Friday Finals: Windigo widen lead with 10-goal outburst
Janesville 2 @ Wisconsin 10: Wisconsin brushed past Janesville in a dominant 10-2 performance in Eagle River. Victor Widlund led all scorers with a hat trick and six points in the win. Will Schumacher, Zachary Cline, Max Martin, Luke Baker, Everett Pietila, Patrick Isiguzo, and Benjamin Anderson all posted multiple points in the victory. Janesville’s pair of goal came from Max Wagener and Will Troutwine. Gavin Moffatt was reliable in net for the Windigo, stopping 27 of 29 in the win. Peter Sterling and Dixon Ehlers combined for 28 saves in the loss.
Bismarck 3 @ Austin 2 (SO): Evan Hunter and Vertti Jantunen both succeeded in their shootout attempts to provide Bismarck with a pair of huge points in their 3-2 win over the division leading Bruins. The two squads traded goals in the opening frame as Nick Baer buried for the Bobcats while Kaden Muir lit the lamp for Austin. Damon Furuseth put the Bruins ahead early in the 2nd frame before Logan Valkama scored the game tying goal to send it to an eventual overtime and shootout. Linards Lipskis kept out 29 shots in regulation and three shootout attempts in the win. Trent Wiemken kept out 24 of 26 in the loss.
Amarillo 4 @ Oklahoma 6 - Hunter Jones and Owen Baumgartner each grabbed a goal and two helpers as the Warriors defeated the Amarillo Wranglers 6-4. William Ahlrik contributed a goal and an assist while Max Dronen, Joey Delgreco and Rylan Brady all put the puck in the back of the net. Ben Ivey potted a pair of goals for the Wranglers. Connor McNaughton and Pierce Patterson each got on the scoresheet for Amarillo. Dylan Johnson needed just 14 saves to earn the win in between the pipes while Luca Ganz stopped 25 shots.
New Mexico 4 @ Lone Star 2 - Carsen Stokes turned aside 24 of the 26 shots he faced as the New Mexico Ice Wolves doubled up the Lone Star Brahmas 4-2. Alfred Lindberg, Nikolai Dulak and Yusaku Ando got the Ice Wolves out to a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. Jakob Karpa and Johan Rosenquist closed the gap to just one in the final minutes but Tony Leahy would put home an empty net tally to secure the win for New Mexico. William Gramme and Arthur Smith combined for 22 saves for the Brahmas.
St. Cloud 1 @ Minot 4 - The Minot Minotauros helped their playoff chances as they took care of the St. Cloud Norsemen by a score of 4-1. Tyler Dysart potted a shorthanded tally to put the Norsemen ahead first but Kolby Amici scored just seconds later to even up the game at one. John Emmons put Minot ahead with his a shorthanded goal of his own. It was his fifth of the campaign. Nick Sewecke and Chase LaPinta scored in the final frame to help Minot grab a crucial two points in the standings. Lawton Zacher was nearly perfect in the blue paint for Minot as he made 26 saves on 27 chances. Ethan Dahlmeir was given the loss as he made 26 saves of his own for the Norsemen.
Springfield 4 @ Fairbanks 3 - Tyler Borgula scored with just over two minutes remaining to lift the Springfield Jr. Blues to a 4-3 win over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Cole Burke broke the ice for Fairbanks with his ninth goal of the season. Springfield would respond with three straight goals in the second period. Marcus Broberg, Landry Schmuck and Scott Miner all lit the lamp for the Jr. Blues. Jake Cameron and Caden Pendo would score to tie things up for Fairbanks before Borgula’s eventual game winner. Aksel Reid was victorious in goal as he denied 24 Ice Dog shots. Jack Olson was saddled with the loss as he stopped 22 shots.
Maine 2 @ Danbury 1: The Nordiques picked up an important pair of points to solidify their spot in the East Division after edging past Danbury 2-1. After a scoreless 1st period, Alexey Yarmulnik picked up his 5th goal of the season to break the deadlock 2:45 into the 2nd period. Oliver Genest extended the lead with his 18th of the season with 9:43 remaining in the period. Ivan Korodiuk scored his 1st of the season to draw Danbury within a goal but they were unable to make the comeback. Thomas Heaney picked up the win making 21 saves on 22 shots. Thomas Kiesewetter kept out 36 of 38 in the loss.
New Jersey 3 @ Northeast 0: The Titans continued to solidify their 2nd spot in the East Division after shutting out the Generals 3-0. The Titans got on the board 14:40 into the 1st period when Ryan Novo tickled twine on the power play. Tyler Sanborn doubled New Jersey’s lead with an unassisted goal 9:28 into the middle frame. Novo put the finishing touches on the victory with his 2nd goal of the game, an empty netter, 17:38 into the 3rd period. Zakari Brice was the backstop for the Titans, stopping all 21 shots that Northeast sent his way. Toby Hopp kept out 33 of 35 in the loss.
Johnstown 1 @ Maryland 6: The Black Bears sent their fans home happy after a convincing 6-1 victory over the visiting Tomahawks. Christian Catalano and Luke Van Why broke open the scoring for Maryland with goals in the opening frame. Caleb Craven, Catalano, Brad McNeil, and Sean Kilcullen all tickled twine in the 2nd period to put the game out of reach. Johnstown’s lone goal came late in the 1st period as David Matousek found the back of the net from Ryan Panico and Gabriel Lunn. William Hakansson was nearly perfect in net for the Black Bears, stopping all but one of 25 shots faced. Adam Johnson and Alec Rajalin-Scharp split time in net for Johnstown, combining for 33 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 2 @ North Iowa 4: The North Iowa Bulls topped the Aberdeen Wings in a 4-2 final. After a scoreless first period, the Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the second period with Jack Seaverson scoring. In the third period, the Wings added back-to-back goals with Logan Gravink and Dylan Wegner for a 2-1 score. The Bulls battled back scoring three unanswered goals with Joe Sweeney, Landon Peterson and Max Scott for a 4-2 final. Mitch Day was fantastic between the pipes stopping 15 shots.
El Paso 0 @ Shreveport 4: The Shreveport Mudbugs blanked the El Paso Rhinos in a 4-0 score after adding a goal in each period. In the first Alex Park scored for a 1-0 score. In the second Jake Mack made the score 2-0 Mudbugs. In the third, Garrett Steele netted the final goal of the game for a 3-0 final. Simon Bucheler posted a 24-shot shutout in the win.
Chippewa 2 @ Wilderness 1: The Chippewa Steel edged the Minnesota Wilderness in a 2-1 score. In the first period Bo Cosman scored late for a 1-0 Wilderness lead. In the third period, Noah Grolnic evened the game 1-1 for the Steel. Late in the third, Tomas Tundra scored the game winning goal for the Steel 2-1. Adam Gajan stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced in the win.
Corpus Christi 5 @ Odessa 1: The Corpus Christi IceRays defeated the Odessa Jackalopes in a 5-1 final score. In the first period the game was even 1-1 with Justin Hughes for Odessa and Leonhard Korus for the IceRays. In the second, the IceRays scored to take a 2-1 with Nils Forselius. In the third period, it was all Corpus with Stepan Kuznetsov, Connor Brust and Blake Lewis scoring for a 5-1 final score. Patrik Jurack took the win after stopping 38 shots in net.