Friday Finals: Windigo take over 1st place in Midwest Division
Minnesota 0 @ Wisconsin 3: In a game that saw both teams recording 20 shots, Maxwell Beckford won the goaltending matchup as he stopped all 20 to secure the 3-0 victory for the Windigo. After a scoreless opening period, Zachary Burfoot broke the deadlock 7:23 into the middle frame with his 10th goal of the season. Everett Pietila doubled the lead for Wisconsin with 3:26 remaining in the final frame. The game was sealed when Will Schumacher buried an empty netter 90 seconds after Pietila’s score. Isak Posch kept out 18 of 20 in the loss for the Wilderness.
Minot 3 @ St. Cloud 0: Lawton Zacher had a fantastic evening between the pipes for Minot, stopping all 39 shots that came his way to secure the shutout in a 3-0 win over St. Cloud. Recent trade acquisition Kolby Amici got Minot on the board quickly with a goal 1:15 into the contest. A scoreless 2nd led to Joe Blackley doubling up the lead midway through the 3rd period. Ben Johnson sealed the deal with an empty netter with 55 seconds remaining on the clock. Tomas Bolo kept out 22 of 24 for the Norsemen.
New Jersey 6 @ Danbury 2: The Titans continued their superiority over Danbury, taking them down for the 3rd consecutive game in a commanding 6-2 fashion. Marcus Sang and Michael Young put New Jersey in the driver's seat early with scores before the 10:00 mark of the opening period. Nash Jacobsma kept Danbury within reach when he scored his 9th of the season with 3:11 remaining in the period. Defenseman Tyler Sanborn had a strong 2nd period as he potted a pair of goals for the Titans to extend their lead. Wyatt Stefan tried to spark a comeback for Danbury with an early goal in the 3rd period but Young and Anthony Calafiore silenced that bid with daggers of their own. Zakari Brice came out on top in net making 20 saves. Karlis Mezsargs made 36 stops in the loss.
Maine 1 @ Northeast 4: The Generals continued to solidify their spot in the East Division after taking down the Nordiques 4-1, bringing them to a 5-4 head to head record so far this season. Paul Minnehan broke the deadlock with his 26th of the season on the powerplay midway through the opening frame. Henrik Hallberg evened the scores early in the 2nd period before Sixten Jennersjo gave Northeast the lead back ten minutes later. Joseph Schubert and David Andreychuk both deposited empty netters to ice the game in the 3rd period. Cullen DeYoung had a fantastic night for the Gens in net stopping 41 of 42 shots. Thomas Heaney kept out 28 of 30 shots faced in the loss.
Maryland 4 @ Johnstown 0: The Black Bears totally possessed the game in their matchup against Johnstown, only allowing 13 shots and shutting them out 4-0. Trey Scott and Branden Piku both tallied goals in the opening frame to give them an early lead. Piku extended the lead with his 2nd of the game 7:59 into the 2nd period to hit the 100 career NAHL point mark. Kaleb Tiessen put the game out of reach with his 6th of the season late in the final period. William Hakansson kept out all 13 shots faced in the shutout while Alec Rajalin-Scharp made 31 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 1 @ Springfield 2: A pair of goals in the opening frame was all Springfield needed to edge past the Chippewa Steel 2-1. Jaguar McClelland got Springfield on the board first with his 2nd goal of the season (13:07). Marcus Broberg picked up his 1st goal in a NAHL sweater to extend the lead (15:41). Peyton Platter helped Chippewa make a comeback push with his 11th of the season five minutes into the middle frame but Aksel Reid and the Jr. Blues were able to hang on and take the victory. Reid kept out an astonishing 40 of 41 shots for Springfield while Chippewa’s Adam Gajan kept out 19 of 21 in the loss.
Bismarck 0 @ Austin 4: The Bruins continued to solidify their place as sole leader of the central division after shutting out the Bobcats 4-0. Dylan Cook broke open the scoresheet with his 12th of the season 9:01 into the 1st. The Bruins got hot in the 2nd as Josh Giuliani scored a pair and Walter Zacher also tickled twine. Trent Wiemken picked up his 2nd career shutout in the NAHL making 18 saves. Linards Lipskis kept out 32 of 36 for the Bobcats.
Odessa 3 @ Corpus Christi 1 - Dayne Hoyord registered a hat trick as the Odessa Jackalopes defeated the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-1. Hoyord scored in each period, upping his total to nine on the season. Logan Neilson provided the lone goal for the IceRays. Gergely Orosz was nearly perfect as he stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced. Lukas Malant was dealt the loss as he made 28 saves.
Aberdeen 0 @ North Iowa 2 - Mitch Day was sensational as he denied all 37 shots fired in his direction as the North Iowa Bulls blanked the Aberdeen Wings 2-0. Byron Hartley scored his 14th and Max Scott added his 16th goal of the season. Cole Moore was the loser in goal for Aberdeen, he stopped 27 shots in the loss.
New Mexico 3 @ Amarillo 1 - William Howard was a one man wrecking crew as his hat trick was all the offense the Ice Wolves needed as they beat the Wranglers 3-1. With the three tallies, Howard reached the 30 goal plateau for the first time in his junior career and set a new career high in points with 43. Preston Brighton had the only goal for Amarillo in the loss. Carsen Stokes made 34 stops for the Ice Wolves to pick up the win. Carter Clafton also made 34 saves in the opposing goal for Amarillo.
Shreveport 2 @ Lone Star 1 (SO) - Eric Vitale went top shelf to put home the dagger for the Shreveport Mudbugs as they beat Lone Star 2-1 in a shootout. Maksim Sushchynski broke the scoreless tie late in the first period and that held as the game’s only goal until the 12:12 mark of the second period, when Dhillon Wilde notched his 14th goal of the season. The teams remained deadlocked through the third period and overtime, leading to the shootout. Ryan Burke and Vitale scored for Shreveport in the skills competition. Simon Bucheler made 23 saves in 65 minutes and denied both of the shooters he faced to earn the win in the blue paint. William Gramme suffered the tough loss, stopping 27 shots.
Oklahoma 3 @ El Paso 1 - Hunter Allen had a pair of goals to lead the Oklahoma Warriors as they extended their winning streak to 14 with a 3-1 win over the El Paso Rhinos. Brendan Williams netted his 18th of the season for the Warriors while Daniel Duris continued his strong play in goal, he made 26 saves in the victory. David Tolan registered the only tally for the Rhinos while Nolan Suggs was saddled with the loss after making 41 saves.
Janesville 3 @ Anchorage 4 (OT) - Jackson Reieneke scored the game winning goal just 16 seconds into overtime as the Anchorage Wolverines stormed back to take down the Janesville Jets 4-3. Janesville took an early 2-0 lead off of goals scored by Gustav Portillo and Conner de Haro. Kade Shea and Kyle Bauer would respond with two goals of their own to knot the game at two. Matthew Hale put Janesville back in front with his fourth goal of the year and the Jets took the lead into the second intermission. Cameron Morris tied the game just a minute and some change into the final frame, setting up Reineke’s overtime heroics. Eino Rissanen got the win in goal as he made 25 saves. Selby Warren took the loss despite stopping 31 shots.
Fairbanks 6 @ Kenai River 5 (OT) - Billy Renfrew’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner as Fairbanks knocked off Kenai River 6-5. The Ice Dogs got out to a 2-0 lead as Jacob Conrad and McCabe Dvorak scored 16 seconds apart. Ryan Finch and Renfrew traded goals at the end of the first to put Fairbanks up 3-1 after 20 minutes. The Brown Bears tied the game off of goals from Ashton Christman and Bryce Monrean. Julian Recine scored a power play goal for Fairbanks to put them back ahead momentarily but Finch and Noah Holt scored within 27 seconds of each other to give Kenai River the 5-4 lead heading into the third. Kole Altergott’s eighth of the season tied the game for Fairbanks, setting the stage for Renfrew’s game winner just 57 seconds into overtime. Kayden Hargraves stopped 42 shots en route to picking up his 21st win of the season. Nils Wallstrom turned aside 29 shots for the Brown Bears.