Friday Finals: Americans stun Wild in shootout win
Gillette 3 @ Great Falls 4 (SO): The Great Falls Americans picked up a huge win taking down the Frontiers top ranked Gillette Wild in a shootout, 4-3. In the first period the Americans took a 1-0 lead with Baden Powell (7:40). Late in the opening frame, Johan Palqvist (18:00) scored for the Wild to even the game 1-1. In the second period, Gillette got their first lead of the night early with a goal from Sky Solig (0:51), 2-1. Great Falls evened the game and then took back the lead with Jace Thompson (3:51) and Garrett Weisenburger (16:01) both capitalizing on power play chances for a 3-2 score. In the third period, Jace Johnson (1:52) scored for the Wild to even the game 3-3. The game went to a shootout where William Fallman and Silas Hughes both scored for the Americans to end the game with a 4-3 win. Great Falls goaltender Josh Koziol picked up the win stopping 51 of 54 shots.
Louisiana 4 @ TX RoadRunners 3 (SO): The Louisiana Drillers took a shootout win, 4-3, over the Texas RoadRunners. Late in the first period, Jack Lambert (16:00) netted the only goal of the first as the Drillers got ahead 1-0 to close out the period. In the second it was all Texas as Matvey Ivanov (6:59/10:30) netted two goals and Jack Herron (9:11) added one in between for a 3-1 RoadRunners lead. In the third frame, the Drillers battled back to even the game 3-3 with Austin Manns (11:09) and Rory Neish (13:58). No goals were scored in the ot period, as both Drillers of Cheeno Gryska and Colton Sebastian scored in the shootout for the 4-3 win. Netminder John Moriarty stopped 20 of 23 shots to earn the win.
Austin 0 @ New Mexico 4: The New Mexico Ice Wolves picked up their second win in a row against the Ice Bats, shutting them out 4-0 on home ice. The Ice Wolves jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of goals from Bode Ensign. Braeden Whitesell made the score 3-0 late in the middle frame while adding his sixth goal of the season. In the 3rd, Hunter Fischbach added more insurance with a goal. Pierson Haislet was the backstop for New Mexico, keeping out all 19 shots he faced in the shutout. Bryson Frazee made 34 stops for the Ice Bats.
Northeast 7 @ Danbury 2: The Northeast Generals got back to their winning ways in the East Division Friday afternoon, taking down the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 7-2. The Generals picked up a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes thanks to scores by Braeden Kennedy and Michael Locke. Denis Radchenko helped cut the deficit for Danbury with a pair of goals but Northeast’s Kennedy and John Dicio silenced the comeback bid with scores. In the 3rd it was all Northeast, as Cody Lambert buried two goals and Matthew Nuzzolilo added another for good measure. D’Mar McCoy finished the night making 14 stops for the Generals. Ryan Maguire was busier in Danbury’s crease, keeping out 47 shots in the loss.
Milwaukee 4 @ Rochester 3 (SO): Bryce Garber Scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift his Milwaukee Power over the Grizzlies in a 4-3 victory. Spencer Klotz opened the scoring to give Rochester a 1-0 lead through one period. Riley Dueber added another for the Grizzlies in the 2nd but the Power fired back three goals of their own from Max Erstad, Patrick Toomey, and Jack Wojnowski. The Grizzlies tied the scores late in the 3rd period with an unassisted goal from Marco Sandelgard. Adam Prokop had a phenomenal night in net for the Power, keeping out 32 shots in regulation and all of Rochester’s shootout attempts. Kaleb Bents made 14 stops for the Grizzlies.
Wausau 4 @ Oregon 8: The Tradesmen offense was rolling Friday night as they scored eight times in their 8-4 victory over the Cyclones. Each team scored twice in the 1st, Hayden Shoemake and Ricky Nelson scoring for Wausau while Dillon Schmidt and Marcus Mack lit the lamp for Oregon. The Tradesmen fired off four goals in the 2nd period from Dayne Deanovich, Max Cohen, Easton Simpson, and Carter Watters. Josh Christofferson and Chase Chapman kept the Cyclones in it with goals. Aden Cobbs and Jordan Larkee extended the lead with goals in the final frame. Tyler Fromolz kept out 37 of 41 shots in the victory. Mitch Miscevich and Ryan Burke each spent time in the Wausau net, combining for 42 saves.
TX Brahmas 10 @ Mid Cities 0: The Brahmas dominated on all ends of the ice in their matchup against Mid Cities. Aaron Best topped the scoresheet as he tallied a hat trick. Wyatt Witham potted a pair of goals and added an assist. David Juul, Gabriel Arteago, George Keeley, Michael Imala, and Benjamin Mondou also found multiple points in the win. On the other end of the ice, Joshua Purpura was a solid backstop making 23 saves in the shutout. Garrett Johnson kept out 53 shots in the loss.
Mason City 2 @ Minnesota 3 (SO): Carson Liebaert found the back of the net 53 seconds into the extra period to give his Loons a 3-2 victory over the Toros. The Loons held a one goal lead through 20 minutes thanks to a score by Sebastian Schuehle. Mason City grabbed the lead early in the 2nd as David Schoeneman and Maxwell Barrington both buried the biscuit. Dmitri Kuleshov evened the scores before the end of the 2nd. Keaton French was the victor between the pipes, making 29 saves on 31 shots. Will Kunka was dealt the loss making 17 stops.
Atlanta 2 @ El Paso 4: The El Paso Rhinos power-play accounted for 2 of their 4 goals in a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Capitals. Tristen Elmhurst (6:06) got the scoring going in the opening frame for a 1-0 Rhinos lead. In the second period, Noah Easterson (5:14) added to the El Paso lead for a 2-0 score. In the final frame, Nick Mumford (1:37) got his team on the score sheet for a 2-1 score. El Paso answered back to extend their lead with Jackson Price (6:23) making the score 3-1. Nick Mumford (15:12) netted his second of the night on the power play to get the Capitals within a goal, 3-2. Late in the game, Trey Erramouspe (17:05) scored a power-play game winning goal to take a 4-2 win. Patrick Boyle earned the win in between the pipes stopping 36 of 38 shots.
Badlands 4 @ Sheridan 8: The Sheridan Hawks picked up a 8-4 win over the Badlands Sabres after a high scoring third period from both squads. The game was 1-1 after the first period with Izaiah Phillips (1:14) scoring for Badlands and Ryan McKenna (10:05) for Sheridan. IN the second it was all Hawks as they netted 3 goals with Josh Humphreys (0:06/3:13) scoring back-to-back and then Teejay Torgimson (18:29) for a 4-1 lead. In the third period, Danny Shelden (3:16) added to the Hawks lead, 5-1. Badlands turned on the offense as they scored 3 goals in a row with Keenan Howard (6:26), Carter Johnson (9:07) and Aj Petrotto (11:04) to make the score 5-4. Sheridan took back control of the game as they scored 3 more goals with Caleb Murray (14:09/18:25) going back-to-back and then McCaffrey Billings (18:25) for the final goal of the contest for a 8-4 final. Sheridan goaltender Jack Wood was strong between the pipes stopping 36 of 40.
Yellowstone 3 @ Bozeman 6: The Bozeman Icedogs took a 6-3 win against the Yellowstone Quake. Benjamin Kluza (3:53) opened up the scoring in the game to get Yellowstone on the board 1-0. Spencer Wilkinson (8:45) answered back to even the game 1-1. Later in the period, the Quake took back the lead with Ryan Hiles (10:30), 2-1. In the second period it was all Icedogs with Dominik Hauer (12:28/12:50) scored back-to-back goals and Spencer Wilkinson (15:52) added his second of the game for a 4-2 lead. In the third, Bodie Shepardson (4:19) scored to add to Bozeman’s lead, 5-2. Yellowstone added a power-play goal from Benjamin Kluza (14:48), 5-3. With just seconds left, Dominik Hauer (19:57) netted his third for the hat-trick as the Icedogs ended the game with a 6-3 win. Cam Milewski stopped 33 of the 36 shots he faced in the win.
Helena 3 @ Butte 4: The Butte Cobras edged the Helena Bighorns in a 4-3 final. Helena struck first in the opening period with Tyler Alldredge (0:17) for a 1-0 lead. In the second the Bighorns scored again early with Tyler Alldrege (0:11) getting his second of the night and a 2-0 Helena lead. Butte got on the board with Tamer Billman (0:38) to make the score, 2-1. Helena went on the attack late in the second with Darby McCarthy (15:59) to extend their lead, 3-1. In the third the Cobras rallied as they scored 3 unanswered goals with Nick Bradshaw (3:37), Caelin Chinery (6:58) and Tamer Billman (13:56) to take the win, 4-3. Caleb Cross stopped 47 of the 50 shots he faced in the win.