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Friday Finals: Chill freeze Fairbanks in 5-1 win

October 29, 2016

Dom Garcia netted the game-winning goal with under a minute remaining in regulation as the Aston Rebels edged the Johnstown Tomahawks, 4-3 in a battle of NAHL and East Division leaders.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4 @ Northeast Generals 1 – Four straight goals gave the Knights a Friday night win over East Division opponent Northeast. Sam Antonitsch grabbed two goals for the Knights, followed up by Markus Komuls and Michael Morrissey who had one goal each. The Generals’ Evan Somoza put Northeast on the board in the third period. Grant Valentine took the win in net for the Knights with 32 saves. Gabe Vinal and David Fessenden split duties in net for Northeast. Combined, the Generals goaltenders made 32 saves.   Boxscore

Johnstown 3 @ Aston 4 – Aston’s Dom Garcia buried the Rebels’ game-winning goal with just 23 seconds left in regulation to secure their victory on Friday. The Tomahawks and Rebels traded tallies throughout the night, leaving the game at a tie for a majority of the third period. Aston goals came from Evgeny Yakovlev, Peter Zhong, Brennan Kapcheck and Dom Garcia. Johnstown goals were credited to Filips Buncis, Adam Pilewicz, and Donovan Ott. Mareks Mitens took the victory in net for the Rebels, making 20 saves. Drew Hotte was given the loss for Johnstown, despite 29 saves.  Boxscore

Fairbanks 1 @ Coulee Region 5 – The Chill took control of the score-sheet at home, netting four-unanswered goals to secure a win over Fairbanks. Opening up the scoring for Coulee Region in the first period was Kevin Dineen, but the Ice Dog’s Robert Blueger quickly answered the call to make it a 1-1 game. From there, four Chill goals were scored to give Coulee Region their 5-1 victory. Goals came from Trenton Bliss, Joey Sofo, Kevin Dineen and Isaac Theisen. Todd Scott took the win in net for the Chill with 30 saves, while Fairbanks’ goalies Joshua Sarlo and CJ Boothe split time in net for the Ice Dogs, making a total of 21 saves combined. Boxscore

Janesville 4 @ Springfield 5 – A goal-for-goal game broke out in Springfield on Friday night, eventually giving way to the home team victory.  The Jr. Blues’ Luke Picek started the scoring for Springfield in the first, which was answered by Janesville’s Jakov Novak. Springfield went ahead again with a Brandon Puricelli goal, until Janesville’s Chris Dodero would once again even the score. Puricelli found the net again late in the second period, which sparked a retaliation goal from Janesville’s Michael Maloney. Seconds later, Matt Cassidy put the Jr. Blues back on top with Springfield’s fourth goal of the night. Early in the third, Janesville’s Kip Hoffmann evened the score one again at 4-4 with his early third period goal. Springfield’s Alex Peck notched the Jr. Blues’ eventual game winner halfway through the third, holding on defensively for the win. Evan Fear took the win in net for Springfield with 25 saves, while Derek Schaedig and Jacob Barczewski spilt 25 saves between the pipes for the Jets. Boxscore

Minot 7 @ Austin 3 –  Six straight goals by the Minotauros gave Minot a huge road win at their Central Division rival, the Austin Bruins, on Friday night. With seven total tallies through the night, Minot’s goals scored were credited to Michael Talbot (2), Jack Murphy (2), Zack Bross, Tyler Jeanson, and Alex Adams. The Austin Bruins added three goals through the night, with points coming from Logan Haskins, Justin Misiak, and Travis Kothenbeutel. Lucas Murray took the win in net for Minot, making 32 saves. Alex Schilling and Jake Kucharski made a combined 19 saves while splitting time in net for the Bruins.  Boxscore

Shreveport 5 @ Corpus Christi 4 – A Frankie Melton hat trick for Shreveport gave the Mudbugs a South Division road victory on Friday night. The Tale of the Tide continued for the southern rivals, as a close game took the final minute of play to decide the game winner. Corpus Christi goals came from Josh Tripp, Brendan Miller, and Mason Krueger (2). Shreveport goals were credited to Frankie Melton (3), Erik Zohovs, and Kristaps Jakobsons. David Lubbesmeyer took the win in net for the Mudbugs with 22 saves, while Tomas Vomacka was handed the loss for the Ice Rays despite 25 saves. Boxscore

Wichita Falls 5 @ Amarillo 4 (OT) – The Battle of North Texas required bonus hockey to decide the winner on Friday night. Four goals in regulation for each team was not enough to determine a winner, but just 26 seconds into overtime, Wichita Falls sealed the win when Seamus Donohue found the back of the net. Regulation goals for the Wildcats were scored by Ryan Orgel, Ricky Carballo, and Ilya Skvortsov (2). Amarillo goals were courtesy of Georga Mika (2), Jonathan Dagnal, and Charlie Singerhouse. Evan Moyse took the win in net with 44 saves for the Wildcats, while Kyle Madore was given the loss for Amarillo in a 36 save effort. Boxscore

Lone Star 4 @ Odessa 1 – The Texas Showdown between Lone Star and Odessa fell in favor of the Brahmas on Friday night. Lone Star’s Carson Kelley, Blake Evennou, Troy York and Drake Glover scored four straight goals to set the tone of the game. Odessa’s Christian Hausinger found the back of the net in the third period to get the Jackalopes on the board. The Brahmas’ Erik Gordon made 25 saves in net for Lone Star’s win. Odessa’s Jonny Hogue made 26 saves in their loss. Boxscore

MN Wilderness 0 @ Brookings 2 – The Brookings Blizzard stood strong against their Central Division rival, the Minnesota Wilderness, to grab a shutout win at home on Friday. Two tallies for the Blizzard made up the only scoring for the contest, with goals coming from Chase Brand and Paul Cotter. Josh Boyko grabbed his first shutout of the season for the Blizzard, making 36 total saves. Luke Kania was given the loss for the Wilderness despite 27 saves. Boxscore

Bismarck 2 @ Aberdeen 5 – A big first period led to a win at home for the Aberdeen Wings on Friday. Three Aberdeen goals, scored by Shawn Knowlton (2) and Andy Carroll paved the way to the Wings’ win. Carson Dimoff and Tyler Bossert added two additional goals for Aberdeen to complete the win. Bismarck notched goals from Parker Mismash and Matthew Barry. Aberdeen’s Arttu Kulmala took the win in net with 32 saves, while Bismarck’s Will Ulrich and Camden Haugenoe split 30 saves in the loss.   Boxscore

Kenai River 1 @ MN Magicians 2 (OT) – The Brown Bears and Magicians put on a final-minute thriller on Friday, keeping fans on the edge of their seats all through the night. Scoring did not open up until the third period, when the Magicians’ John Siebenaler lit the lamp for Minnesota. The Magicians would hold their lead until the final minute of play, when Kenai River’s Ethan Stewart tied the game with just 45 seconds left in regulation. In overtime, the Magicians rallied back at just 58 seconds into play, with a Caleb Hite game-winning goal. Ivan Prosuetov took the win in net for the Magicians with 13 saves, while Kenai River’s Robbie Goor was handed the loss, despite making 29 saves. Boxscore

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