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Friday Finals: Cherokee blank Jets

December 20, 2013

Metro Jets 0 @ Toledo Cherokee 1: In a true goaltending battle it came down to the last minute of the game but it was the Toledo Cherokee who pulled out a 1-0 victory at home over the Metro Jets. With each team firing over 30 shots at the net it was the goaltenders that came up big all game with Metro Jets goaltender Kameron Limburg stopping 33 shots and Clay Horvath stopping all 32 shots to pick up the shutout victory. In the final minute it was Toledo forward Austin Turner who found the back of the net with 48 seconds left to break the 0-0 tie and give the Cherokee the win. Boxscore

Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks 5 @ Pittsburgh Vengeance 3: The Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period and never relinquished that lead as they stole a road victory against the Pittsburgh Vengeance. The game opened as Cleveland and Pittsburgh traded goals in the first until Nick Balavich and Nick Bau broke the 1-1 tie to give Cleveland a 3-1 lead going into the first intermission. The Lumberjacks and Vengeance traded goals back and forth in the second but the Vengeance couldn’t break through to slim down the lead. Cleveland goaltender Joseph Moza stopped 38 shots to pick up the victory. The Vengeance scored all their goals while on the man advantage with Gavin Cummings picking up two assists to lead the Vengeance offense. Boxscore

North Iowa Bulls 6 @ Minnesota Flying Aces 0: The North Iowa Bulls continued their winning ways using the power play and posting a shutout in a victory over the Minnesota Flying Aces. The Bulls opened the game with a goal from Zach Jones to get the bulls into the intermission with a 1-0 lead. The second period was when the Bulls broke out and scored four power play goals to put the game away. A final goal by Ian Penvose more than sealed the game for the Bulls. North Iowa goaltender Jared Schletty stopped 25 shots for the shutout victory. Minnesota goaltender Jaxson Gosnell stopped 41 shots in the loss. Boxscore

Alexandria Blizzard 8 @ Twin City Steel 7 (OT): In one of the most exciting games of the NA3HL season the Alexandria Blizzard made a large 3rd period comeback and then found a goal in overtime to shock the Twin City Steel 8-7. After being down 2-1 after the 1st period the Twin City Steel broke out and scored five goals in the 2nd period to carry a three-goal lead into the third. The game Blizzard would bring the game down to a goal when Joe Anderson was given a penalty shot that he converted on to tie the game and complete his hat trick on the night. The game went into overtime and it was Aammir Freese who found the back of the net for the Blizzard to pull out the victory over Twin City. Twin City forward Chase Myers-Beck also scored a hat trick on the night. Boxscore

Battle Creek Jr. Revolution 0 @ Wisconsin Whalers 7: The Wisconsin Whalers found their scoring touch with seven different players finding the back of the net for Wisconsin in their 7-0 win over Battle Creek. The Whalers got off to a good start as they scored four goals in the first period. They would scored two more capped off by a goal from Ryan Martin, who was the only Whalers player with a multi point game as he picked up an assist on the first goal of the contest. A goal in the third period capped off the game for the Whalers. Battle Creek goaltender Nathan Mortland turned in the highest save total for the NA3HL season as he stopped 72 shots on the night upping the previous total from 70. Wisconsin goaltender Tyler Lewis stopped 17 shots to get the shutout victory. Boxscore

 
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