Friday Finals: Jets extend winning streak with another shutout
Springfield 0 @ Janesville 3: Owen Millward denied all 22 shots he faced as the Janesville Jets blanked the Springfield Jr. Blues 3-0. Jack Ford and Cade Destefani scored two goals in 1:37 to get Janesville out to a 2-0 lead. William Gustavsson chipped in a goal in the third period to add some insurance for Janesville. Aksel Reid took the loss in net for Springfield as he made 24 saves.
Austin 4 @ St. Cloud 5: Hunter Hanson netted a goal and added two assists as the Norsemen won their 11th straight game and expanded their lead at the top of the Central Division. Jackson Hughes and Blake Mesenburg tallied a goal and an assist each for St. Cloud in the victory. Nik Hong and Brandon Lajoie also lit the lamp for the Norsemen. Nick Catalano led Austin with two goals of his own while Anthony Menghini and Michal Jasenec got on the scoresheet. Tomas Bolo earned another win in between the pipes as he made 24 saves while Klayton Knapp turned aside 29 shots of his own.
Jamestown 1 @ Johnstown 3: Holt Oliphant netted a pair of goals as the Johnstown Tomahawks beat the Jamestown Rebels 3-1. Oliphant grabbed both of his goals in the second period after John Lundy scored the opening goal of the game for Jamestown. Jake Black chipped in an empty net goal to seal the win for Johnstown. Matthew O’Donnell made 20 saves to pick up the win while Jon Howe stopped 18 shots in the loss.
New Jersey 4 @ Maryland 1: Andrew Takacs was nearly perfect as he stopped 33 of 34 shots to give the Titans a 4-1 win over the Black Bears. Ryan Coughlin led the offensive attack with a goal and an assist. Michael Young, Levente Keresztes and Tommy Bannister all scored in the victory. Brad McNeil potted the only goal in the loss for Maryland while Luca Di Pasquo made 32 saves.
Shreveport 2 @ Wichita Falls 3: The Wichita Falls Warriors edged the Shreveport Mudbugs 3-2 as Brendan Williams’ second period goal was the difference. Cole Teleki and Joseph Harguindeguy got the Warriors out to a 2-0 lead before Burke Simpson’s power play goal pulled the Mudbugs within one. After Williams put Wichita Falls back up by two, Austin Brimmer scored in the opening minutes of the third to make it a 3-2 game. That’s as close as Shreveport would get as Brandon Milberg shut the door, finishing with 20 saves. Simon Bucheler stopped 15 saves in the loss for Shreveport.
Corpus Christi 2 @ Amarillo 4: The Wranglers got 36 saves from Carter Clafton has they snapped their 11-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the IceRays. After a scoreless opening period, the IceRays went ahead 1-0 midway through the 2nd period on a goal from Blake Lewis. The Wranglers then struck for the next four goals, which included 2nd period goals from Oliver Bezick and Glebs Prohorenkovs, and two more goals in the 3rd period from Kristaps Skrastins and Aidan Carney. Lewis would add another goal late for the IceRays. Damon Beaver took the loss in goal, making 36 saves.
Bismarck 6 @ North Iowa 2: Bobcats forward Brady Egan recorded his first NAHL hat-trick and added an assist to lead his team to a 6-2 road win in Mason City. Egan got the scoring started with a 1st period goal. The Bobcats then erupted for five goals in the 2nd period, which included two more from Egan, which completed his hat-trick. Ryan Taylor added two more goals and Quinn Rudrud also scored for the Bobcats. Both North Iowa goals also came in the 2nd period as Jake LaRusso and Sean Vlasich scored. Oskar Spinnars Nordin made 26 saves in the win, while Kyle Kozma made 28 saves in the loss.
Odessa 2 @ Lone Star 6: Dylan Smith scored twice to lead the Brahmas to a 6-2 win over the Jackalopes. The Brahmas jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back as Smith and Tanner Daniels scored in the 1st period to make it 2-0, and then Nicholas Niemo and Smith would add power play goals in the 2nd period to make it a 4-0 game. In the 3rd period, the Jackalopes came to life with two goals from Nick Ahern and Frank Dovorany to make it 4-2, but empty-net goals late in the game from Artur Turansky and Aidan Torres secured the win for the Brahmas. Arthur Smith made 21 saves in the win, while Noah Rupprecht made 17 saves and William Proctor made 9 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 3 @ El Paso 2 (SO): The Ice Wolves extended their winning streak to four straight games as they erased a 2-0 deficit to comeback and beat the Rhinos in the shootout, 3-2. The Rhinos jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Hayden Cox in the 1st period and Noah Easterson in the 2nd period. The Ice Wolves came back with a goal later in the 2nd period from Joe Prouty and a goal late in the 3rd period from Dillan Bentley to tie the game at 2-2. In the shootout, goals from Jake Keller and Bentley secured the extra point for the Ice Wolves. Beni Halasz made 25 saves in the win, while Jacob Zacharewicz made 45 saves in the shootout loss.
Aberdeen 6 @ Minot 5 (SO): Jacob Bosse had a three-point night to help the Wings outlast the Minotauros in a shootout, 6-5. The teams were even, trading goals throughout the game. The score was even at 2-2 after on period as Kyle Gaffney and Seamus Campbell scored in the 1st period for the Wings, while Dean Schwenninger and Nicholas O’Hanisain answered for Minot. The 2nd period ended 3-3 as Cole Mickel scored for Minot with Will Gilson answering for Aberdeen. In the 3rd period, each team scored twice as Dominic Schimizzi and Bosse scored for the Wings, with Colby Joseph and Brayden Beahm answering for Minot. Cade Neilson had the lone goal in the shootout to give the Wings the extra point. Anton Castro made 35 saves in the win and Zach Sandy made 28 saves in the loss.
Anchorage 7 @ Kenai River 4: Wolverines forward Talon Sigurdson scored his league-leading 32nd and 33rd goals of the season to lead his club to a 7-4 road win in Kenai River on Friday. The Brown Bears scored the first two goals as Ryan Finch and Barak Braslavski gave the home side a 2-0 lead after one period. The Wolverines stormed back, scoring seven straight goals, which included three in the 2nd period from Colton Friesen, Aiden Westin, and Sigurdson. Anchorage then scored four straight in the 3rd period as Danny Reis, Matt Johnson, Hunter Schmitz, and Sigurdson all scored to put Anchorage ahead 7-2. The Brown Bears added two late goals from Finch and Sean Henry to make the final, 7-4. Raythan Robbins made 21 saves in the win, while Cole Wheaton made 29 saves in the loss.
MN Magicians 4 @ Fairbanks 3 (SO): Lucas Kanta had two goals and an assist to lead the Magicians to a 4-3 shootout win in Fairbanks on Friday. Fairbanks took a 2-0 lead on goals from Kevin Marx Noren and Jake Hale. The Magicians responded with three straight goals, including two from Kanta and one from Gavin Best to take a 3-2 lead. Late in the 3rd period, the Ice Dogs equalized as Alexander Malinowski netted his 26th goal of the season. In the shootout, Magicians forward Hunter Longhi scored the only goal of the six shooters to give the Magicians the extra point and win. Josh Seeley made 44 saves in the win and Tyler Krivtsov made 29 saves in the shootout loss.