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Friday Finals: Ironmen post big win over North Stars

December 31, 2011

Fairbanks forward Taylor Munson scored in overtime to give the Ice Dogs a 3-2 win in Fresno on Friday.

Traverse City 1 @ Jamestown 5 - The Jamestown Ironmen came back from the Christmas break looking like a new team. After a bit of a slow start they dominated the rest of the game on their way to an impressive 5-1 victory over the Traverse City North Stars.  The North Stars came out of the gates fast and outshot Jamestown 10-2 in the first 10 minutes of action. Jamestown withstood the early pressure and used their speed to take over the second half of the period.  The Ironmen were rewarded late in the period when Eric Fragoso scored his first of the game after a nifty move by Anthony Coles left him all alone just outside the North Stars crease.  The Ironmen started the second period much like they ended the first period, using their speed to keep the North Stars on their heels. Nick Bingaman took advantage of a North Stars turnover and blasted a slap shot by North Stars goalie Kyle Laslo to give Jamestown a 2-0 lead just a minute and a half into the period.  Jamestown continued to mount pressure on the North Stars defense and Jeff McFarland ripped a shot from inside the faceoff circle to give Jamestown a 3-0 lead.  Jamestown took a penalty midway through the period that gave the North Stars back some momentum. They managed five shots on goal with the man advantage but Ironmen goalie Joey Ballmer turned them all away to keep his team ahead 3-0 heading into the final period.  Jamestown made sure the game would be out of reach as they dominated the early part of the third period and used goals by Cody Sarmiento and Eric Fragoso to put the game out of reach.  The North Stars broke the shutout with a late power play goal by Chris Waterstreet. Ballmer made two or three saves but was unable to cover the rebound and Waterstreet buried the rebound from inside the crease. Boxscore

Michigan 1 @ Port Huron 3 – Peter Megariotis had his shutout bid spoiled with just minutes remaining in the game, but division-leading Port Huron still defeated the visiting Michigan Warriors, 3-1.  Max Reavis, Ian Miller and Mike Moroso all scored for the Fighting Falcons, while AJ White had the lone goal for Michigan. Boxscore

New Mexico 2 @ Amarillo 5 – The Bulls erupted for three goals in the 3rd period on their way to their eighth straight win by defeating the Mustangs, 5-2.  Brent Lafayette scored twice for New Mexico in each of the first two periods, but 3rd period goals from Mike Erickson, Geoff Fortman and Brooks Behling put the game out of reach. Boxscore

Wichita Falls 2 @ Corpus Christi 3 – Michael Dery continued his hot play with a goal and an assist as the IceRays ended their losing skid with a 3-2 home win over Wichita Falls.  Anthony Stolarz made 30 saves in the win, while Jo Jo Jeanetta suffered the loss making 23 saves.  Travis Maxwell and Joe Smereck also scored for Corpus Christi in the win. Boxscore

Texas 9 @ Odessa 1 – The Tornado tied a season-high with nine goals in a rout of the Jackalopes.  Alex Temby, Nick Neville, Jordan Lovick, Marc Biggs and CJ Reuschlein all had three point games and Jack Prince scored twice in the win.  Joakim Jutras made 29 saves for the Tornado for his second straight win.  Ryan Atkinson scored the lone goal for Odessa. Boxscore

Chicago 1 @ Janesville 3 – Tony Kujava made 21 saves for his league-leading 18th win of the year as Janesville beat the Hitmen, 3-1.  Darren McCormick had a goal and assist and Chris Cattivera and Davis Dekorte also scored for the Jets.  David Gandara had Chicago’s lone goal. Boxscore

Springfield 0 @ Topeka 1 – Peter Traber stopped all 18 shots as the RoadRunners blanked the Jr. Blues 1-0 in Topeka.  It was Traber’s first career NAHL shutout and his 10th win of the season.  Michal Pastor’s power play goal in the 1st period turned out to be the lone goal of the game and the game-winner as Topeka outshot Springfield, 30-18. Boxscore

Bismarck 3 @ Aberdeen 2 (SO) – Adam Knochenmus and Tyler Richter scored on the final two shootout tried to give Bismarck a 3-2 shootout win in Aberdeen.  Dan Zawacki and Patrick Moore scored in regulation for the Bobcats, while Lane Mahoney had a goal and assist for Aberdeen.  Joe Mottiqua also scored for the Wings in the loss. Boxscore

Minot 1 @ Alexandria 7 – Tucker Coborn and Thomas Williams each had three points as Alexandria cruised to a 7-1 win over Minot.  Jacob Meyers made 25 saves in the win and Dylan Zink, Charlie Aus, Nick DeCenzo and Jordan Krebsbach all had multi-point games for the Blizzard. Clay Blankenship scored the lone goal for Minot. Boxscore

Austin 4 @ Coulee Region 3 – Austin Nelson scored twice and Matt Hansen added two assists as Austin edged the Chill on Friday, 4-3.  Charlie Adams and Jeremy Finger also scored for the Bruins, who scored two, 3rd period goals in the win.  James Hughes had two goals and an assist in the loss and Tyler Klein also had three points for Coulee Region. Boxscore

Alaska 2 @ Wenatchee 3 (SO) – Blake Roubos and Shawn Pauly scored in the shootout and goaltender Robert Nichols stopped all four Avs shooters in the shootout as Wenatchee edged out division-leading Alaska in a shootout.  Chris Kerr and Michael Lant scored in regulation for the Wild, while Connor Wright and Ross Pavek scored for the Avalanche. Boxscore

Fairbanks 3 @ Fresno 2 (OT) – The Monsters suffered their league-leading 8th OT/shootout loss as Taylor Munson scored :40 seconds in overtime to win the game for Fairbanks.  Gabe Levin had a goal and assist for the Ice Dogs and Nick Hinz also scored for Fairbanks in regulation.  Mikhail Bushinski and Brendan Bradley scored for Fresno. Boxscore

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