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Friday Finals: Norsemen, Brahmas clinch playoff spots

March 26, 2022

Artur Turansky had three points in an 8-1 win on Friday to help the Lone Star Brahmas clinch a playoff spot.

Friday Box Scores

St. Cloud 3 @ Bismarck 2: The Norsemen took down Bismarck 3-2 Friday night on the road and clinched their spot in the 2022 Robertson Cup Playoffs. Jake McLean and Calvin Hanson provided Bismarck with a two goal lead early in the 2nd period. Kade Peterson scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season before intermission to tie the game heading into the final frame. Just 1:40 into the 3rd period, Blake Perbix lit the lamp on the powerplay for his 20th of the year and eventual game winner. Tomas Bolo was sturdy between the pipes for St. Cloud, stopping 21 of 23 shots faced in the win. Oskar Spinnars Nordin made 30 stops in the loss. 

El Paso 1 @ Lone Star 8: Lone Star dominated the Rhinos in their first of two game series this weekend and clinched their spot in the 2022 Robertson Cup Playoffs. Fifteen different Brahmas skaters found the points sheet in the contest, most notable performances coming from three-point performances by both defenseman Kyle Furey and forward Artur Turansky. Matt McQuade also buried two goals in the victory. Dylan Smith, Tyler Nasca, Charlie Masek, and Johan Rosenquist were the other goalscorers. El Paso’s lone goal came midway through the 1st period on the power play as Alexander Babich scored his 9th of the season. Arthur Smith grabbed the win with 8 saves. Jacob Zacharewicz played most of the night for El Paso, taking the loss making 37 saves. 

Northeast 0 @ Danbury 3: Marino Ramirez kept out all 33 shots that came at him to secure the shutout and 3-0 victory for Danbury. Gabe Dombrowsky opened up the scoring 15:02 into the 1st period with his 22nd goal of the season, assisted by Boris Skalos. After a scoreless middle frame, the Jr. Hat Tricks added on two insurance goals from Skalos and Robert Hyde, both scores coming on the power play. In net for the Generals, Cullen DeYoung completed the afternoon making 34 saves on 37 shots faced. 

Maryland 6 @ Maine 5 (SO): Jack Blanchett and Conor Cole each found the back of the net in the shootout to give Maryland the edge over the Nordiques in the first game of the weekend series.A busy 1st period saw both teams score three goals with Patrick Schmiedlin giving Maine the first lead with a pair of goals. Brendon Gibbons added another for the Nordiques, while Adam Schankula, Leo Schwartz, and Aidan McDowell all lit the lamp to even the scores through 20 minutes. In the 2nd, Elliot Lareau and Ryan Bottrill both buried for the Black Bears, a lead that would be cut in half by Jonny Meiers’ goal 13:19 into the period. Trailing by a goal heading into the 3rd, Maine fought back and were able to tie it as Brendon Gibbons lit the lamp midway through the period. After a scoreless overtime, Michael Morelli was able to outlast Gus Holt in net and secure the shootout. Morelli had 40 saves in regulation while Holt took the loss stopping 36 shots. 

Johnstown 3 @ Jamestown 4: Forward Ryan Waltman potted a pair of goals to help lift the Rebels past Johnstown Friday night on home ice. The contest remained level after 20 minutes as Waltman scored for Jamestown and Tyler DesRochers answered quickly for the Tomahawks. AJ Reed and Jak Vaarwerk both tickled twine for the Rebels in the 2nd while Johnstown’s Zachary Murray was able to keep the deficit to one with a goal. Waltman found his 2nd of the game as he found an empty netter with just 24 seconds remaining in regulation. Jake Black scored with just 4 seconds remaining but it was too little, too late. Nolan Suggs secured the victory, making 37 saves on 40 shots. Matthew O’Donnell was dealt the loss, keeping out 30 shots. 

Corpus Christi 4 @ Wichita Falls 7: In the 3rd Period, Wichita Falls scored three unanswered goals in under four minutes to power past the IceRays Friday night. After a scoreless 1st period, the two squads traded goals back and forth to carry a score of 3-3 into the final frame. Cade Lemmer, Philip Tornqvist, and Drew Vieten were the goalscorers for the Warriors. Colby Seitz, Davis Borozinskis, and Michael Casey Jr lit the lamp for Corpus Christi. Tornqvist, Dean Baucherio, Dominick Rivelli scored those three quick goals in the 3rd to provide the large lead for Wichita Falls. Casey Jr found his second of the game on the power play to draw the IceRays within two but Carter Korpi sealed it with an empty netter. Brandon Milberg was busy in Wichita Falls’ crease, grabbing the win with 50 saves. Stefan Carney took the loss stopping 36 of 42 shots faced. 

Shreveport 4 @ Amarillo 2: Shreveport forward Timofei Khokhlachev scored a pair of goals and the eventual game winner in their victory over the Wranglers on the road. Khokhlachev scored his first in the 2nd period while Danylo Korzhyletskyi scored for Amarillo to keep the scores even through 40 minutes. Lukas Sedlacek and Khokhlachev scored in quick succession early in the 3rd to provide the visitors momentum. Glebs Prohorenkovs cut the deficit in half minutes after Khokhlachev’s goal but Connor Gatto answered with another insurance goal, his 15th of the season. Simon Bucheler secured the win, making 26 saves on 28 shots. Carter Clatton completed the night with 22 saves for Amarillo. 

MN Magicians 1 @ Springfield 6: Aksel Reid kept out all but one of 34 shots that came at him in Springfield’s dominant win over the Magicians. Jon Bell scored the first goal of the game 8:56 into the 2nd period to give Minnesota the opening lead. Hayden Riva, Isaac Keller, and Brayden Cook snapped back to score three unanswered goals before 2nd intermission. Tristan Shewchuk potted a pair and Carson Jones added another in the 3rd to widen the gap. Josh Seeley made 26 saves for the Magicians. 

Janesville 4 @ MN Wilderness 3 (SO): Cy LeClerc and Jan Lasak each scored in the shootout to provide Janesville with a road victory over the Wilderness. Jack Larrigan scored the lone goal in the opening period to give Janesville the lead through 20 minutes. Cade Destefani found the back of the net twice in the 2nd but Barrett Hall and Haden Kruse would keep the lead at one with goals for Minnesota. Gunnar Thoreson scored a powerplay goal early in the 3rd for Minnesota to tie the game at three a piece , a score that would hold until the shootout. Owen Millward outlasted Matthew Smith in the intense bout, making two shootout saves and 43 regulation saves. Smith kept out 22 shots in the loss. 

New Mexico 5 @ Odessa 7: The Jackalopes buried five goals in the 3rd period to secure the comeback victory over the Ice Wolves in the first of two games this weekend. Odessa trailed after one period as Mitchell Becker, Nicloas Haviar, and Alex Gomez all scored for the visitors. WIlliam Marshall kept the deficit at two goals with his 3rd of the season. In the middle frame, Rylan Yates and Dillan Bentley traded goals for the respective teams to keep New Mexico’s lead at two goals through 40 minutes. Jackalopes goal scorers in the 3rd period were John Christen, Ryan Kelly, and Tanyon Bajzer. Christopher Duclair also buried a pair for Oddessa. Bentley scored his second of the game for the Ice Wolves but it wasn’t enough. William Proctor stopped 45 shots in the win for New Mexico. Beni Halasz made 25 saves for New Mexico. 

Austin 4 @ Aberdeen 3: Carson Riddle scored just 43 seconds into overtime to complete the come-from-behind victory for the Bruins on the road. Anthony Galante and Jacob Bosse both scored for Aberdeen while Austin Salani lit the lamp for Austin to give the Wings a lead through 20 minutes. Cade Neilson extended Aberdeen’s lead just 16 seconds into the 2nd period, a two goal lead they would hold onto heading into the 3rd period. Sutter Muzzatti and Walter Zacher each scored in the 3rd, just 37 seconds apart, to bring the contest to overtime. Klayton Knapp completed the night making 33 saves. Anton Castro took the overtime loss stopping 27 of 31 shots faced. 

Kenai River 1 @ Anchorage 3: Raythan Robbins stopped almost everything that was fired in his direction as he made 20 saves in the Wolverines 3-1 victory over the Brown Bears. Aiden Westin scored the game’s first goal, a shorthanded tally, late in the second period to break the ice. Then Anchorage tripled their lead with two goals in 19 seconds off the sticks of Cameron Morris and Colton Friesen. Nick Stevens would net a goal for Kenai but it would not be enough for a comeback. Bryant Marks took the loss in goal as he made 40 saves. 

Chippewa 3 @ Fairbanks 1: Croix Kochendorfer was sensational as he made 28 stops in the Steel’s 3-1 win over the Ice Dogs. Sam Rice put Chippewa ahead late in the opening frame, it Wass his third goal of the season. Spencer Bellina added to the lead with his second of the year, Kade Neilson and Sam Frandina picking up the helpers. Fairbanks would get within one early in the third as Kevin Marx Noren converted on the power play. Nick Sajevic would respond with a goal of his own and put the game out of reach for Chippewa. Tyler Krivtsov stopped 19 shots in the loss for Fairbanks

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