Friday Finals: Wild move into 1st place tie with OT win
Helena 3 @ Gillette 4 (OT): Will Blake scored his 10th of the season 1:18 into the extra period to give the Wild the Friday night victory at home. Gillette held a 3-1 lead halfway through the final period thanks to goals from Tucker Lien, Sky Solig, and Declan Young. Helena’s Adam Harvey found the back of the net in the first to keep the Bighorns within a pair. Helena found the comeback in the 3rd period as Erik Gibboney and Adam Harvey scored late goals. Jake Turek snatched the victory in net with 29 saves while Eric Buchholz was dealt the loss with 35 saves.
Sheridan 1 @ Badlands 5: The Sabres snapped a two game losing streak and moved forward in the Frontier division with their victory over Sheridan. Notable performances came from Seth Stock and Mason Martin, Stock recording three assists and Martin tallying a pair of goals and an assist. Parker Norling scored the only goal for Sheridan. Zach Broxterman made 30 saves in net for Badlands while Patric Loeffler took the loss with 47 stops.
Atlanta 2 @ TX RoadRunners 8: Dominic Mangiapane potted a pair of goals and added an assist to push the RoadRunners past Atlanta. Nicholas Lucas kicked off the scoring 4:58 into the 1st, Mangiapane and Derek Boutin following him up with goals to add to the lead. Mangiapane and Jack Klunk furthered the lead in the 2nd period with goals. In the final period Matthew Edestrand, Eitan Geralnik, and Samuel Bourdon each lit the lamp to widen the gap. For the Capitals, the two goals came from Kaleb Miller and Carson Holliday. Hunter Hein took the win between the pipes with 21 saves. Paul Jarvis and Hudgel Selk both spent time in net for Atlanta, Jarvis taking the loss making 41 stops on 49 shots.
Oregon 3 @ Rochester 2: After trailing by a pair of goals after one period, the Tradesmen rallied back for three unanswered to secure the comeback victory over Rochester, now winless in their last four games. The Grizzlies’ Adam Johnson broke the deadlock with a goal eight minutes into the contest. Matthew Shaw doubled the Rochester lead later in the opening period. From there it was all Oregon as Gunnar Schiffmann, Sam VanderHoeven, and Abe Laggis each found the back of the net to take over the lead. Ian Hedican had a stellar performance in net, making 33 stops in the victory. Nikola Goich was dealt the loss with 22 saves.
Granite City 9 @ Alexandria 2: Lumberjacks forward Ben Anderson tallied a hat trick in their dominant win over the Blizzard. Granite City extended their win-streak to 25 with 10 skaters finding the points sheet. Carson Van Zuilen, Nicholas Richert, and Zak Kannett each buried a goal and dished two helpers. Erick Sanborn and Sean Kenny were the Alexandria goalscorers, Kenny scoring on the powerplay. Quentin Sigurdson made 22 stops for the Lumberjacks while Joey Greilich and Bailey Rosch shared the net for the Blizzard, combining for 52 saves.
Northeast 5 @ Bay State 1: The Generals held Bay State to just one goal in their convincing fourth straight victory. Forwards Sean Gorman and Nick Wracker both buried a pair of goals in the victory. Sean Gorman was the other Northeast goalscorer. Nate Mastrony found the back of the net 11:09 into the 3rd for the lone Bay State goal. Luke Fundator secured the win with 31 saves. Braeden Bovey had 42 saves in the loss.
Yellowstone 1 @ Butte 3: Fabian Vik found his 14th goal of the season on the powerplay with 1:46 remaining in regulation to give the Cobras a hard fought victory over Yellowstone. The contest would remain 1-1 until Vik’s goal as David Hanny lit the lamp for Butte and Benjamin Angeli scored his 1st of the season for the Quake to answer. Less than a minute after Vik’s goal, Nick Bradshaw sealed it with an empty netter. Both goaltenders had strong performances in net, Dale Pfannenstein taking the victory with 39 saves and Yellowstone’s Edvin Falkenstrom kept out an impressive 77 shots.