Friday Finals: New Mexico continues winning ways
Wichita Falls 2 @ New Mexico 6 – JD Metz scored twice as the New Mexico Ice Wolves beat the Wichita Falls Warriors 6-2. Dillan Bentley had a goal and an assist while William Howard, Liam Guerin and Alex Gomez all scored in the win. Beni Halasz stopped 31 of 33 shots fired in his fifth win this season. William Lawson-Body and Riley Brueck were the goal scorers for Wichita Falls as Daniel Duris took the loss in between the pipes as he stopped 43 shots in a losing effort.
Jamestown 5 @ Maine 4 (SO) – Jak Vaarwerk fired one past the goalie in the fourth round of the shootout to give Jamestown the 5-4 advantage over Maine on the road. Conor Sedlak and John Lundy led the offensive push for the Rebels each adding a pair of goals to the scoresheet, and teammate Mitch Lafay collected three assists. Four different Nordiques scored in the contest including Zion Green, Patrick Schmiedlin, Tyler Gaulin, and Filip Wiberg. Nolan Suggs held strong behind the crease for Jamestown turning aside 26 of 30 shots while goalie Avery Sturtz was handed the loss despite coming up with 22 saves for Maine.
Maryland 4 @ Danbury 3 (OT) – Philip Tornqvist contributed his second goal of the night as he found the back of the net 2:56 into overtime to lift the Black Bears over the Jr. Hat Tricks, 4-3. Each team scored three goals apiece in an action packed final period to lead to extra time. Ryan Bottrill and Dimitry Kebreau also added to the scoring for Maryland, while Danbury tallies came off the sticks of Jake Howard, Mike Salandra, and Ben Biester. Goal tender Michael Morelli was solid in the win stopping 21 of 24 for the Black Bears. On the other end of the ice, keeper Adam Johnson took the loss for the Jr. Hat Tricks with 35 saves.
New Jersey 3 @ Johnstown 2 (SO) – The Titans claimed their fourth straight win on Friday night thanks to a game-winning goal from Anthony Calafiore six rounds into the shootout. Nick Ring scored 5:27 into the tilt for New Jersey and also added a helper on a Michael Young tally to close out the first twenty minutes of play. Jacob Badal struck just 20 seconds into the second period for Johnstown. Tomahawk’s forward Stephen Kyrkostas found the back of the net for the fifth time this season to force overtime. Andrew Takacs of New Jersey was dominant in net saving 27 of 29 in the winning effort. Net minder Tommy Heaney gave a great push stopping 33 chances for Johnstown.
Minot 2 @ St. Cloud 6 – After a scoreless first period, the Norsemen went on a 4-0 scoring run that fueled their victory over the Minotauros. St. Cloud’s Blake Perbix and Brandon Lajoie lit the lamp just 1:42 apart, and Nik Hong added his first of the season to close out the second frame. Brandon Lajoie struck again to open the third before Ben Johnson and Trevor Stachowiak of Minot both grabbed goals. Ethan Lindahl and Chase Freiermuth increased the St. Cloud lead late in the third. Tomas Bolo had a stellar performance between the pipes for the Norsemen needing just 15 saves to secure the victory.
Shreveport 3 @ Corpus Christi 5 – Three IceRays players all recorded a goal and an assist to lift Corpus Christi over Shreveport 5-3. Timofei Khokhlachev and Austim Brimmer tickled the twine 1:09 apart in the first frame, striking early for Shreveport. Corpus Christi rallied off of multi-point performances from Frank Jenkins, Nathan Butler, and Albin Persson. Logan Valkama netted his first of the season for the Mudbugs while Stepan Kuznetsov and Oliver Stumpel contributed the other IceRays tallies. In goal, Damon Beaver stopped 18 of 21 to back Corpus Christi.
MN Wilderness 2 @ Springfield 4 – Springfield opened with a 3-0 run to claim their 4-2 win over the visiting Wilderness, adding to their lead atop the Midwest. Johnathan Panisa, Cole Schneider, and James Callahan ignited the Jr. Blues offense with three straight goals all coming before the 14:19 mark of the first period. William Persson and Matthew McQuade brought the Wilderness within one, but Leo Bacallao fired one into the net for his eighth goal of the season to lift Springfield to victory. Goal keeper Ethan Roberts made 30 saves in the Jr. Blues win. Sam Livecchi and Jacob Zacharewicz combined going 24 for 28 in the Wilderness loss.
Lone Star 2 @ Odessa 1 – Aidan Torres and Tanner Daniels scored back-to-back goals for Lone Star to secure the 2-1 win against Odessa on opposing ice. Jackalopes defensemen Trevor Taulien lit the lamp 4:06 into the first frame with help from Ryan Manfield, but soon after Lone Star added a pair of unanswered goals. Mason Mara and Sam Antonucci contributed assists on the Brahmas scores. Lone Star’s Jan Skorpik wowed from the blue paint going 28 for 29. Noah Rupprecht was dealt the loss in goal for Odessa even after stopping 26 shots in the close contest.
Austin 3 @ Aberdeen 1 – Hudson Hodges was nearly perfect as he made 24 saves in a 3-1 win over the Aberdeen Wings. Michal Jasene, John Larkin and Jens Richards all scored in the win for Austin while Alex Trombley had two helpers. Patrick O’Connell notched the only goal of the night for Aberdeen in the defeat. Greg Orosz made 28 saves in the loss for Aberdeen.
Janesville 2 @ Anchorage 6 – Aiden Westin lit the lamp twice as the Anchorage Wolverines knocked off the Janesville Jets by a score of 6-2. Jackson Reineke and Clay Allen each tallied a goal and an assist in the victory. Colin Pederson added a goal and assist of his own while Drake Albers found the back of the net as well. Shane Soderwall denied 24 Janesville shots to improve to 3-4. Grayden Daul picked up two goals for Janesville while Owen Millward and Michael D’Orazio teamed up to make 13 saves.
Fairbanks 4 @ Kenai River 3 – Four different players scored and Kayden Hargraves made 42 saves as the Ice Dogs picked up a 4-3 road win in Kenai River on Friday. Fairbanks took a 1-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Alex Malinowski. The Brown Bears took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Bryce Monrean and Parker Lockwood. Fairbanks would regain a one-goal edge later in the period with two goals from Jack Ring and Dakota MacIntosh. The Brown Bears tied the game at 3-3 early in the 3rd period thanks to a power play goal from David Vieten, but a power play goal later in the period from Ice Dogs defenseman Camden Shasby proved to be the game-winner. Tommy Aitken made 28 saves in the loss.