Friday Finals: North Stars making push in West
January 19, 2019
Breezy Point 3 @ Willmar 1 – North Stars goalie Dan Fielding made 33 saves to help the North Stars to a 3-1 road win in Willmar. The North Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a 1st period goal from Gunner Bourassa and a 2nd period goal from Carson Simon. In the 3rd period, Willmar cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal from Campbell Jackson, but a goal less than two minutes later from Dylan Borseth secured the North Stars win. Lucas Ehrlich took the loss in goal for the WarHawks, making 18 saves.
Skylands 8 @ Long Beach 5 – Dylan Saccone had a hat-trick and two assists to lead the Kings to a 8-5 road win in Long Beach. Also scoring goals for the Kings was Steven Ford, who had two goals, as well as, Josh Baker, Zakary Sparks (goal and three assists), and Zach Burkhart. Five different players scored for the Sharks including Teddy Valenti, Eric Immel, Bryan Pedisch, Noah Carlock, and Michael Walsh. Kavan Johnson made 30 saves in the win, while Ryan Cortez made 32 saves in the loss.
Peoria 1 @ St. Louis 4 – Four different players scored and goalie Mikael Foucher made 23 saves as the Jr. Blues beat the Mustangs, 4-1. Things were tight after one period as St. Louis led 2-1 on goals from Matthew Monreal and Jacob Wiethaupt, while Connor Bennett had the lone goal for Peoria. The Jr. Blues opened the game up in the 3rd period thanks to goals from Will Baginski and Zach Wilson, which made the final 4-1. Jaden Gardner played well in the loss, making 39 saves.
Coulee Region 12 @ Evansville 0 – Brady Lindauer and Thomas Magnavite each had six point nights as the Chill shutout the Jr. Thunderbolts, 12-0. Lindauer had a hat-trick, while Magnavite scored twice. Donny Schultz also had two goals for the Chill, and Brandon Ratzloff, Matt Janke, Toon De Schepper, Aslan Akervik, and Christopher Drews also scored for Coulee Region. Stephen Friedland played the majority of the game in goal for Evansville, making 85 saves on 97 shots.
Oswego 0 @ Binghamton 8 - The Jr. Sens got closer to a division title with a convincing 8-0 shutout of Oswego. Thomas Liebold had a hat-trick and goalie Jeff Zero stopped all 35 shots that came his way. Markus Cook had five points, including two goals for Binghamton and Seth McArdle, Mike Padgeon, and Greg Simmons also scored for the home side. Manny Legace took the loss in goal for the Stampede, allowing five goals on 20 shots, and Ben White came into the game late in the 1st period to make 45 saves on 48 shots for Oswego.
Alexandria 3 @ Rochester 2 – Alexandria gave their playoff hopes a big shot in the arm as they got 32 saves from Kyle Hayden in a big 3-2 road win in Rochester. The Grizzlies had two one-goal leads, but could not hold onto them during the game. Vladislav Sorokin scored for Rochester in the 1st period to make it 1-0. Alexandria answered back early in the 2nd period on a goal from Tanner Frerichs to make it 1-1. Rochester went ahead by one as Sorokin scored again, but the Blizzard answered back with a power play goal from Brett Meister. In the 3rd period, the Blizzard got the game-winner from Ike Taraszewski midway through the frame. Grizzlies goalie Nick Bucklin made 35 saves in the loss.
Milwaukee 3 @ Wisconsin 4 (OT) – Whalers goalie Caleb Sauer made 42 saves to help the Whalers to a 4-3 overtime win. After the Power took an early lead with a 1st period goal from Jonathan Daury, the Whalers scored all three regulation goals in the 2nd period from Sam Hanson, Justin Schwartzmiller, and Luke Hefty. The other power goals came from Ethan Dabbs and Maris Graudins. In the overtime, Schwartzmiller would pick up his second goal of the game to earn the extra point. Milwaukee goalie Aaron Dickstein made 40 saves in the loss.
Missoula 4 @ Butte 2 – The Jr. Bruins stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to defeated the Cobras, 4-2. Butte got off to a great start with two goals in the game’s opening minutes, both from Tyson Stovin. However, Missoula slowly worked their way back thanks to a goal later in the 1st period and late in the 2nd period, both from Trevor Prince, which tied the game at 2-2. In the 3rd period, Ty Dittman and Connor Frye both scored to secure the 4-2 win. Josh Sample picked up the win in goal for the Jr. Bruins, making 16 saves, while Karl Zodda stopped 78 of 82 shots in the loss.
Gillette 9 @ Yellowstone 2 - Eight different players scored for the Wild in a 9-2 win on Friday. Tyler Kaminski had two goals and Danny Ramos, Ethan Schneider, Coleman Varty, Ethan Becker, Austin Newson, Gage Thompson, and Dillon Hale all scored for the Wild. Both Yellowstone goals came from Luke Hartge. Shane Phillips made 30 saves in the win, while Logan Cooksy made 24 saves in the loss.
Helena 4 @ Great Falls 5 (OT) – Trent Cowden scored with :07 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Americans a 5-4 overtime win on Friday, which widened the Americans lead in the Frontier Division to three points. Also scoring for Great Falls was Payton McSharry, Jens Juliussen, Nate Simpson, and Dylan Olson. The Bighorns got a pair of goals from Ricards Groskops and others from Elliot Plourde and Darren Donovan. Americans goalie Drew Scites made 47 saves in the win, while Carver Thompson made 36 saves in the loss.