Friday Finals: Warriors extend winning streak to close on South lead
El Paso 1 @ Oklahoma 4 – The Warriors won their 5th straight game and cut the lead atop the South Division down to three points as they beat the visiting Rhinos, 4-1. Oklahoma jumped ahead 2-0 in the 1st period with goals from William Lawson-Body and Joey Delgreco. In the 2nd period, the Rhinos drew to within 2-1 thanks to a power play goal from Kolby Amici. However, the Warriors were able to pull away thanks to a goal from William Ahlrik late in the 2nd period and Blaine Miller in the 3rd period. Cameron Korpi made 13 saves in the win, while Nolan Suggs made 25 saves in the loss.
Austin 4 @ St. Cloud 5 - Andrew Clarke potted a pair of goals as the St. Cloud Norsemen topped the Austin Bruins by a score of 5-4. Blake Perbix had a goal and an assist. Hunter Hanson and Tyler Dysart both picked up a goal in the win. For the Bruins, it was James Gofffredo, Josh Giuliani, Dylan Cook and Ocean Wallace all had a goal and an assist in the loss. Tomas Bolo was the winner in goal as he made 24 stops. Trent Wiemken finished with 29 saves on the night.
Wisconsin 6 @ Fairbanks 2 – The Windigo won their sixth straight game and moved into 3rd place in the Midwest Division as they picked up a win for the second straight night in Fairbanks by a 6-2 final score. It was all Windigo from the opening face-off as they dominated the first 40 minutes. Will Schumacher and Zachary Cline scored in the 1st period to make it 2-0. Frank Jenkins, Luke Levandowski, Everett Pietila, and Mario DiMagio all scored in the 2nd period to make it a 6-0 contest. Fairbanks scored their two goals in the 3rd period as McCabe Dvorak and Brady Welsch scored. Gavin Moffatt made 31 saves in the win, while Jack Olson made 21 saves in the loss.
New Jersey 2 @ Danbury 1 - Ben Yurchuk’s third period tally proved to be the difference as the Titans edged the Jr. Hat Tricks 2-1. Michael Young tied the game with just under five minutes to play in the second period after Jacob Roberson started the scoring for Danbury. Marino Ramirez grabbed the win in goal as he made 14 saves. Matt O’Donnell was saddled with the loss as he made 32 stops.
Philadelphia 3 @ Northeast 2 (OT) - David Deputy scored at the 3:16 mark of overtime to lift the Philadelphia Rebels to a 3-2 win over the Northeast Generals. Tyler Stern and Max Hamster provided the offense for the Rebels in regulation as Jake Krbecek stopped 31 shots to grab the win in goal for Philadelphia. Tyler Ramm and Nick Recupero were the goal scorers for Northeast. Cullen DeYoung was given the loss as he made 24 saves.
Maryland 5 @ Maine 6 (OT) - Patrick Schmiedlin scored the game winner goal in overtime as the Maine Nordiques took down the Maryland Black Bears 6-5. Henrik Hallberg had a goal and three helpers for the Nordiques. Jonny Meiers scored two goals while Aidan Coupe and Flip Wiberg each had a goal and an assist. Adam Schankula led Maryland with four points, one goal and three helpers. Trey Scott and Branden Piku each had a goal and an assist. Kal Essenmacher and Hunter Ramos both picked up a goal in the loss. Thomas Heaney will go home victorious as he made 39 saves. William Hakansson and Jack Wieneke combined to make 23 saves.
Minnesota 4 @ Chippewa 3 - Kevin Marx Noren scored as time was expiring as the Minnesota Wilderness grabbed a 4-3 victory over the Chippewa Steel. It was Marx Noren’s second goal of the game while Cole Gordon and Eddie Shepler also got on the scoresheet for Minnesota. Sam Rice had a goal and an assist for Chippewa while J.J. Grainda and Sam Frandina also scored for the Steel. Isak Posch was the winner in goal as he made 30 saves while Carter Wishart stopped 14 shots.
Janesville 4 @ Springfield 2 - After a scoreless first 40 minutes, the Janesville Jets and Springfield Jr. Blues exploded for six goals in the final period with the Jets coming out on top 4-2. Ethan Begg got the scoring started with his seventh of the year. Gabriel Lundberg, Noah Gibbs and Connor Deturris all got on the scoresheet for the Jets. Adyn Merrick and Cole Lonsdale provided the offense for Springfield. Selby Warren earned the win in between the pipes as he made 17 stops. Aksel Reid was saddled with the loss, he stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced.
Lone Star 4 @ Corpus Christi 6 - The Corpus Christi IceRays exploded for five goals in the final frame en route to a 6-4 win over the Lone Star Brahmas. Lone Star jumped out to a 3-1 lead as Mason Mara scored twice and Jacob MacDonald added a goal. Anthony Cafarelli’s second goal of the game got the comeback started but Jakob Karma netted his first of the year to put the Brahmas ahead 4-2. Dylan Contreras got the IceRays within one with his sixth of the year. Then the IceRays exploded for three goals in two and a half minute span. Logan Neilson, Blake Lewis, and Leonhard Korus gave the IceRays the lead and the eventual win. Lukas Malant stopped 30 shots and added an assist as he go the win in goal. Arthur Smith stopped 21 shots in the loss.
Odessa 2 @ Shreveport 1 (SO) – Gergely Orosz made 44 saves and stopped all three Mudbugs shooters in the shootout as the Jackalopes picked up an important 2-1 road win in Shreveport on Friday. Odessa opened the scoring in the 2nd period with a power play goal from William Marshall. Shreveport would later tie the game at 1-1 late in the 3rd period with a goal from Maksim Sushchynski. In the shootout, Tanyon Bajzer was the first shooter for Odessa and ended up as the only goal-scorer of the six tries to earn the Jacks the extra point. Mudbugs goalie Simon Bucheler made 28 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 4 @ Bismarck 3 (OT) – Nikolai Tishkevich scored twice and Logan Gravink netted the overtime-winner as the Wings edged the Bobcats, 4-3. Tishkevich opened the scoring in the 1st period, which was answered by a power play goal from Bismarck’s Calvin Hanson. In the 2nd period, Bismarck took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Chase Beacom, only to see Aberdeen answer with goals from Tishkevich and Ronan Walsh to make it a 3-2 game. In the 3rd period, the Bobcats tied the game at 3-3 thanks to a power play goal from Patrick Johnson. Gravink’s game-winnner came 1:32 into overtime on a 2 on 1. Geno Pichora made 31 saves in the win, while Linards Lipskis made 33 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 3 @ New Mexico 2 (OT) – Despite being outshot 33-14, the Wranglers came away with a 3-2 overtime win in New Mexico on Friday thanks to 31 saves from Carter Clafton. The Wranglers opened the scoring in the 1st period with a goal from Ben ivey. New Mexico tied the game early in the 2nd period as William Howard scored his 20th goal of the season. Amarillo regained the lead just three minutes later on a goal from Preston Brighton. Late in the 3rd period, the Ice Wolves tied the game at 2-2 with a goal from Ryan Johnson with just :05 seconds remaining in regulation. It took just :36 seconds into overtime for Roman Zap to convert on a 2 on 1 for the game-winner. New Mexico goalie Carsen Stokes made 11 saves in the loss.
Kenai River 2 @ Anchorage 4 – Four different players scored for the Wolverines and Shane Soderwall made 26 saves to lead Anchorage to a 4-2 win over the visiting Brown Bears. Anchorage jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Hayden Hennen, Revelin Mack, and Fedya Nikolayenya. Kenai River tried to make a game of things in the 2nd period with goals from Casper Conradsson Kelvgaard and Hunter Newhouse, but a goal from Wilson Dahlheimer for the Wolverines secured the 4-2 win. Kenai River goalie Nils Wallstrom made 26 saves in the loss.