Friday Finals: Black Bears, Bruins widen division leads with wins
Philadelphia 0 @ Maryland 3 – William Hakansson stopped all 29 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season as the 1st place Black Bears stayed hot with a 3-0 win over the visiting Rebels. The Black Bears opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Christian Catalano and Gabriel Westling. In the 3rd period, the Black Bears completed the scoring with a power play goal from Dimitry Kebreau. Rebels goalie Jakub Krbecek made 44 saves in the loss.
Minot 3 @ Austin 4 (OT) – Damon Furuseth had two goals and an assist, which included the game-winning goal in overtime as the Bruins stayed hot with a 4-3 win over Minot. The scoring began in the 2nd period as Furuseth and Walter Zacher found the back of the net for Austin, while Joe Westlund scored for Minot. The Minotauros took the lead in the 3rd period with goals from Chase LaPinta and Jan-Kasper Bergman, but a late goal from Austin’s Matthew Desiderio knotted the game at 3-3. Furuseth’s game-winner came on the power play less than a minute into OT. Ethan Robertson made 29 saves in the win.
Northeast 3 @ Maine 1 – Generals goalie Toby Hopp made 25 saves to lead his team to a 3-1 road win in Maine. The Generals took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Nick Ramm in the 1st period. Maine tied the game at 1-1 in the 3rd period on a goal from Kellen Murphy, but with just a minute remaining in regulation, Sixten Jennersjo scored to make it 2-1 and Paul Minnehan would add an empty-net goal to secure the 3-1 win. Maine goalie Kael Depape made 18 saves in the loss.
Danbury 5 @ Johnstown 6 (SO) – The Tomahawks completed a weekend sweep of the Jr. Hat Tricks as five different players scored in regulation and Anthony Galante had the lone goal in the shootout to lift Johnstown to a 6-5 shootout win. Johnstown got a 1st period goal from Gabriel Lunn, two goals in the 2nd period from Will Lawrence and James Barbour, and two more goals in the 3rd period from Will Moore and Galante. Danbury goals came from Nash Jacobsma and Ryan Johnson in the 1st period, Logan Nickerson and Wyatt Stefan in the 2nd period and Luka Sukovic in the 3rd period.
Wisconsin 4 @ Janesville 3 – Victor Widlund had two goals and an assist to lead the Windigo to a 4-3 road win in Janesville. The Windigo opened up a 3-0 lead with goals from Benjamin Anderson, Cashen Naeve, and Widlund. The Jets pulled to within 3-2 after two periods with goals from Chris Pelosi and Jimmy Doyle. Widlund would score again in the 3rd period to give Wisconsin the one-goal win. Connor Deturris had a late goal for the Jets. Windigo goalie Maxwell Beckford made 42 saves in the win, while Dylan Johnson made 20 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 2 @ Corpus Christi 3 – Thanks to 30 saves from Thomas Kiesewtter, the IceRays snapped their losing streak with a 3-2 win over the visiting Wranglers. The teams traded goals in the first two periods with Leonhard Korus and Michael Casey scoring for the IceRays and Jacob Halliday and CJ Zezima answering for Amarillo. Midway through the 3rd period, the IceRays netted the game-winner off the stick of Stepan Kuznetsov. Wranglers goalie Carter Clafton made 17 saves in the loss.
North Iowa 1 @ Aberdeen 4 – Three goals in the 1st period propelled the Wings to a 4-1 home win over the Bulls. The Wings took control early in the contest as goals from Landry Schmuck, Nikolai Tishkevich and Landon Parker made the score 3-0. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Wings made it 4-0 in the 3rd period with a goal from Nils Forselius. Late in the 3rd period, the Bulls struck with their lone goal from Jack Mesic. Cole Moore made 26 saves in the win,w hile Mitch Day made 32 saves in the loss.
El Paso 2 @ Odessa 4 – Four different players scored and Gergely Orosz made 35 saves to lead the Jackalopes to a 4-2 home win over the Rhinos. Odessa opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Ryan Mansfield and Emerson Goode. El Paso tied the game at 2-2 in the 2nd period with goals from Frank Tafelski and Jacob Zwirecki. Odessa would then put the game away with goals from J.R. Perdion in the 2nd period and Tanyon Bajzer in the 3rd period. Nolan Suggs made 22 saves in the Rhinos loss.
New Mexico 1 @ Oklahoma 6 – Brendan Williams and Blaise Miller each scored twice as the Warriors moved into a 2nd place tie in the South thanks to a 6-1 win over New Mexico. The Ice Wolves scored first early in the 1st period thanks to a goal from William Howard. However, it was all Warriors after that as Williams scored twice later in the 1st period to make it 2-1. Miller added two goals in the 2nd period and Hunter Jones also scored to make it 5-1, and then a 3rd period goal from William Lawson-Body made the final, 6-1. Cameron Korpi made 24 saves in the win.
St. Cloud 2 @ Bismarck 3 (OT) – Hunter Garvey made 24 saves and Erik Atchison scored with :09 seconds remaining in overtime as Bismarck beat St. Cloud, 3-2. After a scoreless 1st period, the teams were even at 1-1 after two periods as Alexander Palchik scored for Bismarck with Ryan Cutler answering for the Norsemen. St. Cloud took a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd period with a goal from Jeremiah Konkel, but Bismarck answered back less than a minute later on a goal from Vertti Jantunen. Tomas Bolo made 32 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 3 @ Lone Star 2 (OT) – The Mudbugs scored late in regulation and then added a goal less than a minute into overtime to come-from-behind and stun the 1st place Brahmas with a 3-2 road win on Friday. Shreveport took an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Eric Vitale in the 2nd period. The Brahmas scored twice in the 3rd period to take a 2-1 lead with goals from Ryan Comishock and Jakub Teply. With :07 seconds remaining in regulation, the Mudbugs tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal from Ryan Burke. Less than a minute into overtime, Jaden Goldie netted the game-winner. Simon Bucheler made 16 saves in the win, while William Gramme made 26 saves in the loss.
Minnesota 2 @ Fairbanks 1 – The Wilderness won their fourth straight game as goalie Isak Posch made 22 saves in a 2-1 win. After a scoreless 1st period, the Wilderness took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Eddie Shepler and Beau Janzig. Later in the period, the Ice Dogs netted their lone goal on a power play tally from Cameron Ricotta. Fairbanks goalie Kayden Hargraves made 26 saves in the loss.
Springfield 3 @ Kenai River 2 – Two 3rd period goals from Tyler Borgula lifted the Jr. Blues to a 3-2 road win in Kenai on Friday. All the scoring was done in the 3rd period as Borgula scored twice and Adyn Merrick also scored for the Jr. Blues. Both Brown Bears goals also came in the 3rd period from Casper Conradsson Kelvgaard and Hunter Newhouse. Aksel Reid made 31 saves in the win, while Bryant Marks made 30 saves in the loss.