Friday Finals: Wranglers regain lead in South with shutout
Corpus Christi 0 @ Amarillo 3 – Amarillo regained their lead atop the South division by way of a 3-0 shutout win over Corpus Christi. Jakob Peterson fired one past the goalie 9:29 into the game for his second of the season, and Nikolas Campbell added another tally with just seven seconds remaining in the first period. Dominick Schimizzi earned an insurance goal for the Wranglers in the middle frame with help from teammates Bryson Russell and Anthony Vidrick who picked up two assists on the evening. Max Gutjahr was stellar in net halting 32 pucks to claim his eleventh win of the season in goal for Amarillo. Damon Beaver and Stefan Carney combined for 34 saves in a losing effort for the IceRays.
Bismarck 5 @ Aberdeen 4 – The Bismarck offense put together a five goal run in the second period that pushed them over the edge 5-4 versus Aberdeen on opposing ice. Landry Schmuck and Ronan Walsh converted on chances to put the Wings up 2-0, but Bismarck responded with back-to-back goals 15 seconds apart from Quinn Rudrud to tie it up. The Bobcats offense continued building their momentum with goals coming off the sticks of Eddie Shepler, Paul Huglen, and Owen Michaels. Aberdeen’s Jacob Bosse and Anthony Galante netted tallies in the third period, coming up just short of forcing extra time. Erik Forss was dominant in goal for the Bobcats, grabbing 37 saves in the victory. Keepers Greg Orosz and Dominik Wasik teamed up to make 20 stops for the Wings.
Jamestown 2 @ Northeast 5 – A three-point performance from David Andreychuk guided the Generals to a 5-2 victory against the visiting Rebels on Friday afternoon. Brent Keefer netted his eleventh of the season just 35 seconds into the contest to put Northeast on the board. Jamestown answered with two tallies to open the second frame off the sticks of Landon MacDonald and Marcus Kivela Carlzon. The Generals ended on a four-goal run fueled by Tyler DesRochers, Joe Schubert, and a pair from David Andreychuk. Cullen DeYoung was strong between the pipes turning aside 20 of 22 to secure the Northeast win. Jamestown tender Jon Howe took the loss despite making 30 saves.
MN Magicians 4 @ Janesville 3 – Connor Mahony doubled up on scoring to lift the Magicians over the Jets 4-3 in a tight battle in Wisconsin. Janesville’s Ethan Begg and William Gustavsson found the back of the net just 43 seconds apart to give way to a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Magicians countered with four back-to-back goals as Gavin Best and Trevor Kukkonen both lit the lamp to add to Connor Mahony’s duo. Cy LeClerc scored at the 5:57 mark of the third period with help from Jan Lasak and Will Troutwine to bring the Jets within reach. Henry Levy needed just 18 stops to claim victory from behind the crease for the Magicians, while Michael D’Orazio saved 25 of 29 fired his direction for Janesville in the loss.
Minot 3 @ Austin 1 – Minot goalkeeper Zach Sandy was nearly perfect in front of the net closing the door on 35 of 36 Austin attempts, giving way to a 3-1 win on the road for the Minotauros. Three different Minot skaters contributed to the goal scoring on Friday evening as David Nesburg, Sam Saccone, and Blake Arneson all tickled the twine. Austin Salani scored the lone goal for the Bruins in the final period of play assisted by Damon Furuseth and Sutter Muzzatti. Klayton Knapp did all he could from the blue paint for Austin going 23 for 25.
New Mexico 3 @ Wichita Falls 1 – Tony Leahy posted two goals to put New Mexico ahead of Wichita Falls by a score of 3-1. Jake Keller capitalized on a chance just 8:19 after the puck drop to secure his first of the season for the Ice Wolves. New Mexico forward Tony Leahy struck late in the second period to gain control, but Ryan Robinson scored the only Warriors goal in the last twenty minutes of play with help from Carter Korpi and William Lawson-Body to bring Wichita Falls within one. Leahy found the back of the net again with less than a minute remaining to seal the deal for New Mexico. Beni Halasz continued his winning ways in front of the net for the Ice Wolves as he stopped 28 of 29 to earn the win.
Shreveport 2 @ El Paso 3 (SO) – It was Graham Harris who scored the game winning shootout goal to give El Paso the 3-2 advantage in a tight matchup against Shreveport. With just a single second left in the opening frame, Matt Johnson lit the lamp for the Rhinos with help from Jonathan Horn and Spencer Bellina to put them up by one. After a scoreless middle period, Shreveport came back from behind with goals from Timofei Khokhlachev and Logan Gotinsky, but it was Alex Krause who tickled the twine for El Paso to close out regulation in a draw. Lassi Lehti collected 37 saves to claim his eighth win of the season between the pipes for El Paso. On the other end of the ice, net minder Devon Bobak made 38 stops but still managed to skate away with the loss for Shreveport.
Fairbanks 3 @ Anchorage 1 – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated the Anchorage Wolverines 3-1 in their first meeting of the season. The Wolverines broke the deadlock 2:54 into the second period as Talon Sigurdson scored his NAHL leading 17th goal of the season. The Ice Dogs countered with goals from Tyler Stewart and Camden Shasby to take a 2-1 lead into the final period of play. Tyler Herzberg netted a shorthanded goal to provide some insurance for Fairbanks. Kayden Hargraves was phenomenal as he stopped 30 of 31 shots. Shane Soderwall took the loss in net as he made 22 saves for Anchorage.
Springfield 5 @ Kenai River 3 – The Springfield Jr. Blues opened a big lead early and cruised to a 5-3 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears. Leo Bacallao and Michael Valdez each had a goal and an assist in the victory. Joey Dosan, Zach Bade and Connor Smith all logged a goal in the win as well. Cole Dubicki was the catalyst for the Brown Bears offense as he registered a goal and two assists. Caden Triggs and David Vieten chipped in goals for Kenai River. Ethan Roberts picked up the win in between the pipes as he made 25 saves. Bryant Marks was given the loss as he stopped 17 shots.