Friday Finals: American stay perfect with shutout
September 27, 2014
Great Falls forward Zach Mese leads the charge up the ice on Friday night (photo by Rion Sanders, Great Falls Tribune).
Alexandria 3 @ Breezy Point 4 - The Breezy Point North Stars survived a determined comeback attempt by the Alexandria Blizzard on the way to a 4-3 win. Breezy Point took a 4-2 lead during the third period, only to have Alexandria storm back on a Matt Resch goal 7:15 into the third period to pull to one goal down. The North Stars were sparked by Joe Costello, who had one goal and one assist. Costello scored on the power play 6:02 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Breezy Point. Breezy Point had gotten the advantage when the Blizzard's Eric Hewitt was sent off for slashing. Seyia Hayata assisted on the tally. The Blizzard forced Breezy Point goalie Dakota McDonald to work between the pipes, taking 39 shots. Alexandria was led by Trent Olson, who grabbed two goals. Olson scored the first of his two goals at 9:48 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Breezy Point. Jody Randall provided the assist. Olson's next tally made the score 3-2 Breezy Point with 9:16 left in the second period. A boarding penalty on Jordan Carey had put the Blizzard on the power play. Randall picked up the assist. Dakota McDonald made 36 saves for the North Stars on 39 shots.
Granite City 4 @ Twin City 0 - Sam Goetsch recorded a shutout against the Twin City Steel as the Granite City Lumberjacks picked up a 4-0 win. Granite City was led by Luke Richardson, who racked up one goal and one assist. Richardson scored on the power play 8:14 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Granite City. Granite City additionally got points from Jared Sprink, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Granite City also had goals scored by Blake Phenow and Travis Kothenbeutel, who scored one goal each. Twin City forced the Lumberjacks goalie Goetsch to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.
North Iowa 2 @ St. Louis 4 - The St. Louis Jr. Blues and the North Iowa Bulls were evenly matched throughout their contest, but St. Louis made the most of its opportunities and won, 4-2. Franky Melton secured the win for the Jr. Blues with a goal in the third period. Melton had two goals to lead St. Louis to victory. Others who scored for St. Louis included Sam Maddox and Steven Farina, who each put in one. The Bulls were helped by Joe Burgmeier, who registered one goal. Burgmeier scored on the power play 7:48 into the second period to make the score 2-1 North Iowa. Zachary Johnston also scored for North Iowa. Other players who recorded assists for North Iowa were Hunter Smith, who had one. Billy Hindle recorded 53 saves for St. Louis.
Bozeman 0 @ Great Falls 7 - The Great Falls Americans had a five-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-0 win over the Bozeman Icedogs. The Americans were led by Miles Giorgione, who registered one goal and one assist. Giorgione scored 2:08 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Great Falls. Great Falls also got points from Lucas Lomax, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Devin Panzeca, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, and Wade Wylie, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Great Falls included Dylan Garton, Hunter Garris, and Zack Mese, who each put in one. More assists for Great Falls came via Marvin Simmons, Lucas Stover, Connor Barta, and Adam Apangalook, who contributed one each. Evan Hauser made 21 saves in the shutout for the Americans on 21 shots.
Helena 4 @ Yellowstone 0 - Grant Martens recorded a shutout against the Yellowstone Quake as the Helena Bighorns picked up a 4-0 win. Yellowstone's goalie busy throughout the game, and Sean Leahy made 38 saves on 42 shots. The Bighorns were helped by Nick Trefry, who had one goal. Trefry scored 2:05 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Helena. Cody Vanthournout assisted on the tally. Helena also got points from Blake Babineau, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Helena included Jay Forbes and Brandon Mills, who each put in one. In addition, Helena received assists from Brandt Miller, who had one and Kendall Bolen-Porter, who had two. Martens rejected 32 shots on goal for Helena.
Glacier 2 @ Gillette 7 - Taylor Garner had two goals and two assists to lead the Gillette Wild to a 7-2 victory over Glacier. Garner's tallies came at 8:25 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Gillette and 18:06 into the third to make the score 7-2 Gillette. Gillette additionally got points from Trent Dillinger, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Austin Tennant, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Gillette included Trevor Ruiz, TJ McMinn, and Brandon Beard, who each put in one. In addition, Gillette received assists from Bryce Mitzel, Lance Pennington, and Mitchell McEwan, who each chipped in one and Rob Lantz and Michael Burke, who contributed two each. Glacier forced the Wild goalie Sean Kelley to work between the pipes, taking 37 shots. Glacier was helped by Sam Shaheen, who registered one goal. Shaheen scored 43 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 Glacier. Wyatt Fretheim also scored for Glacier.
Topeka 2 @ Texas 1 - The Texas Jr. Brahmas tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the Topeka Capitals held on for a 2-1 victory. Topeka made the score 2-0 on a goal by Hank Roers at 10:02 in the third period, and Texas got as close as 2-1 when Nick Nitta scored 18:09 into the third period. Roers had a great game for the Capitals, netting two goals. Other players who recorded assists for Topeka were Andrew Cooley, Spencer Sabourin, Steve MacIver, and Colin OConner, who each chipped in one. In addition, Texas received assists from Chase Deacon and Kurt Thiele, who contributed one each. Bailey Aust took the win and made 20 saves before being replaced by Brett Malkmus who made four saves. The Capitals incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Quinton Reynolds made 22 saves for Texas on 24 shots.
Wisconsin 2 @ La Crosse 1 – The game was postponed in the 3rd period because of a broken piece of glass. It will be resumed at a later date.