Friday Finals: Minotauros, Mudbugs play road spoilers
Minot 4 @ North Iowa 0 – Minotauros goalie Lawton Zacher shutout the division-leading Bulls, making 26 saves in his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win in North Iowa on Friday. Hunter Longhi had a hat-trick in the win for Minot. Minot took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Joe Westlund and Longhi. In the 2nd period, Longhi would scored two more goals to complete his hat-trick. Bulls goalie Mitch Day made 30 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 4 @ Amarillo 3 (SO) – Logan Gotinsky scored two goals and added an assist as the Mudbugs came from behind to hand the Wranglers their first loss of the season in a 4-3 shootout win on Friday. After a scoreless 1st period, the Mudbugs were on the board first thanks to a 2nd period goal from Garrett Steele. It as all Wranglers after that as they scored three goals later in the 2nd period to make it 3-1, which included two goal from Tommy Chunchukov and one from Roman Zap. In the 3rd period, the Mudbugs tied the game at 3-3 thanks to two goals from Gotinsky. In the shootout, Garrett Steele’s goal proved to be the game-winner. Simon Bucheler made 30 saves in the win, while Carter Clafton made 41 saves in the loss.
New Jersey 4 @ Northeast 2 – The Titans snapped the Generals seven-game winning streak thanks to a 4-2 win on Friday as Jacob Torgner made 39 saves. New Jersey opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Leo Schwartz and Robert Hyde. The Generals made it 2-1 on a goal from Ryan Schelling. The Titans regained their two-goal lead on a goal from Anthony Calafiore before the end of the period. In the 3rd period, the Titans put the game out of reach thanks to a goal from Owen Wilson. Andrew DellaDonna had the other goal for the Generals. Cullen DeYoung made 19 saves in the loss.
Danbury 1 @ Maryland 4 – The Black Bears widened their lead atop the East and pushed their winning streak to three straight games as they beat Danbury 4-1. Maryland took a 2-0 lead with goals from Branden Piku and Hunter Ramos. Danbury would close the gap to 2-1 on a goal from Logan Nickerson. Maryland pulled away in the 3rd period with goals from Luke Van Why and Brad McNeil. Jack Wieneke made 19 saves in the win, while Patriks Berzins made 21 saves in the loss.
Philadelphia 1 @ Johnstown 2 – The Tomahawks snapped their losing skid as goalie Alec Rajalin-Scharp made 21 saves in a 2-1 win on Friday. Johnstown took a 1-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Ryan Panico. In the 3rd period, the lead increased to 2-0 as Anthony Galante scored. The Rebels would net their lone goal later in the period on the 3rd of the season from David Deputy. Rebels goalie Jakub Krbecek made 23 saves I the loss.
Janesville 1 @ Wisconsin 3 – The Windigo snapped their losing streak as goalie Maxwell Beckford made 28 saves in a 3-1 win on Friday. After a scoreless 1st period, the Windigo went ahead 2-1 in the 2nd period thanks to goals from Logan Nickolaus and Benjamin Anderson. Conner Brown would score the lone goal for the Jets to make it 2-1. Early in the 3rd period, the Windigo got an insurance goal from Cashen Naeve to secure the 3-1 win. Dylan Johnson made 18 saves in the loss for the Jets.
Springfield 1 @ Chippewa 5 – The Steel extended their winning streak to three straight games and got goals from five different players in a 5-1 win over the Jr. Blues. It was all Chippewa in the first two periods as they opened up a 3-0 lead with goals from Peyton Platter, Jackson Bisson, and Matthew Brille. In the 3rd period a goal from JJ Grainda made it 4-0. Springfield got on the board later in the 3rd period with their lone goal from Cole Lonsdale. Zach Sondreal would add a late goal for the Steel to make it 5-1. Chippewa goalie Carter Wishart made 30 saves in the win, while Aksel Reid took the loss with 6 saves. Carson Dorfman made 13 saves in a relief appearance.
Aberdeen 1 @ Austin 2 (SO) – In a goalie duel, the Bruins spoiled the return of Scott Langer’s return behind the Aberdeen bench thanks to 26 saves from Ethan Robertson in a 2-1 shootout win. The game was scoreless through the opening two periods. The Wings went ahead 1-0 thanks to a 3rd period goal from Jaxon Grosdidier. The Bruins responded later in the period with a goal from Riku Brown. In the shootout, Ocean Wallace scored the decider of 12 combined shooters.
El Paso 2 @ Odessa 4 – Adam Armijo and John Perdion each had three-point nights as the Jackalopes won their home opener, 4-2 over the visiting Rhinos. El Paso took a 1-0 lead on a 1st period goal from Mark LaFrance. Odessa seized control in the 2nd period with goals from Justin Hughes, Emerson Goode, and Armijo. In the 3rd period, a goal from El Paso’s AJ Reed made it 3-2, but a late goal from Perdion made it a 4-2 final score. Jackalopes goalie Gergely Orosz made 34 saves in the win, while Hunter Garvey made 32 saves in the loss.
Corpus Christi 1 @ Lone Star 5 – The Brahmas pushed their season-high winning streak to seven straight games as they widened their lead atop the South Division thanks to a 5-1 win over the IceRays. Matthew MacDonald scored twice in the win. The two teams were even at 1-1 after one period as Johan Rosenquist scored for the Brahmas with Peteris Purmalis answering for the IceRays. The Brahmas put the game away in the 2nd period with four goals, including two from MacDonald and others from Jakub Teply and Mason Mara. William Gramme made 19 saves in the win and Stefan Carney made 12 saves in the loss.
Fairbanks 5 @ Kenai River 4 (OT) – Behind two goals from both Colin Goff and Billy Renfrew, the Ice Dogs spoiled the Brown Bears home opener thanks to a 5-4 overtime win. The Ice Dogs trailed most of the game with Domenick Evtimov scoring in the 1st period, Goff scoring in the 2nd period, and Renfrew and Goff scoring in the 3rd period. The Brown Bears had leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and 4-3 with goals from Nick Stevens, Ashton Christman, Garett Drotts, and Parker Lockwood. In the overtime, it took Renfrew just :23 seconds to net the game-winner. Kayden Hargraves made 49 saves in the win, while Nils Wallstrom made 31 saves in the loss.