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Friday Finals: Mudbugs run win streak to 5 with sweep

December 16, 2023

With two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win on Friday, Windigo forward Max Martin leads the NAHL in scoring with 49 points in 30 games played.

Friday Box Scores

Colorado 0 @ Shreveport 5 – The Mudbugs won their 5th straight game as they completed a weekend sweep of the Grit thanks to 26 saves from Nikola Goich in a 5-0 shutout on Friday. Andrew Seminara led the way offensively, scoring his first two NAHL goals. Lucas Deeb added a goal in the 1st period and Colin Vassallo and Brent Litchard scored in the 3rd period for the Mudbugs. Grit goalie Max Lacroix took the loss, making 31 saves.

Fairbanks 3 @ Wisconsin 5 – The Windigo got two goals and two assists from forward and NAHL leading scorer Max Martin in a 5-3 win over the visiting Ice Dogs. The Windigo jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to two goals from Martin and one from Everett Pietila. The Ice Dogs tried to claw back with goals from Jack Thomas, Brent Gulenchyn, and Wyatt Carlson, but the Windigo netted two goals in the 3rd period from Tyler Grahme and Cashen Naeve to secure the 5-3 win. Windigo goalie Max Beckford made 16 saves in the win.

Philadelphia 2 @ Maine 3: The Maine Nordiques scored a goal in the first and then put away three more to take a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Rebels. In the first Nils Forselius netted the single goal in the first for the Nordiques to take a 1-0 lead. In the second it was all Maine, as David Helledy, Charles Tardif and Cole Hipkin scored to extend the lead, 4-0. In the third, the Rebels got on the scoresheet with Jared Coccimiglio and Billy Sheridan. Maine goaltender Thomas Heaney got the win in net after turning away 29 shots. 

Maryland 5 @ Johnstown 4: The Maryland Black Bears squeaked out a 5-4 win over the Johnstown Tomahawks after a strong first and second period. In the first, Maryland got on the board first with a goal from Luke Rubin. Lukas Klemm evened the game with a Johnstown goal, 1-1. The Black Bears answered back with Luke Amell and Riley Ruh scoring for a 3-1 lead to end the first. In the second, Nick White got the Tomahawks within a goal, 3-2. Later in the period, Dimitry Kebreau scored followed by Sebastian Brockman, extending the Maryland lead, 5-2. With under ninety seconds in the period, Nick White battled for a late Johnstown goal to end the period with a 5-3 score. With momentum in their favor, the Tomahawks scored a third period goal with Taybor Aldrich getting the game within a goal, 5-4. Maryland stood their ground to keep the game in their favor for a 5-4 final. Black Bears goalie Colin Ronan shrugged off 24 shots in the contest. 

New Hampshire 1 @ New Jersey 2 (OT): In an overtime thriller, the New Jersey Titans took the full two points up for grabs after winning 2-1 against the New Hampshire Mountain Kings. After a scoreless first period, the action picked up in the second with Landon Steffen scoring for the Mountain Kings to go up 1-0. In the third, Jack Hillier evened up the game with a Titans goal for a 1-1 score to force overtime. In the extra frame, Dominik Bartecko netted his tenth goal of the season for a Titans win, 2-1. New Jersey goaltender Dylan Krick stopped 24 shots in the game. 

Danbury 2 @ Rochester 1: The Danbury Hat Tricks scored twice in the second period to take a win over the Rochester Jr. Americans, 2-1. Rochester scored in the opening frame with Brian Grant to get the Americans ahead, 1-0. In the second, the Hat Tricks scored twice, once with Emerson Molas, to take the win 2-1. Danbury goaltender CJ Krier took the win in net after turning away 24 shots in the game. 

Austin 2 @ Aberdeen 5: The Aberdeen Wings flew past the Austin Bruins by a final score of 5-2. The game was tied up after the first period, 1-1, after Matys Brassard scored for the Bruins and Isak Holmstrom for the Wings. In the second the Wings went to work scoring three unanswered with Simon Pollock, Weston Turner and Nick Comfort for a 4-1 score. In the third, Austin Salani netted the final goal for the Bruins to make the score 4-2. With under a minute left in the game, Kie Vahakangas scored to get the Wings a win on home ice, 5-2. Aberdeen goaltender Adam Dybal was great in net, stopping 38 shots in the contest. 

St. Cloud 3 @ Bismarck 2: The St. Cloud Norsemen netted two goals in the third period to top the Bismarck Bobcats, 3-2. In the first period, Bismarck got on the board with a goal from Evan Hunter. In the second, Tommy Cronin added to the Bobcats lead, 2-0. Keaton Orrey scored to end the period getting the Norsemen on the board, 2-1. In the third period it was all St. Cloud as the Norsemen added back-to-back goals with Andrew Cumming and Hagen Moe to get the win, 3-2. Norsemen goaltender Ryan Manzella stopped 32 shots in the victory. 

North Iowa 0 @ Minot 5: The Minot Minotauros blanked the North Iowa Bulls by a final score of 5-0. In the first period the Minotauros scored four goals with Joel Lehtinen, Trevor Stachowiak, Adam Mahler and Will Dawson for a 4-0 lead. In the second, Joel Lehtinen scored his second goal of the night, and the final goal of the game for a 5-0 Minot win. Minotauros goaltender Brady James posted a 15-shot shutout win. 

Minnesota 4 @ Chippewa 3 (OT) - The Wilderness scored four of the game’s last five goals as they stayed in 1st place in the Midwest Division with a 4-3 overtime win over the Steel. Things looked good early for the Stel as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Tomas Trunda and Peyton Platter. The Wilderness answered with three straight goals from Colten Nestler, Dylan Moran, and Daniel Astopovich to take a 3-2 lead. Joe Kelly tied the game for the Steel in the 3rd period. Just :43 seconds into overtime, Adam Johnson netted the game-winner. Nick Erickson made 24 saves in the win.

Anchorage 4 @ Springfield 3 – For a second straight night, the Wolverines beat the Jr. Blues. It was all Anchorage in the opening half of the game as two goals from Cole Christian and one from Blake Markwell gave the visitors a 3-0 lead. The Jr. Blues fought back with goals from Jake Peterson, Hadley Hudak, and Landry Schmuck, but a 3rd period goal from Danny Bagnole secured the win for the Wolverines. Liam Beerman picked up the win in goal.

Kenai River 2 @ Janesville 4 – Max Wagener scored two goals to lead the Jets to a 4-2 home win over the Brown Bears. The Jets jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Christian Venticinque and Wagener. Kenai River stayed close with goals from Dylan Contreras and Nicholas Stevens, but the Jets were able to pull away with another goal from Wagener and one from Conner Brown. Jets goalie Matthew Alberti made 36 saves in the win.

Amarillo 2 @ Odessa 3 (SO) – Jackalopes goalie Quentin Sigurdson stopped 32 shots through regulation and overtime to lead the Jackalopes to a 3-2 shootout win. Odessa grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Hayden DeMars and Cameron Dunn. The Wranglers fought back to tie the game at 2-2 with a 2nd period goal from Jack Ivey and a 3rd period goal from Ben Ivey. Odessa’s Michael Kadlecik ended up with the shootout-winning goal. Wranglers goalie Connor McDonough made 20 saves in the loss.

Oklahoma 1 @ New Mexico 5 – Five different players scored and goalie Andy Vlaha made 27 saves as the Ice Wolves picked up a 5-1 home win over the Warriors. New Mexico jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to 1st period goals from Kennan Reyelts and Bryce Johnson and a 2nd period goal from Francois Devilliers. Oklahoma struck for their only goal in the 3rd period from Kaden Nelson, but New Mexico would get two more goals from Rasmus Leijonhielm and Yusaku Ando to secure the win.

Corpus Christi 1 @ Lone Star 2 – The Brahmas got 21 saves from Jack Wieneke as they came-from-behind in the 3rd period to edge the IceRays, 2-1. Corpus Christi led 1-0 through most of the contest thanks to a 1st period goal from Billy Biedermann. Lone Star tied the game at 1-1 midway through the 3rd period as Justin Kerr scored. The game-winner came with under four minutes remaining as Jacob MacDonald found the back of the net. Bryant Marks made 32 saves in the IceRays loss.

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