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Friday Finals: Grit stay hot with road win in Oklahoma

September 23, 2023

Maryland forward Adam Schankula had two goals, including the game-winner and two assists as the Black Bears edged the Jr. Americans on Friday, 5-4.

Friday Box Scores

Colorado 3 @ Oklahoma 2 – Jack Erickson made 28 saves as the Grit stayed hot and moved into 2nd place in the South with a 3-2 win in Oklahoma, spoiling the Warriors home opener. After an opening goal from Oklahoma’s Kaden Nelson, the Grit rattled off three straight goals from Landon West, Romulus Riego De Dios, and Wilder Jacober to take a 3-1 lead. Max Vig would score late for Oklahoma to make it a 3-2 final. Daniel Duris made 18 saves in the loss.

Maryland 5 @ Rochester 4 – Adam Schankula had two goals, including the game-winner and two assists as the Black Bears edged the Jr. Americans on Friday, 5-4. Schankula scored in the 1st and 3rd periods and Matthew Croxall, Trayce Johnson, and Luke Janus scored in the 2nd period for Maryland. Rochester goals came from Gabriel Cull, Landon Brownlee, Noah Vom Scheidt, and Sawyer Boulton. Maryland goalie Jack Wieneke made 30 saves in the win.

Odessa 3 @ New Mexico 2 (SO) - The Odessa Jackalopes took a shootout win against the New Mexico Ice Wolves, 4-3. In the first period the Jackalopes got on the board with Trevor Mitchell (2:20) scoring his first of the season. Nearing the halfway mark of the period, Theodore Manlove (9:31) extended the Jackalopes lead, 2-1 with his first of the year. Late in the second frame, Michael Schermerhorn (13:58) got the Ice Wolves on the board for a 2-1 score. The Jackalopes found the back of the net again to extend their lead 3-1 with a goal from Cameron Dunn (19:36). Nearing the end of the second period, Rasmus Leijonhielm (18:40) added a New Mexico goal to end the period with a 3-2 score. In the third, and with time nearly expiring, Ryan Johnson (19:37) evened the game 3-3 forcing overtime. After a scoreless three-on-three period, the game went to a shootout. In the shooter-vs-goalie period, Adam Armijo and John Christen both scored to get the Jackalopes the win, 4-3. Goaltender Quentin Sigurdson turned away 34 of the 37 shots he faced in the win. 

New Jersey 6 @ Northeast 1 - The New Jersey Titans dominated the Northeast Generals in a 6-1 final score. New Jersey opened the scoring in the opening frame with a goal from Arhip Sidarovich (5:13). Soon after, the Generals evened the game 1-1 when Jett Otwell (5:41) found the back of the net. Later in the period, Logan Renkowski (14:47) scored an unassisted goal for a 2-1 Titans lead. After a scoreless second period, the action picked back up in the third where it was all New Jersey Titans on the scoresheet. Dominik Bartecko (10:08), Nikita Meshcheryakov (11:01), Reece Brednich (13:44) and Christian Wood (17:52) all scored for a final score of 6-1. Titans goaltender Zakari Brice was near perfect in net after stopping 21 of 22 shots. 

Fairbanks 4 @ Wisconsin 1 - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs picked up a win against the Wisconsin Windigo in a 4-1 score. Marc Lund (6:29) got Fairbanks ahead 1-0 in the first. In the second, the Ice Dogs extended their lead with Lance Mengel (5:09). Past the midway mark of the period, Wisconsin got on the scoresheet with Will Schumacher (13:35) getting on the board, 2-1. Soon after, the Ice Dogs went to work and did not look back with Cole Burke (14:08) and Lance Mengel (18:13) scoring his second of the night for a Fairbanks win 4-1. Tyler Krivstov was fantastic between the pipes stopping 20 shots in the contest. 

Anchorage 3 @ Janesville 7 - The Janesville Jets topped the Anchorage Wolverines by a final score of 7-3. It was a back-and-forth in the first period that was tied 2-2 with Tyler Hennen (6:43) and Taisetsu Ushio (9:47) scoring for Anchorage and Ikki Kogawa (7:36) and Merril Steenari (13:34) for Janesville. In the second it was all Janesville scoring with Grady Gallatin (1:25), Conner Brown (3:39), Christian Venticinque (6:03) and Ikki Kogawa (7:45) for a 6-2 score. In the third, Anchorage got on the board again with Taisetsu Ushio (8:46) making it 6-3. Late in the period, Christian Venticinque (18:25) scored his second of the night for a Janesville win, 7-3. Matthew Alberti had a great night in net stopping 31 shots. 

Kenai River 4 @ Springfield 1 - A third period swarm of goals put Kenai River Brown Bears ahead of the Springfield Jr. Blues, 4-1. The first period saw goals from Isaac Keller (14:12) of Springfield and Hayden Walters (18:34) of Kenai for a 1-1 score. In the third period, Kenai netted goals from Andy Larson (7:00), Nicholas Stevens (11:28) and Tiziano Pauchard (18:59) for a 4-1 final. Peter Wickstom Stumer turned away 21 shots in the victory. 

El Paso 3 @ Corpus Christi 2 - The El Paso Rhinos edged past the Corpus Christi IceRays with a third period goal in a 3-2 final. Tory Lund (2:40) opened up the scoring in the first period to get the Rhinos ahead 1-0. In the middle period, Pierson Sobush (5:16) evened the game for the IceRays. Minutes after, Mathieu Bourgault (7:34) got Corpus ahead, 2-1. Later in the period, Camden Bajzer (12:04) evened the game for El Paso, 2-2. In the third period, Medrick Bolduc (14:31) scored the game winning goal for the Rhinos, 3-2. Goaltender Micheal Manzi allowed two goals off of 31 shots in the win. 

St. Cloud 1 @ Austin 2 (SO) – Bruins goalie Trent Wiemken made 31 saves and stopped all three shooters in the shootout as the Bruins picked up a 2-1 win in their home-opener over the Norsemen. Isaak Brassard had the lone regulation goal for Austin in the 1st period, while Louis Wehmann answered for St. Cloud. In the shootout, Gustav Noren was the only one of five shooters to score. Norsemen goalie Ryan Manzella made 22 saves in the loss.

Lone Star 1 @ Shreveport 3 – Mudbugs goalie Carson Dorfman made 22 saves to lead his team to a 3-1 win in their home-opener over the Brahmas. Ian Emery scored first for the Mudbugs in the 1st period. Beau Kravlovec answered in the 2nd period for the Brahmas to make it 1-1. In the 3rd period, goals from Nick Marino and Logan Heroux secured the win for Shreveport, who moved into 3rd place with the win.

Bismarck 5 @ Aberdeen 2 – Five different players scored for the Bobcats and Klayton Knapp made 35 saves as Bismarck spoiled the Wings home-opener with a 5-2 win. Aberdeen jumped ahead 2-0 early in the 1st period with goals from Bennett Koupal and Leonid Bulgakov, but it was all Bobcats after that. Goals later in the 1st period from Evan Hunter, Kyle Doll, and Julian Beaumont have Bismarck a 3-2 lead. Goals in the 3rd period from Connor Farren and Thomas Neu solidified the 5-2 win.

Johnstown 6 @ Philadelphia 3 – Ryan Panico and Alex Legkov each had two goals as the Tomahawks doubled up the Rebels on Friday, 6-3. After an opening goal from Johnstown’s Alex Legkov, the Rebels took a 2-1 lead with goals from Otto Polakovs and Klaus Jogi. The Tomhawks then rattled off five of the next six goals, including two from Panico, another from Legkov, and others from Isaac Holt and Taybor Aldrich. Kris Samitis had the other goal in the Rebels loss. Jacob Osborne made 34 saves in the win.

Danbury 1 @ New Hampshire 2 – Aidan Wright made 20 saves to backstop the Mountain Kings to a 2-1 win in their home-opener over Danbury. New Hampshire jumped ahead 1-0 thanks to a 1st period goal from Josh Doolan. Danbury tied the game in the 2nd period on a goal from Pierre Larocque. In the 3rd period, the game-winner came off the stick of Tommy McDonough. Danbury goalie Miles Roberts made 26 saves in the loss.

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