Friday Finals: Wings set new record with 50th win
Minot 1 @ Aberdeen 10 - The Aberdeen Wings became the first team in NAHL history to win 50 games in a single season and did so in dominant fashion, routing the Minot Minotauros 10-1. Natan Vertes had the game of his life as he logged four goals and an assist. Liam Fraser tallied a goal and two assists in his 150th junior game. Nico DeVita and Thomas Manty ended up with a goal and an assist while Jordan Randalll, Spencer Schneider, and Jake Goldowski got on the scoresheet as well. Jake Sibell tied the NAHL single season records for win as he got his 42nd win after making 14 saves. Jay Buchholz scored the lone goal for Minot while Carter Clafton and Keenan Rancier combined to stop 44 shots fired in their direction.
Bismarck 1 @ MN Wilderness 3 - The Minnesota Wilderness clinched the final Robertson Cup playoff spot with a 3-1 win over the Bismarck Bobcats. Christian Galatz scored the first goal of the game at the 3:11 mark of the third period to put the Wilderness ahead. Josh Phillips increased the lead to two about nine minutes later with his fourth of the year. Quinn Rudrud would get Bismarck within one just 14 seconds after Phillips’ goal but Gavin Rasmussen had an answer just 27 seconds later to put Minnesota back up by two. Jacob Zacharewicz stood on his head as he made 38 stops meanwhile Cameron Korpi had a great game of his own, stopping 34 shots in the loss.
Wichita Falls 5 @ New Mexico 3 - Two goals from Owen Baumgartner helped the Wichita Falls Warriors lock themselves into the number three seed in the South Division as they beat the New Mexico Ice Wolves 5-3. Vincent Corcoran scored his fourth of the year while Carter Korpi netted his 16th before Nick Lanigan sealed the win with an empty net goal. Taylor Ewing, Spencer Rudrud and Jack Bayless lit the lamp for the Ice Wolves in the loss. Ryan Ullan improved to 7-5-3 on the year with a 23 save performance. Owen Parker took the loss for New Mexico as he made 32 stops on 36 shots.
Northeast 2 @ Maryland 3 (SO) - Miles Gunty scored in the sixth round of the shootout to lift the Maryland Black Bears over the Northeast Generals 3-2 in their regular season finale. Tanner Rowe and Branden Piku each tallied their sixth goal of the season to put Maryland out in front 2-0 midway through the second period. Ricky Boysen netted his 13th of the year to bring Northeast within one heading to the third period. Then Liam McCanney netted a power play tally with 6:25 remaining in the final period to force overtime and Gunty’s eventual game winner. Hannes Kollen took the win as he made 34 stops. Hugo Haas took the tough loss as he made 47 saves.
Danbury 1 @ Johnstown 2 - Two third period tallies were all the Tomahawks needed to skate past the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks by a score of 2-1. Andrew Murphy logged his eighth of the year to tie the game up at one and then Daniel Tkac found the back of the net on the power play to give the Tomahawks their first lead of the game and the eventually the win. Sam Evola picked up the win in between the pipes as he stopped 33 shots. Gabe Dombrowski provided the offense for Danbury while Andrew Pichora made 25 saves in the loss.
Austin 6 @ St. Cloud 3 - Ben Dexheimer had a goal and two helpers as the Austin Bruins doubled up the St. Cloud Norsemen 6-3. Barrett Brooks, Connor Mylymok, Garrett Dahm and Peter Jacobs each tallied a goal and an assist in the win. Max Ruoho also lit the lamp for Austin. Hudson Hodges grabbed the win in net, he made 19 saves. Jack Suchy, Blake Perbix and Max Strand netted goals for St. Cloud. Josh Langford and Paxton Giesel teamed up to make 25 saves.
MN Magicians 6 @ Janesville 4 - Hunter Weiss and Gavin Best each tallied four points, one goal and three assists, as the Minnesota Magicians defeated the Janesville Jets 6-4. Lucas Kanta potted a pair of goals while Michael Ferrandino had a goal and an assist for the Magicians. Simon Falk also found the back of the net in the win while Andy Beran stopped 28 of 32 shots he faced. Charlie Schoen and Justin Thompson both had a goal and an assist for Janesville in the loss. Shane Ott and Alexander Lucken also found the scoresheet. Riley Sims made 23 saves in relief but was stuck with the loss in goal.
Odessa 3 @ Amarillo 4 - After allowing three straight goals, the Amarillo Bulls came from behind to top the Odessa Jackalopes 4-3. Jordan Venegoni and Paul Schmid got the scoring started as they gave Amarillo a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Evan Orr, J.R. Perdion and Joey Musa all scored within 12 minutes to give Odessa a 3-2 lead. Nick Stapleton would net his fifth goal of the season to tie game heading into the final period. Paul Schmid’s second of the night would prove to be the eventual game winner at the 4:38 mark of the final frame. Andrew Takacs stopped 16 shots to grab his 13th win of the year. Connor Hasley and Cooper Black combined to make 22 saves in the loss for Odessa.
Lone Star 6 @ Shreveport 3 - Andrew DeCarlo scored twice as the Lone Star Brahmas took care of the Shreveport Mudbugs 6-3. Matt McDonald had a goal and an assist. Luke Beerman, Quinn Emerson and Jack Collins all scored for the Brahmas in the win. Giovanni Procopio led the Mudbugs with a goal and an assist. Joe Mack and Jake Mack also lit the lamp for Shreveport. Guy Blessing was spectacular in goal as he turned aside 17 shots. Cole Hudson and Arseniy Sergeev combined to make 21 stops for the Mudbugs.
Fairbanks 1 @ Kenai River 0 - Kayden Hargraves stopped all 32 shots fired in his direction as his Fairbanks Ice Dogs blanked the Kenai River Brown Bears 1-0. Laker Aldridge had the only goal of the game at the 8:57 mark of the first period. The assists were given to Ty Naaykens and Owen Neuharth. Luke Pavicich was nearly perfect for Kenai River, allowing just the one goal on 32 Fairbanks’ opportunities.