Friday Finals: Bruins open season with comeback win
Janesville 3 @ Austin 4 – Walter Zacher scored twice as the Bruins opened their 2020-21 regular season with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Jets. Peter Jacbs opened the scoring for Austin in the 1st period, but the Jets responded with goals later in the period from Jaxson Ezman and Alexander Lucken to take a 2-1 lead. In the 2nd period, Zacher scored his first goal to tie the game at 2-2. In the 3rd period, the Jets regained the lead on a goal from Shane Ott. Later in the period, Barrett Brooks scored to tie the game at 3-3 and then Zacher added the game-winner with just over three minutes to play in regulation. Tyler Shea made 17 saves in the win, while Owen Millward made 24 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 7 @ Odessa 3 – Seven different players scored as the Mudbugs offense was efficient in a 7-3 road win in Odessa. The game was tied at 2-2 after two periods as Evan Carroll and Jack Mack scored for Shreveport, while Ben Doherty and Boston Bird had goals for Odessa. Shreveport then erupted for five goals in the 3rd period, including tallies from Trenten Heyde, Billy Feczko, Collin Doherty, Giovanni Procopio, and Dawson Sciarrino. Fletcher Anderson had the other goal for the Jacks. Cole Hudson made 29 saves in the win, while Connor Hasley made 13 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 2 @ Lone Star 4 – The Brahmas took over sole possession of 1st place in the South Division as the doubled up the Amarillo Bulls, 4-2 on Friday. The Bulls were the ones who got off to a fast start as goals from Harrison Scott and Nick Dineen in the opening 5:18 of the game put Amarillo ahead, 2-0. The Brahmas would respond later in the active 1st period with goals from Andrew DeCarlo and Ryan Drkulec to tie the game at 2-2. The eventual game-winning goal came from Joey Baez in the 2nd period and Nicholas Niemo added an empty-net goal in the 3rd period to secure the 4-2 win. Brahmas goalie Graham Burke had to make just 10 saves in the win, while Cal Sandquist made 17 saves in the loss.
Fairbanks 3 @ Aberdeen 6 – An extended layoff didn’t bother the undefeated Wings as six different players scored in a 6-3 win over the visiting Ice Dogs to keep Aberdeen unbeaten. The teams were even at 1-1 after the 1st period as Spencer Schneider scored for the Wings and Laker Aldridge scored for Fairbanks. The Wings took control in the 2nd period with three goals from Cade Neilson, Kevin MacKay, and Thomas Manty. Then Seamus Campbell and Michael Reed added 3rd period goals to secure the win. Bret Link and Jasper Lester scored the other goals for Fairbanks, who fell to 0-3 with the loss. Jake Sibell made 23 saves in the win, while Austin Ryman made 20 saves in the loss.
Maryland 3 @ New Jersey 5 – Five different players scored for the Titans in a 5-3 win over the visiting Black Bears. New Jersey opened up a 4-1 lead after two periods, which included two goals in the 1st period from Anthony Calafiore and Levente Keresztes and two more goals in the 2nd period from Jack Ring and Evan Werner. After a goal in the 1st period from Brad McNeil, the Black Bears made a game of things with 3rd period goals from Hunter McCoy and Shane Albert. A late empty-net goal from Joe Schubert secured the win for New Jersey. Louden Hogg made 30 saves in the win, while Michael Morelli made 24 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 4 @ Wichita Falls 2 – Cole Hanson scored twice to lead the New Mexico Ice Wolves to a 4-2 road win in Wichita Falls. The Ice Wolves got off to a fast start with two 1st period goals from Hanson and Alex Gomez to take a 2-0 lead. The Warriors responded back with two goals in the 2nd period from Thomas Weis and Ryan Robinson to tie the game at 2-2. In the 3rd period, Jackson Wille scored the game-winning goal with just 5:31 on the clock and Hanson would add an insurance goal to make it a 4-2 final. Owen Parker made 17 saves in the win, while Ryan Ullan made 18 saves in the loss.
Kenai River 4 @ Chippewa 2 – Danny Fraga made 43 saves to keep the Brown Bears undefeated on the season at 3-0 with their third consecutive win over the Steel. After a scoreless 1st period, things were looking good for the Steel early in the 2nd period as they took a 2-0 lead with goals from Liam Hansson and Ethan Heidepriem. The Brown Bears responded with two goals later in the period from Porter Schachle and Dylan Hadfield to tie the game at 2-2. In the 3rd period, the Brown Bears seized the lead with goals from Jeffrey Lee and Daymin Dodge to secure the 4-2 win. Steel goalie Gus Bylin made 17 saves in the loss.