Friday Finals: Mustangs, Jr. Blues get first wins of the season
Wausau 1 @ Peoria 9 – The Mustangs picked up their first win of the 2021-22 season in convincing fashion as they beat Wausau, 9-1. Tristan Trudel had a hat-trick in the win. It was all Mustangs from the start as they got three goals in the 1st period, included two from Thomas Kayner and nother from Trudel. Trudel would then add two more goals in the 2nd period along with a goal from Ethan Chesney to make it 6-0. Chesney would score again in the 3rd period as would Massimo Polistina and Jaycob Bland to make it 9-0. Griffin Lennes scored the lone goal for the Cyclones midway through the 3rd period. TJ DeMeulenaere made 14 saves in the win, while Zach Dosan made 23 saves in the loss.
Northeast 6 @ Norwich 3 – Sean Gorman had a hat-trick to lead the Generals to a 6-3 road win in Norwich on Friday. Gorman started the scoring with the lone goal of the 1st period. Matthew Nuzzolilo and Payton Felix added 2nd period goals and then Gorman scored two more goals in the 3rd period and Braeden Kennedy also added a goal for the Generals. The Sea Captains had two goals from Jack Kinahan and another from Ethan Ranger. D’Mar McCoy made 18 saves in the win and Brendan Pellerito made 42 saves in the loss.
Milwaukee 1 @ St. Louis 2 – Jr. Blues goalie Brendan Cobb made 35 saves to lead his team to their first win of the season in a 2-1 win over the Power. The Jr. Blues took a 2-0 lead with 1st period goals from Cameron Gillen and Gus Immken. The Power got on the board late in the 3rd period with their lone goal from Michael Dalaly, but Cobb would hold the fort the rest of the way. Milwaukee goalie Austin Bartell made 31 saves in the loss.
Austin 1 @ Louisiana 5 – The Drillers moved their record to a perfect 4-0 on the season with a 5-1 home win over the Ice Bats. Anderson O’Connor scored twice in the win for the Drillers. The Drillers were in control from the start thanks to two 1st period goals from Aidan Fontenot and Mark Kurliandchyk. Zan Mojzer and O’Conner scored in the 2nd period to make it 4-0 and O’Connoer added a 3rd period goal. Austin’s lone goal came late in the 3rd period from Nickolas Friedenberg. Evan Wittchow made 16 saves in the win, while Brandon Shantz made 45 saves in the loss.
Gillette 4 @ Sheridan 2 – Declan Young scored twice as the Wild stayed undefeated and improved their record to an NA3HL-best 9-0 with a 4-2 win in Sheridan on Friday. Young scored the first two Wild goals in the 1st period and Caleb Sanborn and Brock Trboyevich added 3rd period goals. Teejay Torgrimson and Caden McDonald scored for Sheridan in the loss. Jake Turek made 24 saves in the win, while Bo Buckley made 45 saves in the loss.
TX RoadRunners 5 @ Atlanta 1 – Jaron Ketterman scored twice to help the RoadRunners keep their lead atop the South Division thanks to a 5-1 road win in Atlanta. Ketterman opened the scoring in the 2nd period. Atlanta tied the game later in the 2nd period with their lone goal from Kirill Nikulichev. The RoadRunners then rattled off four straight goals to pick up the 5-1 win, which included a 2nd period goal from Matthew Edestrand and three goals in the 3rd period from Ketterman, Jack Klunk, and Tyler Love. Nash Wilson made 25 saves in the win and Paul Jarvis made 52 saves in the loss.
New Ulm 2 @ Willmar 5 – Five different players scored and Will Pinney made 26 saves as the WarHawks beat New Ulm, 5-2. The WarHawks never trailed in the contest, getting 1st period goals from Elbridge Dekraai and Max Cohen. Brady O’Brien added a goal in the 2nd period and Ethan Mock and Nolan Grier scored in the 3rd period. The Steel got goals from Bauer Barry and Marcus Mack in the loss. Nolan Lacosse made 39 saves in the losing effort for the Steel.
Alexandria 2 @ Granite City 3 – The Lumberjacks improved their record to a West Division-best 6-1 as they edged the Blizzard on Friday, 3-2. Tucker Skime scored two goals in the win. The Blizzard took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period on a goal from Alex Heidenreich. The Lumberjacks answered twice in the 2nd period on goals from Skime and Carson Van Zuilen to tie the game at 2-2 as Sean Kenny scored for the Blizzard. In the 3rd period, Skime netted the game-winner halfway through the period. Matthew Smith made 20 saves in the win, while Andrew Tuttle made 30 saves in the loss.
Rochester 9 @ Mason City 4 – The Grizzlies exacted some revenge in a rematch of the Fraser Cup Championship from 2021 as they stayed unbeaten with a convincing 9-4 road win in Mason City against the Toros. Connor Mahoney and Matthew Shaw each scored twice in the win. Rochester blew the game open in the 1st period with four goals from Logan Schwartzhoff, Kyle Bauer, Max Breon, and Shaw. The Grizzlies then added four more goals in the 2nd period, including two from Mahoney, another from Shaw and others from Adam Johnson and TJ Norris. Toros goals came from Anton Eagle, Jack Campion, Cal Levis, and Rex Staudacher. Zach Wiese made 25 saves in the win, while Ryan Knight and Erik Chaffe split the loss.
TX Brahmas 5 @ Mid Cities 2 – The Brahmas stayed undefeated on the young season as Erik Vrkoc scored twice and Gion Coray added three assists in a 5-2 win over the Stars. Jeremiah Snyder opened the scoring for Texas in the 1st period, which was answered by a goal from Mid Cities forward Ilnur Madiarov to make it 1-1 after one period. The Brahmas then put the game away with four straight goals, including two from Vrkoc and other from Matt Coe and Michael Imala. Michael Kennedy had the other goal for Mid Cities. Brahmas goalie Dolan Gilbert made 23 saves in the win, while Quillon Bowman made 46 saves in the loss.
Oregon 4 @ Minnesota 1 – Ian Hedican made 24 saves to lead the Tradesmen to a 4-1 road win in Minnesota. After a scoreless 1st period, the Tradesmen took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period with a goal from Carter Stobb. Oregon then added three more goals in the 3rd period from Luke DiPasquale, Aden Cobbs, and Riley VanderHoeven. The Loons’ lone goal came late in the 3rd period from Wyatt Mattfield. Loons goalie Matthew Ryynanen made 38 saves in the loss.
Butte 6 @ Badlands 4 – Cade Wessman had a five-point night in a 6-4 win at Badlands. The Cobras got a 1st period goal from Caleb Manson, three goals in the 2nd period including two from Ross Biggerstaff and another from Wessman, and two more in the 3rd period from Fabian Vik and David Hanny. The Sabres got goals from Mason Martin and Hunter Fischbach in the 1st period, Seth Stock in the 2nd period, and Kael Delzer in the 3rd period. Caleb Cross made 24 saves in the win, while Brooks McLean made 45 saves in the loss.
Great Falls 4 @ Helena 6 – The Bighorns stayed perfect on the season, improving their record to 7-0 thanks to a 6-4 home win over the Americans. Helena jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held off a late Americans rally in the win. Six different players scored for Helena, which included two goals in the 1st period from Eric Gibboney and Tylor Greene, and then four more goals in the 2nd period from Andrew MacCallum, Tyler Alldrege, Adam Harvey, and Liam Bland. Great Falls got goals from Thomas Gazich, AJ Benit, Patrick Crooks, and Tyler Sunagel. Anthony Adleman made 45 saves in the win. Will Simpson and Zac Hattan both played in the loss.
Yellowstone 4 @ Bozeman 6 – Six different players scored for Bozeman as they continued their hot start thanks to a 6-4 win over the visiting Quake. Bozeman scored three goals in the 1st period as Jaden Aguilera, Luke Busher, and Nick Smith all lit the lamp. Forrest Musselman added a 2nd period goal and Ian Bowman and Shane Domanick scored in the 3rd period. The Quake got two goals from Brandon Kididis and others from Jaxon Call and Jack Harris. Icedogs goalie Collin Soderholm made 22 saves in the win, while Jarret Perino and Brandon Lakusta split the loss for the Quake.