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Friday Finals: Rebels stage huge comeback to top Black Bears

December 2, 2023

Windigo goalie Maxwell Beckford posted a 23-save shutout in a 3-0 win on Friday night.

Friday Box Scores

Maryland 4 @ Philadelphia 5: A dominant 3rd period from the Rebels fueled them to a 5-4 comeback victory over the division-leading Black Bears. Maryland’s Jeremi Tremblay and Luke Janus both found the back of the net in the 1st period. In the middle frame, the two teams traded goals, Charles Panchisin and Max Marquette scored for the Rebels while Maryland’s Riley Ruh and Adam Schankula answered to retain that two-goal lead. From there the momentum swung as in the 3rd, Josh Galizia, Julian Brown, and Max Marquette scored consecutive goals and shut out the Black Bears for the victory. Lukas Fursten and Jack Fialkoff combined for 37 saves for the Rebels, Fialkoff being credited with the win. Owen Lepak kept out 25 for the Black Bears. 

Minnesota 0 @ Wisconsin 3 – The return of goalie Maxwell Beckford paid dividends for the Windigo on Friday as the netminder stopped all 23 shots that came his way in a 3-0 shutout of the Wilderness. After a scoreless 1st period, the Windigo took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Elliot Gulley and Logan Nickolaus. In the 3rd period, the Windigo put the game away with their third goal from Erick Comstock. Wilderness goalie Adam Prokop made 23 saves in the loss.

New Mexico 2 @ Oklahoma 3: The Oklahoma Warriors netted two goals in the third period to seal a 3-2 win over the New Mexico Ice Wolves. After a scoreless first period, Jack Dalton broke the silent game with a goal for New Mexico. Later in the middle frame, Zach Homer evened the score 1-1 with a Warriors goal. In the third period, Zach Boren added a goal to get the Ice Wolves ahead 2-1. Soon after, the Warriors added two unanswered goals with Kaden Nelson and William Ahirik scored to get the win for Oklahoma 3-2. Goaltener Daniel Duris got the win in net after stopping 27 shots.

El Paso 1 @ Odessa 2: The Odessa Jackalopes edged the El Paso Rhinos in a 2-1 final score. In the first period, Thomas Wright got the Jacks on the board for a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Matvey Ivanov added to the Odessa lead for a 2-0 score. In the third, Eddie Shepler scored a late goal for the Rhinos as Odessa held on for the 2-1 win. Goaltender Quentin Sigurdson stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced in the contest.

Amarillo 1 @ Lone Star 2 (OT): The Lone Star Brahmas picked up an overtime win against the Amarillo Wranglers. In the second, Justin Kerr added a Lone Star goal. In the third period, Luke Morris evened the game 1-1. In the overtime period, Ivan Zadvernyuk scored the game winner as the Brahmas won 2-1. Brahmas goaltender Devis Rolovs topped 19 shots in the win. 

Shreveport 7 @ Corpus Christi 2: The Shreveport Mudbugs took down the Corpus Christi IceRays by a final score of 7-2. In the first period, Kyan Haldenby scored for the Mudbugs to get ahead 1-0. The IceRays answered with back-to-back to end the period with a 2-1 lead with Andrew Hayek and Will Reardon scoring. In the second period it was all Shreveport as the Mudbugs scored with Ryan Burke, Lucas Deeb and Wil Murphy for a 4-2 lead. In the third, Hayden Nichol, Andrej Paricka and Liam Fleet all scored to end the game with a 7-2 win for the Mudbugs. Niko Goich stopped 22 shots on the way to the Shreveport win. 

Anchorage 3 @ Kenai River 4 (SO) – The Brown Bears took down their rivals in a shootout on Friday, 4-3. Anchorage had a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period thanks to goals from Danny Bagnole and Ameen Ghosheh. The Brown Bears responded with three straight goals from Blake Norris, Gavin Duckworth, and Joe Manning to take a 3-2 lead. In the 3rd period, a goal from Oliver Salo tied the game at 3-3 for the Wolverines. In the shootout, Marko Giourof scored the lone goal of the five shooters to earn the extra point. Conor Sullivan made 24 saves in the win, while Liam Beerman made 34 saves in the loss.

Chippewa 2 @ Fairbanks 1 – Steel goalie Carter Wishart made 29 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 road win over Fairbanks in Marshall, MN. The Ice Dogs were first on the board thanks to a 1st period goal from Nik Gudmundson. The Steel took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period with back-to-back goals just 1:12 apart from Cameron Springer and Gavin Middendorf, which would stand the remainder of the game. Ice Dogs goalie Tyler Krivtsov made 24 saves in the loss.

Minot 4 @ Aberdeen 3 – The Minotauros came back from a 3-1 deficit and scored the final three goals of the game to defeat the Wings, 4-3. Things were looking good for the Wings in the 1st period as they took a 3-1 lead with goals from Leonid Bulgakov, Nikolai Tishkevich, and Zach Reim, while Trevor Stachowiak. After that, it was all Minotauros as goals from Jack O’Hanisain, John Small, and Niklas Ketonen secured the come-from-behind win. James Norton picked up the win after coming in relief to start the 2nd period with 19 saves.

Austin 3 @ North Iowa 1 – Logan Rose made 16 saves to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 road win against the Bulls. The Bulls scored first as Max LeDuc scored late in the 2nd period. Austin had an immediate answer as Isaak Brassard tied the game at 1-1 at the end of the 2nd period. In the 3rd period, the Bruins put the game away with goals from Alex Laurenza and Dylan Cook. Bulls goalie Dylan Johnson made 30 saves in the loss.

Springfield 2 @ Janesville 4 – Four different lit the lamp for the Jets as they doubled up the Jr. Blues 4-2 Friday night in Janesville. After an opening goal from Springfield’s Jake Peterson, the Jets scored twice to take a 2-1 lead as Ethan Begg and Jake Merens found the back of the net. In the 2nd period, the Jr. Blues tied the game at 2-2 with a goal from Isaac Keller, but the Jets had an answer as goals from Ikki Kogawa and Noah Gibbs secured the 4-2 win. Matthew Alberti made 17 saves in the win, while JJ Cataldo made 41 saves in the loss.

Bismarck 4 @ St. Cloud 3 (SO) – The Bobcats won their second straight game and snapped the Norsemen’s winning streak thanks to a 4-3 shootout win. The Bobcats got goals in regulation from Keanu Krenn and Kyle Doll in the 1st period and Julian Beaumont in the 2nd period. The Norsemen goals came from Lucca Munoz, Tyler Dysart, and Gavin Gunderson. In the shootout, Evan Hunter was the only one of the six combined shooters to find the back of the net. Bismarck goalie Klayton Knapp made 23 saves in the win.

Northeast 1 @ Danbury 0: In a goaltending showdown between Peter Wickström Stumer and CJ Kier the former came out on top, stopping all 29 shots faced in the 1-0 shutout victory. The game remained a scoreless contest through 40 minutes and 56 seconds when Andrew DellaDonna found a rebound out front of the net and scored his 3rd goal of the season, assisted by Ben Campeau and Frank D’Ancona. CJ Kier kept out all but one of 26 shots faced in the loss. 

New Jersey 2 @ Maine 6: The Nordiques defended home ice Friday night, scoring three goals in each of the final two periods. After a scoreless first 20 minutes, Reece Brednich and Dominick Rivelli scored for the Titans while David Helledy, Evan Orloff, and Matthew Lewis answered for the Nordiques. In the 3rd, Shane Kozlina tallied his 5th in the season 8:16 in before Nils Forselius potted a pair of goals to extend the lead. Carter Richardson made 32 stops in the win while Zakari Brice kept out 29 in the loss. 

Rochester 1 @ New Hampshire 3: The Mountain Kings came out on top 3-1 Friday night in these two teams’ first matchup in franchise history. Tanner Anctil got New Hampshire off to a hot start with a pair of goals before the midway point in the opening 20. Thomas Rockey got the visitors on the board minutes after Anctil’s 2nd to keep them in it. Diamon Bossi scored late in the 2nd period to extend the lead to 3-1 which would hold for the remainder of the game. Aiden Wright had an incredible performance for the Mountain Kings, stopping 66 shots in the victory.

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