Friday Finals: Wild night in East sees Tomahawks win streak continue
Northeast 2 @ Johnstown 8 – Anthony Galante had a hat-trick and an assist to lead the Tomahawks to their 5th straight win as they beat the Generals, 8-2. The Tomahawks jumped ahead 2-0 in the 1st period with goals from Galante and Bryce Laager. Paul Minnehan would score for the Generals before the end of the period to make it 2-1. The Tomahawks then blew the game wide open with six straight goals including two more from Galante and others from James Barbour, Tyler DesRochers, Will Moore, and Ryan Johnson. Sixten Jennersjo had the other Generals goal. Tomahawks goalie Alex Rajalin-Scharp made 19 saves in the win.
Kenai River 1 @ Chippewa 5 - The Steel snapped their losing streak thanks to a hat-trick from Sam Rice and 29 saves Adam Gajan. Rice would score his first goal in opening period on the power play to Chippewa ahead, 1-0. In the 2nd period, the Steel erupted for three more goals, including two more from Rice and a power play goal from J.J. Grainda to make it 4-0. The Brown Bears netted their lone goal in the 3rd period as Jack Anderson scored on the power play. Grainda would add his second goal of the game later in the 3rd period to complete the scoring. Brown Bears goalie Nils Wallstrom made 22 saves in the loss.
Philadelphia 2 @ Maine 7 – Brendan Gibbons and David Helledy each scored twice and Filip Wiberg had three assists as the Nordiques beat the Rebels, 7-2. It was all Nordiques from the opening face-off. Goals from Helledy and Gibbons have the home side a 2-0 after one period. Aidan Coupe and Gibbons scored in the 2nd period to make it 4-0. Goals in the 3rd period from Helledy, Evan Orloff, and Jonny Meiers made it a 7-0 game. The Rebels potted two goals late in the period from Dominic Foglia and Brock Jones to make it a 7-2 final. Nordiques goalie Kael Depape made 17 saves in the win.
Danbury 4 @ New Jersey 5 (OT) – The Titans came back from a four-goal deficit and won the game with :11 seconds remaining in overtime in a thrilling 5-4 with over Danbury. It appeared in the first half of the game that the Jr. Hat Tricks were well on their way to a win as a pair of goals from Wyatt Stefan and others from Andrew Eberling and Logan Furstenau put the road side ahead 4-0 midway through the contest. The Titans comeback began later in the 2nd period as Anthony Calafiore scored to make it 4-1 after two periods. New Jersey would tie the game at 4-4 thanks to 3rd period goals from Dominik Bartecko, Ben Muthersbaugh, and Brendan Dumas. With :11 seconds remaining in overtime, Joe Harney scored on a wrap-around for the game-winner. Zakari Brice made 10 saves in the win, while Karlis Mezsargs made 58 saves in the loss.
Bismarck 0 @ St. Cloud 2 – The Norsemen’s winning streak rolled on as Ethan Dahlmeir stopped all 13 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season as St. Cloud blanked Bismarck, 2-0. The Norsemen got on the board first as Blake Perbix scored his 13th goal of the season late in the 1st period. In the 2nd period Tyler Dysart added the second goal. Bobcats goalie Linards Lipskis made 31 saves in the loss.
Fairbanks 2 @ Janesville 6 – The Jets outshot the Ice Dogs 53-17 and Max Wagener had three points and Parker Mabbett had two goals to lead Janesville to a 6-2 win over Fairbanks. The Jets jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 1st period goals from Mabbett and Connor Deturris. Fairbanks pulled to within 2-1 on a goal from Kole Altergott, but it was all Jets after that as 2nd period goals from Merril Steenari and Mabbett and 3rd period goals from Gustav Portillo and Wagener put the Jets ahead 6-1. Julian Recine had a late goal for the Ice Dogs in the 3rd period. Selby Warren made 15 saves in the win, while Jack Olson made 47 saves in the loss.
Anchorage 0 @ Springfield 7 – Tyler Borgula scored twice and James Callahan and Cole Lonsdale had three-point games as the Jr. Blues shutout the Wolverines on Friday, 7-0. Springfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 1st period goals from Callahan, Borgula, and Alex Fendler. The lead swelled to 6-0 in the 2nd period as Andrew Schultz, Nikita Nikora, and Hadley Hudak all found the back of the net. In the 3rd period, Borgula would add his second goal of the game to complete the scoring. Aksel Reid made 18 saves in the shutout.
Oklahoma 5 @ Corpus Christi 0 - William Lawson-Body scored once and added two assists as the Oklahoma Warriors continued their hot streak with a 5-0 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays. Daniel Duris stopped all 36 shots fired in his direction to earn the shutout in goal. Garrett Horsager had a goal and an assist. Brendan Williams, Malte Hasselgren, and Blaise Miller all found the back of the net. Lukas Malant was the losing goaltender as he stopped 38 of 43 shots.
Austin 6 @ North Iowa 5 (SO) - The Austin Bruins overcame a four goal deficit as they knocked off the North Iowa Bulls by a score of 6-5 in a shootout. North Iowa scored four times in the opening 15 minutes as Nolan Abraham, Byron Hartley and Eli Miller chased Trent Wiemken out of the crease. Ethan Robertson was greeted by a goal off the stick of Max Scott. Austin would score the next four goals, two off the stick of Ocean Wallace. Damon Furuseth and Walter Zacher also lit the lamp. Logan Dombrowsky put the Bulls back into the lead with a power play goal four minutes into the final frame. Wallace would put up the hat trick midway through the final frame and tie the game again leading to extra time. After a scoreless overtime period, the Bruins scored three times in the four round shootout to pick up the extra point. Robertson finished with 12 saves and an assist while Mitch Day ended the night with 35 saves.
Wisconsin 5 @ Minnesota 2 - The Wisconsin Windigo got back into the win column as Chris Kernan, Max Martin and Zachary Burfoot all picked up a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wilderness. Samuel Jacobs and Benjamin Anderson each lit the lamp as well for the Windigo. Cole Gordon and Nicolas Haviar provided the offense for the Wilderness. Maxwell Beckford grabbed the win in goal as he made 35 saves. Konrad Kausch turned aside 28 of the 32 shots he faced.
Minot 0 @ Aberdeen 3 - Cole Moore was perfect in goal as the Aberdeen Wings blanked the Minot Minotauros 3-0. Landon Parker potted a pair of goals for the Wings while Dylan Wegner also tickled the twine for Aberdeen. Luke Backel had three helpers while Devon Carlstrom picked up two apples of his own. Noah Rupprecht took the loss in goal as he made 29 stops.
Shreveport 4 @ Odessa 5 (SO) - Ryan Kelly had the only goal in the shootout as the Odessa Jackalopes edged the Shreveport Mudbugs 5-4. Odessa got out to a big lead as Brendan Finn, Tanyon Bajzer and Ryan Mansfield all scored in the opening period. Jake Mack countered for Shreveport. Dayne Hoyord made it a 4-1 game with his fifth of the season. Shreveport would score the next three goals to earn a point with goals coming from Hayden Nichol, Logan Gotinsky and Jake Mack. Gergely Orosz made 40 saves to earn the win in the blue paint. Simon Bucheler and Nikola Goich combined for 39 saves.
El Paso 1 @ New Mexico 6 - JD Metz picked up two goals and added an assist as the New Mexico Ice Wolves took care of the El Paso Rhinos 6-1. Aidan Emerson, William Howard, Hunter Hastings and Tony Leahy all got on the scoresheet for the Ice Wolves. AJ Reed had the lone goal for the Rhinos. William Craig got the win in net as he made 16 saves. Nolan Suggs took the tough loss despite stopping 35 shots.
Amarillo 4 @ Lone Star 1 - The Amarillo Wranglers got back on the winning side of things with a big 4-1 road victory over the Lone Star Brahmas. David Skuhrovec got the Brahmas on the board first with his third goal of the season. Amarillo controlled the second period with three goals, coming from Chase Davis, Zack Kent and Jack McDonald. Ronan Walsh added an empty net tally in the closing minutes to seal the win for Amarillo. Luca Ganz picked up the win in between the pipes as he made 17 saves. William Gramme stopped 16 shots in the loss.