Friday Finals: Reineke leads Anchorage to OT win over Fairbanks
Fairbanks 5 @ Anchorage 6 (OT) - A late night thriller went the way of the Anchorage Wolverines as Hayden Hennen scored at the 1:03 mark of overtime to give the Wolverines a 6-5 win over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. After falling behind 1-0, Anchorage scored four straight times to take a 4-1 lead halfway through the contest. However, Fairbanks would respond with four straight goals of their own to take a 5-4 lead with just over five minutes left in the action. Then in the dying seconds with the goaltender pulled, Fedya Nikolayenya buried a loose puck behind Kayden Hargraves to tie the game up at five and force the extra period where Hennen became the hero. Jackson Reineke tallied a hat trick for Anchorage in the win while Aiden Westin and Nikolayenya each had a goal and two helpers. Billy Renfrew scored twice and added an assist for Fairbanks to lead all skaters. Kole Altergott scored two goals of his own while Colin Goff also lit the lamp. Shane Soderwall emerged victorious in the crease as he finished with 21 saves. Hargraves took the tough loss despite making 50 saves for Fairbanks.
Corpus Christi 0 @ El Paso 1 - Frank Tafelski’s first goal of the season is all the offense the El Paso Rhinos would need as they blanked the Corpus Christi IceRays by a score of 1-0. Nolan Suggs was a perfect 21 of 21 in the blue paint as he notched his shutout and second win of the year. Jacob Roberson and Luke Morris picked up points on Tafelski’s tally. Suffering the loss in goal for the IceRays was Lukas Malant. He stopped 25 of 26 El Paso shots.
Aberdeen 1 @ North Iowa 4 - Mitch Day stood on his head as he made 37 saves, helping the North Iowa Bulls preserve a 4-1 win over the Aberdeen Wings. After a scoreless opening frame, Simone Dadie and Jack Mesic scored just about four minutes apart to give North Iowa a 2-0 advantage. Dylan Wegner got the Wings within one heading into the third but Eli Miller struck shorthanded and Logan Dombrowsky lit the lamp on the power play to give the Bulls a 4-1 victory. Cole Moore took the loss in net for Aberdeen, he made 18 saves.
Oklahoma 4 @ Amarillo 5 (SO) - It was a wild one in West Texas as the Amarillo Wranglers edged the Oklahoma Warriors with a 5-4 win in a shootout. The Wranglers held a 3-2 lead early in the third period but three straight goals from the Warriors gave them their first lead of the night with just over four minutes remaining. Tommy Chunchukov netted the game tying goal with just 28 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. In the shootout, Roman Zap and Dominik Bartecko both scored in the skills competition and Luca Ganz made stops on two of the three shooters he faced to secure the win for the Wranglers. Zap, Jack Ivey and Chase Davis scored for Amarillo while it was Malte Hasselgren, William Lawson-Body, Therien Thiesing and Rylan Brady getting on the scoresheet for Oklahoma. Ganz got the win in goal as finished with 29 saves. Daniel Duris was dealt the loss as he made 33 stops.
Shreveport 0 @ New Mexico 3 - Carsen Stokes was perfect as he denied all 29 shots that came his way as the Ice Wolves took home a 3-0 victory over the Shreveport Mudbugs. Dillon Kuntz broke the scoreless tie in the second period with his second goal of the season. Tony Leahy scored twice in a span of two minutes to give the Ice Wolves some insurance. Simon Bucheler was the loser in goal for Shreveport, he made 22 saves.
Austin 4 @ Minot 3 (SO) - The Austin Bruins trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes of play but then stormed back to secure a 4-3 win in a shootout. Ocean Wallace scored four minutes into the final frame to get Austin on the board. Sam Christiano followed that up two minutes later with his first goal of the season to cut the deficit in half. Then with just under five minutes left in regulation, Ethan Lindahl tickled the twine with his second goal of the campaign which would force overtime and the eventual shootout. Then in the ninth round of the shootout, Lindahl beat Lawton Zacher with a silky smooth backhand to give the Bruins the extra point in the standings. Hunter Longhi, Jan-Kasper Bergman and David Nesburg were the goal scorers for Minot. Zacher finished with 41 saves in the contest. Ethan Robertson got the win in goal for Austin, he made 25 saves.
Johnstown 4 @ Northeast 1 - The Johnstown Tomahawks picked up a 4-1 win over the Northeast Generals after adding two goals in the third period. In the first, Drake Albers (16:16) netted his eight of the year with the help of Anthony Galante. In the second period, Ryan Pancio (8:59) added to the Tomahawks with James Barbour getting called on the assist. In the third, Drake Alberts (4:11) added his second of the night and Anthony Galante got his second assist of the game to make the score 3-0. Northeast rallied back with Jake LaRusso (9:08) scoring with Sixten Jennersjo and Matthew DeSpirit earning the assists. The Generals pulled their goal for the extra attacker but Johnny Ulicny (18:13) netted an empty net goal for the 4-1 final. Adam Johnson picked up the win between the pipes only allowing one goal on 22 shots.
Danbury 2 @ New Jersey 5 - The New Jersey Titans defeated the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks by a final score of 5-2. The Titans came out of the gates hot, picking up two goals in the first period as Micheal Young (9:57) and Robert Hyde (10:53) both scored for a 2-0 lead. In the second frame, Anthony Calafiore (9:45) netted his sixth of the season for a 3-0 New Jersey lead. Danbury got themselves on the scoresheet with a goal from Logan Furstenau (14:56) to end the middle frame, 3-1. In the third period, the Titans added two more goals with Ben Muthersbaugh (2:31) and Robert Hyde (6:13) for a 5-1 score. The Hat Tricks added their final of the night with a goal from Ryan Johnson (14:43) for a final score of 5-2. Marino Ramirez stopped 18 of 20 in the win in net for the Titans.
Bismarck 3 @ St. Cloud 5 - The St. Cloud Norsemen added 3 goals in the third period to end up taking a 5-3 win over the Bismarck Bobcats. After a scoreless first period, Julian Beaumont (4:56) broke the ice with a Bismarck goal for a 1-0 lead. The Norsemen answered back to even the game 1-1 with Ryan Cutler (5:18). Later in the period, Daniels Mumieks (12:24) got the Noresemen their first lead of the night for a 2-1 score. Soon after, Drew Holt (15:55) evened the game 2-2 going into the second intermission. In the third period, Broton Sabo (0:13) netted a quick goal off the drop of the puck to get St. Cloud ahead 3-2. Kade Peterson (12:48) added to the Norsemen lead scoring for a 4-2 score. The Bobcats added a goal from Carter Krenke (13:41) to get the game within one, 4-3. With an empty Bismarck net, Hunter Hanson (19:03) capitalized and scored for a final score of 5-3. Will Ingermann earned the win in net for the Norsemen stopping 21 shots.
Maine 5 @ Philadelphia 2 - The Maine Nordiques topped the Philadelphia Rebels in a 5-2 contest. Maine took a 1-0 lead with Anthony Achille (14:19) scoring the lone goal in the first period. In the second, the Nordiques added back-to-back goals with Aidan Coupe (3:06) and Brendan gibbons (10:36) for a 3-0 score. Philadelphia answered back with Connor Sedlak (12:18) getting on the board, 3-1. Maine added another back-to-back on the scoresheet with Patrick Schmiedlin (15:28) and then Bryce Strand (16:32) for a 5-1 lead. In the third period, Kellen Murphy (6:20) scored for the Rebels. Kael Depape took the win in net for Maine stopping 38 of 40 shots.
Wisconsin 3 @ Chippewa 4 - The Chippewa Steel edged the Wisconsin Windigo, 4-3. Chippewa got on the board first with a goal from Joe Kelly (6:00) in the first. In the second, Matthew Brille (16:36) got the Steel head 2-0 with his eighth goal of the year. Late in the period Everett Pietila (18:07) got the Windigo on the board, 2-1. In the third, Ryan Remick (7:58) scored to add to the Steel lead, 3-1. Wisconsin answered back with Zachary Bufoot (12:42), 3-2. Sam Rice (17:29) added what would be the game-winning goal for a 4-2 score. Late in the period, Victory Widlund (18:36) scored for Wisconsin for a 4-3 final. Carter Wishart took the win between the pipes stopping 25 shots.
Janesville 4 @ Springfield 1 - The Janesville Jets picked up a 4-1 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues after trailing in the first period. Nikita Nikora (14:20) scored in the first period for the Jr. Blues for a 1-0 score. The Jets replied back with back-to-back goals in the second period with Max Gilblin (6:39) and then Connor Deturris (18:58) for a 2-1 lead. In the third the Jets kept on the offensive side of the puck adding two more goals as Ethan Begg (6:11) and Max Wagener (19:34) scored for a 4-1 final score. Jets goaltender Selby Warren earned the win in net stopping 23 shots and only allowing one.