Friday Finals: Bruins, Bulls widen lead atop Central
Austin 5 @ St. Cloud 3 - Jens Richards and his three point night helped bring the St. Cloud winning streak to an end as the Austin Bruins defeated the Norsemen 5-3. Austin Salani, Sutter Muzzatti and Carson Riddle all scored in the win. Alex Trombley had three assists while Franklin Dovorany chipped in two of his own. Blake Perbix led the St. Cloud offense with a goal and two assists. Brandon Lajoie and Kade Peterson both scored for the Norsemen. Hudson Hodges got the win in goal as he made 24 saves. Ethan Dahlmeir was the losing netminder with 23 saves.
North Iowa 3 @ Minot 2 - The North Iowa Bulls scored three goals in the first period and then coasted the rest of the way as North Iowa topped the Minot Minotauros 3-2. Byron Hartley, Michael Mesic and Max Scott all scored for the Bulls. Chris Carroll helped out by adding two assists. David Nesburg scored twice in the final frame to get Minot close but it was shut down by Hunter Garvey. Garvey made 32 saves n 34 chances while Carter Clafton was give the loss as he made 9 saves. Zach Sandy stopped all 18 shots he faced in relief.
New Mexico 6 @ Lone Star 3 - A three goal third period helped the Ice Wolves pull away from the Lone Star Brahmas as William Howard netted a hat trick for New Mexico. Dillan Bentley finished with two goals of his own while Blayde Pogreba had the other Ice Wolves goal. Jack Collins, Sam Antenucci and Nicholas Niemo all scored for Lone Star in the loss. Beni Halasz got the win in the blue paint for New Mexico as he turned aside 21 shots. Graham Burke took the loss for Lone Star, he made 14 saves.
Northeast 2 @ Maryland 6 - The Maryland Black Bears used three first period goals to gain a stranglehold of their matchup with the Northeast Generals, winning 6-2 on Friday night. Philip Tornqvist found the back of the net twice and added an assist. Ryan Bottrill had a goal and assist of his own in the win. Dylan Wegner, Brad McNeil and Jesse Horacek lit the lamp as well for Maryland. David Andreychuk had a goal and an assist for Northeast while Adam Smith chipped in a goal as well. Michael Morelli had 22 saves in the win for the Black Bears while Cameron Kuntar and Jed Baliotti combined for 19 stops.
Jamestown 1 @ Danbury 2 - Wolfgang Govedaris had the eventual game winning goal for the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks as they edged out the Jamestown Rebels 2-1. Gabe Dombrowski netted a shorthanded tally over halfway into the second period as Danbury struck first but the lead would last just three minutes before Carter Casper netted his first goal of the season. Govedaris goal came just two minutes into the final frame and that’s what Josh Seeley stepped up and shut the door for the rest of the evening. He finished with 29 saves to earn his win of the season. Nolan Suggs took the loss in goal for Jamestown as he made 26 saves.
Johnstown 7 @ New Jersey 1 - Jake Black netted two goals and added an assist as the Johnstown Tomahawks routed the New Jersey Titans 7-1. Jacob Badal and Ryan Vellucci each had a goal and an assist in the victory for the Tomahawks while Carson Galin, Zachary Murray and Johnny Ulicny all tickled the twine as well. Anthony Mollica had the only tally for New Jersey. Sal Evola played fantastic, stopping 35 of 36 shots. Ben Charette and Andrew Takacs teamed up for 31 saves.
Springfield 4 @ Chippewa 3 - Leo Bacallao scored in the final minute to lift the Springfield Jr. Blues to a 4-3 win over the Chippewa Steel on Friday night. The teams traded goals throughout the night as the teams were knotted up at two after 40 minutes of play. Joey Dosan led the Jr. Blues with a goal and an assist. Mason Hoehn and Carson Jones also scored for Springfield. Jack Brown had a goal and an assist for Chippewa while Ethan Benz and Joe Kelly also lit the lamp. Ethan Robertson got the win in goal as he made 25 saves for Springfield. Croix Kochendorfer was saddled with the loss after making 19 saves.
Janesville 3 @ MN Magicians 5 - Hunter Longhi found the back of the net twice and added two assists as the Minnesota Magicians topped the Janesville Jets 5-3. Samuel Jacobs also grabbed himself two goals and added one assist of his own. Trevor Kukkonen also scored for the Magicians while Spencer Light finished with three assists. Jan Lasak, Cy LeClerc and Ethan Begg all lit the lamp for the Jets in the loss. Brandon Milberg earned the win in goal as he stopped 25 of 28 shots. Michael D’Orazio took the loss in goal as he made 30 saves.
Wichita Falls 2 @ Corpus Christi 3 - The IceRays scored three times in the third period to edge the Wichita Falls Warriors 3-2 on Friday night. Albin Persson tied the game just 62 seconds into the third period of play after Drew Vieten opened the scoring just 44 seconds into the game. 27 seconds after the game tying goal, Cameron Crolley notched his third goal of the season to put the IceRays ahead. Frank Jenkins’ first goal of the year was the insurance Corpus Christi needed as it eventually became the game winner after Ryan Robinson brought the Warriors within one. Damon Beaver got the win in goal as he made 20 stops. Matthew O’Donnell took the loss for the Warriors as he made 18 saves.
El Paso 3 @ Shreveport 5 - Garrett Steele potted a pair of goals as the Shreveport Mudbugs knocked off the El Paso Rhinos 5-3. Austin Brimmer netted a goal and assist while Ryan Williams and Burke Simpson also scored in the win. Jonathan Horn, Nick Turek and Connor McGrath all found the back of the net for the Rhinos. Devon Bobak picked up the win in between the pipes as he made 25 saves on 28 shots. Lassi Lehti was given the loss despite making 33 shots.
Aberdeen 4 @ Bismarck 1 - The Aberdeen Wings got back into the win column as Cade Neilson scored twice for Aberdeen. Owen DuBois and Nate Mann each tallied a goal and an assist for Aberdeen. Quinn Rudrud had the only goal for Bismarck in the loss. Dominik Wasik picked up the win in net for Aberdeen as he made 26 saves. Aksel Reid was busy all night long with 36 saves of his own.