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Friday Finals: Minot Inching Closer to Division Title

March 9, 2024

Arhip Sidarovich had the game winner for the Titans

Austin 2 @ St. Cloud 3: The St. Cloud Norsemen edged the Austin Bruins in a tight contest scoring a second period goal to seal the win 3-2. In the first period, the Norsemen got ahead 2-0 with goals from Kyle Miller and Michael Coleman. In the second frame, Austin Salani netted back-to-back goals to even the game 2-2. Later in the middle period, Louis Wehmann scored to take the win for St. Cloud 3-2. St. Cloud goalie Max Weilandt stopped 23 shots in the win. 

Minot 5 @ North Iowa 1: The Minot MInotauros defeated the North Iowa Bulls by a score of 5-1 after a strong second period push. After a scoreless first, North Iowa got on the board with Jack Seaverson scoring for a 1-0 lead. Minot answered back with four unanswered goals with Ty James, Colby Woogk, John Small and Chad Muller for a 4-1 lead. In the third, Colby Woogk added his second of the night for a 5-1 final. Goaltender Brady James turned away 16 shots in the game. 

Maryland 8 @ New Hampshire 2: Matthew Croxall netted a hat trick in the Black Bears’ dominant road win over the Mountain Kings. Jesse Horacek, Croxall (2), and Raymond Perrault put the visitors ahead by a wide margin through the first 20 minutes. Evan Sofikitis and Riley Ruh added goals for Maryland in the 2nd. Croxall completed the hat trick early in the 3rd period while Michael Urgo scored his first of the season as well. New Hampshire’s goals came from Kim Hilmersson and Tommy McDonough. Owen Lepak made 20 saves in the victory while Sebastian Bodnar and Stefan Carney combined for 36 saves in New Hampshire’s crease. 

Northeast 0 @ Johnstown 2: The Tomahawks shutout the Generals to pick up two points Friday night on home ice. After a scoreless opening frame, Justin Rapp broke the deadlock 8:29 into the 2nd with his 15th goal of the season. Zach Aben extended the lead with an empty netter late in the 3rd period to seal the victory. Jacob Osborne was the first star of the game, stopping all 29 shots faced to secure a shutout. Ryan Nolan kept out 34 of 35 shots in the loss.

Rochester 3 @ Philadelphia 5: Despite being outshot by a wide margin, the Rebels tallied a goal in all three periods en route to a 5-3 victory over Rochester. Jared Coccimiglio, Billy Sheridan, and Brayton Frick all tallied 1st period goals for Philadelphia while Matteo Disipio got Rochester on the board. Massimo Gentile cut the deficit in half in the 2nd before Luke Minard regained the two goal lead for the Rebels. The story repeated in the 3rd as Luca Leighton scored before Jett Otwell scored his 1st of the season for Philadelphia to seal the win. Danick Leroux kept out 12 of 17 shots faced for Rochester while Owen Crudale made an impressive 55 saves on 58 shots faced. 

New Jersey 5 @ Maine 4 (SO): The Titans picked up the extra point in the shootout, taking down the Nordiques on the road by a final score of 5-4. Ryan Novo put New Jersey ahead through 20 minutes with the lone goal in the 1st period. Dominick Bartecko extended the lead in the 2nd before David Helledy and Liam Gilmartin leveled the scores heading into the 3rd. The two squads traded goals back and forth in the 3rd, Ryan Frieman and Jack Hillier scoring for New Jersey while Charles Tardif and Helledy buried for the Nordiques. Zakari Brice made 41 saves in the win while Thomas Heaney kept out 20 shots in the loss. 

Janesville 2 @ Wisconsin 5: League-leading scorer Max Martin tallied two goals and an assist to help lift the Windigo past the Jets 5-2. Martin scored the lone goal in the 1st period. Zachar Cline and Jacob Jastrzebski extended the lead in the middle frame before Janesville’s Noah Gibbs and Mason Kesselring made the lead just one heading into the 3rd. Martin and Quinn Disher both buried for Wisconsin in the final frame to silence any comeback bid. Max Beckford kept out 27 shots in the victory while Matthew Alberti made 24 saves for the Jets. 

Amarillo 1 @ Shreveport 5: The Shreveport Mudbugs topped the Amarillo Wranglers by a score of 5-1. Shreveport took a 2-0 lead after the first period with Lucas Deeb and Nick Marino scoring. In the second Liam Fleet added to the Mudbugs score, 3-0. The Mudbugs kept on the attack in the third period with Colin Vassallo and Carter McKay finding the back of the net for a 5-0 score. Late in the period, Amarillo got one with Sebastian Mitro. Mudbugs goalie Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau stopped 20 shots in the win. 

Bismarck 0 @ Aberdeen 3: The Aberdeen Wings blanked the Bismarck Bobcats in a 3-0 game. After a silent first period, Matthew Wisener and Isak Holmstrom both scored to get the Wings ahead 2-0. In the third period, Matthew Wisener struck again adding the final goal of the game for a 3-0 Aberdeen win. Adam Dybal was perfect in net after turning away all 23 shots on net. 

Lone Star 3 @ Corpus Christi 0: Jack Wieneke stopped all 13 shots he faced as the Lone Star Brahmas blanked the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-0. Ivan Zadvernyuk and David Skuhrovec scored in the second period. Justin Kerr added the dagger in the third with his 21st goal of the season. Bryant Marks took the loss in goal for the IceRays, he made 23 saves.

Oklahoma 0 @ El Paso 3: Joey LoVullo was perfect as he denied 26 shots en route to picking up the shutout for the El Paso Rhinos in their 3-0 win over the Oklahoma Warriors. Ryan Gingher netted the first goal of the night. Medrick Bolduc added an insurance goal in the second for his 14th of the season. Kyle Arias picked up his 14th of the year in the third period as the Rhinos wrapped up the win over the Warriors. Owen Bartoszkiewicz was dealt the loss as he finished the evening with 21 saves.

Colorado 2 @ New Mexico 3: Ethan Hull’s second goal of the season proved to be the game winner as the New Mexico Ice Wolves edged the Colorado Grit 3-2. Chris Graves and Rasmus Leijonhielm traded goals in the opening period. Then Olivier Lamothe and Tomas Vicek did the same in the opening minutes of the third before Hull’s game winning goal. Jackson Fuller earned the win in goal as he ended the evening with 25 saves. Pete Sterling stopped 32 shots for the Grit in the loss.

Springfield 1 @ Anchorage 5: Fyodor Nikolayenya potted a pair of goals as the Anchorage Wolverines downed the Springfield Jr. Blues by a score of 5-1. Kade Shea had a goal and an assist while Artem Shchipanov and Romulus Riego De Dios also found the back of the net for the Wolverines. Logan Ganz provided the only goal for Springfield in the loss. Liam Beerman earned the win in the blue paint with 19 saves. JJ Cataldo was given the loss in net as he made 44 saves.

Kenai River 2 @ Fairbanks 6: Wyatt Carlson netted a pair of goals as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs tripled up the Kenai River Brown Bears by a score of 6-2. Arseni Vorobyov had a goal and an assist while Lance Mengel, Adam Timm and Nolan Abraham found their way on to the scoresheet for Fairbanks. Andy Larson and Roope Tuomioska each scored for Kenai River in the loss. Tyler Krivtsov earned the win in between the pipes as he denied 34 shots. AJ Reyelts ended up with the loss in net as made 29 saves.

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