Friday Finals: Bobcats get first win in convincing fashion
Minot 3 @ Bismarck 7 - The Bismarck Bobcats scored their first victory of the season as they took care of their rival Minot 7-3. Owen Michaels led the offense with a goal and three helpers. Patrick Johnson tickled the twine twice while Calvin Hanson grabbed a goal and an assist. Nico Chmelevski, Isaac Novak and Adam Pietila got on the scoresheet as well for the Bobcats. Erik Forss stopped 25 shots to earn his first win of the season. Huston Karpman notched two goals for the Minotauros while Cole Mickel also found the back of the net for Minot. Thomas Kiesewetter and Carter Clafton combined for 16 stops for the game.
MN Magicians 0 @ Springfield 4 - Ethan Robertson stopped all 38 shots the Magicians fired in his direction as he earned his first NAHL shutout and second win of the season. Joey Dosan scored two goals for Springfield. Liam Svensson and Michael Valdez both scored for the Jr. Blues. Sami Molu took the loss in net for Minnesota as he made 33 saves.
Jamestown 0 @ Northeast 4 - Carson Limesand stopped all 25 shots he faced while Paul Minnehan scored twice as the Northeast Generals blanked the Jamestown Rebels 4-0. Joe Schubert and Jared Scott each lit the lamp for the Generals as well while Landon Kolnik finished the night with two assists. Chace Hale took the loss in goal as he made 36 stops for Jamestown.
Danbury 3 @ Maine 4 - Aidan Connolly’s second goal of the night proved to be the difference as the Maine Nordiques outlasted the Danbury Jr Hat Tricks 4-3. Connolly finished the night with three points while Tyler Gaulin had four assists for the Nordiques. Reese Farrell and Ignat Belov each had a goal and an assist. Hunter Young led Danbury with a goal and an assist while Ben Biester and Andrew Eberling each scored for the Jr. Hat Tricks. Avery Sturtz got the win in goal as the made 31 stops while Adam Johnson had 37 saves for Danbury.
Maryland 3 @ New Jersey 2 - The Maryland Black Bears received 25 saves from goaltender Michael Morelli en route to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Titans. Philip Tornqvist scored in the first period before the Black Bears got goals from Vlad Polegosho and Dylan Wegner in the middle frame. Tommy Bannister and Jake LaRusso were the goal scorers for the Titans. Andrew Takacs got the loss in goal as he made 39 saves in a losing effort.
Anchorage 5 @ Chippewa 2 - The Anchorage Wolverines saw five different players find the back of the net as Clay Allen and Tyler Braccini set the tone early with goals in the first 5 minutes of action. Aiden Westin added a second period tally to make it a three goal lead for the Wolverines. Collin Pederson and Hunter Bischoff added insurance goals in the third to lock up the lead for good. Braden Lindstron and Parker Gnos chhipped in goals in the third but it was too little, too late for Chippewa. Raythan Robbins got the win in net as he made 26 saves. Croix Kochendorfer took the loss in net as he made 22 saves.
Amarillo 1 @ Wichita Falls 6 - Vincent Corcoran logged two goals and an assist as the Wichita Falls dominated the Amarillo Wranglers 6-1 on Friday night. Drew Vieten and Ryan Robinson each had a goal and an assist for the Warriors. Cade Lemmer and Alex Walker also contributed goals for Wichita Falls. Aaron Chiarot notched the lone goal for Amarillo. Matthew O’Donnell needed just 17 saves to earn the win in goal. Max Gutjahr and Jon Howe combined to stop 27 shots on the night.
Odessa 5 @ Shreveport 0 - On the night that the Shreveport Mudbugs raised their 2021 Robertson Cup Championship banner to the rafters, it was the Jackalopes who took over. They shutout the defending champion Mudbugs by a score of 5-0. William Proctor made 29 saves for the Jackalopes while Liam O’Hare and Cristian Tallarico each registered a goal and an assist for Odessa. Ryan Mansfield, Ryan Kusler and John Perdion all lit the lamp as well for the Jackalopes. Simon Bucheler took the loss in goal for Shreveport, he made 23 saves.
St. Cloud 3 @ Aberdeen 1 - The St. Cloud Norsemen went into Aberdeen and got a win against the Wings as St. Cloud scored in every period en route to a 3-1 win over the Aberdeen. After Nate Mann broke the ice for Aberdeen, it was St. Cloud who scored the final three goals of the night coming from the sticks of John Opilka, Logan Kittleson and Hunter Hanson. Ethan Dahlmeir was nearly perfect as he turned aside 21 of 22 shots he faced while Kyle Kozma stopped 32 of 35 shots and was dealt the loss.
Janesville 5 @ MN Wilderness 6 - Nicholas Rexine’s goal with just 2:11 remaining in the third period helped propel the Minnesota Wilderness to a 6-5 win over the Janesville Jets. In a back-and-forth affair, five different members of the Wilderness had at least a goal and an assist including Matthew McQuade, Ethan Wolthers, Cole Crusberg-Rosen, William Person and Bryce Howard. Jonah Aegerter, Grayden Daul and Cy LeClerc all had a goal and an assist for Janesville. Jan Lasak and Brendan Doyle were the other goal scorers for Janesville. Jacob Zacharewicz improved to 3-1 on the young season. Owen Millward and Michael D’Orazio teamed up to make 20 saves for the Jets.
Austin 4 @ North Iowa 3 (SO) - Gavin Morrissey scored in round five of the shootout and it was enough to lift the Austin Bruins over the North Iowa Bulls as the Bruins escaped Mason City with a 4-3 win. Marion Haborak and Chris Carroll traded goals in the first but the Bruins had the advantage after 40 minutes thanks to Nick Catalano’s fourth of the season. Hunter Belger brought the Bulls even again but it was very short lived as Carson Riddle notched his fifth of the year. Sean Vlasich tied things up with just 43 seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra period and earn a point for the Bulls. Hudson Hodges made 27 stops for the Bruins while Hunter Garvey made 34 saves in the loss for North Iowa.
Kenai River 1 @ Fairbanks 4 - In the first game back in the Big Dipper Ice Arena for the new season, and it was all Fairbanks as they topped Kenai River 4-1 on Friday night. Sam Berry netted his first of the season about halfway through the first but the lead was short lived as Tristan Thibeault wasted no time tying the game back up for Kenai River. Owen Neuharth would break the tie late in the second period before Noah Griswold and Alexander Malinowski added insurance goals late in the third. Kayden Hargraves got the win in the blue paint by making 23 saves. Tommy Aitken made 24 saves in his Kenai River debut.