Friday Finals: Wausau nets first win with shutout
Evansville Jr Thunderbolts 0 @ Wausau RiverWolves 6 - Wausau RiverWolves goaltender Henry Baribeau made 28 saves for a 6-0 win over the Evansville Jr Thunderbolts. Matt Irwin (2), Owen Routheaut, Tristan Slot (2), and Connor Moore got on the scoreboard for the RiverWolves. Brendan Barada stopped 20 shots for Evansville.
New England Stars 1 @ L/A Nordiques 3-The New England Stars scored first, but three consecutive goals from the L/A Nordiques resulted in a 3-1 win in their favor. Caleb Labrie, Clifford Ogle, and Andrew McCormick scored for the Nordiques, and Tyson Gudaitis notched one for the Stars. L/A’s Sage Broda made 30 saves on the night, while Greg Moon stopped 19 shots for New England.
Wooster Oilers 1 @ Toledo Cherokee 2 (OT)-Toledo’s Anthony Weinrich scored late in OT to give them the win, 2-1, over the Wooster. Adam Felser also scored for the Cherokee, while Zach Zwierecki notched one for the Oilers. Cherokee netminder Ricardo Gonzalez stopped 31 shots, and Michael Hubbard made 36 stops for Wooster.
Roc City Royals 2 @ Skylands Kings 6-The Skylands Kings scored four consecutive goals to mark a 6-2 comeback win over the Roc City Royals. Steven Ford, Stephan Sizov, Craig Garrigan, Sergei O’Sullivan, Eric Vanderhodd, and John Briggs found the back of the net for the Kings, and Patrick Nowak and Sean Ryan got on the scoreboard for the Royals. Skylands’ goaltender Taylor Zink made 34 saves on the night, while Frederick Peters made 37 saves for Roc City.
Maine Wild 7 @ Long Beach Sharks 4-The Maine Wild dominated in the second and third period to defeat the Long Beach Sharks, 7-4. Brady Bannon (2), Mason Ledbetter, Brayden Roberts, Josef Mehall, Dany Shestakov, and Jeffrey Gratz scored for the Wild, while Trey Stober, Mike Walsh, and Charlie Bedard (2) found the back of the net for the Sharks. Maine goaltender Reilly Sean made 35 saves on the night, while Ryan Cortez stopped 49 shots for Long Beach.
Southern Tier Xpress 3 @ Lansing Wolves 7-The Lansing Wolves scored first on their way to a 7-3 win over the Southern Tier Xpress. Jacob Deratany (2), Mac Diver, Brendan Smith, Brendon Ashley (2), and Christopher Seelye scored for the Wolves, while Brian Grant, Nic Allen, and Stuart Pearson found the back of the net for the Xpress. Lansing’s Will Ignatovich made 22 saves, while Ryan Pascarella and Brandon Heacock made 24 and 17 saves, respectively, for Southern Tier.
North Iowa Bulls 7 @ Rochester Ice Hawks 0-The North Iowa Bulls goaltender Drew Scites made 18 saves for his team’s 7-0 win over the Rochester Ice Hawks. Jarod Blackowiak (2), Tucker Kruse, Cameron Fagerlee, Tucker Kruse, Peter Vergstegen, and Dan Sandvig scored for North Iowa. Rochester’s Luke Murphy stopped 44 shots on the night.
Breezy Point North Stars 2 @ New Ulm Steel 6-The New Ulm Steel grabbed five unanswered goals on their way to a 6-2 win over the Breezy Point North Stars. Alex Nagel (3), Jimmy Miller, Kirk Coppock, and Tom Reilly scored for the Steel, and Danny Wieber and Dylan Borseth found the back of the net for the North Stars. New Ulm’s Ryan Kenny made 34 saves on the night, while Bronson Moore made 39 saves for Breezy Point.
Granite City Lumberjacks 8 @ Alexandria Blizzard 2-The Granite City Lumberjacks grabbed an early lead to defeat the Alexandria Blizzard, 8-2. Bailey Sommers, Braden Altena (2), Hunter Schwehr, Seth Towers (2), Ryan Pearson, and Owen Sikich scored for the Lumberjacks, while Logan Nelson and Brenden Payne notched goals for the Blizzard. Granite City’s Ridge Gerads made 31 saves, while Kyle Hayden and Brady Meyers racked up 12 and 22 saves for Alexandria.
Wisconsin Whalers 3 @ Willmar WarHawks 4-The Willmar WarHawks came back to score two in the third and defeat the Wisconsin Whalers, 4-3. Braden Shea, Max Oelkers, Zach Martin, and Cameron Pries scored for the WarHawks, and Carter Grobstick notched all three Whalers goals. Willmar’s Luke Fry stopped 38 shots on the night, and Brendan Earls made 30 saves for Wisconsin.
Great Falls Americans 2 @ Missoula Junior Bruins 3-A pair of second period goals helped the Missoula Junior Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Great Falls Americans. Misha Akatnov, Tyler Young, and Austin Dennison scored for the Junior Bruins, and Trent Cowden, and Nick Ramstad notched goals for the Americans. Missoula’s Brian Thomas made 31 saves on the night, and Bryan Sharp stopped 20 shots for Great Falls.
Yellowstone Quake 7 @ Bozeman Icedogs 2-The Yellowstone Quake had a commanding lead to defeat the Bozeman Icedogs, 7-2. Cole Stewart, Ian Doner, Shaw Walworth, Ethan Sievek, Timo Pelto (2), and Mason Stewart scored for the Quake, while Adam Franklin and Austin Charnholm found the back of the net for the Icedogs. Yellowstone goaltender Reid Waszczenko made 18 saves, and Parker Orchard stopped 55 shots for Bozeman.