Friday Finals: Whalers punch playoff ticket
February 7, 2015
Wisconsin 7 @ Chicago 2 - Adam Alcott had two goals and one assist to lead the Wisconsin Whalers to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Junior Bulldogs. Alcott found the back of the net 18:17 into the second period to make the score 3-0 Wisconsin and again while 16:10 into the third to make the score 6-2 Wisconsin. In the losing effort, Chicago was led by Ryan Maksimovic, who racked up two goals. Maksimovic scored the first of his two goals at 19:06 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Wisconsin. Toms Taurins assisted on the tally. Maksimovic's next tally made the score 4-2 Wisconsin with 8:48 left in the third period. Taurins picked up the assist. Wisconsin also got points from Thomas Hanson, who also had one goal and two assists. Wisconsin also got a goal from Ryan Martin as well. In addition, Wisconsin received assists from Alex Anderson, who had two, Joe Perrelle, Dan Addie, and Isaac Hale, who contributed one each, and Will Holtan and Peter Henderson, who each chipped in three. More assists for Chicago came via Tyler Seltenriech and Mike Holmes, who contributed one each. The Whalers' Chris Johansen stopped 30 shots out of the 32 that he faced.
Yellowstone 1 @ Bozeman 2 (OT) - Devin Panzeca gave the Bozeman Icedogs a 2-1 (OT) victory over the Yellowstone Quake when he scored 1:24 into the extra period. Panzeca had a great game for Bozeman, netting two goals. Yellowstone was stymied by the Icedogs' netminder Denijs Romanovskis, who stopped 39 shots during the victory. Romanovskis certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.22 entering the contest. In addition, Bozeman received assists from Brock Loser, Steven Nisbet, Ryan Erickson, and Jonnathan Carpenter, who each chipped in one. Yellowstone was led by Sean Pilet, who scored the team's only goal. Pilet scored 2:51 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Yellowstone. Mike McCullen picked up the assist.
Great Falls 7 @ Glacier 0 - 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 Glacier. Great Falls was paced by Wade Wylie, who racked up one goal. Wylie scored 16:59 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Great Falls. Zack Mese picked up the assist. Great Falls additionally got points from Lucas Lomax, who also tallied one goal and two assists, Cody Page, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, and Brendan Jester, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Great Falls included Blake Miller, Georgy Ostapchuk, and Erik Gatson, who scored one goal each. In addition, Great Falls received assists from Lucas Stover, Malachi Bushey, Connor Barta, and Adam Apangalook, who each chipped in one. Jordan Moran recorded 12 saves for the Americans.
Gillette 5 @ Billings 4 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Gillette Wild defeated the Billings Bulls in a shootout 5-4 (2-1 SO). The two teams needed nine turns to complete the shootout. Billings' shootout goal was scored by Sawyer Scanlan. Gillette's other shootout goal was scored by Bryce Mitzel. The Wild came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. Gillette fell behind 3-1 after a power play goal by the Bulls' Reed Kaiser at 54 seconds in the second period. The Wild knotted things up at 4-4 on a goal by Kaiser at 17:10 in the third period. Gillette was led by Kyle Reilly, who racked up one goal and one assist. Reilly scored 4:42 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Billings. Cade Boreing assisted on the tally. Gillette also got points from Mitchell McEwan, who also had one goal and one assist and Boreing, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Dalton McCann also scored for Gillette. In addition, Gillette received assists from Mitzel, Alex King, and Darren Banks, who each chipped in one. Billings additionally got points from Josh Pena, who also registered one goal and one assist. Billings also got a goal from Scanlan as well. Other players who recorded assists for Billings were Ian Wiljanen, who had two and Wolfgang Davis, Steven Thompson, and Nick Rizzo, who contributed one each. Sean Kelley made 30 saves for Gillette on 34 shots.
Twin City 4 @ North Iowa 2 - The North Iowa Bulls tried their best to erase a three-goal deficit, but the Twin City Steel would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 4-2. Twin City made the score 4-1 on a goal by Jay Paul at 2:37 in the second period, and North Iowa got as close as 4-2 when Jake Mullendore scored 6:42 into the third period. The Steel were sparked by Jared Erickson, who registered one goal. Erickson scored 12:28 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Twin City. Aharon Lara picked up the assist. Twin City also got points from Tristan Mayer, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Nicholas Campbell also scored for Twin City. In addition, Twin City received assists from Lance Carney, who had two and Mathias Ahman, Joe Costello, Connor Boscaccy, and Russel Barone, who contributed one each. North Iowa also got a goal from Tommy Heinzman as well. Other players who recorded assists for North Iowa were Jack Stang, who had two and Ryan Durant and Trey Gardner, who each chipped in one. Robbie Goor rejected 44 shots on goal for Twin City.
Point Mallard 6 @ Sugar Land 0 - Roman Bengert recorded a shutout against the Sugar Land Imperials as the Point Mallard Ducks picked up a 6-0 win. Point Mallard was paced by Brad Reitter, who finished with one goal. Reitter scored 10:12 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Point Mallard. Matt Darnell picked up the assist. Point Mallard forced the Imperials goalie Timothy OSullivan to work between the pipes, taking 41 shots. The Ducks found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Point Mallard averages 3.9 goals per game. Point Mallard also got points from Killian Gray, who also registered one goal and one assist and Matt Goodman, who also grabbed one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Point Mallard included Jake Champaign, Josh Hamilton, and Chris Corgan, who each put in one. More assists for Point Mallard came via Jake Cox and Davis Hudson, who contributed one each. Bengert rejected 27 shots on goal for the Ducks.
Cincinnati 1 @ Toledo 7 - Tyler Zalecki lifted the Toledo Cherokee to a 7-1 victory with a hat trick against the Cincinnati Swords. Zalecki got on the scoresheet 23 seconds into the first period. He then added goals at 7:45 into the first and at 5:49 into the third. Toledo additionally got points from Dominic Pisanti, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Mark McGee, who also registered one goal and two assists. Toledo also had goals scored by Ted Austin and Eathan Resetar, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Toledo were Cody Estrel, who had three, Aaron Roschinsky, Kyler Omey, and Jimmy Howell, who contributed one each, and David Bogart and Michael Pisanti, who each chipped in two. The Swords were led by Brenden Williams, who scored the team's only goal. Williams scored 7:00 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Adam Goudelock provided the assist. Glen Bates rejected 21 shots on goal for Toledo.
Pittsburgh 3 @ Southern Tier 4 - The Pittsburgh Vengeance almost clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit, but the Southern Tier Xpress managed to pull out a 4-3 win in the end. Southern Tier led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Xpress' Mark Sunde scored on the power play at 17:01 in the first period to put Southern Tier up 3-0. The Xpress were led by Luke Grossman, who tallied one goal and one assist. Grossman scored short handed 14:23 into the third period to make the score 4-3 Southern Tier. Southern Tier was on a disadvantage when Niko Greco went off the ice for interference. Justin Andriaccio picked up the assist. The Vengeance were helped by Nils Markgren, who had one goal. Markgren scored 6:39 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Southern Tier. Bryan Hovanec provided the assist. Pittsburgh additionally got points from Hovanec, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Pittsburgh also got a goal from Parker Henry as well. More assists for Pittsburgh came via Tyler Speis and Yevgeniy Gladkiy, who contributed one each. Cody Gibson rejected 21 shots on goal for Southern Tier.
Granite City 5 @ Breezy Point 2 - The Breezy Point North Stars lost to the Granite City Lumberjacks, 5-2. Granite City was led by Michael Orke, who had one goal and two assists. Orke scored 19:48 into the third period to make the score 5-2 Granite City. Will Mix provided the assist. Granite City also got points from Mix, who also registered one goal and one assist. Granite City also had goals scored by Brady Bernhardson, David Kenney, and David Horsmann, who scored one goal each. More assists for Granite City came via Zach Voss, who had two and Tanner Skaja, Travis Kemp, Travis Kothenbeutel, and Dallas Marvin, who each chipped in one. The North Stars were helped by Seyia Hayata, who tallied one goal. Hayata scored on the power play 19:55 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Granite City. Breezy Point had gotten the advantage when the Lumberjacks' Luke Richardson was sent off for slashing. Ryan Herbert assisted on the tally. Breezy Point additionally got points from Brooke Evans, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. In addition, Breezy Point received assists from Crosby Steen, who had one. Kendall Meyer made 21 saves for Granite City on 23 shots.
Nashville 1 @ Dallas 0 - The Nashville Jr. Predators and the Dallas Jr. Stars played 60 tight minutes of hockey, but in the end it was Nashville that came away with a 1-0 victory. The assists on the winning goal came courtesy of Trent Kulczyk and Colton Anderson. The Jr. Predators were sparked by Jon Severson, who had one goal. Severson scored 1:13 into the third period to make the score 1-0 Nashville. Kulczyk assisted on the tally. The Jr. Predators forced Dallas goalie Chris Mallon to work between the pipes, taking 50 shots. Nashville's Nathan Klebe stopped seven shots out of the seven that he faced. The Jr. Predators incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Mallon recorded 49 saves for the Jr. Stars. Dallas incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.