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Friday Finals: Amarillo Moves Up South Standings After Fourth Straight Win

January 27, 2024

Brock James notched two goals for Lone Star including the overtime winner. (Courtesy: Clicks by Candice)

Rochester 4 @ Northeast 2 - The Rochester Jr. Americans stormed back to steal a victory from the Northeast Generals as they scored three times in the final four minutes to pick up a 4-2 on Friday afternoon. Matteo Disipio scored with 3:46 remaining to tie the game at two. Then in the final minute of play Adam Gionta netted the go ahead goal before Luca Leighton finished the job with an empty net tally. Conor Humphrey got a goal for Rochester as well. Jacob Wilson and Joseph McGraw each had a goal and an assist for the Generals. Danick Leroux earned the win in goal as he stopped 20 shots, Toby Hopp suffered the loss in goal as he finished with 33 saves.

New Hampshire 3 @ Danbury 2 - The New Hampshire Mountain Kings held off the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks by a score of 3-2 on Friday night. The Mountain Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 26 minutes into the action as Jack Costanzo netted his sixth of the season in the opening period. Tanner Anctil scored his first of the year to make it a 2-0 game while Cameron Stehle’s fourth of the campaign gave New Hampshire a 3-0 lead. Anthony White and Nicholas Ferrari cut the Hat Tricks deficit to one but they couldn’t solve Stefan Carney in the third period as he would finish the night with 36 saves. Lukas Fersten and Thomas Kiesewetter combined to make 26 saves for Danbury.

New Jersey 2 @ Maryland 4 - After falling behind 2-0 just six minutes into play, the Maryland Black Bears came back to double up the New Jersey Titans, winning the contest 4-2. Dimitry Kebreau started the comeback for Maryland with his 12th goal of the year in the closing minutes of the opening frame. Samuel Seitz chipped in his third of the season to tie the game heading into the final period. Luke Janus would score twice in the third to give Maryland the two points and put them in the win column. Kristofers Krumins and Dominik Bartecko scored for New Jersey in the loss. Colin Ronan grabbed the win in goal as he made 28 saves. Dylan Krick was dealt the loss by making 35 saves for the Titans.

Maine 4 @ Johnstown 5 (SO) - In one of the best games of the night, the Johnstown Tomahawks came away with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Maine Nordiques. Alexey Yarmulnik and Jake Bernadet traded goals before Johnstown scored twice in 22 seconds as Hayes Hundley and Zach Aben found the back of the net. Maine would get within one as David Helledy notched his seventh goal of the season. Helledy would get on the board again and tied the game at three about midway through the third period. Justin Rapp would put Johnstown back in front again with his 10th of the year but Charles Tardif wanted to play more as his goal with exactly one minute remaining forced overtime. After a scoreless three-on-three period, Hundley scored the only goal of the shootout to help the Tomahawks earn the extra point against the Nordiques. Jacob Osborne made 38 saves and stopped all three shooters he faced in the skills competition. Thomas Heaney made 37 saves in the loss for the Nordiques.

North Iowa 3 @ Aberdeen 8 - Five goals in the opening period was more than enough as the Aberdeen Wings blasted the North Iowa Bulls 8-3. Kim Vahakangas led all skaters with two goals and an assist. Jibber Kuhl also netted a pair of goals for the Wings. Jackson Anderson and Salvatore Collora each had a goal and an assist while Nikolai Tishkevich and Leonid Bulgakov each picked up a goal as well. Blake Ulve, Eli Miller and Teddy Richardson scored for the Bulls in the loss. Adam Dybal was the winner in goal as he made 15 saves. Santo Simmchen was dealt the loss as he made 27 stops.

Austin 3 @ Minot 2 - The Austin Bruins snapped their losing skid as they topped the Minot Minotauros by a score of 3-2. Austin Salani opened the scoring with his 19th goal of the season and the Bruins would take that lead into the break. Gustav Noren increased the lead for Austin with his ninth but Will Dawson brought the deficit back to one with a goal of his own. Alex Laurenza put the Bruins back up by two very early into the third period. Chad Muller brought Minot within one again but that’s as close as they would get Trent Wiemken stood tall and finished the evening with 26 saves. Brady James took the loss in goal for the Minotauros as he closed the night with 20 saves.

Oklahoma 0 @ Odessa 2 - The Odessa Jackalopes protected home ice in a 2-0 shutout win over the Oklahoma Warriors. In the opening period, Nick Metelkin scored for Odessa to take a 1-0 lead. In the third, Charlie Smith scored a late Jackalopes goal to get the win, 2-0. Jackalopes goaltender Quentin Sigurdson backstopped 26 shots on his way to the shutout win. 

New Mexico 2 @ Lone Star 3 (OT) - The Lone Star Brahmas went down to the wire with the New Mexico Ice Wolves taking a 3-2 overtime win. After a scoreless first period, the Brahmas got ahead 2-0 with Brock James and David Skuhrovec scoring. Later in the period, Olivier Lamothe got the Ice Wolves on the board to end the period, 2-1. With under a minute remaining in the third, Ryan Johnson scored for New Mexico to force overtime, 2-2. In the extra frame, Brock James scored his second of the night and the game winner for a 3-2 final. Lone Star goaltender Devis Rolovs turned away 25 of the 27 shots he faced in the win.

Amarillo 2 @ Corpus Christi 1 - The Amarillo Wranglers edged past the Corpus Christi IceRays in a 2-1 score on the road. In the second period, Zakhar Polshakov scored to get the IceRays ahead 1-0. In the third, Romah Zap and Jack Ivey both scored to get the Wranglers the win, 2-1. Connor McDonough stopped 24 shots in the win. 

Shreveport 1 @ El Paso 0 - The Shreveport Mudbugs blanked the El Paso Rhinos on the road in a 1-0 final. The lone goal of the game came in the second period with Ryan Burke scoring his 16th of the year. Mudbugs goalie Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau stopped all 19 shots he faced in the win. 

Minnesota 1 @ Chippewa 2 - Chippewa defenseman Scott Miner was on the points sheet for both goals in the Steel’s 2-1 win over the Wilderness. In the 1st, Joey Sylvester buried his 2nd of the season to put Chippewa ahead. Miner found the back of the net late in the middle frame to extend the lead. Logan Nagle gave Minnesota life with a goal early on in the 3rd period but Ajay White and the Steel were able to hang on and pick up the win. White made 22 saves on 23 shots in the victory while Nick Erickson kept out 20 shots in the loss. 

Janesville 4 @ Springfield 3 - Despite allowing a late rally and squandering a two-goal lead, Janesville rallied back to score crucial goals late in the 3rd and take down Springfield 4-3. Ethan Begg and Conner Brown both lit the lamp for the visitors in the 1st. Drew Berres and Logan Ganz scored goals 35 seconds apart to tie the game for the Jr. Blues before Nick Sajevic scored minutes later to regain Janesville’s lead. Noah Gibbs deposited an empty netter and while Hadley Hudak scored to come within one goal again, Springfield was unable to complete the comeback. Matthew Alberti made an astounding 44 saves in the win while JJ Cataldo kept out 27 in the loss. 

Wisconsin 6 @ Fairbanks 1 - Quinn Disher tallied his first career career hat trick in the NAHL in Wisconsin’s 6-1 rout over Fairbanks. Will Schumacher, Maxwell Martin, and Disher all buried goals in the 1st period. Everett Pietila and Disher added to the lead in the middle frame while Reece Cordray got the Ice Dogs on the board. Disher picked up the hat trick in the 3rd, leading to a 6-1 final scoreline. Linards Lipskis was nearly perfect for the Windigo, stopping 25 of 26 shots in the win. Tyler Krivtsov kept out 24 shots for the Ice Dogs. 

Anchorage 2 @ Kenai River 1 - The visiting Wolverines trailed after 20 minutes but rallied for two 2nd period goals, which was enough to take down Kenai River 2-1. Roope Tuomioks tallied his 4th of the season to put the Brown Bears ahead through 20 minutes. Artem Schipanov and Romulus Riego De Dios tallied goals in short succession to flip the tide for Anchorage. Liam Beerman was stellar in net for Anchorage, making 32 saves on 33 shots in the win. Conor Sullivan kept out 26 of 28 for Kenai River. 

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