Friday Finals: Titans take down Maryland to win fifth straight
New Jersey 5 @ Maryland 3: The New Jersey Titans upset the top ranked Maryland Black Bears in a 5-3 contest. Maryland opened up the scoring in the first period with Dimitry Kebreau (10:28) netting his 18th goal of the year for a 1-0 lead. In the second the Titans answered with back-to-back goals as Eric Charpentier (4:21) and Owen Luik (5:56) scored to take a 2-1 lead. Maryland scored to tie the game again 2-2 with Christian Catalano (9:33) scoring his 20th goal of the season. New Jersey soon took back the lead adding another set of back-to-back goals with Ben Muthersbaugh (12:08) and Levente Keresztes (16:09) for a 4-2 lead. In the third period, Hunter Ramos (7:51) added another goal for the Black Bears making the score 4-3. Nearing the end of regulation, Micheal Young (18:35) scored the final goal of the contest for a score of 5-3. New Jersey netminder Zakari Brice took the win in net stopping 31 shots.
Oklahoma 6 @ Odessa 0: The Oklahoma Warriors dominated the Jackalopes on both ends of the ice Friday night, shutting them out by a final score of 6-0. The Warriors jumped out to a hot start as Brendan Williams, Drew Sutton, and Malte Hasselgren all tickled twine in the opening frame. Joey Delgreco and Hunter Allen added onto the lead with scores in the middle frame, Allen scoring his first of the season. Allen doubled his season goal tally and made the score 6-0 midway through the final frame to silence the home crowd. Cameron Korpi stopped all 21 shots he faced to secure the shutout win while Gergely Orosz made 42 stops in the loss.
Chippewa 0 @ Wisconsin 2: The Wisconsin Windigo shutout the Chippewa Steel in a 2-0 final score after scoring in the first and second periods. In the opening frame, Wisconsin got ahead 1-0 with a goal from Chris Kiernan (5:18) netting his second of the season with the help of Drew Fisher and Sameul Groebner. In the second period, Connor Mahoney (3:06) scored the games final goal with Daniil Dolzhenko and Cole Mickel called on the assists for a 2-0 final score. Gavin Moffatt picked up his first shutout of the year stopping 34 shots in the win.
Johnstown 3 @ Philadelphia 5: The Philadelphia Rebels topped the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 5-3 final score. Drake Albers (5:28) got the scoring going to get the Tomahawks ahead 1-0. The Rebels evened the game 1-1 as Luke DeVries (17:35) netted a late goal in the opening frame. In the second, the Tomahawks took back the lead 2-1 with Nick Ahern (13:13) netting his 1st of the season. Philadelphia answered back, scoring three goals in a row with Maxwell Marquette (17:06/18:13) scoring twice and Klaus Jogi (19:38) adding on for a 4-2 score. In the final frame, Zachary Aben (5:38) scored for the Tomahawks to get within a goal for a 4-3 score. Later in the period, Joshua Player (17:49) netted the game winner for a final score and a Rebels win, 5-3. Philadelphia goaltender Jakub Krbecek stopped 22 shots in the win.
North Iowa 3 @ Austin 2:The North Iowa Bulls took down the Central Divisions top team of the Austin Bruins in a 3-2 game after adding a goal in each period. The Bulls got on the scoresheet first with Landon Peterson (11:29) scoring his first of the year with the help of Jack Mesic. The Bruins evened the game 1-1 with Josh Giuliani (15:43) on the power play to even the game going into the first intermission. In the second period, Max Scott (18:07) scored a late goal to get the Bulls ahead 2-1. In the third period, Eli Miller (15:32) netted what would be the game winning goal on the power play for the Bulls making the score 3-1. Late in the period, Austin Salani (18:33) added the last goal of the game for Austin and a final score of 3-2. North Iowa netminder Mitch Day was spectacular in net stopping 34 shots in the win.
New Mexico 4 @ Corpus Christi 3 (OT): Ryan Johnson buried with just 13 seconds remaining in overtime to give his Ice Wolves a 4-3 victory over Corpus Christi. The two clubs traded goals in the first 20 minutes as Jackson Beach and Cameron Crolley found the back of the net for the Ice Rays while Camden Benson and Sully Scholle tickled twine for New Mexico. Owen Thomas’ first goal of the season gave the Ice Rays a 3-2 lead in the middle frame but Graham Harris answered to keep the scores even through two periods. After a scoreless 3rd period, Johnson netted the winner to give New Mexico the final edge. Carsen Stokes came away with the win, completing the night with 26 saves on 29 shots. Lukas Malant kept out 36 shots for the Ice Rays.
Janesville 3 @ Minnesota 4: After trailing by two through 20 minutes of play, the Wilderness rallied to score four in the remaining two periods to defeat Janesville 4-3. Noah Gibbs and Mack Keryluk gave the Jets a 2-0 lead through one period, Gibbs’ goal coming on the powerplay. Gunnar Thoreson and Gustav Ozolins brought the scores back to level with goals in the 2nd for Minnesota. Wilderness forward Kevin Marx Noren netted his 10th of the season before Gabriel Lundberg tied it back up just minutes later. Marx Noren continued his offensive surge to bury the eventual game winner with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Konrad Kausch was the victor between the pipes, stopping 24 of 27 shots faced. Selby Warren kept out 21 shots for the Jets.
Amarillo 0 @ Lone Star 2: In a tightly fought defensive and goaltending battle, the Lone Star Brahmas came out on top in a 2-0 bout against the Wranglers. Josen Rosenquist broke the deadlock 7:55 into the opening period to give the Brahmas a lead through one period and please the 2,000 fans in attendance. After a scoreless middle frame, Dhillon Wilde doubled the lead by depositing an empty netter with just over a minute left in regulation. William Gramme was perfect in between the pipes for Lone Star, stopping all 25 shots that the Wranglers fired at him. Carter Clafton kept out 17 of 18 in the loss.
Bismarck 2 @ Minot 5: The Minot Minotauros scored in all three periods and took down the Bobcats 5-2 in their first of two matchups. Minot held a 1-0 lead after one period thanks to Hunter Longhi’s goal (7:29). Jan Kasper Bergman and Trevor Stachowiak both tickled twine in the middle frame to extend the Minotauros lead. Patrick Johnson kept Bismarck in the game with a powerplay goal midway through the period. Johnson scored again in the 3rd to bring Bismarck within a goal but Justin Dauphinais and Chase LaPinta both buried empty netters to stop the comeback bid. Cam Milewski made 35 saves in the win while Hunter Garvey kept out 22 for the Bobcats.
Shreveport 4 @ El Paso 1: The Shreveport Mudbugs held the Rhinos to just 14 shots in regulation in their emphatic 4-1 Friday night victory on the road. Nick LeVasseur gave the visitors the first lead of the game with a goal late in the 1st. Alan Evtimov tied it for the Rhinos midway through the 2nd but Jake Mack answered to give the visitors back a goal lead. Logan Gotinsky and Brent Litchard both tickled twine in the 3rd period to extend the lead and put the game out of reach. Simon Bucheler kept out 13 of 14 shots faced for the Mudbugs. Nolan Suggs made 32 stops in the loss.
Anchorage 2 @ Fairbanks 3: Trailing 2-0 through 20 minutes of play, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs rallied to score three consecutive goals and please the home crowd with a come-from-behind victory. Layten Liffrig and Jackson Reineke both deposited 1st period goals as the visitors jumped out to a hot start and early lead. The Ice Dogs brought the scores back to even in the 2nd period with goals from Jake Cameron and Jack Dolan, Dolan’s first of the season. McCabe Dvorak would score the eventual game winner 14:02 into the final frame with assists from Cameron Ricotta and Billy Renfrew. Kayden Hargraves was the backstop for Fairbanks, keeping out 25 of 27 shots faced in the win. Eino Rissanen made 36 saves for the Wolverines.