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Friday Finals: Jets cool down 1st place Wilderness

November 25, 2023

Colorado Grit goalie Max Lacroix made 36 saves in a 5-0 shutout win over Corpus Christi on Friday.

Friday Box Scores

Minnesota 3 @ Janesville 6 – Thanks to three-point nights from Nick Sajevic and Samuel Sisik, the Jets took down and doubled up the division-leading Wilderness, 6-3. It was all Jets in the first half of the game as they opened up a 5-1 lead, which included two goals from Sajevic and others from James Taylor, Jake Merens, and Conner Brown. Ashton Dahms scored twice and Oliver Stumpel added the other goal for the Wilderness, but a 3rd period goal from the Jets’ Brady Engelkes secured the win. Matthew Alberti picked up the win in goal making 29 saves.

Corpus Christi 0 @ Colorado 5 – Max Lacroix stopped all 36 shots that came his way as the Grit snapped their losing skid with a 5-0 win over the IceRays. Five different players scored for the Grit, which included Christian Carter in the 1st period, Bowen Burke and Wilder Jacober in the 2nd period and Luke Helgeson and Nicholas Capasso in the 3rd period. Bryant Marks made 27 saves in the loss.

Rochester 3 @ Johnstown 1: The Rochester Jr. Americans added a goal in each period to get a 3-1 win against the Johnstown Tomahawks. Luca Leighton scored in the opening frame to get Rochetser on the board, 1-0. In the second, Alex Zakrzewski scored to add to the Jr. Americans lead, 2-0. In the third, Justin Rapp got the Tomahawks on the board for a 2-1 score. Nearing the end of the game, Kenan Dewberry scored for Rochester to get the win, 3-1. Cole O’Donnell was great in net as he turned away 26 shots.

New Jersey 1 @ Philadelphia 2 (OT): The Philadelphia Rebels took the two points up for grabs after an overtime win against the New Jersey Titans. Both squads scored in the second period to tie the game 1-1 with Kris Samitis scoring for Philadelphia and Jack Hillier for New Jersey. The game went into overtime where Shawn Ramsey scored in the extra frame to take the win, 2-1. Philadelphia Goaltender Jack Fialkoff stopped 36 shots in the contest. Dylan Krick made 28 saves in the loss.

Danbury 2 @ Maryland 1 (OT): The Danbury Hat Tricks upset the Maryland Black Bears in a 2-1 overtime win on the road. Danbury got on the board first with a goal from Alexios Georgaklis for a 1-0 score. In the second, Jesse Horacek evened the game with a Black Bear goal, 1-1. The game saw an overtime period where the visitors were victorious with Emerson Molas netting the game winner. Hat Tricks netminder Miles Roberts was dialed in between the pipes, backstopping 42 shots. Colin Ronan made 15 saves in the loss.

Wisconsin 4 @ Chippewa 3 (SO) – In a battle of state rivals, the Windigo came out on top, 4-3 in a shootout thanks to 37 saves from Maxwell Beckford. Jacob Jastrzebski, and Cashen Naeve scored in the regulation for the Windigo, while Gavin Middendorf, Noah Grolnic, and Peyton Platter scored for the Steel. In the shootout, the Windigo would score two out of four tries, including the shootout-winner from Jastrzebski. Steel goalie Carter Wishart made 26 saves in the loss.

St. Cloud 5 @ Austin 1 – 25 saves from Ryan Manzella and four goals in the 2nd period propelled the Norsemen to a 5-1 road win in Austin on Friday. St. Cloud took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st period with a goal from Sangyeob Kim. Austin tied the game early in the 2nd period with a goal from Alex Laurenza. After that, it was all Norsemen as they rattled off four consecutive goals from Wes Berg, Michael Coleman, Braden Panzer, and Hagen Moe to complete the win.

Shreveport 1 @ Odessa 0 (SO) – It was a goaltenders’ duel in Odessa as both goalies got credit for a shutout as the Mudbugs blanked the Jackalopes, 1-0 in a shooutout thanks to 30 saves from Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau. Quentin Sigurdson made 36 saves in the shootout loss. The lone shootout goal of the game came off the stick of Hayden Nichol.

Oklahoma 0 @ Lone Star 1 – It was another goaltenders duel in the South as 24 saves from Jack Wieneke was enough to help the Brahmas beat the Warriors, 1-0. The lone goal of the game came midway through the 1st period as Max Hamstad scored with assists to Alex Keskintepe and Bryce Ingles. Warriors goalie Daniel Duris made 29 saves in the loss.

Aberdeen 2 @ Minot 4 – The 1st place Minotauros got back to their winning way as they opened up a 3-0 lead and never looked back in a 4-2 win over the Wings. Minot took a 3-0 lead late into the 2nd period with goals from Chad Muller, Jack O’Hanisain, and John Small. The Wings cut the lead down to 3-2 with goals from Kie Vahakangas and Isak Holmstrom, but a late goal from Minot’s Colby Woogk secured the win. James Norton made 26 saves in the win.

Amarillo 1 @ El Paso 2 (OT) – In another low scoring affair in the South, the Rhinos got 21 saves from Kael DePape in 2-1 overtime win over the Wranglers.El Paso opened the scoring in the 1st period with a goal from Tim Mathys. Amarillo answered in the 3rd period with their lone goal from Corson McGuire. In overtime, Camden Bajzer would net the game-winner with under a minute to go. Wranglers goalie Connor McDonough made 19 saves in the loss.

Kenai River 1 @ Fairbanks 4 – Marc Lund scored two goals and Tyler Krivtsov made 32 saves to lead the Ice Dogs to a 4-1 win over the Brown Bears. Kenai River held a 1-0 lead after the 1st period thanks to a goal from Hayden Walters. Fairbanks led 2-1 after two periods thanks to Lund’s first goal of the night and another from Wyatt Carlson. In the 3rd period, the Ice Dogs put the game away thanks to another goal from Lund and one from Nick Blood.

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