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Friday Finals: Mudbugs roll to 8th straight win

January 6, 2024

North Iowa goalie Dylan Johnson made 40 saves in a 2-1 overtime win on Friday as the Bulls snapped their nine-game losing streak.

Friday Box Scores

Corpus Christi 0 @ Shreveport 5 – The Mudbugs cruised to their eighth straight win as goalie Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau made 24 saves in a 5-0 shutout of the IceRays. The Mudbugs opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Carter McKay and Brayden Cook. Later in the contest, Hayden Nichol scored back-to-back goals to make it 4-0 and Lucas Deeb added a 3rd period goal to make it 5-0. IceRays goalie Bryant Marks made 39 saves in the loss.  

Chippewa 2 @ Janesville 3 (OT) - The 1st place Jets ran their winning streak to six straight games as they edged the Steel in overtime, 3-2. The Jets opened up an early 2-0 lead with 1st period goals from James Taylor and Christian Venticinque. The Steel fought back in the 3rd period tying the game at 2-2 with goals from Peyton Platter and Tomas Trunda. In the overtime, Haden Kruse netted the game-winner with his 15th goal of the season. Matthew Alberti made 36 saves in the win, while Carter Wishart made 27 saves in the loss.  

Maine 2 @ Maryland 4: The Maryland Black Bears defended their den in a 4-2 takedown over the 1st place Maine Nordiques. Maine got onto the scoresheet in the final seconds of the opening period with Shane Kozlina for a 1-0 lead. In the second frame, the Black Bears answered back with a Luke Janus goal for a 1-1 score. Late in the middle period, Jesse Horaceck gave Maryland their first lead of the game, 2-1, to close out the second period. In the third, Kareem El Bashir and Dylan Gordon scored to extend the Maryland lead, 4-1. With seconds to spare, Maine scored their final of the night from Cole Hipkin for a 4-2 final. Owen Lepak was fantastic in net for Maryland after turning away 20 shots on net.  

Aberdeen 1 @ North Iowa 2 (OT): In a tight-knit affair, the North Iowa Bulls took down the Wings in overtime to snap their losing streak on home ice. After a scoreless 1st period, Blake Ulve lit the lamp 47 seconds into the 2nd to give North Iowa a 1-0 lead. Nikolai Tishkevich leveled the scores for Aberdeen six minutes into the 3rd period. 2:37 into the extra frame, Eli Miller found a rebound and put home the game-winner, his 2nd goal of the season. Dylan Johnson was astounding for North Iowa stopping 40 of 41 shots. Adam Dybal kept out 21 shots for the Wings.  

Minot 7 @ St. Cloud 1: The Minotauros overwhelmed St. Cloud on the road Friday night, taking them down 7-1. The Norsemen scored first early on in the contest off the stick of Michael Coleman, his 9th of the season. Colby Bear, Will Dawson, and Colby Woogk had answers and made it a 3-1 game after 20 minutes of play. Chad Muller, Jack O’Hanisain, and Woogk extended the lead in the middle frame with goals and Joel Lehtinen put the finishing touches on the win with a tally early on in the 3rd period. Brady James was near perfect in net for Minot, stopping all but one of 16 shots faced. St. Cloud’s Ryan Manzella and Max Weilandt combined for 19 saves in the defeat. 

Bismarck 3 @ Austin 4 (SO): The Austin Bruins trailed by a pair through 20 minutes but rallied back to level the scores and send the game to a 15-round shootout, picking up a 4-3 win. Julian Beaumont tallied a powerplay and shorthanded goal in the opening frame to provide the visitors some comfort heading into the 2nd. Nathan Williams found twine for the 1st time this season to cut the deficit in half. Will Diamond and Austin Salani scored consecutively for the Bruins in the 3rd before Patrick Johnson tied the game which sent the contest to extra time. After 15 rounds, Tristan Zarsky put the finishing touches on the win with a score. Trent Wiemken kept out 29 shots in the win while Stephen Peck made 30 saves for the Bobcats. 

Kenai River 1 @ Wisconsin 2 – Thanks to 31 saves from goalie Max Beckford, the Windigo won their third straight game with a 2-1 win over the Brown Bears. Newly committed Max Martin opened the scoring for the Windigo in the 2nd period. Ethan DeKay then added the second goal in the 3rd period to make it 2-0. The Brown Bears lone goal came later in the 3rd period from Dylan Contreras. Brown Bears goalie Marks Slavinskis-Repe made 30 saves in the loss. 

Fairbanks 2 @ Springfield 3 (SO) - The Jr. Blues won their second straight contest as they handed the Ice Dogs their third straight loss in a 3-2 shootout win on Friday. Springfield opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Andrew Schultz and Zach Peller. Fairbanks answered back in the 3rd period with goals from Ian Norkevicus and Nick Blood. In the shootout, Aidan Dyer was the lone player to score to give Springfield the win. JJ Cataldo made 26 saves in the win, while Tyler Krivtsov made 21 saves in the loss. 

Anchorage 2 @ Minnesota 3 – Wilderness goalie Nick Erickson made 40 saves to lead his team to a 3-2 win over the Wolverines on Friday. The Wilderness opened up a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Logan Nagle and Daniel Astapovich. The Wolverines would come back to tie the game at 2-2 thanks to goals from Romulus Riego De Dios and Bryce Monrean. In the 3rd period, the Wilderness got the game-winner from Aiden Shirey. Wolverines goalie Liam Beerman made 16 saves in the loss. 

Lone Star 2 @ Oklahoma 3 (SO) - The Warriors came from behind to snap their losing skid and defeat the 1st place Brahmas in a shootout, 3-2. Lone Star had a 2-0 lead after the 1st period thanks to goals from Brock James and Matyas Borak. The Warriors clawed back to tie the game at 2-2 with a 2nd period goal from Adam Severson and a 3rd period tally from Dominic Elliott. In the shootout, goals from Drew Sutton, William Ahlrik, and Owen Carlile secured the win. William Stuski made 23 saves in the win, while Jack Wieneke made 33 saves in the loss. 

El Paso 6 @ New Mexico 3 – Tory Lund had two goals and an assist to lead the Rhinos to their seventh straight win as they beat New Mexico, 6-3. El Paso opened up a 4-1 lead thanks to goals from Lund, AJ Reed, Cade DeWolf, and Bradley Walker, while Graham Harris scored for New Mexico. The Ice Wolves pulled to within 4-3 in the 3rd period with goals from Ryan Seelinger and Yusaku Ando, but the Rhinos pulled away with a goal from Carson Triggs and the second from Lund. Kael DePape made 22 saves in the win. 

Amarillo 7 @ Colorado 6 (OT) - In a wild game in Greeley, the Wranglers got four points from Nolan Gagnon and two goals, including the OT-winner, and an assist from Jack McDonald in a 7-6 win. The Wranglers scored three times in the 1st period with goals from Topi Puikkonen, Alexander Papaspyropoulos, and McDonald. They added two goals in the 2nd period from Jack Ivey and Connor McNaughton, and a 3rd period goal from Gagnon. The Grit got two goals from Noah Grolnic, and others from Marek Thompson, Payton Miller, Landon West, and Will Hadrick. McDonald’s game-winner came just :19 seconds into overtime. Connor McDonough made 22 saves in the win.  

New Jersey 3 @ Johnstown 4 (OT): The Johnstown Tomahawks picked up the full two points after scoring a late third period goal to force overtime and then winning 4-2 against the New Jersey Titans. Johnstown got ahead in the first period 2-0 with Hayes Hundley and Zach Aben scoring. New Jersey got on the board to end the period with a goal from Logan Renkowski for a 2-1 score. In the second period it was all Titans as Arhip Sidarovich and Dominick Rivelli scored to take the lead, 3-2. Late in the final frame, Chase Sandhu scored the game evening goal to force overtime. In the extra frame, Justin Gibson put the Titans away as the Tomahawks won 4-3. Johnstown netminder Jacob Osboren was great, stopping 35 shots. 

New Hampshire 2 @ Rochester 3 (OT): The Rochester Jr. Americans were victorious in an overtime thriller, winning 3-2 over the New Hampshire Mountain Kings. The Mountain Kings got on the board first in the opening frame with a goal from Hunter Fetterolf. In the third period the action picked back up with Daimon Bossie adding to the New Hampshire lead, 2-0. Massimo Gentile and Thomas Rockey both scored for the Jr. Americans for a 2-2 score which forced overtime. In the extra period, Thomas Rockey netted the game winner for a 3-2 final. Rochester goaltender Florian Wade stopped 27 shots in the contest. 

Philadelphia 6 @ Northeast 4: The Philadelphia Rebels took care of business on the road in a 6-4 win over the Northeast Generals. Northeast ended the first period with a 2-0 lead with Ryan Remick and Jacob Wilson scoring. The Rebels got going offensively, scoring 5 unanswered goals with Luke DeVries, Klaus Jogi, Charles Panchisin, Ryan Bunting and Kris Samitis for a 5-2 score. Late in the period, the Generals added their third of the game with Joseph McGraw, making the score 5-3. In the third, Thomas Neu added another for Philly and Jacob Wilson scored another for Northeast to end the game with a final score of 6-4. Rebels goalie Jack Fialkoff turned away 40 of the 44 shots he faced in the win. 

 
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