Friday Finals: Warriors, Bulls make statement in South with wins
New Mexico 2 @ Wichita Falls 5 - William Lawson-Body led the Wichita Falls offense with a goal and two assists as the Warriors skated past the New Mexico Ice Wolves 5-2. Luke Panchisin had a goal and an assist while Adisen Brueck, Owen Baumgartner and Nick Lanigan all found the back of the net for the Warriors. Owen Bartoszkiewicz had 31 saves in the victory to improve to 3-2-1 on the year. Dominic Sandoval and Jackson Wille score for New Mexico while Henrik Laursen made 36 saves.
Amarillo 3 @ Shreveport 2 (SO) - Ty Black scored the only goal in the four-round shootout as the Amarillo Bulls prevailed 3-2 over the Shreveport Mudbugs. Cal Sandquist made 24 saves through 65 minutes of action before stopping all four shooters he faced in the skills competition. The Amarillo offense was two for five with the man advantage as Greg Japchen and Jere Vaisanen found the back of the net with the extra attacker. Billy Feczko lit the lamp twice for the home team. Cole Hudson took the loss in between the pipes for Shreveport as he made 29 saves.
Minot 3 @ Bismarck 6 - George Grannis and Nico Chmelevski carried the Bismarck Bobcats offense as they doubled up the Minot Minotauros 6-3. Grannis and Chmelevski each found the back of net twice for Bismarck. Tim Piechowski had a goal and an assist while Grant Ahcan chipped in a goal of his own. Cameron Korpi got the win in the blue paint as he made 18 saves. Kyle Kukkonen scored twice for Minot while Jack Westlund added a goal and an assist. Keenan Rancier denied 27 of Bismarck’s 33 shots on goal.
Lone Star 0 @ Odessa 2 - Connor Hasley stopped all 16 shots fired in his direction as he won his second game in as many nights as the Odessa Jackalopes shut out the Lone Star Brahmas 2-0. Hunter Carrick broke the scoreless tie with his first goal of the season midway through the third period on the power play with help from Tyler German. Jacob Badal’s fifth of the year was an empty netter to put the game on ice for the Jackalopes. Rico Dimatteo played well for Lone Star, allowing just a single goal on 25 shots.
St. Cloud 0 @ Aberdeen 5 - The Aberdeen Wings stayed perfect on the season as five different Wings got on the scoresheet in a 5-0 win over the St. Cloud Norsemen. Clayton Cosentino got the party started with his fifth of the season. Natan Vertes chipped in his 10th of the year just a couple minutes into the second period. Nico DeVita converted a power play opportunity and Cade Neilson scored in the final seconds of the middle frame to give Aberdeen a commanding 4-0 lead. Spencer Schneider added his fifth of the year to extend the lead for the Wings. Jake Sibell stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his league leading fourth shutout. Paxton Geisel made 32 saves in the loss for St. Cloud.