Friday Finals: Norsemen keep rolling with lucky 13th in a row
MN Wilderness 2 @ St. Cloud 5: Nik Hong had two goals and Blake Mesenburg tallied three assists as the St. Cloud Norsemen won their 13th straight game, beating the Minnesota Wilderness 5-2 on Friday night. Brandon Lajoie, Ryan O’Neill and Duke Kiffin all got on the scoresheet for the Norsemen. Cole Crusberg-Roseen led the Wilderness with a goal and an assist while Kullan Daikawa also scored in the loss. Tomas Bolo grabbed the win in goal with 32 saves. Konraad Kausch and Matthew Smith teamed up to make 27 saves.
New Jersey 7 @ Maine 2: The New Jersey Titans defeated the Maine Nordiques in a 7-2 final score. New Jersey got off the hop quickly taking a 3-1 lead in the first period. Under a minute in the opening frame, Anthony Calafiore (0:49) netted the game's first goal and Titans lead. Soon after, Chris Carroll (5:00) scored the second for the Titans then added another for his second of the game at 7:05. Maine got on the board with Tyler Gaulin (15:17) for a 3-1 score to end the first period. Tyler Gaulin (3:33) kept the momentum into the second period to get the Nordiques within a goal. Later in the period, Micheal Young added back to back goals scoring at 15:24 and at 16:42 for a 5-2 score. In the final frame, Micheal Young was not done as he added two more goals (3:42/14:02), for a total of 4 on the night, to solidify the win for New Jersey, 7-2. Ben Charette made 23 saves in the win, while Avery Sturtz made 31 saves in the loss.
Danbury 1 @ Jamestown 6: The Jamestown Rebels took down the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks in a 6-1 final. Robert Hyde (19:26) netted the only goal of the first period to give the Hat Tricks a 1-0 lead going into the second period. In the middle frame, Jak Vaarwerk (3:10) evened the game with help from John Lundy and Carter Casper. Vaarwerk (17:09) netted his second of the night to take a 2-1 lead for the Rebels. In the third period it was all Rebels as they scored four unanswered goals. Max Hamstad (1:26), Joshua Burke (8:46), Ethan Janda (12:05) and Noah Szretter (16:40) all scored for a 6-1 final score. Jon Howe made 27 saves in the win and Marino Ramirez made 42 saves in the loss.
Maryland 6 @ Johnstown 5: The Maryland Black Bears edged the Johnstown Tomahawks in a high scoring contest by a final score of 6-5. Johnstown broke the ice taking the lead with Johnny Ulicny (6:38) in the first period. The Black Bears answered back to even the game with Miles Gunty (7:19) finding the back of the net. Soon after, Kevin Scott (8:41) got the Black Bears their first lead of the night. Maryland kept on the attack with Jack Blanchett (14:39) scoring for a 3-1 lead. At the end of the first, Jake Black (20:00) scored to get the Tomahawks within a goal, 3-2. In the second period, Jacob Brockman (5:31) scored making the score 4-2. The Black Bears extended their lead with Jesse Horacek (12:53) scoring for a 5-2 lead. In the final period, Season Ramsay (3:52) added to the Tomahawks score making it 5-3. The Black Bears added another goal with Tyler Young (4:38) getting on the score column. The Tomahawks added two more goals with Stephen Kyrkostas (10:06) and Jake Black (13:40) but the Black Bears held on to win, 6-5. Luca Di Pasquo made 21 saves in the win, while Matthew O’Donnell made 16 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 0 @ Janesville 4: The Janesville Jets won their sixth straight game as they shutout the Chippewa Steel by a score of 4-0. Owen Millward stopped all 29 shots he faced to pick up his 20th win of the season. William Gustavsson had a goal and an assist while Cy LeClerc had three helpers for Janesville. Parker Mabbett, Grayden Daul, and Jan Lasak all lit the lamp for the Jets. Croix Kochendorfer took the loss in goal as he made 29 saves.
New Mexico 4 @ Amarillo 5: Five different Wranglers got on the board as Amarillo outlasted New Mexico by a score of 5-4. Glebs Prohorenkovs and Danylo Korzhyletskyi each had a goal and an assist for Amarillo. Logan Cleary, Chase Davis and Tommy Chunchukov all got on the board as well. Brandon Holt had the game’s first goal for New Mexico. Will Howard, JD Metz and Sully Scholle all scored in the third period in the Ice Wolves comeback attempt. Carter Clafton stopped 37 shots in the victory. Beni Halasz and Carsen Stokes combined to make 17 saves.
Shreveport 7 @ Corpus Christi 1: Logan Gotinsky scored twice and five other Mudbugs had multi point games as Shreveport took care of Corpus Christi 7-1. Logan Heroux, Logan Fursteanau, Timofei Khokhlachev and Drake Morse all had a goal and an assist. Connor Gatto also contributed a goal for the Mudbugs. Devon Bobak earned the win in the blue paint with 17 saves. Trey Zagrzebski had the lone goal for Corpus Christi while Stefan Carney and Damon Beaver had 38 combined saves.
North Iowa 3 @ Springfield 1: The North Iowa Bulls snapped their losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues. Brett Morich had the game’s first goal about midway into the first period to give North Iowa the lead. Hagen Moe tied the game half way through the second period with a power play tally. Sean Vlasich responded with a power play goal of his own in the final seconds of the middle frame. Greg Japchen added an empty net goal late to seal the win for the Bulls. Hunter Garvey turned aside 32 of 33 shots to pick up the win. Aksel Reid stopped 21 shots in the loss for the Jr. Blues.
Austin 3 @ Bismarck 6: Quinn Rudrud potted a pair of goals as the Bismarck Bobcats doubled up the Austin Bruins 6-3. Jon Ziskie and Adam Pietila each tallied a goal and an assist. Brandon Reller and Ben Troumbly both found the back of the net in the win for Bismarck. Oskar Spinnars Nordin grabbed the win in goal by making 32 saves. Frank Taafellski, Tyler Rydeer and Braidan Simmons-Fischer all lit the lamp for Austin. Ethan Robertson stopped 30 of 36 shots for the Bruins.
Minot 1 @ Aberdeen 2: Two first period goals by Kyle Gaffney is all the Aberdeen Wings would need as they held off the Minot Minotauros 2-1. Gaffney’s ninth and 10th goals of the season would be all that got past Lassi Lehti as he stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced. Anton Castro was nearly perfect as he stopped 30 of 31 shots. Connor McGrath tallied the only goal for the Minotauros.
Lone Star 4 @ El Paso 1: Arthur Smith stopped 19 of 20 shots as the Lone Star Brahmas took care of the El Paso Rhinos 4-1. Nicholas Niemo put home the game’s first goal as Lone Star led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. Matt McQuade and Artur Turansky scored back-to-back early in the second to pad the Lone Star lead. Blake Arneson made it a game with a power play goal later in the period but Johan Rosenquist’s first goal of the year put the game out of reach. Jacob Zaacharewicz finished the night making 35 saves for El Paso.
MN Magicians 5 @ Kenai River 7: Bryce Monrean had a goal and two assists to lead the Kenai River Brown to a 7-5 victory over the Minnesota Magicians. Ryan Finch potted a pair of goals while Hunter Newhouse had a goal and an assist. Kevin Enriquez, Caden Triggs and Kaden Hjelm all found the back of the net for the Brown Bears. Evan Tanos had a goal and an assist for Minnesota. Mason Campbell, Cole Schneider, Trevor Kukkonen and Hunter Longhi all lit the lamp as well for the Magicians. Bryant Marks made 37 saves in the victory for Kenai River while Josh Seeley made 28 stops in the loss.