Friday Finals: Wolverines complete comeback in home opener
Janesville 4 @ Anchorage 5 (SO) – The Wolverines erased a 4-0 deficit with four goals in the 3rd period and then completed the comeback with a shootout win as they took down the Jets in the Wolverines home opener, 5-4. The Jets were flying high through two periods as 1st period goals from Gunnar Williams and Jimmy Doyle and 2nd period goals from Connor Deturris and Noah Gibbs put the Jets ahead 4-0. In the 3rd period, two goals from Aiden Westin and others from Jackson Reineke and Clay Allen tied the game at 4-4. In the shootout, goals from Layten Liffrig, Westin, and Cameron Morris secured the comeback win for the Wolverines. Shane Soderwall made 31 saves in the win, while Selby Warren made 16 saves in the loss.
Lone Star 5 @ El Paso 2 – Charlie Masek scored two goals and added an assist as the Brahmas extended their winning streak to an NAHL-best nine straight games thanks to a 5-2 win in El Paso on Friday. The game was even at 2-2 after one period as Bo Cosman and Mason Kelly scored for the Rhinos, while Matthew MacDonald and Masek scored for Lone Star. The Brahmas took their first lead thanks to a 2nd period goal from Connor Bergeron, then put the game out of reach in the 3rd period with a goal from Will Laychur and another from Masek. William Gramme made 19 saves in the win, while Nolan Suggs made 23 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 2 @ Minot 3 (OT) – The Minotauros extended their winning streak to five straight games as the fought off a comeback by the Wings to win 3-2 in overtime. Minot jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Nick O’Hanisain and Jack O’Hanisain. The Wings fought back in the 2nd period as goals from Kyle Contessa and Owen Dubois knotted the game at 2-2. After a scoreless 3rd period, the Minotauros netted the game-winner just over two minutes into overtime as Trevor Stachowiak scored the game-winner. Lawton Zacher made 23 saves in the win, while Cole Moore made 43 saves in the loss.
Danbury 2 @ Maine 1 - The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks snapped a 12 game losing streak as they edged the Maine Nordiques by a score of 2-1. Ryan Johnson got the scoring started with his first of the year late in the first period, a power play marker. Tony Achille notched his first goal of the season just 38 seconds into the middle frame to bring the Nordiques back even at one. Then in the third period, it was Logan Furstenau picking up the eventual game winner for Danbury off a feed from Chase Sandhu and Sean Matthews. Patriks Berzins picked up the win in between the pipes for the Jr. Hat Tricks as he made 26 saves on 27 shots. Thomas Heaney made 14 saves in the loss for Maine.
Maryland 4 @ Johnstown 3 - The Maryland Black Bears scored four times in the final frame as they secured a 4-3 victory over the Johnstown Tomahawks. Trey Scott, Dimitry Kebreau, Brad McNeil and Brayden Stannard all lit the lamp in the final 20 minutes of action for Maryland. Drake Albers potted a pair of goals in the loss for Johnstown while Zachary Aben also notched a goal for the Tomahawks. William Hakansson turned aside 19 shots and added an assist in the win for Maryland. Alec Rajalin-Scharp stopped 33 shots in the loss.
Austin 5 @ Bismarck 3 – Jackson Luther and Austin Salani each had three-point nights as the Bruins picked up a 5-3 road win in Bismarck on Friday. The Bruins led 3-1 through two periods thanks to goals from Salani, Josh Giuliani, and Ethan Lindahl, while Patrick Johnson scored for the Bobcats. In the 3rd period, Bismarck tried to mount a comeback with goals from Julian Beaumont and Evan Hunter, but a pair of goals from Luther proved to be the difference in the 5-3 win. Trent Wiemken made 35 saves in the win, while Linards Lipskis made 21 saves in the loss.
New Jersey 3 @ Philadelphia 2 (SO) - Michael Young and Anthony Calafiore picked up goals in the shootout as the New Jersey Titans continued their strong play, topping the Philadelphia Rebels by a score of 3-2. Ben Muthersbaugh had both of New Jersey’s goals in regulation while Kristians Samitis had both of Philadelphia’s tallies. Marino Ramirez stopped 22 shots in 65 minutes of action and denied both of the shooters he faced in the skills competition. Jakub Krbecek stopped 19 shots for Philadelphia.
Oklahoma 7 @ Corpus Christi 3 - Seven different Warriors found the back of the cage as Oklahoma took care of Corpus Christi by a final score of 7-3. Therien Thiesing, Hunter Jones and Drew Sutton all picked up goals in the first 20 minutes of play. The onslaught continued in the second period as Joey Delgreco, William Lawson-Body, Kaden Nelson and Blaise Miller all scored in a seven minute span to open the second period. Oleksii Dakhnovskyi, Stepan Kuznetsov and Michael Casey were the goal scorers for the IceRays. Daniel Duris got the win in the blue paint as he made 38 saves on the evening while Thomas Kiesewetter and Stefan Carney combined to make 34 stops for Corpus Christi.
New Mexico 1 @ Shreveport 2 - Two third period goals helped the Shreveport Mudbugs achieve a comeback 2-1 victory over the New Mexico Ice Wolves on Friday night. William Howard opened the scoring for New Mexico with his ninth goal of the season late in the second period. Ryan Burke scored his first goal of the season just over six minutes into the final frame to tie the game at one goal apiece. The score would remain this way until just over four minutes remaining in regulation. That’s when Jaden Goldie struck with a shorthanded tally that would eventually give the Mudbugs the victory on home ice. Simon Bucheler was credited with the win in goal as he made 32 saves. Carsen Stokes was stuck with the loss, he made 21 stops for the Ice Wolves.
Springfield 1 @ Minnesota 0 - Carson Dorfman was perfect on Friday night as he denied all 34 shots fired in his direction as his Springfield Jr. Blues survived with a 1-0 decision over the Minnesota Wilderness. Jake Peterson scored the only goal of the game late in the first period. The assists went to James Callahan and Edvards Bergmanis. Isak Posch was nearly perfect himself, he finished the night making 26 saves.
Odessa 6 @ Amarillo 8 – It was an old-fashioned shootout in Amarillo on Friday as five-point games from both Rihards Simanovics and Dominik Bartecko led the Wranglers to an 8-6 win. Amarillo jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Simanovics, Jacob Halliday and Pierce Patterson. Odessa tied the game at 3-3 later in the period with three straight goals including two from Tanyon Bajzer and one from Ryan Mansfield. Amarillo would again go up by three goals in the 2nd period with two more goals from Simanovics and one from Bartecko. Odessa tried to make another comeback in the 3rd period with three goals from Josh Austin, Ryan Kelly, and Emerson Goode, but 3rd period goals from Amarillo’s Tommy Chuchukov and Jack Ivey secured the win.
Chippewa 0 @ Fairbanks 5 – Ice Dogs goalie Kayden Hargraves stopped all 45 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as Fairbanks blanked Chippewa, 5-0. The Ice Dogs got 1st period goals from Kole Altergott and Marc Lund, two more goals in the 2nd period from Joey Potter and Billy Renfrew, and a 3rd period goal from Tyler Herzberg. Adam Gajan made 40 saves in the loss for the Steel.
Wisconsin 1 @ Kenai River 2 (OT) – The Brown Bears maintained their lead atop the Midwest with a 2-1 overtime win over the Windigo. Bryant Marks made 24 saves in the win. Jack Anderson got Kenai River on the board first in the 1st period. Ryan Berglund netted his first goal of the season in the 3rd period as he scored on the power play to tie the game at 1-1. In overtime, it took less than a minute for Kotaro Tsusumi to score the game-winner. Wisconsin goalie Maxwell Beckford made 38 saves in the loss.