Friday Finals: Generals making playoff push with another win
Northeast 6 @ Danbury 1 - Ryan Gordon and Adam Smith each potted a pair of goals as the Northeast Generals defeated the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 6-1. Brent Keefer and Paul Minnehan found the back of the net in the win while Hugo Haas made 44 saves to win his 14th game of the year. Alex Krause provided the offense for Danbury and Andrew Pichora made 27 stops.
Minot 6 @ MN Wilderness 2 - Blaine Warnert logged a hat trick as the Minot Minotauros blew out the Minnesota Wilderness 6-2. Tyler Kostelecky knocked in two goals of his own while Max Bogdanovich picked up his first goal of the season. Jack Westlund contributed three assists and Cade Stibbe had a pair of helpers as well. Keenan Rancier grabbed his 18th win of the year by making 31 saves. Mikol Sartor and Jacob Herter lit the lamp for Minnesota in a losing effort. Kaleb Johnson made 21 saves for the Wilderness.
Janesville 2 @ MN Magicians 1 (OT) - Charlie Schoen’s highlight reel overtime goal lifted the Janesville Jets to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Magicians. Robby Newton had the Jets only goal in regulation with the assists going to Carter Hottmann and Max Itagaki. Hunter Longhi had the only Minnesota goal with help coming from Cam Boche and Gavin Best. Riley Sims improved to 10-2-1 as he made 26 saves. Andy Beran took the tough loss in net, making 31 stops.
Amarillo 1 @ Lone Star 6 - The Brahmas won their fourth straight game as the beat the Amarillo Bulls 6-1. Joey Baez led all skaters with three assists, Mitchell Digby, Luke Johnson, Alex Murray and Malcolm Palmer all had a goal and an assist each in the win. Zach Purcell and Dawson Tritt each picked up a goal as well. Graham Burke got the win in goal as he stopped 31 of 32 shots. Sean Vlasich had the only goal for the Bulls. Hunter Garvey and Andrew Takacs each made 9 saves in the loss for Amarillo.
Wichita Falls 3 @ New Mexico 4 (SO) - New Mexico never held a lead until Spencer Rudrud’s goal in the shootout gave them the 4-3 victory over Wichita Falls. The game was scoreless for most of the first period until Drew Vieten scored his 17th goal of the season. Joey Larson’s 10th of the year set up a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes of play. Hunter Jones found the back of the net on the power play to give the Warriors the lead. However, it would be short lived as Dillan Bentley scored less than three minutes later to tie the game at two. Drake Usher added a power play tally of his own and it was almost the game winner but Keegan Langefels found the back of the net with just 8 seconds left in regulation setting up Rudrud’s heroics. Beni Halasz stopped 34 shots to earn his eighth win of the year. Ryan Ullan was given the loss as he denied 35 of 38 shots.
New Jersey 7 @ Maine 3 - Jake LaRusso had himself a night with two goals and two helpers to lead the New Jersey Titans to a 7-3 win over the Maine Nordiques. Zach Nazzarett chipped in a goal and two assists while Matthew Doyle lit the lamp twice. Blake Humphrey and Jack Ring got on the scoresheet for the Titans as well. Christian Stoever stopped 25 shots to earn the win in goal. Isaiah Fox led the Nordiques with a goal and an assist while Patrick Schmiedlin and Stefan Owens each added goals of their own. Tyriq Outen was given the loss as he made 19 saves.
Maryland 3 @ Johnstown 2 (SO) - Conor Cole netted the only goal in the five round shootout and the Maryland Black Bears earned the extra point over the Johnstown Tomahawks, winning 3-2. Grady Friedman and Jude Kurtas scored in regulation for the Black Bears. Anthony Mastromonica and John Gelatt were the goal scorers for the Tomahawks. Hannes Kollen stopped 25 shots and all five shooters in the shootout to pick up the win in between the pipes. Josh Graziano also made 25 saves in 65 minutes of action.
Aberdeen 4 @ St. Cloud 2 - The Aberdeen Wings got back into the win column as they doubled up the St. Cloud Norsemen 4-2. Kevin MacKay and Natan Vertes scored in the opening period to give the Wings a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Hunter Hanson got the Norsemen within one but Payton Matsui responded with his 23rd goal of the year. Thor Byfuglien scored his first NAHL goal in his NAHL debut to once again get St. Cloud within a goal but it was Jake Goldowski put home an empty net goal to seal the win for Aberdeen. Jake Sibell stopped 18 shots to win his 34th game of the year. Josh Langford took the loss as he made 27 stops.
Bismarck 6 @ Austin 1 - George Grannis scored two goals and added an assist as the Bismarck Bobcats dominated the Austin Bruins 6-1. Jack Conroy potted a pair of goals himself while Ryan Taylor had a goal and two assists. Austin Schwartz also found the back of the net in the win while Tommy Aitken made 19 saves. Peter Jacobs netted the lone tally for Austin, Hudson Hodges and Tyler Shea combined for 19 stops.
Odessa 2 @ Shreveport 4 - The Shreveport Mudbugs won their seventh straight game as they took down the Odessa Jackalopes 4-2. Tyler German opened the scoring for Odessa with his sixth goal of the year. Matt Vermaeten tied the game just four minutes later. Jack Musa would give the Jackalopes the lead again before Giovanni Procopio brought the Bugs even once again. Then with 2:06 left in the third Garrett Steel gave Shreveport their first lead of the game with his 10th goal of the year. Sean Bunting would add an empty net goal to lock up the victory for the Mudbugs. Arseniy Sergeev got the win in net as he made 25 saves while Noah Rupprecht took the loss as he made 19 saves.