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Friday Finals: Wild take down division-leading Quake

December 31, 2016

Will Mix had a hat-trick to help Granite City to a 6-4 win.

Gillette 6 at Yellowstone 3 – With five unanswered goals in the third period, the Gillette Wild secured a come-from-behind win over Yellowstone on Friday night. Gillette started and ended the scoring, with six goals coming from Tyler Tennant (2), Jack Oberg, Riley Holwegner (2), and Thomas Driscoll. Yellowstone’s three goals were credited to Jesse Lawman, Mason Stewart, and Curt Greenbush. Gillette’s Robbie Brennan took the win in net after making 45 stops for the Wild. Nick Ottenbacher took the loss for Yellowstone despite 40 saves. Boxscore

Cincinnati 1 at St. Louis 6 – Five straight goals by the St. Louis set up a Jr. Blues victory over Cincinnati on Friday night. The Jr. Blues notched six total goals, with scores coming from Nick Balestra (2), Trevor Wilhelm, Ryan Edgar, Daniel Dunaway, and Jack Hatton. Cincinnati’s Justin Bioni scored the Thunder’s lone goal. In net, Hunter Smith earned the win with 15 saves for the Jr. Blues, while Cincinnati’s Tyler Geloneck took the loss after 36 saves. Boxscore

Granite City 6 at Alexandria 4 – A late push in the third period gave the Granite City Lumberjacks their win over Alexandria on Friday night. The teams saw back-and-forth scoring until the final minutes of regulation. Alexandria’s four goals were scored by Logan Nelson, Tony Haley, Emil Lindfors, and Brenden Payne. The Lumberjacks saw three different scorers, with goals credited to Brady Dahl (2 goals), Will Mix (hat-trick), and Keenan Lund. Granite City’s Mac Berglove grabbed the win in net with 26 saves, while Alexandria’s Brey Effertz took the loss despite 35 saves.   Boxscore

New Ulm 8 at Breezy Point 4 – The New Ulm Steel doubled the score against Breezy Point on Friday, earning their first win to start the second half of the season. New Ulm’s eight goals came from Cory Martinez (2), Orlando Scherz (3), Vincent Billing, and Dylan Leivermann (2). Breezy Point notched four goals, courtesy of Michael El-Wailli, Austin Langworthy (2), and Steven Kukla. In net, New Ulm’s Nathan Siclovan took the W after making 33 saves. Magnus Lindhe and Bronson Moore split net duties for Breezy Point, combining for 35 saves in the loss.    Boxscore

Rochester 1 at North Iowa 8 – With six straight goals to start the game, the North Iowa Bulls showed their strength against Rochester as they came off the holiday break. The Bulls’ eight goals were scored by Josh Arnold (2), Mitch Parsons, David (Mitch) Dolter (2), Sean Mallonee, Marshall Barnes, and Connor Clemmons. Rochester’s Andrew Gates put Rochester on the score sheet with his lone goal in the second period. RJ Pluhar took the win in net for North Iowa, making 23 saves. Rochester’s Drew Schenkenberg and Bailey Schmitz split net duties in the loss, combining for 38 saves.  Boxscore

Billings 0 at Bozeman 5 – The Bozeman Icedogs held on for a shutout win at home over Billings to kick off the second half of the season. Icedogs goaltender Luke Olson snagged his third shutout of the season in net, making 14 saves throughout the night. Bozeman’s scoring came from three different Icedogs, as Sean Lake, Liam Millar (2) and Gabe Rankin (2) all found the back of the net. Billings’ goaltender Simo Huhtanen made 56 stops in the loss for the Bulls.   Boxscore

Helena 4 at Missoula 2 – A strong effort in the third period put Helena on top in Friday night’s contest against the Missoula Jr. Bruins. Helena saw four different scorers in their victory, with goals coming from Bradley Estrada, Henry Kipper, Adam Apangalook, and Brendan Bessee. Missoula’s two goals came from Christian Ward and Zachary Colgrove. In net, Nicholas Battaglia took the win with 47 saves, while Missoula’s Tanner Loucks took the loss after 28 saves.   Boxscore

Great Falls 9 at Glacier 0 – The Great Falls Americans grabbed a 9-0 shutout over Glacier on Friday night to start their weekend. The American saw scoring from eight different players, with goals credited to Adam Vandenbos, Jesse Johnson, Brendan Jester, Malachi Bushey, Danny O’Donnell (2), Normunds Vibans, Matt Larson, and Dustin Truex. In the shutout performance, Kyler Ayers and Trace Parker split goaltending duties, combing for 22 total saves. In net for Glacier were Will Langstaff and Jeremiah Clark, who totaled 54 saves in the loss.   Boxscore


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