Friday Finals: Springfield regains lead in the Midwest Division
Springfield 4 @ Fairbanks 2: Leo Bacallao scored twice as the Springfield Jr. Blue doubled up the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-2. Connor Smith and Carson Jones found the back of the net for the Jr. Blues in the victory as well. Ethan Roberts improved to 9-4 on the season as he denied 23 of 25 Fairbanks shots. Jack Ring and Nick Ostbloom were the goal scorers for the Ice Dogs. Kayden Hargraves took the loss in goal as he made 24 saves.
Maryland 4 @ Maine 2: The Maine Nordiques saw early success in the contest, piloted by two goals from Jonny Meiers in the 1st period. Maryland’s goaltender Luca Di Pasquo saw and stopped the remaining 15 shots to lead Maryland to a comeback victory. Elliott Lareau opened Maryland’s scoring late in the first, while Miles Gunty found the back of the net twice, depositing the game-tying and eventual game winner. Luke Van Why secured the insurance goal with 45 seconds remaining in regulation to outlast Maine in their 3rd straight encounter 4-2. Gus Holt made 32 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 8 @ Odessa 2: After an even first period, the Amarillo Wranglers found the back of the net five times in the 2nd to bolster a dominant offensive attack in their 8-2 over Odessa. Eleven Amarillo skaters contributed to the points sheet, as Ben Oakland and Jakob Peterson each tallied a goal and assist. Logan Cleary scored twice, while Bryce Battaglia and Michael Spinner each provided two assists. Peterson, Oakland, Oliver Bezick, and Mason Hendrickson each scored their first of the season for the visitors. Odessa’s goals came back-to-back, Trevor Taulien finding the net in the 1st and Ryan Kusler giving the Jackalopes an early and short lead 1:52 into the middle slate. Max Gutjahr made 21 saves in net for Amarillo, while the Odessa net was split between William Proctor and Noah Rupprecht combining for 21 saves.
MN Wilderness 2 @ Janesville 5: The Janesville Jets saw five different skaters find the back of the net in their 5-2 victory, carrying some of last weekend’s momentum to find their 3rd consecutive win. The contest was even through one as Ethan Begg scored early for the Jets, Minnesota answering late on the powerplay from Gunnar Thoreson. Janesville’s Robby Newton and Arsenii Smekhnov both found the net in the 2nd, Jan Lasak scoring early in the 3rd to extend the lead to three. Thoreson scored his second of the night for the visitors to bring the game in reach, but Cy Leclerc found the empty net to seal it. Owen Millward stopped an impressive 30 of 32 shots to take the win, while Sam Livecchi finished the duel with 36 stops.
Kenai River 2 @ Anchorage 6: Clay Allen had registered two goals and an assist as the Anchorage Wolverines knocked off the Kenai River Brown Bears 6-2. Bohdan Panasenko also tallied a pair of goals in the contest while Cooper Morris ended the night with three assists. Jackson Krock and Talon Sigurdson lit the red light in the win as well for Anchorage. Shane Soderwall got his fourth win of the season as he made 14 saves. Ryan finch and Luke Helgeson provided the offense for the Brown Bears. Bryant Marks and Tommy Aitken combined to make 36 stops in the loss.
New Jersey 3 @ Jamestown 1: New Jersey’s netminder Andrew Takacs had a terrific display stopping 24 of 25 shots to guide the visitors to a 3-1 victory over Jamestown. After a scoreless first period Jamestown’s powerplay found success to break the ice, as John Lundy scored with help from Jak Vaarwek and Mitch Lafay. New Jersey found the back of the net just two minutes later thanks to Rocco Testa-Basi. The Titans carried momentum into the final slate as Anthony Calafiore scored 9:06 to take the lead and David Posma scored late in regulation on the penalty kill with help from Tommy Bannister who extended his lead as the league’s top offensive producer. Nolan Suggs saved 23 shots in the loss for Jamestown.
Northeast 4 @ Johnstown 6: A strong back-half of the 2nd and continued offensive pressure in the 3rd had Johnstown score four consecutive to push them past Northeast 6-4. Johnstown were ahead after 20 minutes 2-1 thanks to goals from Jacob Badal and Jake Black, eventually combining for seven points on the night. Ryan Gordon and Kyle Schroeder scored less than three minutes apart to recapture the lead for the Generals midway through the middle period. Stephen Kyrkostas, Dustin Geregach, Ryan Velluci, and Jake Black led that four goal onslaught for Johnstown, with Geregach’s goal coming on their 2nd powerplay chance. Ryan Gordon’s score for Northeast in the 3rd was too late, with Tommy Heaney securing the victory between the pipes with 25 saves. Cullen DeYoung took the loss, making 16 saves against an efficient Johnstown offense.
North Iowa 3 @ Austin 2 (SO): Hunter Garvey made 33 saves in a thrilling 3-2 shootout win on the road for North Iowa. Justin Mexico capped off the win scoring in the 4th round while also providing a goal in regulation for the Bulls. Austin’s leading point producer Carson Riddle opened the scoring in the 1st, North Iowa answering on the powerplay thanks to Mexico’s 2nd of the season. Max Scott gave North Iowa their first lead 5:35 into the 2nd, Ryan Coughlin and Chris Carroll adding the assists. An unassisted goal just six minutes later by Austin’s Isaak Brassard brought the game back to even, eventually carrying into a scoreless 3rd and overtime. In the blue paint for the Bruins, Klayton Knapp made 23 stops taking the shootout loss.
Chippewa 3 @ MN Magicians 1: Chippewa and Minnesota remained scoreless through 29 minutes until Evan Tanos broke the standstill, his offensive production proving to guide the Steel to their 6th road victory of the season. The Magicians would answer with 19 seconds remaining in the period, Will Schumacher scoring his 6th of the season. 14:35 into the 3rd Tanos beat the netminder again for the Steel with his second of the night, followed by an empty netter by Ethan Benz. Zach Hansen had a convincing night in net for the victors, stopping 27 saves. Brandon Milberg did all he could for Minnesota, making 34 saves.
El Paso 3 @ Corpus Christi 2: The El Paso Rhinos showed resilience against Corpus Christi, scoring three consecutive goals and completing a 3-2 come from behind win. Jack Wandmacher scored his first of the season to break ice in the 1st. Early in the second the IceRays extended their lead as Albin Persson buried with help from Michael Casey Jr.. Jonathan Horn, Matt Johnson, and Alex Krause were the three goal scorers for El Paso, Krause depositing the game winner with only 23 seconds remaining in regulation. The netminders matched each other with 38 saves as Lassi Lehti landed the win for the Rhinos and Stefan Carney took the loss.
Aberdeen 6 @ Bismarck 4: A busy opening 10 minutes had Aberdeen score three consecutive and help withstand the Bobcats 6-4. Ronan Walsh scored twice for the Wings and opened the scoring 4:18 in. Four other Aberdeen skaters found the back of the net, with Will Gilson scoring his first of the season on the penalty kill and Cade Neilson contributing assists to half of the goals. Bismarck found goal production in each period, notably scoring twice midway through the 3rd as Quinn Rudrud and Aiden VanRooyan scored 2:17 apart and brought the game within a goal. Dominik Wasik stopped the remaining shots for Aberdeen, tallying 20 saves to take the win. Meanwhile, Aksel Reid made 23 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 2 @ Lone Star 3: Matthew Macdonald’s goal 9:30 into the 3rd period was enough to carry the Brahmas past Shreveport and take their 8th win of the season. Shreveport’s John Hallard opened the scoring in the 1st however Lone Star rallied back, scoring three consecutive and a goal in each period. Frankie Ireland scored the equalizer and Dylan Smith provided the lone goal in the 2nd period. Austin Brimmer's late goal in the 3rd gave the Mudbugs comeback hopes but Jan Skorpik held on in net. Skorpik finished with 15 saves in the win and Simon Bucheler took the loss with 20 saves.
St. Cloud 4 @ Minot 0: Ethan Dahlmeir was a brick wall in net for St. Cloud, keeping out all 22 shots and awarding the Norsemen their first shutout win of the season. The game remained scoreless through two periods, but St. Cloud found a spark in the back half of the final slate beating the goaltender three times and securing an empty netter. Chase Freiermuth breached the deadlock with his second of the season, Blake Perbix following him with a score only 31 seconds later. Marc Lund put the game out of reach with help from Freiermuth, also scoring the empty netter for his 2nd and a three point night. Zach Sandy completed the game with 30 saves in the loss.
Wichita Falls 4 @ New Mexico 5 (OT): The Ice Wolves capitalized on a crucial powerplay in overtime as William Howard scored 1:00 into the extra period and pushed New Mexico past Wichita Falls 5-4. Four New Mexico skaters had multipoint nights in the victory, Wilmer Svensson and William Howard scoring twice while Brayden Ring and Dillan Bentley each contributing two helpers. Wichita Falls held the lead through two periods thanks to goals from Vincent Corcoran, Ryan Robinson, and Owen Baumgartner. Robinson tallied his second just under three minutes remaining in the 3rd to force overtime. Goaltender Ben Behrens took the win in net with 20 stops while Daniel Duris was dished the overtime loss with 18 saves.