Magicians win in season opener highlights New Year's Eve
MN Magicians 7 @ Chippewa 4 - The Minnesota Magicians took the ice for the first time in the 2020-21 season and did not disappoint as they took care of the Chippewa Steel 7-4. Lleyton Roed, Trevor Kukkonen and Hunter Longhi each netted a pair of goals in the victory. Luc Laylin also got on the scoreboard for the Magicians. Andy Beran turned aside 27 shots to pick up the win in goal while Stu Bickell earned his first NAHL win as a head coach. Brockton Baker and Braden Lindstrom tallied a goal and an assist for the Steel. Ethan Benz and Ryan Waltman also scored for Chippewa. Grant Boldt was dealt the loss as he made 24 saves.
Minot 0 @ Bismarck 3 - Cameron Korpi earned his second consecutive shutout, making 21 saves as the Bismarck Bobcats blanked the Minot Minotauros 3-0. Lars Rodne had a goal and an assist for the Bobcats while Will Magnuson contributed two assists. Ryan Taylor and Braden Costello also scored for Bismarck. For the Minotauros, Keenan Rancier did all he could to keep his team in it by making 39 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 3 @ Odessa 6 - The Odessa Jackalopes doubled up the Shreveport Mudbugs 6-3 on New Year’s Eve as Mike Manzo and Lucas Coon each had two goals and an assist for the Jackalopes. Fletcher Anderson picked up a goal and an assist for Odessa while Evan Orr also found the back of the net. Connor Hasley won his sixth game of the year by making 20 saves. Joe Mack, Mason McCormick and Braiden Dorfman scored for the Mudbugs while Cole Hudson suffered his first regulation loss, making 19 stops.
Northeast 0 @ Johnstown 8 - The Johnstown offense exploded as the Tomahawks found the back of the net eight times on their way to an 8-0 drubbing of the Northeast Generals. Jay Ahearn scored twice and added two helpers to lead the offensive fireworks. John Gelatt scored twice as well to give him a league leading 13 goals on the season. Andrew Murphy, Alex Gritz, Dominic Shimizzi and David Paluch all lit the lamp as well for Johnstown. Sam Evola picked up his first shutout of the year as he made 27 saves for the Tomahawks. Hugo Haas made 41 saves for the Generals.
Wichita Falls 5 @ Amarillo 4 (OT) - Ryan Robinson’s second goal of the game was the game winner as the Wichita Falls Warriors scored a 5-4 win over the Amarillo Bulls on New Years Eve. Adisen Brueck chipped in a goal and an assist while Brennen Couet and Jackson Salt also found the scoresheet for the Warriors. Greg Japchen potted a pair of goals for the Bulls. Scott Harrison and Chris Carroll added goals for Amarillo. Owen Bartoszkiewicz improved to 4-2-2 on the year as he made 29 saves in the victory. Cal Sandquist took the loss despite making 29 stops.
Fairbanks 4 @ Janesville 2 - Despite being outshot 40-20, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs grabbed their first win of the season, defeating the Janesville Jets 4-2. Laker Aldridge’s two goals paced the Ice Dogs offense while Bret Link and Tyler Stewart tickled the twine as well. Kayden Hargraves shined as he made 38 stops for Fairbanks. Cade Destefani continued his hot streak with a goal and an assist for Janesville. Charlie Schoen also scored for the Jets. Riley Sims took the loss in net, making 16 saves.