Friday Finals: Ice Dogs take over lead atop Midwest
Springfield 2 @ Fairbanks 3 – Jack Olson made 30 saves and Cameron Ricotta assisted on all three goals as the Ice Dogs moved into sole possession of 1st place in the Midwest thanks to a 3-2 win over the Jr. Blues. Fairbanks took a 2-0 lead on goals from Brady Welsch and Julian Recine. Springfield tied the game at 2-2 thanks to goals from Hadley Hudak and Hayden Riva. Late in the 3rd period, the Ice Dogs found the game-winner off the stick of Joey Potter. Jr. Blues goalie Aksel Reid made 21 saves in the loss.
Janesville 1 @ Wisconsin (2) (SO) – Windigo goalie Gavin Moffatt made 33 saves through regulation and OT, then stopped all three Jets shooters in the shootout to give his team an exciting 2-1 win over the Jets on Friday. Both goals in regulation came in the 1st period as Kyle Kudrna scored for the Jets and Samuel Jacobs answered for the Windigo. In the shootout, a lone goal from Zachary Burfoot would give Wiscosin the extra point and win. Jets goalie Selby Warren made 25 saves in the loss.
Philadelphia 2 @ Danbury 1 (OT) – The Rebels snapped their extended losing streak as Matt Lewis scored his 4th goal of the season 1:47 into overtime to lift his team to a 2-1 win in Danbury on Friday. Danbury scored first late in the opening period as Nash Jacobsma lit the lamp for a 1-0 lead. Philadelphia tied the game at 1-1 in the 2nd period as Dylan Blue scored his 2nd goal of the season. Rebels goalie Jakub Krbecek made 23 saves in the win, while Patriks Berzins made 36 saves in the loss.
New Jersey 3 vs. Northeast 2 (OT) – Newly acquired forward Dominik Bartecko scored just :09 seconds into overtime to lift the Titans to a 3-2 overtime road win against the Generals. The Generals scored first as Jacob Wilson scored his first goal of the season in the 1st period to make it 1-0. New Jersey tied the game at 1-1 as Brendan Dumas scored late in the 2nd period. Right before the buzzer to end the period, Northeast regained the lead at 2-1 as Jake LaRusso netted his 13th goal of the season. Early in the 3rd period a goal from Levente Keresztes tied the game at 2-2. Zakari Brice made 27 saves in the win, while Cullen DeYoung made 44 saves in the loss.
Maryland 3 @ Johnstown 1 – William Hakansson made 26 saves to lead the Black Bears to their 7th straight win as they beat Johnstown, 3-1. Johnstown was on the board first as early in the 1st period Johnny Ulicny scored his 5th goal of the season. The Black Bears took control of the game in the 2nd period, scoring all three goals from Dimitry Kebreau, Luke Van Why, and Branden Piku. Adam Johnson made 21 saves in the loss.
Minot 5 @ St. Cloud 1 – Five different players scored for the Minotauros as they snapped their losing streak thanks to a 5-1 win in St. Cloud on Friday. The Minotauros jumped out to a 3-0 lead through two periods thanks to goals from Cooper Rice, Nick O’Hainisain, and Chase LaPinta. The Norsemen netted their lone goal early in the 3rd period as Daniels Murnieks scored. Minot would put the game out of reach later in the period with goals from Justin Dauphinais and John Emmons. Dane Couture made 24 saves in the win, while Ethan Dahlmeir made 32 saves in the loss.
Minnesota 4 @ Chippewa 3 (OT) – Joe Cesario had two goals and an assist to lead the Wilderness to a 4-3 overtime win on the road against the Steel. Goals from Cesario and Gunnar Thoreson gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead. Chippewa tied the game at 2-2 thanks to goals from Peyton Platter and Kade Nielsen. Cesario would net his second of the game in the 3rd period to make it 3-2. The Steel tied things up at 3-3 late in the game on a goal from Matthew Brille. With 1:20 left in OT, Gustav Ozolins scored his first of the season for the game-winner. Isak Posch made 38 saves in the win, while Adam Gajan made 22 saves in the loss.
Bismarck 3 @ North Iowa 4 (OT) – The Bulls survived a late comeback attempt from the Bobcats and snapped their losing skid thanks to a 4-3 overtime win on Friday. The Bulls led 2-0 on goals from Eli Miller and Jack Seaverson. In the 2nd period, Bismarck scored to make it 2-1 as Julian Beaumont scored. The Bulls made it 3-1 in the 3rd period as Paavo Hiltunen scored. The Bobcats stormed back with two goals from Drew Holt and Luke Roelofs later in the 3rd period to tie the game at 3-3. In the overtime, Logan Dombrowsky converted on an odd-man rush for the game-winner. Bulls goalie Erik Chaffe made 30 saves in the win, while Hunter Garvey made 18 saves in the loss.
El Paso 1 @ Amarillo 5 – Five different players scored and Luca Ganz made 20 saves as the Wranglers handled the Rhinos with a 5-1 win on Friday. The game was even at 1-1 after one period as Ben Ivey scored for the Wranglers and Luke Morris answering for the Rhinos. In the 2nd period, Amarillo took control with goals from Jacob Halliday and Blake Farrell to take a 3-1 lead. In the 3rd period, goals from Tommy Chunchukov and Chase Davis secured the 5-1 final. El Paso goalie Nolan Suggs made 38 saves in the loss.
Odessa 0 @ Oklahoma 8 – Brendan Williams, Adam Smith, and Owen Baumgartner each had two goals as the Warriors exploded for eight goals in an 8-0 shutout as the swept their home series against the Jacks thanks to an 8-0 win. The Warriors put the game out of each in the 1st period, scoring five goals in an 11-minute span as Baumgartner scored twice and Williams, Kaden Nelson, and William Ahlrik also added goals. Williams added his second in the 2nd period to make it 6-0, and them Smith scored twice in the 3rd period to make it 8-0. Daniel Duris made 18 saves in the shutout.
Corpus Christi 2 @ New Mexico 6 – Yusaku Ando scored twice to lead the Ice Wolves to a 6-2 home win over the IceRays. The game was even at 1-1 after one period as Graham Harris scored for New Mexico with Hans Martin Ulvebne answering for the IceRays. The Ice Wolves seized control in the 2nd and 3rd periods, scoring five straight goals, including two from Ando and others from Reese Shaw, Camden Benson, and Nikolai Dulak. Ulvebne would add his second of the game late in the 3rd period for the IceRays. New Mexico goalie Carsen Stokes made 22 saves in the win.
Anchorage 2 @ Kenai River 4 – Garett Drotts had two goals and an assist to lead the Brown Bears to a 4-2 win over the visiting Wolverines. Things were even at 1-1 after the 1st period with Caleb Huffman scoring for Kenai River and Fedya Nikolayenya answering for Anchorage. In the 2nd period, the Wolverines took a 2-1 lead thanks to a goal from Kory DiPonio. In the 3rd period, the Brown Bears seized control with two goals from Drotts and one from Kotaro Tsutsumi. Nils Wallstrom made 31 saves in the win, while Shane Soderwall ade 37 saves in the loss.