Friday Finals: Tomahawks spoil Danbury's return to action
Danbury 4 @ Johnstown 5 - The Johnstown Tomahawks spoiled the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks return to the ice as the Tomahawks outlasted Danbury 5-4. Jay Ahearn picked up the hat trick for Johnstown while Matt McQuade tallied the other two goals for the home team. John Gelatt, Brendan Clark and Daniel Tkac all had two helper for the Tomahawks. Jake VEri and Hank McDonough each tallied a goal and an assist for Danbury. Mark D’Agostino and Jake Hewitt also scored for the Jr. Hat Tricks. Sam Evola picked up the win in between the pipes with 33 saves. Andrew Pichora took the loss as he made 26 stops.
Aberdeen 2 @ Fairbanks 0 - Jake Sibell’s amazing streak continued as he pitched his third straight shutout, this time blanking the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a 2-0 win. With his most recent shutout, his streak now stands at 198 minutes without allowing a goal. He got just enough offense as Jakob Stender netted his second of the year to give his team the lead in the first period. That would be the only goal until the final minutes as Natan Vertes buried an empty netter to seal the game for Aberdeen. Ryan Keyes allowed just a single goal on 17 shots faced.
Maine 1 @ Maryland 4 - Luke Mountain registered a hat trick to lead the Maryland offense as the Black Bears took care of the Maine Nordiques 4-1. With the three goals, Mountain has now lit the lamp 10 times this season. Aden Bruich grabbed the other goal while Josh Waters had two assists for the Black Bears. Hannes Kollen picked up the win in his NAHL debut for Maryland. Luke Antonacci scored the lone goal for Maine in the loss while Avery Sturtz was stuck with the loss in net.
Shreveport 4 @ Lone Star 2 - The Shreveport Mudbugs are now just two points out of first place as they doubled up the Lone Star Brahmas 4-2. Giovanni Procopio had a goal and an assist to lead the Mudbugs offense. Mason McCormick, Billy Feczko and Matt Weber all scored for Shreveport in the victory. Mitchell Digby and Luke Johnson each had a goal and an assist for Lone Star in a losing effort. Cullen DeYoung improved to 4-0 on the season by making 27 saves. Graham Burke was the losing goaltender as he made 31 saves for Lone Star.
Kenai River 2 @ MN Magicians 5 - The Minnesota Magicians won their third game in a row as they defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 5-2. Hunter Longhi and Bret Oberle scored less than a minute apart to give Minnesota the first period lead. Robert Christy, Lleyton Roed and Spencer Light all found of the back of the net in the final 40 minutes to secure the victory. Porter Schachle scored both of the Brown Bears goals in the loss. Andy Beran continued his strong play as he stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced. Luke Pavicich was busy as well as he made 42 saves.
St. Cloud 1 @ Bismarck 4 - Tim Piechowski led the Bismarck offense with a goal and an assist while Cameron Korpi stopped 20 shots to lead the Bismarck Bobcats to a 4-1 win over the St. Cloud Norsemen. Jon Ziskie, Ryan Taylor and Grant Ahcan all found the scoresheet for the Bobcats in the win. Ryan O’Neill netted the lone goal for St. Cloud while Paxton Geisel made 31 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 1 @ Wichita Falls 2 - A pair of first period goals were all the Wichita Falls Warriors needed to get past the New Mexico Ice Wolves as the Warriors scratched out a 2-1 win. William Lawson-Body scored just 41 seconds into the action to give Wichita Falls the early lead. Joseph Harguindeguy netted a goal with just nine seconds left in the period to double the lead. Dominic Sandoval would net a shorthanded goal to bring the Ice Wolves within one but that’s as close as they would get. Owen Bartoszkiewicz improved to 6-5-3 as he made 25 saves. Josh Graziano played well, stopping 28 of 30 shots.
Chippewa 1 @ Austin 2 (SO) - Garrett Dahm netted the game deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout as the Austin Bruins picked up the 2-1 win over the Chippewa Steel. Spencer Cox got the Steel on the board just 2:03 into the first period as he netted his first goal of the season. It would remain a 1-0 game until the 10:00 mark of the third period, that was when Grayson Valente’s first tally of the year evened the score at one. The game would remain tied through overtime and eventually Dahm’s goal gave the extra point to the Bruins. Tyler Shea earned the win in goal as he made 25 saves. Gus Bylin was given the loss despite making 23 saves.
Odessa 1 @ Amarillo 2 (SO) - Ty Black had the only goal in the shootout and that gave the Amarillo Bulls a 2-1 win over the Odessa Jackalopes. Harrison Scott broke the scoreless tie in the opening seconds of the middle frame, it was his fourth goal of the season. Gabe Bennett would tie the game with a power play marker in the final minutes of that same period. It would remain tied at one going into the shootout and that was when Black found the net in round one before Andrew Takacs shut down all three shooters he faced in the skills competition. In the first 65 minutes, Takacs made 31 saves to grab the win. Connor Hasley was sensational, allowing just one goal on 47 Amarillo shots.