Friday Finals: Wings roll to league-leading 18th win
St. Cloud 0 @ Aberdeen 6 - Reigning goaltender of the month, Jake Sibell continued his perfect season with a perfect night as he stopped all 25 St. Cloud shots. He is now 15-0 and has 5 shutouts this season. Payton Matsui led all skaters with a goal and two assists. Jordan Randall found the back of the net twice while Spencer Schneider had a goal and an assist. Thomas Manty and Nico DeVita chipped in goals as well for the Wings. Josh Weyandt and Paxton Geisel combined for 50 saves on the night for the Norsemen.
MN Wilderness 0 @ Janesville 3 - The Janesville Jets spoiled the Minnesota Wilderness’ return to the ice as shut the door and won 3-0. Riley Simis was perfect as he turned aside all 28 shots thrown in his direction to earn his first shutout of the season. Shane Ott scored twice in a span of 3:06 to lead the offensive attack for the Jets. Charlie Schoen gets credit for the game winner with his fifth of the year that came at the 5:26 mark of the second period. Kaleb Johnson did all he could without any offensive help as he made 33 stops.
Maryland 2 @ Maine 3 (OT) - Stefan Owens was the overtime hero as he scored the game winning goal just 17 seconds into the extra period as the Maine Nordiques edged the Maryland Black Bears 3-2. Tristan Fasig scored with just under four minutes to play to force overtime. Jackson Vercellono picked up his first goal of the season and his first assist. Josh Nixon and Hunter McCoy found the back of the net for the Black Bears. Bryan Huggins and Josh Waters each had an assist. Avery Sturtz stopped 30 shots to pick up the win in between the pipes while Michael Morelli was dealt the loss as he made 27 saves.
Johnstown 2 @ New Jersey 4 - The New Jersey Titans doubled up the Johnstown Tomahawks on Friday night as Zach Nazzarett and Levente Keresztes each had a goal and an assist. Matthew Iasenza and Nick Seitz also lit the lamp for New Jersey. Berk Berkeliev was sensational as he made a season high 47 saves. Matt McQuade provided all the offense for the Tomahawks while Sam Evola stopped 25 New Jersey shots.
Chippewa 1 @ MN Magicians 5 - The Minnesota Magicians completed the weekend sweep of the Chippewa Steel as the offense provided plenty of support for goaltender Andy Beran. Robert Christy and Luc Laylin each tallied a goal and an assist. Simon Falk, Noah Tussey and Karl Falk all scored in the Magicians win. Beran made 30 stops as he is now 4-1 on the season. Matthew Berezowski picked up the only goal for the Steel in the loss while Grant Boldt made 26 saves.
Amarillo 4 @ Wichita Falls 3 (SO) - The Amarillo Bulls pulled off one of the most unlikely comebacks in recent memory as they overcame a two goal deficit in the final 92 seconds. Trailing 3-1 in the final minutes, Ryan Coughlin buried his own rebound to bring the Bulls within one. Then with just 26 seconds remaining Noah Marion scored during a mad scramble in front of the Warriors net to force extra time. Harrison Scott scored the only goal in the skills competition for Amarillo to give them the extra point. Jordan Venegoni had the first goal for Amarillo while Andrew Takacs made 21 saves and denied all three shooters in the shootout. Drake Usher, Joseph Harguindeguy, and Ryan Robinson all scored for the Warriors. Owen Bartoszkiewicz made 37 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 5 @ Shreveport 1 - The New Mexico Ice Wolves have now won three of their last four games as they took care of the Shreveport Mudbugs 5-1 on Friday night. Cole Hanson potted a pair of goals and had an assist. Nikolai Dulak also lit the lamp twice while Dillan Bentley contributed a goal and an assist. Owen Parker made a career high 43 saves to improve to 3-0 on the year. Billy Feczko had the lone goal for the Mudbugs while Arseni Sergeyev made 30 stops for Shreveport.
Fairbanks 4 @ Bismarck 3 (SO) - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs survived a furious comeback from the Bismarck Bobcats as they squeaked out a 4-3 shootout victory. Austin Becker scored the game’s first goal to give Fairbanks the lead in the first period. In the second, a quick goal from Ty Naaykens doubled the Ice Dogs advantage. Brendan Murphy made it a 3-0 lead with his second goal of the year. Towards the end of the middle frame George Grannis scored on the power play to bring the deficit to two. Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe brought the Bobcats within one with his second tally of the year. Austin Schwartz tied the game with just 2:43 remaining, helping the Bobcats earn a point and force overtime. After a scoreless fourth period, Mason Plante netted the game deciding goal in the shootout and gave Fairbanks the bonus point. Ryan Keyes stopped 35 saves to improve his record to 2-1. Ian Shane took the tough loss as he made 32 saves.
Odessa 1 @ Lone Star 3 - The Lone Star Brahmas defeated the Odessa Jackalopes 3-1 on Friday night. Andrew DeCarlo, Blake Benson and Luke Johnson were the goal scorers for the Brahmas. Mitchell Digby, Nicholas Niemo, Brady Smith and Joey Baez all grabbed assists in the victory. Graham Burke was very good, allowing just one goal and making 16 saves. Dayne Hoyord netted the only Odessa goal while Cooper Black made 22 stops.
Kenai River 5 @ Minot 2 - Porter Schachle scored twice and added an assist to lead the Kenai River Brown Bears to a 5-2 over the Minot Minotauros. Morgan Winters had a goal and two assists of his own while Laudon Poellinger and Max Helgeson also chipped in a goal. Brett Roloson and Gabe Temple found the back of the net for Minot in the loss. Luke Pavicich was the winner in the blue paint as he denied 31 shots. Keenan Rancier was stuck with the loss as he made 32 saves.