Friday Finals: Granite City beats North Iowa to move into 1st
January 31, 2015
A hat-trick from Travis Kothenbeutel helped the Granite City Lumberjacks move into 1st place in the West Division thanks to a 5-3 win over North Iowa.
North Iowa 3 @ Granite City 5 - Travis Kothenbeutel netted a hat trick to lead the Granite City Lumberjacks over the North Iowa Bulls, 5-3. Kothenbeutel got on the scoresheet 14:31 into the first period. He then added goals at 2:45 into the third and at 19:34 into the third. Granite City additionally got points from David Kenney, who also racked up one goal and two assists. Granite City also got a goal from Jared Sprink as well. In addition, Granite City received assists from Tanner Skaja, who had two and Mitchell Gwost, David Horsmann, and Dallas Marvin, who contributed one each. The Bulls were led by Jack Stang, who had one goal and one assist. Stang scored 16:46 into the third period to make the score 4-3 Granite City. Tyler Johnson picked up the assist. North Iowa also got points from Johnson, who also registered one goal and one assist. Brett Gravelle also scored for North Iowa. More assists for North Iowa came via Johnny Panvica, Joe Burgmeier, and Trey Gardner, who each chipped in one. Jesse Garcia made 26 saves for the Lumberjacks on 29 shots.
Gillette 3 @ Helena 2 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Gillette Wild defeated the Helena Bighorns in a shootout 3-2 (3-1 SO). The shootout lasted for nine attempts between the teams. Helena got a shootout goal from Johnny Bonta. In addition to the clincher, Gillette got shootout goals from Mitchell McEwan and Bryce Mitzel. The Wild overcame a one-goal deficit to capture the victory. Gillette trailed 2-1 after a power play goal by the Bighorns' Brian Skillicorn at 9:24 in the third period. The Wild tied things up at 2-2 on a goal by Brandon Beard at 19:34 in the third period. Gillette also got a goal from Mitzel as well. Other players who recorded assists for Gillette were Lance Pennington, McEwan, and Alex King, who each chipped in one. The Bighorns were helped by Gavin Lubin, who registered one goal. Lubin scored 8:13 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Kyler Chartier provided the assist. In addition, Helena received assists from Nick Trefry, who had one and Brandt Miller, who had two. Feese rejected 30 shots on goal for the Wild.
Great Falls 3 @ Billings 4 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Billings Bulls defeated the Great Falls Americans in a shootout 4-3 (3-2 SO). The shootout featured 10 attempts between both teams. Great Falls' shootout goals were scored by Lucas Lomax and Reed Link. In addition to the clincher, Billings got shootout goals from TJ Theodosopoulos and Cameron Birklid. In a losing effort, the Americans were led by Austin Krantz, who tallied two goals. Krantz scored the first of his two goals at 19:11 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Krantz's next tally made the score 3-3 with 17:58 left in the third period. Dylan Garton assisted on the tally. In a losing effort, Great Falls was paced by Krantz, who registered two goals. Billings was helped by Josh Pena, who racked up one goal. Pena scored on the power play 8:04 into the second period to make the score 1-1. The Bulls had taken the advantage when the Americans' Blake Miller got sent off for boarding. Birklid picked up the assist. Others who scored for Billings included Bryce Jensen and Theodosopoulos, who each put in one. More assists for Billings came via Tristan Henrichs, who had two and Cole Semchak, Ralfs Karelis, and Ian Wiljanen, who each chipped in one. Great Falls forced Billings goalie Semchak to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots. Great Falls also got a goal from Georgy Ostapchuk as well. Other players who recorded assists for Great Falls were Zack Mese and Wade Wylie, who contributed one each.
Point Mallard 2 @ Nashville 3 (OT) - The Nashville Jr. Predators pulled out a 3-2 (OT) overtime victory over the Point Mallard Ducks on a clutch goal by Trent Kulczyk. Kulczyk had a great game for Nashville, netting two goals. Kulczyk scored on the power play at 3:20 into the third period to make the score 2-2 and again while 3:50 into the fourth to make the score 3-2 Nashville. The Jr. Predators put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Point Mallard to score on any of its five power plays. Nashville was held below its usual level of production. The Jr. Predators average 5.2 goals per game. The Ducks were unable to stop Nashville from sending pucks towards the net, and the Jr. Predators eventually piled up 34 shots on goal. Nashville also got a goal from Ben Falk as well. In addition, Nashville received assists from Matiss Gelazis, Topi Samuli Aheristo, Jon Evans, and Nicholas Redmon, who each chipped in one. Point Mallard was helped by Josh Hamilton, who racked up one goal. Hamilton scored 17:33 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Jake Champaign provided the assist. Jake Cox also scored for Point Mallard. Other players who recorded assists for Point Mallard were Matt Goodman, who had one. Evan Cline rejected 22 shots on goal for Nashville.
Dallas 2 @ Sugar Land 4 - In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Sugar Land Imperials escaped with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Jr. Stars. Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Ryan James's goal in the second period proved to be the difference maker. Sugar Land was paced by Matthew Jung, who tallied one goal. Jung scored 8:34 into the third period to make the score 3-1 Sugar Land. Aksel Campbell picked up the assist. Sugar Land also got points from John Cuni, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Ryan Meyer also scored for Sugar Land. Other players who recorded assists for Sugar Land were Mason Smith, Matt DeNure, and Timothy OSullivan, who contributed one each. The Jr. Stars were helped by Dalton Heggebo, who had one goal. Heggebo scored 9:32 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Brandon Baker assisted on the tally. Dallas also got a goal from Brooks Blackburn as well. OSullivan rejected 28 shots on goal for the Imperials.
Alexandria 3 @ Breezy Point 4 (OT) - Ryan Herbert gave the Breezy Point North Stars a 4-3 (OT) victory over the Alexandria Blizzard when he scored 4:22 into the extra period. Breezy Point overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The North Stars fell behind 2-0 after a goal by Alexandria's Tommy Hall at 9:15 in the second period. Breezy Point tied things up at 3-3 on a goal by Tyler Larwood at 5:58 in the third period. Breezy Point forced Alexandria goalie Evan Bisek to work between the pipes, taking 41 shots. The North Stars struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as they finished the game with 26 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays. Breezy Point also got points from Felix Conrads, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Breezy Point also got a goal from Yegor Paliy as well. More assists for Breezy Point came via Linder Kenyon, Sean Viti, and Nick Blanchette, who contributed one each. The Blizzard were helped by Luke Pavelich, who registered one goal. Pavelich scored 2:33 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Alexandria. Tony Arias picked up the assist. Tom Schmidt also scored for Alexandria. In addition, Alexandria received assists from David Becker and Jake Wasem, who each chipped in one. Jaxson Gosnell made 42 saves for Breezy Point on 45 shots.
Bozeman 7 @ Yellowstone 5 - The Bozeman Icedogs came close to giving away a four-goal lead to the Yellowstone Quake, but did just enough to escape with a 7-5 victory. Bozeman led by four goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Icedogs' Jake Nicks scored on the power play at 13:12 in the second period to put Bozeman up 5-1. Devin Panzeca had two goals and one assist to lead the Icedogs. Panzeca scored the first of his two goals at 13:59 into the third period to make the score 6-4 Bozeman. Panzeca's next tally made the score 7-5 Bozeman with 1:37 left in the third period. Bozeman additionally got points from Steven Nisbet, who also racked up one goal and two assists, AJ Odell, who also registered two goals and one assist, and Jonnathan Carpenter, who also had one goal and three assists to lead the team in points. Other players who recorded assists for Bozeman were Gunnar Mogck, who had one. The Quake were led by Mike McCullen, who finished with two goals and two assists. McCullen scored the first of his two goals at 15:23 into the second period to make the score 5-2 Bozeman. Adrian Maass provided the assist. McCullen's next tally made the score 6-5 Bozeman with 3:47 left in the third period. Ross Mullen assisted on the tally. Yellowstone also got points from Maass, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Yellowstone included Sean Pilet and Will Landsverk, who scored one goal each. More assists for Yellowstone came via Josh Neumann, Sawyer Scanlan, Max Doner, and Carter Johnson, who contributed one each. Denijs Romanovskis recorded 35 saves for the Icedogs.
Toledo 5 @ Cleveland 3 – No recap available