Friday Finals: Division-leading Wings, Magicians stay hot with wins
Minot 1 @ Aberdeen 6 - The Aberdeen Wings rolled to a dominating 6-1 over the Minot Minotauros as Will Arquiett netted a hat trick for Aberdeen. Thomas Many had a goal and an assist while Payton Matsui and Cade Neilson also got on the scoresheet for the Wings. Trevor Russell, Jake Goldowski and Liam Fraser all had multiple assists. Jake Sibell got his 23rd win of the season by making 21 saves. Blaine Warnert had the only tally for Minot while Carter Clafton denied 40 shots in net.
MN Magicians 3 @ Kenai River 2 (OT) - Hunter Lohngi’s silky sick move led to the overtime game winner goal. It was his eighth goal of the year. Luke Kron and Luc Laylin each had a goal of their own in the win over the Brown Bears. Max Helgeson and Jake Veri would light the lamp for Kenai River. Darius Bell got the win in between the pipes for Minnesota as he made 26 saves. Luke Pavicich was great in net for Kenai River as he made 27 stops.
Danbury 4 @ Maine 1 - Shane Murphy found the back of the net twice and added an assist as the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks defeated the Maine Nordiques 4-1. Porter Schachle and Mark D’Agostino each tallied a goal and an assist in the win. Josh Seeley turned aside 25 of the 26 shots fired in his direction. Patrick Schmiedlin had the only goal for the Maine Nordiques while Tyriq Outen made 31 saves in the loss.
Austin 2 @ MN Wilderness 4 - The Minnesota Wilderness had a strong first period and never looked back as they doubled up the Austin Bruins 4-2. Jacob Herter, Ethan Wolthers and Mikol Sartor all lit the lamp in the opening 20 minutes to give Minnesota a big cushion. Connor Mylymok and Garrett Dahm scored for Austin to bring them within one but Gavin Rasmussen iced the game with an empty net goal. Kaleb Johnson stopped 34 shots to earn the win in goal. Hudson Hodges and Tyler Shea teamed up to stop 21 shots.
St. Cloud 4 @ Bismarck 2 - Nicholas Hong had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Cloud Norsemen over the Bismarck Bobcats 4-2. Cooper Gay, Logan Kittleson and Chase Freiermuth all visited the red light district in the win. Paxton Geisel improved to 8-12 on the year by making 24 saves. Luke Gramer and Patrick Johnson were the goal scorers for Bismarck while Ian Shane made 16 stops.
New Mexico 2 @ Lone Star 3 - The Lone Star Brahmas held on for dear life as they defeated the New Mexico Ice Wolves 3-2. Luke Johnson and Dawson Tritt scored 83 apart to give the Brahmas a 2-0 lead before the midway point of the second. Zach Purcell made it a 3-0 Lone Star lead with his sixth goal fo the season. Spencer Rudrud and Keegan Langefels each scored in the final three minutes to get New Mexico within a goal. That would be as close as they would get as Guy Blessing held strong for Lone Star. Blessing would finish the night with 24 sees and the win. Owen Parker was given the loss despite making 27 saves.
Janesville 5 @ Fairbanks 4 - Two late goals from the Janesville Jets lifted them to a 5-4 win over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Justin Thompson scored with just 3:10 remaining to secure the eventually game winning goal. He finished with two goals and three assists while Charlie Schoen also had two goals and three helpers. Tommy Middleton added a goal of his own and three assists. Jack Ring, Scott McKenzie and Austin Becker all had a goal and an assist for the Ice Dogs. Jake Hale also scored for Fairbanks in the loss. Owen Millward was busy all night as he made 40 stops. Kayden Hargraves stopped just 15 saves in the loss.
Northeast 1 @ New Jersey 6 - Jake Suede had a goal and two assists as the New Jersey Titans toppled the Northeast Generals 6-1. Connor Pelc had a goal and an assist for the Titans while Joshua Rule, Jake LaRusso, Jack Ring and Caleb Price all put the puck past the goal line. Christian Stover upped his record to 2-0 on the year as he made 33 saves in the blue paint. Johnathon Young had the only goal for the Generals while Anton Castro stopped 26 shots in a losing effort.