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Friday Finals: Grizzlies stay hot with shutout

October 29, 2022

Wyatt Noble had a goal and an assist to help Sheridan win their third straight game as they beat 1st place Helena on Friday, 7-5.

Friday Box Scores

Milwaukee 0 @ Rochester 2: In a primarily defensive battle, the Grizzlies came out on top to defeat Milwaukee 2-0. Rochester’s offense came early in the 1st period, as Owen Van Tassel and Benjamin Tschida each found the back of the net, Van Tassel’s goal coming shorthanded. That 2-0 score would remain the same after 60 minutes of play, thanks to a 17-save shutout performance from Kaleb Bents. Milwaukee netminder Brett Holmer made 28 stops on 30 shots in the loss. 

Helena 5 @ Sheridan 7: In a high scoring contest, the Sheridan Hawks defeated the Helena Bighorns 7-5. The Hawks opened the scoring with Danny Shelden. Harlan Wojtusik evened the game 1-1 soon after for the Bighorns. The Hawks added back-to-back goals with Teejay Torgrimson and Sam Kleiman-Lee for a 3-1 final. In the second period, the Hawks added two goals with Sam Kleiman-Lee and Wyatt Noble for a 5-1 final. In the third the Hawks added two goals as the Bighorns scored 4 goals but fell short, 7-5. 

Bay State 2 @ Norwich 9: The Norwich Sea Captains picked up their eighth win of the season after dominating the Bobcats through all 60 minutes in a 9-2 final score. In the 1st, Jack Kinahan potted a pair of goals and Tony Morran and Andry Guy buried some of their own to give the Sea Captains a 4-0 lead through 20 minutes. The two squads split the 2nd period with Chris Hamilton and Brian Essing scoring for Norwich and Jason Melanson and Brian Woak scoring for Bay State. In the final frame, Essing scored a pair to pick up a natural hat trick and Jameson Bain added another for good measure. Presley Patrin picked up the win between the pipes while making 19 saves on 21 shots. AJ Cooper and Jacob King both spent time in net for the Bobcats, combining for 38 saves. 

El Paso 2 @ Louisiana 5: The Drillers continued their hot streak in the South Division, defeating the Rhinos 5-2 to pick up their seventh consecutive victory. Daniel Crutcher and Lukas Dany both tickled twine in the 1st to give Louisiana a lead through one period of play. Trey Erramouspe scored a pair in the 2nd to even the scores but Frank Steinway buried his second of the year to regain the lead late in the period. In the final frame, Crutcher and Micah Maldonado lit the lamp to extend the lead and seal the win. John Moriarty made 29 saves in the win for Louisiana while Patrick Boyle made 25 stops in the loss. 

TX Brahmas 6 @ Atlanta 1: Aaron Best had two goals and an assist to lead the Brahmas to a 6-1 road win in Atlanta. Texas led 3-0 after one period with goals from David Juul, George Kelley, and Best. Benjamin Mondou scored in the 2nd period to make it 4-0, and Best and Michael Imala added 3rd period goals. Brett Phillips had the lone goal for the Capitals. Brendan Forden made 32 saves in the win.

St. Louis 0 @ Peoria 4: The Mustangs blanked St. Louis on home ice 4-0 thanks to a strong performance from their netminder Joseph Ambroffi. After a scoreless first period, Peoria’s Ethan Chesney opened up the scoring four minutes into the 2nd period. Tristan Trudel followed up Chesney by scoring a pair of goals to give the Mustangs a commanding lead through 40 minutes. Beckett Doyle extended the lead in the final frame with a goal eight minutes into the period. Ambroffi finished the night making 17 saves in the shutout while Jordan Behnen made 47 saves in the loss for St. Louis. 

Mid Cities 4 @ Austin 6: A dominant four-goal 2nd period helped lift the Austin Ice Bats past Mid Cities 6-4. The scores remained level after one period as Dakota Brandom and Ilnur Madiarov scored for Mid Cities and Jack Hanson and Al Evanyk tickled twine for the Ice Bats. In the middle frame, Ben Allen, Jaylen Mendez, Hanson, and Evanyk all buried goals to shut down the visitors’ hopes. In the final period, Dakota Brandom scored a pair of goals to help his Jr. Stars draw within two goals but it wouldn’t be enough. Collin Lemanski made an impressive 40 saves on 44 shots in the win. Garrett Johnson was handed the loss making 38 stops. 

Granite City 5 @ Willmar 1: The Lumberjacks continue their dominance in the West Division, taking down the WarHawks 5-1 on the road. The game remained level after 20 minutes as Braydon Buckingham buried for Willmar and Hayden Johnson netted one for the visitors. Johnson added his second of the night in the middle frame to give Granite City a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd. In the 3rd, Reed Hanus, Luke Delzer, and Andrew Butler all tickled twine to extend the lead and put the game out of reach. Ryan Lehet made 27 saves in the win while Payton Mancuso made 43 stops for the WarHawks. 

Minnesota 2 @ New Ulm 3 (OT): After relenting a 2-1 lead with just 16 seconds left in regulation, the Loons recovered to take the overtime victory thanks to Michael Fitzgerald’s goal 54 seconds into the extra period. Jack Laser opened up the scoring for the Steel six minutes into the 1st period with Minnesota’s Kemry Stitch answering shortly after. Loons forward Jamison Allen buried his 1st of the season to give the Loons a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes. Down a man, the Steel battled to the end and tied the game with 16 seconds remaining, Nicholas O’Brien credited with the goal. Matthew Ryynanen came out with the win in the crease, making 33 saves on the night. Nolan Lacosse made 25 stops in the loss. 

Mason City 2 @ Alexandria 1 : The Mason City Toros edged the Alexandria Blizzard in a 2-1 final after a third period goal. IN the fist Charlie Larsen got the Blizzard ahead 1-0. In the second frame, David Loahr evened the game with a Mason City goal, 1-1. Late in the third, Carter New power netted his second of the season and the game-winning goal for a 2-1 win. Connor Graham stopped 41 of the 42 shots he faced in the win. 

Wausau 1 @ Oregon 8: The Oregon Tradesmen took a big win over the Wausau Cyclones, 8-1. The Tradesmen got ahead in the first period 3-0 with Luke DiPasquale, Nthan Walker and Jordan Larkee all scoring. In the second, the Tradesmen added to their lead with Marcus Mack and Christian Tavare making it a 5-0 score. In the third Oregon kept on the attack adding three more goals with Connore Byrne, Jordan Larkee and Nthan Walker for a 8-0 lead. Wausau added their only goal of the night from Cullen Moehring in the third for a 8-1 final. Tyler Fromolz was near perfect in net stopping 24 shots. 

New Mexico 4 @ TX RoadRunners 8: The Texas RoadRunners took a 8-4 win over the New Mexico Ice Wolves with a strong third period push. Texas added two goals to kick off the first period with Tyler Love netting two goals. Zak Wentworht and Ethan Secord answered back to even the game 2-2. Late in the opening period, Derek Boutin took back the lead for Texas to end the period 3-2. In the second both team scored as Matvey Ivanov and Ethan Secord scored for a  4-3 score. In the third the RoadRunners added 4 unanswered goals with Kyler Potlock scoring twice, TJ Lipsky, and Eitan Geralnik for a 8-3 lead. Evean Axtell added a late goal for the Ice Wolves for a 8-4 final. 

Butte 3 @ Gillette 7: The Gillette Wild topped the Butte Cobras by a 7-3 score after trailing in the first period. Gillette opened up the scoring with Sky Solig, 1-0. The Cobras added back to back goals with Nick Bradshaw and Luke Schleusner for a 2-1 lead. The Wild added 4 goals in the second period with Anthony Foster, Jace Johnson, Alec Waller and Wylee Gladen for a 5-1 lead. In the third period, the Wild kept on the offensive side of the puck with Saizha Norwegian and Adam Severson for a 7-2 lead. Caelin Chinery scored late for the Cobras for a final score of 7-3.

Bozeman 1 @ Yellowstone 2: The Yellowstone Quake edged a win over the Bozeman Icedogs in a 2-1 final score. Yellowstone got ahead in the first period with a goal from Joey Good, 1-0. In the second, Bozeman evened the game early with Kole Morris. Minutes later, Spencer Stenholm would score the game winning goal. John Hughes took the win in net with 29 stops. 

Badlands 1 @ Great Falls 5: The Great Falls Americans added 4 goals in the second period to take a 5-1 win over the Badlands Sabers. Late in the first William Fallman got the Americans on the board, 1-0. In the second, Kael Campbell evened it up 1-1. The Americans answered back with 4 goals to eventually take the win with Ben Cremers, Dawson Bunch, Russ Rassmusssen and Lazloffy Simon for a 5-1 final. 

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