Friday Finals: Odessa spoils El Paso home opener to widen South lead
Odessa 5 @ El Paso 2 – Four different Jackalopes found the back of the net in the third period as Odessa spoiled the El Paso Rhinos home opener, winning 5-2 on Friday night. Justin Hughes, William Marshall and Dayne Hoyord scored about seven minutes apart to lead the comeback effort for the Jackalopes. Mike Manzo added an empty netter late to seal the deal while Rylan Yates notched his third goal of the season early in the first period. Jonathan Horn and Philip Quetell netted goals for El Paso in the loss. William Proctor earned the win in net as he registered 22 saves while Lassi Lehti stopped 26 of 30 Odessa shots in the loss.
Springfield 2 @ Anchorage 6 – Talon Sigurdson lit the lamp twice as the Anchorage Wolverines won their first ever game on home ice, defeating Springfield 6-2. Aiden Westin chipped in a goal and an assist for the Wolverines while Jackson Reineke, Skylar Gutierrez and Jackson Reineke all tickled the twine for Anchorage. Zach Bade and Hagen Moe provided the offense for the Jr. Blues in the loss while Ethan Roberts stopped 16 shots. Raythan Robbins earned the win for Anchorage while he made 15 saves.
New Jersey 7 @ Northeast 1 – Six different skaters scored for the New Jersey Titans in their 7-1 win over the Northeast Generals on the road. Brendan Dumas secured a goal in the first period followed by a late second period goal off the stick of Stephen Willey for New Jersey. The Titans had a strong third period with Nick Ring, Anthony Calafiore, Levente Keresztes, and Brandon Avezov all lighting the lamp. Tommy Bannister was a huge help for New Jersey with three assists on the night. Douglas Friberg scored the lone goal for the Generals. Cullen DeYoung saw 46 shots in the net for New England. Goalie Andrew Takacs backed the Titans in the contest saving 24 of 25.
Maryland 3 @ Jamestown 2 – The Maryland Black Bears held on to defeat the Jamestown Rebels with goals tallied by Laker Aldridge, Aden Bruich, and Jacob Brockman. Conor Cole and Luke Van Why each recorded two assists in the win for Maryland. Both John Musella and Mitch Lafay found the back of the net for Jamestown with the help of Kevin Marx Noren who picked up an assist on each of the goals. Rebels rookie goaltender Nolan Suggs faced 21 shots in the loss. Michael Morelli was strong between the pipes for Maryland in their third straight win, saving 17 of 19 shots.
Maine 3 @ Johnstown 6 – Jake Black had two goals and one assist for Johnstown giving him a three point game in the victory over Maine. Jacob Badal, Johnny Ulicny, Holt Oliphant, and Stephen Kyrkostas all added to the goal scoring for the Tomahawks. The Nordiques made a third period run as Dom Marcinkevics, Jonny Meiers, and Nicholas Bernardo each grabbed goals. Avery Sturtz and Gus Holt combined to save 32 of 38 for Maine in the loss. Tommy Heaney was sharp stopping 24 shots in the Johnstown victory.
Bismarck 3 @ Austin 4 –Matys Brassard, John Larkin, and Therien Thiesing each scored their first of the season to lift the Austin Bruins over the Bismarck Bobcats. The three Bismarck goals came from Calvin Hanson, Blaise Miller, and Michael Neumeier with helpers coming from Chris Kernan, Jake Mclean, and Eddie Shepler. In the crease, Hudson Hodges was spectacular for Austin denying 25 of 28 attempts. Erik Forss fought hard in net saving 36 shots despite the Bobcats coming up short.
MN Wilderness 4 @ MN Magicians 3 (OT) – The Wilderness wowed against the Magicians with an overtime goal from Hayden Kruse to extend their win streak to six straight. Max Neill, William Persson, and Gunnar Thoreson each fired one past the goalie and Matthew McQuade recorded two assists in the Wilderness win. Magicians tallies came from Samuel Jacobs, Gavin Best, and Hunter Longhi. Wilderness keeper Jacob Zacharewicz stopped 33 pucks to secure the win.
Lone Star 3 @ Wichita Falls 1 – After a scoreless first period, Wichita opened up the scoring with a shorthanded score from Joseph Harguindeguy with help from Vincent Corcoran. From there, the Brahmas rolled with three straight goals from Artur Turansky, Kyle Furey, and Jack Collins. Daniel Duris was dealt the loss for the Warriors in net saving 22 of 24. Goalie Arthur Smith recorded his third win of the season for Lone Star in the triumph.
Amarillo 3 @ Shreveport 1 – Kristaps Skrastins and Anthony Vidrick netted two early goals for the Wranglers in their 3-1 win over Shreveport on opposing ice. Niklas Miller scored the solo goal for the Mudbugs on the power play on a pass from Austin Brimmer. Shreveport net minder Devon Bobak blocked 23 of 26 shots fired his way. Max Gutjahr shined in goal racking up 36 saves to give Amarillo the advantage after dropping their last two games.
Minot 2 @ North Iowa 3 – The Bulls paved the way to victory as rookie Justin Mexico scored his first of the season. Bryon Hartley and Logan Dombrowsky also tallied goals for North Iowa, and Zachary Cline picked up two assists in the battle. Two goals came in the second period for the Minotauros off the sticks of Cole Mickel and Zack Simon. Hunter Garvey clenched his fourth win of the season between the pipes for the Bulls with an exceptional performance in net saving 30 of 32. Minot goalie Zach Sandy was handed the loss despite managing to halt 35 shots in his direction.
Corpus Christi 2 @ New Mexico 3 (OT) – Jeff Hutchinson netted the game winning goal just 94 seconds into overtime as the New Mexico Ice Wolves scored the victory in their home opener. The two teams were deadlocked for 44 minutes until Nikolai Dulak’s third goal of the season finally broke the ice. Alex Gomez scored just 1:06 later to increase the Ice Wolves lead to two. However, the insurance lasted only 15 seconds as Grady Friedman scored for the IceRays. Daniel Nekhamiyev scored less than three minutes to tie the game up at two. It was Gomez and Dulak who then set up Hutchinson for the game winner. Beni Halasz needed to make just 11 saves to improve his record to 3-1. Damon Beaver kept his team in this one by making 40 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 2 @ Fairbanks 5 – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs jumped back into first place in the Midwest Division as they won their fourth straight contest, defeating the Chippewa Steel by a score of 5-2. Noah Griswold got the scoring started with his third of the season just three minutes into the action. Tyler Stewart scored early in the middle frame to increase the lead. Ethan Benz cut the Chippewa deficit to one but Billy Renfrew scored just 14 seconds later to bring the Fairbanks lead back to two. Nolan Cunningham made it a 4-1 Fairbanks lead just 1:13 later with his second tally of the year. Evan Tanos got Chippewa within two late but a Cam Ricotta empty net goal sealed the Ice Dogs three goal victory. Kayden Hargraves stopped 16 of 18 shots to pick up the win in between the pipes. Levi Gho was dealt the loss after making 18 saves for the Steel.