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New Year's Eve Finals: Bobcats shutout highlights busy night

December 31, 2012

Amarillo's Ryan Cole had two goals as the Bulls topped the Wichita Falls Wildcats, 5-3 on New Year's Eve.

Minot 0 @ Bismarck 2 – In front of a packed house of over 1,400 fans on New Year’s eve Aaron Nelson made 19 saves for his third shutout of the year as Bismarck shutout their in-state rival Minot Minotauros, 2-0. It didn’t take long for the Bobcats to score the first and eventual game-winning goal as Cory Chapman lit the lamp just over five minutes into the game.  Patrick Moore added the second goal in the 2nd period and that is all the Bobcats would need.  Tyler Parks made 26 saves in the loss for Minot. Boxscore

Kenai River 3 @ Wenatchee 4 – Jacob Barber scored twice as Wenatchee took the rubber game of a three-game set with the Brown Bears.  The majority of the scoring all came in the 1st period and in the first six minutes of the game.  Barber led off the scoring with a shorthanded goal.  Brad Duwe answered to tie the game at 1-1.  Nicholas Kuchera made it 2-1 for the Wild before Barber scored again to make it 3-1.  Matthew Meier scored to make it 3-2.  In the 3rd period, Max McHugh scored the eventual game-winner and Dylan Meier scored for the Brown Bears. Boxscore

Coulee Region 3 @ Austin 6 – NAHL points leader Brandon Wahlin had a hat-trick to increase his league-leading total to 49 points as the Bruins doubled up the Chill, 6-3.  The Chill led 3-2 after two periods with goals from Jake Kauppila, Mac Jansen and Eddie Matsushima, which answered goals from Wahlin and Kody Reuter.  In the 3rd period, Wahlin scored twice more and Chris Fischer and CJ Smith added goals in the win, which was the sixth straight for Austin. Boxscore

Wichita Falls 3 @ Amarillo 5 – The Bulls scored the final four goals of the game to erase a 3-1 deficit and go on to win their eighth straight game with a 5-3 win over the Wildcats.  Matt Robinson scored the first two goals of the game for the Wildcats and after a Ryan Cole goal made it 2-1, George Pagonis made it 3-1.  However, Brady Ferguson scored late in the 2nd period to make it 3-2, then Amarillo scored three more times in the 3rd on goals from TJ Sarcona, Travis Underwood and Cole’s second of the game. Boxscore

Kalamazoo 3 @ Johnstown 2 (SO) – In front of over 3,700 fans in Johnstown, Kalamazoo spoiled the New Year’s Eve party with a 3-2 shootout win, earning a series split.  Johnstown’s Mitch Kontny scored twice including goals late in the 1st and 3rd periods.  Taylor Burden and Kyle Gattelaro scored in regulation for the Jr. K-Wings and also scored two of Kalamazoo’s three goals in the shootout.  Kalamazoo goalie Marcus Due-Boje made 41 saves and stopped all three Johnstown shooters in the shootout. Boxscore

Michigan 4 @ Springfield 2 – The Warriors scored three times in the final 11 minutes of the 3rd period to defeat the Jr. Blues by a 4-2 score.  Heading into the 3rd period, Springfield’s Tom Cooney had the lone goal.  Martin Gruse tied the game early in the 3rd period for the Warriors, but Ryan Atkinson answered for Springfield to make it 2-1.  Jon Farkas, Zack Szajner and Brad Pizzey scored in a seven minute stretch for Michigan to secure the late win. Boxscore

Janesville 4 @ Port Huron 3 – The Jets handed the Falcons their third straight loss thanks to two goals from Ryan Dau in a 4-3 win.  Despite a 44-24 shots advantage, Port Huron had trouble solving Janesville goalie Brock Kautz, who made 41 saves.  Port Huron’s Brett D’Andrea also notched two goals early in the 1st and 2nd periods.  Ian Miller also scored for Port Huron.  Jordan Himley and Daniel Kucerovy scored the other goals for the Jets in the win. Boxscore

Aberdeen 2 @ Brookings 3 (OT) – Drew Brevig’s goal midway through overtime gave the Blizzard a 3-2 OT win over the visiting Wings on New Year’s Eve.  Brookings outshot Aberdeen 42-27 and never trailed in the game.  Aidan Cavalinni gave Brookings a 1-0 lead early in the 1st period.  That was answered by Aberdeen’s Justin Parizek.  Emil Blomqvist made it 2-1 in the 2nd period for the Blizzard before Jonathan Grebosky tied the game in the 3rd period for the Wings. Boxscore

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