Friday Finals: Jr. Blues, Black Bears, Steel, Magicians all win
Springfield 4 @ Janesville 1 - For the first time since March of 2020, the Springfield Jr. Blues got into the win column as they defeated the Janesville Jets by score of 4-1. Joey Dosan had a goal and an assist to lead the offense. Mason Hoehn scored as well in the win. Leo Bacallao and Carson Jones chipped in empty net goals to seal the win for the Jr. Blues. Ethan Roberts turned aside 28 of 29 shots on goal to pick up the win. Cy LeClerc had the lone goal for the Jets while Karsten Bougoine denied 28 of 30 shots.
New Jersey 0 @ Maryland 5 - Michael Morelli was perfect in his season opener as he stopped all 23 shots fired in his direction as the Maryland Black Bears blanked the New Jersey Titans 5-0. Branden Piku led the offensive attack with a goal and two assists. Trayce Johnson had a goal and an assist. Philip Tornqvist, Jacob Brockman and Aden Bruich all found the back of the net in the victory for Maryland. Owen Hains stopped 22 of 27 shots in the loss for New Jersey.
Kenai River 1 @ Chippewa 5 - Casey Mignone picked up his first win as an NAHL head coach as the Chippewa Steel topped the Kenai River Brown Bears 5-1. Joseph Grainda had a pair of goals while Matthew Brille, Nick Sajevic and Barak Braslavski found the back of the net in the win for Chippewa. Levi Gio picked up the win in goal as he made 25 saves on 26 shots. Max Marquette had the only tally for Kenai River while Nathan Dickey made 34 saves for the Brown Bears.
Fairbanks 3 @ MN Magicians 4 (SO) - The Ice Dogs and Magicians played the very first overtime game of the year as Fairbanks and Minnesota went to a shootout to find a winner. It was Hunter Longhi scoring the game deciding goal in round two of the skills competition. Samuel Jacobs, Gavin Best and Jacob Hosszo found the back of the net in the win. Dakota Macintosh, Zach Murray and Alexander Malinowski lit the lamp in the loss for Fairbanks. Sami Molu earned the win in goals as he made 28 saves on the night.