Friday Finals: Titans stay hot thanks to shutout
Northeast 0 @ New Jersey 5 - Louden Hogg turned aside all 42 shots fired in his direction as the New Jersey Titans blanked the Northeast Generals 5-0. Nick Seitz found the back of the net twice while Blake Humphrey registered a goal and an assist. Jake Suede and Matthew Doyle got on the scoresheet as well for the Titans. Anton Castro did all he could as he made 34 stops but got no offensive support in the loss.
New Mexico 2 @ Shreveport 4 - The Shreveport Mudbugs got out to a big lead and never looked back as they doubled up the New Mexico Ice Wolves 4-2. David Breazeale and Garrett Steele logged goals in the opening frame. They were followed up by Mason McCormick’s sixth tally of the year. Jack Bayless got the Ice Wolves within two but that’s as close as they would get as Dawson Sciarrino and Nicolas Haviar traded goals in the third and final frame. Cole Hudson improved to 14-4-3 as he stopped 26 shots for Shreveport. Beni Halasz was dealt the loss in goal as he stopped 28 shots.
Janesville 3 @ MN Wilderness 2 - The Janesville Jets survived a furious comeback by the Minnesota Wilderness by score of 3-2. Jake Sacratini got the scoring started as he picked up his fourth goal of the campaign. Carter Hottmann and Charlie Schoen scored just over three minutes apart to put Janesville up 3-0. Grant Docter picked up a shorthanded tally to begin the comeback effort for Minnesota. Zach Michaelis brought the Wilderness within one with just under three minutes left but that would be as close as they would get as Riley Sims finished the night with 32 saves, with eight of them coming in the final 20 minutes of action. Kaleb Johnson was given the loss for the Wilderness despite making 30 saves.
Danbury 1 @ Maine 4 - After allowing the game’s first goal, the Maine Nordiques rattled off four unanswered goals to defeat the Danbury Jr Hat Tricks 4-1. Makem Demers led the team with a goal and an assist. Casper Soderling, Patrick Schmiedlin and Andrew Noel all found the back of the net in the victory for the Nordiques. Jason Kleinhans scored the lone goal for Danbury. Tyriq Outen was the first star of the game as he made 34 stops on 35 shots. Edvard Nordlund took the loss in goal as he also made 34 saves.
Maryland 2 @ Johnstown 5 - Will Margel potted a pair of power play goals as the Tomahawks knocked off the Maryland Black Bears 5-2. Anthony Mastromonica and Max Smolinski both lit the lamp and added an assist while Ryan Poorman tickled the twine as well. Sam Evola needed just 21 saves to earn the win in goal as he improved to 12-3-2 on the year. Jesse Horacek scored both goals for the Black Bears while Hannes Kollen made 33 saves in a losing effort.
Amarillo 2 @ Wichita Falls 3 (SO) - Drake Usher scored the game deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout as the Wichita Falls Warriors beat the Amarillo Bulls 3-2. Cole Teleki’s second of the year tied the game up at one goal apiece. Then Carter Korpi’s 14th of the year tied the game with just over 2:30 remaining in regulation. Ryan Ullan made 17 stops for Wichita Falls and stopped all four shooters he faced in the shootout . Hunter Garvey took the loss despite making 20 stops and three out of four in the skills competition.
Aberdeen 5 @ St. Cloud 1 - The Aberdeen Wings continued their unbelievable start as they took care of the St. Cloud Norsemen 5-1. Thomas Many and Specner Schneider each found the back of the net twice while Jake Goldowski cashed in on the other goal for Aberdeen. Ryan O’Neill netted the lone goal fro the Norsemen, Jake Sibell needed just 13 saves to find himself in the win column for Aberdeen. Josh Langford made 26 saves for the Norsemen in the loss.
MN Magicians 5 @ Chippewa 1 - The Minnesota Magicians bounced back to grab a 5-1 win over the Chippewa Steel after falling on Thursday night. Hunter Long led all skaters with a goal and three helps while Luke Kron lit the lamp twice for Minnesota. Gavin Best and Brett Oberle each chipped in a goal for the Magicians. Andy Beran was nearly perfect as he came 37 saves on 38 shots. Grisha Gotovets netted the only tally for Chippewa, as Grant Boldt stopped 36 shots in the loss.
Lone Star 3 @ Odessa 2 (SO) - The Lone Star Brahmas kept their winning streak alive as they defeated the Odessa Jackalopes 3-2 in a shootout. Fletcher Anderson recorded the game’s first goal as his power play tally put Odessa in the lead 1-0. Caige Sterzer grabbed an unassisted goal to tie the game early in the third period. Jack Musa put Odessa back out in front with his fifth goal of the campaign. It was matched with just over two minutes remaining in regulation by Dawson Tritt, it was his 3rd of the season. Joey Trazzera and Zach Purcell both scored in the shootout while Guy Blessing stopped both of the shooters he faced, in addition to the 22 saves he made in the opening 65 minutes of gameplay. Cooper Black was pretty good in goal as he made 27 saves for Odessa.
Bismarck 3 @ Minot 4 - It was a back-and-forth affair as the Minot Minotauros and Bismarck Bobcats traded goals all night long in Minot as the Minotauros skated away with a 4-3 win. Ethan Schmunk needed 12 minutes to score the game’s first goal but Thomas Bergsland scored in the final minute of first period to draw the teams even. Cade Stibbe put Minot back out in front but the celebration was short-lived as just over three minutes later George Grannis made it a 2-2 game. Robert Kincaid’s first goal of the season put Minot on top again. Austin Schwartz netted the game tying goal with just under four minutes left with an unassisted power play tally. Blaine Warnert would be the hero for Minot as he scored with 1:47 left on the clock to give the Minotauros the win on Friday night. Keenan Rancier would get into the win column as he stopped 26 shots thrown his way. Ian Shane took the loss in goal despite making 25 saves.