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Friday Finals: Ice Dogs roll over Brown Bears on opening night

September 14, 2013

Topeka's Tyler Poulsen had a goal as the RoadRunners edged the Corpus Christi IceRays, 2-1 (photo by Jake Gatchell, Topeka Capital Journal).

Fairbanks Ice Dogs 5 @ Kenai River Brown Bears 1 – A three-goal 3rd period was the big difference as the Ice Dogs spoiled the debut of Brown Bears head coach Geoff Beauparlant in a 5-1 win in Kenai River on Friday night.  Five different players scored for Fairbanks.  Defenseman Duggie Lagrone gave Fairbanks a 1-0 lead in the 1st period. The Fairbanks onslaught caught fire in the 2nd period as David Kaplan scored, followed by a goal from Lonnie Clary two minutes later. Kyle Lee added a late goal in the 2nd period to make it 4-0.  Newcomer Viktor Liljegren made it 5-0 just :21 seconds into the 3rd period. The Brown Bears broke the shutout bid of Kevin Aldridge as Albin Karlsson scored midway through the 3rd period to make it 5-1.  Aldridge finished with 22 saves for the win, while Zach Quinn took the loss for the Brown Bears, making 31 saves. Chandler Madry had two assists for Fairbanks and Clary also had a multi-point night. Boxscore

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 3 @ Lone Star Brahmas 4 (OT) – It was quite the night for two of the new teams in the NAHL for the 2013-14 season, as the Lone Star Brahmas scored the final three goals of the game to defeat the Killer Bees, 4-3 on opening night in the NAHL. Rio Grande jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period after goals from Anthony Croston and Ben Greiner. Lone Star cut the lead to 2-1 in the 2nd period on a goal from AJ Duggan.  Rio took a 3-1 lead early in the 3rd period, but the Brahmas didn’t say die and got two goals in less than a three minute span, both from Matt Lison. In the overtime, it took Duggan just 1:15 to score the OT winner, as he pounded on a rebound in front. Boxscore

Odessa Jackalopes 0 @ Wichita Falls Wildcats 4 – Although he only had to stop 18 shots, Wildcats goaltender Chase Munroe posted a shutout in his first NAHL start and Kyle Bauman scored twice as the Wildcats opened their season with a 4-0 home shutout of the Jacks. Bauman scored twice in less than a three minute span in the 2nd period.  Will Vosejpka added a power play goal in the 3rd period and Max Reisinger also scored for Wichita Falls. Jackalopes goaltender Yoshihiro Kuroiwa made 41 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Corpus Christi IceRays 1 @ Topeka RoadRunners 2 – Despite a 33-14 shots advantage, the IceRays fell to the RoadRunners on Friday night, thanks in large part to Topeka goaltender Drew Vogler, who made 32 saves in his NAHL debut. Things looked good for the visitors as Danny Middleton scored for the ‘Rays late in the 1st period.  However, that was answered less than two minutes later by a goal from Topeka’s Tyler Poulsen. Jerad Tofoya scored the eventual game-winning goal late in the 2nd period for the RoadRunners. Forbes Ploszaj made 12 saves in the IceRays loss. Boxscore

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