Friday Finals: Ice Wolves widen South lead with road win
New Mexico 4 @ Amarillo 1 – The Ice Wolves widened their lead atop the South Division as Wilmer Svensson had two goals and an assist and Beni Halasz made 34 saves in a 4-1 road win in Amarillo. New Mexico opened the scoring in the 1st period with a power play goal from Brandon Holt. The Ice Wolves would pull away in the 2nd period, which included two goals from Svensson and another from Dillan Bentley. Dominic Schimizzi had the lone goal for the Wranglers in the loss. Max Gutjahr took the loss in goal for Amarillo making 26 saves.
Wichita Falls 8 @ El Paso 0 – Riley Brueck and Joseph Harguindeguy each tallied a hat trick as the Wichita Falls Warriors dominated the El Paso Rhinos 8-0 on Friday night. Dominick Rivelli and Ryan Robinson each had a goal and two helpers in the win for the Warriors. Brandon Milberg didn’t see a lot of action but stopped everything thrown his way as he ended the night with 21 save shutout. Jacob Zacharewicz and Lassi Lehti combined to stop 30 shots for El Paso.
Kenai River 1 @ Fairbanks 10 – Dave Allison’s debut behind the bench was a successful one as the Ice Dogs erupted for 10 goals in a 10-1 win over the Brown Bears. The Ice Dogs scored four goals in the 1st period and never looked back as Billy Renfrew scored twice and Tyler Stewart and Jake Hale also scored. Hale added his second of the game in the 2nd period along with goals from Marcus Lund and Cameron Ricotta. In the 3rd period, Ricotta and Stewart would both add their second goals of the game and Alexander Malinowski also scored. Ryan Finch had the lone goal for Kenai River. Kayden Hargraves made 30 saves in the win, while Tommy Aitken made 15 saves in the loss.
Northeast 4 @ Danbury 1 – Four different Generals players lit the lamp and goalie Cullen DeYoung made 21 saves as Northeast picked up a 4-1 road win in Danbury on Friday. The Generals jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Jared Scott and Kyle Schroeder. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Jr. Hat Tricks pulled to within a goal at 2-1 midway through the 3rd period as Jazz Krivtsov scored. However, two goals from Matt Despirt and Ryan Gordon later in the period secured the win for the Generals. Danbury goalie Adam Johnson made 26 saves in the loss.
Maine 1 @ New Jersey 3 – The Titans widened their lead atop the East as Ben Charette made 30 saves in a 3-1 win over the visiting Nordiques. David Posma opened the scoring for New Jersey in the 1st period. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Titans pulled away in the 3rd period with goals from Rocco Testa-Basi and Tommy Bannister, while Tyler Gaulin had the lone tally for Maine. Nordiques goalie Avery Sturtz played well in the loss, making 46 saves.
Jamestown 2 @Johnstown 1 (SO) – The Rebels continued their winning ways as they moved into sole possession of 3rd place in the East with a 2-1 shootout win in Johnstown. The Rebels were first on the board in the 1st period as John Lundy netted his 10th goal of the season. The Tomahawks tied the game up at 1-1 midway through the 3rd period as Jake Black scored his 22nd goal of the season. After a scoreless overtime, Carter Casper was the only one of the eight combined shooters to score in the shootout. Nolan Suggas made 23 saves in the win in addition to stopping all four shooters in the shootout. Salvatore Evola made 36 saves in the loss.
St. Cloud 3 @ Austin 6 – The Bruins stayed in 1st place in the Central as they recorded six goals on just 16 shots in a 6-3 win over the Norsemen. Austin Salani had two goals in the win. The Bruins led 3-2 after two periods as Anthony Menghini, Walter Zacher, and Matys Brassard all scored, while Jack Whitmore and Chase Freiermuth scored for St. Cloud. In the 3rd period, Salani scored twice and Xavier Jean-Louis also added a goal to put the game on ice. Evan Murr had the other goal for St. Cloud. Klayton Knapp made 26 saves in the win, while Ethan Dahlmeir took the loss with six saves.
Janesville 5 @ Chippewa 4 – In their lone game of the weekend, the Jets got goals from five different players and a three-point night from Cy LeClerc as they edged out the Steel in Chippewa, 5-4. The Jets jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three goals in the opening seven minutes of the game with goals from Jonah Aegerter, Jack Larrigan, and LeClerc. The Steel stormed back to tie the game as Ethan Benz and Parker Gnos scored later in the 1st period and Nick Sajevic scored early in the 2nd period. The Jets regained a lead at 5-3 as Jan Lasak and Cal Mell scored towards the end of the 2nd period. The Steel pulled to within one as Joe Kelly scored late in the 3rd period, but could not find the equalizer. Jets goalie Owen Millward made 30 saves in the win, while Zach Hansen took the loss with 19 saves.
Corpus Christi 1 @ Shreveport 5 – Lukas Sedlacek potted a pair of goals as the Shreveport Mudbugs topped the Corpus Christi IceRays 5-1. Jonah Copre, Austin Brimmer and Gunner Moore all found the back of the net for the Mudbugs in the victory. Nathan Butler grabbed the only tally for the IceRays in a losing effort. Devon Bobak stopped 17 of 18 shots in his ninth victory of the season while Damon Beaver denied 34 Shreveport chances.
MN Magicians 3 @ MN Wilderness 6 – William Persson had two goals and an assist to lead the Minnesota Wilderness to a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Magicians. Max Ruoho dished out three helpers while Kullan Daikawa, Max Neill and Nicholas Rexine each had a goal and an assist for the Wilderness. Reid Conn had also picked up a tally as well. Daniil Dolzhenko, Samuel Jacobs and Luke Delzer all lit the lamp for the Magicians in the loss. Konrad Kausch turned aside 30 shots to earn the win while Marino Ramirez stopped 33 shots.
Bismarck 5 @ Aberdeen 2 – Jake Mclean scored twice and chipped in an assist as the Bismarck Bobcats defeated the Aberdeen Wings 5-2. Ben Troumbly also tallied three points with a goal and two helpers. Adam Pietila added a goal and an assist while Luke Roelofs also netted a goal for the Bobcats. Parks Wallace and Jacob Bosse scored for the Wings. Oskar Spinnars Nordin picked up the victory in goal as he stopped 24 shots. Greg Orosz took the loss for Aberdeen, stopping 21 of 25 shots.
Odessa 4 @ Lone Star 5 (SO) – Logan Tobias netted the game deciding goal as the Lone Star Brahmas edged the Odessa Jackalopes 5-4 in a shootout. Nicholas Niemo led the offensive attack for the Brahmas as he tickled the twine twice and added an assist. Ray Murakami and Dylan Smith each grabbed a goal and an assist as well. Smith’s goal came with just 12 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Evan Orr, Frank Dovorany, Charlie Banquier aand Trevor Taulien all lit the lamp for the Jackalopes. Arthur Smith made 18 saves in regulation and three in the shootout to earn the win in goal. William Proctor stopped 28 shots in the loss for Odessa.
North Iowa 1 @ Minot 4 – The Minot Minotauros continued their strong play as they bested the North Iowa Bulls 4-1. Colby Joseph had a pair of goals for Minot while Kade Nielsen and Cole Mickel also got on the scoresheet as well. Greg Japchen notched the only goal for the Bulls in the loss. Austin Zavoda stopped 26 shots to pick up his first NAHL win while Hunter Garvey denied 43 shots for the Bulls.