Friday Finals: Titans extend East lead with OT win in Maryland
New Jersey 4 @ Maryland 3 (OT): After a tightly fought 3rd period between the two teams that couldn’t provide a victor, Nick Ring’s goal 4:10 into the extra period helped New Jersey edge past the Black Bears in comeback fashion. Maryland led the contest first, Jack Blanchett scoring his 6th of the season in the opening period. The two teams would trade a pair of goals to keep Maryland on top until the Titans’ Ryan Coughlin lit the lamp to even the slate early in the 3rd. Anthony Calafiore and Stephen Willey found the back of the net for New Jersey while Ryan Bottrill and Tyler Young each buried one for the Black Bears. Andrew Takacs made 41 stops between the pipes to claim the victory. Michael Morelli took the overtime loss with 25 saves.
Fairbanks 1 @ Springfield 5: Isaac Novak scored a hat trick in Springfield’s 5-1 win over Fairbanks and their 3rd straight victory on home ice. Seven skaters found the points sheet for Springfield; Carson Jones added a goal and two assists, Hagen Moe found the back of the net, and defenseman Noah Marino dished a pair of helpers. Tyler Herzberg scored late in the 3rd period to break up Nick Addante’s shutout. Addante stopped the remaining 25 shots on the night to grab the victory. Kayden Hargraves saved 30 in the loss.
Danbury 5 @ Northeast 2: Danbury took down the Generals in the first of their three matchups this weekend, largely contributing to a pair of goals from forward Ryan Johnson. Northeast took an early lead in the contest, Douglas Friberg scoring just 45 seconds into the contest. The Danbury powerplay answered right back before the 1st intermission with a goal from Gabe Dombrowski. Johnson scored two consecutive goals for the visitors, giving them a lead they wouldn’t lose. Northeast brought the deficit down to one a minute after Johnson’s goal but Jazz Krivtsov and Boris Skalos each lit the lamp to put on the finishing touches. Adam Johnson made 25 saves for Danbury in the win. Oliver Drum and Cullen DeYoung split time in net for Northeast, Drum credited with the loss making 18 saves on 22 shots.
Maine 1 @ Jamestown 3: The Jamestown Rebels continued their success against the Nordiques, scoring a goal in all three periods to complete the victory over Maine and win four out of the teams’ five matchups this season. Jamestown’s John Lundy broke the deadlock in the 1st with his 14th of the season. Conor Sedlak doubled up the lead six minutes into the middle period. Maine’s Patrick Schmiedlin lit the lamp early in the 3rd to cut the lead in half but Max Hamstad’s goal five minutes later put Jamestown back in the driver's seat. Jon Howe secured the victory between the pipes with 41 saves. Avery Sturtz stopped 32 shots in the loss.
Kenai River 0 @ Janesville 6: Will Troutwine and Robby Newton each potted a pair of goals to help Janesville fly past Kenai River 6-0. Netminder Owen Millward had an exceptional performance in net for the Jets, stopping 24 shots to secure the shutout. Six other Janesville skaters recorded multiple points in the victory, Mack Keryluk and AJ Casperson being the other goalscorers. Tommy Aitken and Bryant Marks split time in net, combining for 21 saves.
Minot 1 @ Austin 3: Austin took down the Minotauros 3-1 Friday night to bring Minot’s central division lead down to just two points. The game was scoreless until Austin’s Gavin Morrissey scored with just 31 seconds left in the opening period. The Bruins tallied two more to extend the lead as Carson Riddle and Ocean Wallace each found the back of the net in the 2nd. Riddle also contributed an assist in the winning effort while Walter Zacher tallied a pair of helpers. For Minot their offense came too late, Kade Nielsen scoring 1:23 into the final period on the powerplay. Austin goaltender Klayton Knapp saved the remainder of the 29 shots faced while Carter Clafton made 25 stops for the Minotauros.
Bismarck 5 @ St. Cloud 3: After a busy first period of goals from each side, the Bobcats would see it through past St. Cloud in the remaining 40 minutes to win by a final score of 5-3. Bismarck's offense came early with two goals from Chase Beacom and Trevor Mitchell, Mitchell scoring his first of the season. St. Cloud’s Peyton Hanson had an answer for the Bobcats, potting a pair of goals to keep the score even through one period. Chris Kernan tallied a Bismarck goal in the 2nd and Owen Michaels tickled the twine twice in the 3rd to contribute to the victory. St. Cloud’s remaining goal was scored by Blake Mesenburg in the final period. Between the pipes, Ben Behrens was awarded the victory with 34 saves while Tomas Bolo made 25 stops for the Norsemen.
Odessa 5 @ Amarillo 4 (OT): Odessa forward John Perdion buried the OT winner 38 seconds into extra time to help Odessa edge past the Wranglers. After an early Jackalopes goal from Ryan Kusler, Amarillo piled on three consecutive from TJ Koufis, Kristaps Skrastins, and Dominic Schimizzi. Logan Cleary also added another for the Wranglers later in the 3rd. Odessa was able to comeback from a two goal deficit and bring the contest to overtime with Dayne Hoyord, Ryan Kusler, and Ryan Kelly each lighting the lamp in the 3rd. William Proctor and Noah Rupprecht each spent time in the blue paint for Odessa, Rupprecht being awarded the victory with 24 saves. Max Gutjahr made 29 saves for Amarillo.
New Mexico 4 @ Corpus Christi 1: Goaltender Beni Halasz had an outstanding performance in net, making 43 saves on 44 shots to push New Mexico past Corpus Christi. Ice Wolves forward Dillan Bentley moved up on the league’s points ladder, adding both a pair of goals and assists to power their offense. Defenseman Brandon Holt added a goal and assist and Wilmer Svensson provided an insurance goal for New Mexico on the penalty kill. Oliver Stumpel found the back of the net in the 2nd period to provide Corpus Christi their only goal. Damon Beaver made 36 saves in the loss.
Wichita Falls 5 @ Shreveport 3: After trailing 3-1 after 20 minutes, the Wichita Falls Warriors took down Shreveport in game one of the weekend series, scoring four unanswered goals and three in the 2nd period. Shreveport’s Timofei Khokhlachev netted a pair of goals and Jake Mack buried another to provide their early offense. Brendan Williams scored in the back half of the 1st to provide a small spark for Wichita Falls. In the 2nd period Ryan Robinson, Adisen Brueck, and Vincent Corcoran piled on goals for the Warriors to claim the lead. The game stayed tightly knotted at 4-3 until Owen Baumgartner found an empty netter with 50 seconds remaining to seal it. Brandon Milberg was victorious between the pipes, keeping out 34 shots. Simon Bucheler took the loss stopping 35.
Aberdeen 7 @ North Iowa 6 (SO): A back and forth offensive bout saw the Wings come out on top of North Iowa in a shootout Friday night. Fans were treated early in the contest as eight goals were scored in the 1st period, leaving the score knotted up at four apiece. Four more goals, two more periods, an overtime later and still the game couldn’t be settled. Aberdeen’s Kyle Gaffney provided the only successful attempt in the shootout in the 3rd round to give Aberdeen a victory. As for the regulation goals, Aberdeen’s offense would be highlighted by Seamus Campbell and Owen DuBois who each potted a pair of goals and dished an assist. Three other Aberdeen skaters had multiple points. For North Iowa, notable performances came from Logan Dombrowsky who scored a pair of goals and it was a three assist night for Dylan Gajewski. In net, Dominik Wasik secured the victory with 33 saves. Hudson Hodges would allow all six regulation goals for North Iowa but in relief Hunter Garvey took the shootout loss with 15 saves.
El Paso 2 @ Lone Star 4: Lone Star’s early offense proved to be enough for the victory, taking down El Paso 4-2. The Brahmas scored a pair of goals in each of the first two periods, goals coming from Frankie Ireland, Logan Tobias, Artur Turansky, and Nicholas Niemo. Tobias scored his first goal of the season for Lone Star. El Paso kept the scores close with a 2nd period goal from Nate Mann and another in the 3rd from Nathan Gagne, also his first of the season. Austin Schwab made 21 saves in the victory while Jacob Zacharewicz took the loss with 33 stops.