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Friday Finals: Warriors stay hot with third straight win over Brahmas

January 13, 2024

Bismarck forward Tommy Cronin had a hat-trick in a 5-1 win on Friday night.

Friday Box Scores

Oklahoma 4 @ Lone Star 1 – The resurgent Warriors picked up their third straight win over the Brahmas thanks to 25 saves from Daniel Duris. Oklahoma opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Adam Severson and Zach Homer. In the 2nd period, the lead swelled to 4-0 thanks to goals from Kaden Nelson and William Ahlrik. The Brahmas lone goal came in the 3rd period off the stick of David Skuhrovec.  

North Iowa 1 @ Bismarck 5 – Bobcats forward Tommy Cronin had a hat-trick to lead his team to a 5-1 home win over the visiting Bulls. Cronin opened the scoring in the 1st period to make it 1-0. The Bulls tied the game later in the period with their lone goal of the contest from Jack Seaverson. In the 2nd period, the Bobcats opened up a 3-1 lead with the second goal from Cronin and one from Landon Fandel. In the 3rd period, Cronin completed his hat-trick and Matthew Rafalski also found the back of the net. Bobcats netminder Klayton Knapp made 29 saves in the win.  

Minnesota 1 @ Wisconsin 7: The Windigo increased their win streak to five games Friday night with a dominant 7-1 victory over the Wilderness. Peteris Purmalis and Jacob Jastrzebski traded goals in the 1st period to keep the game level through 20 minutes. From then on it was all Wisconsin as Max Martin potted a pair of goals in the 2nd with Braydon Beahm and Jastrzebski extending the lead with scores. Will Schumacher and Zachary Cline both buried goals in the final frame to put the game out of reach. Max Beckford had a quiet night between the pipes, stopping 14 shots in the win. Nick Erickson and Adam Moller combined for 27 saves in the loss. 

Philadelphia 3 @ Rochester 2 (SO) - The Rebels got 28 saves from Jakub Krbecek in a 3-2 shootout win in Rochester. Goals from Kris Samitis and Shawn Ramsey gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead. Rochester came back later in the contest to tie the game at 2-2 with goals from Luca Leighton and Tyler Procious. In the shootout, Paddy Fortune and Ramsey scored for the Rebels to secure the extra point. Rochester goalie Florian Wade made 25 saves in the loss.

Chippewa 5 @ Springfield 4 (OT): Despite the Jr. Blues erasing a two-goal deficit in the 3rd period, the Steel were able to come out on top thanks to Aidan Willis’ overtime winner. Logan Sutton and Hadley Hudak both scored for Springfield in the 1st while Chippewa’s Gavin Middendorf kept it a one-goal game. The Steel tallied three consecutive in the middle frame from Talan Blanck, Ryan Berglund, and Tomas Trunda. In the 3rd, Roy Chung and Simzon Koch rallied the Jr. Blues with goals to tie the game and send it to overtime. Both goalies faced flurries of shots throughout the game as Chippewa’s Carter Wishart kept out 43 in the win while JJ Cataldo stopped 37 for the Jr. Blues. 

Anchorage 4 @ Fairbanks 2: The Wolverines trailed by a pair of goals in the 1st and rallied back to score four consecutive goals and win 4-2. Colton Mauser and Caden Pendo made it 2-0 in favor of the Ice Dogs in the 1st period with scores. Trenton Powell cut the deficit in half before intermission with his 8th of the season. Oliver Salo, Tyler Hennen, and Fyodor Nikolayenya turned on the heat in the middle frame as they scored consecutive goals within minutes of each other. Vaughn Makar was the victor between the pipes, stopping an impressive 41 of 43 shots faced in the win. Tyler Krivtsov kept out 19 for Fairbanks.  

New Mexico 4 @ Corpus Christi 3 (SO) - The Ice Wolves got 35 saves from Jackson Fuller in a 4-3 shootout win in Corpus Christi. The IceRays opened up the scoring on a goal from Gage Parillo. New Mexico responded with goals from Graham Harris and Ryan Seelinger to make it 2-1 after one period. In the 2nd period, the IceRays took a 3-2 lead on goals from Griffin Zaske and Anthony Cafarelli. New Mexico tied the game at 3-3 thanks to a 3rd period goal from Yusaku Ando. In the shootout, goals from Brady Borgestad and Zach Boren secured the win for New Mexico. 

St. Cloud 3 @ Minot 2 – Hagen Moe had a goal and an assist and Ryan Manzella made 31 saves as St. Cloud snapped the nine-game winning streak of the Minotauros in a 3-2 road win. St. Cloud scored first on a goal from Hudson Blue in the 1st period. In the 2nd period, Minot tied the game at 1-1 on a goal from Cayden Casey. St. Cloud responded with goals from Moe and Gavin Gunderson to take a 3-1 lead. In the 3rd period, Minot made it 3-2 on a late goal from Joel Lehtinen, but could not find the equalizer. 

Colorado 1 @ Amarillo 6 – Defenseman Nolan Gagnon scored twice and forward Jack McDonald added three assists as the Wranglers handled the Grit on Friday, 6-1. Gagnon and Trace Day scored in the 1st period to give Amarillo a 2-0 lead. The Grit made it 2-1 later in the period thanks to the first NAHL goal for Duncan Shin. It was all Wranglers after that as Kyle DeMarco scored later in the period to make it 3-1. In the 2nd period, the Wrangler lead swelled to 5-1 with goals from Jack Ivey and Roman Zap. Gagnon would add his second goal in the 3rd period to make it a 6-1 final. Connor McDonough made 32 saves in the win. 

Odessa 4 @ Shreveport 3 – The Jackalopes snapped their four-game slide thanks to a 4-3 road win in Shreveport on Friday. The Jackalopes opened up a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Charlie Smith and John Wojciechoski in the 1st period. Later in the period, Shreveport made it a 2-1 game on a goal from Ryan Burke. In the 2nd period, Odessa seized control with goals from Hunter Whisenand and Hayden DeMars to make it 4-1. In the 3rd period, the Mudbugs attempted a comeback with goals from Kyan Haldenby and Logan Heroux to make it 4-3, but could not net the equalizer. Quentin Sigurdson made 26 saves in the win. 

Aberdeen 6 @ Austin 5 – The Wings moved into 4th place in the Central Division thanks to two goals from Matthew Wisener in a 6-5 road win in Austin. The game was tied at 2-2 after one period as Wisener and Grant Winkler scored for Aberdeen with Dylan Cook and Damon Furuseth scoring for Austin. Aberdeen then took a 5-2 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Leonid Bulgakov, Logan Gravink, and another from Wisener. Austin attempted to come back with goals from Alex Laurenza, Jackson Luther, and Austin Salani, but the Wings got the game-winner from Jibber Kuhl’s first goal of the season in the 3rd period. Adam Dybal made 42 saves in the win. 

Johnstown 5 @ Danbury 1: The Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks by a score of 5-1. In the opening period, Zach Aben scored for the Tomahawks to get a 1-0 lead. In the second, Frankie Hipp added to the Johnstown lead for a 2-0 score. Danbury got on the scoreboard with Grant Dietz to get within a goal, 2-1. The Tomahawks added back-to-back goals with Reid Lune and Justin Rapp for a 4-1 lead to end the period. In the third, Alexey Yarmulnik added to the Tomahawks lead to end the game with a 5-1 final score. Johnstown netminder stopped 33 shots in the win. 

Maine 6 @ New Hampshire 0: The Maine Nordiques kept their hot streak going with a shutout win over the New Hampshire Mountain Kings, 6-0. Three goals were scored in the first period with Kellen Murphy, Nils Forselius and John Paul Steel for a 3-0 Maine lead. In the second, the Nordiques added another three goals with Liam Gilmartin, Kellen Murphy and Arseni Vorobyov to end the game with a 6-0 victory. Maine goaltender Thomas Heaney picked up the win, posting a 30-shot shutout win. 

Maryland 1 @ Northeast 3: The Northeast Generals defended home ice scoring a goal in each period to take a 3-1 win against the Maryland Black Bears. Ryan Remick got the scoring going in the first period for the Generals for a 1-0 lead. In the second, Joseph McGraw netted the Generals second goal of the game to extend the lead to 2-0. Jesse Horacek got Maryland on the board with a third period goal to get the game to 2-1. With less than a minute remaining in the game, Sixten Jennersjo scored to seal the win for the Generals, 3-1. Northeast Generals goaltender stopped 38 shots in the win. 

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