrity won his 19th game this season for Minot. Jack Suchy, Ryan O’Neil, Derek Roberts and Ike Taraszewski all got on the scoresheet for St. Cloud. Tyler Bost took the loss in goal for the Blizzard.
Aberdeen 1 @ Bismarck 4 - Andrew Miller showed why he was named the NAHL’s Goaltender of the Month for February as he made 35 saves and allowed just one goal in BIsmarck’s 4-1 victory over the Aberdeen Wings. After Jordan Randall scored just 1:24 into the game, it was all Bismarck as Tim Piechowski, Christian Miller, George Grannis and Lars Rodne scored to lead the Bobcats offense. Henry Welsch made 14 saves in a losing effort for Aberdeen. 
Springfield 4 @ MN Magicians 1 - Jack Rhode scored twice as the Springfield Jr. Blues took care of the Minnesota Magicians 4-1. Danila Larionovs and Caden Villegas also scored for the Jr. Blues as they tried to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Trevor Kukkonen registered the only goal for Minnesota with the assists going to Jake Hale and Devlin McCabe. Ryan Wilson stood on his head and made 42 saves in between the pipes while Dysen Skinner was dealt the loss, despite making 32 saves. 
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