Friday Finals: South race tightens thanks to Brahmas win
TX Brahmas 6 @ TX RoadRunners 4: The Brahmas came out on top in a contest that saw 10 goals, taking down the RoadRunners 6-4 on the road. The Brahmas held a one goal lead through 20 minutes as Joseph Crowley and Benjamin Mondou found the back of the net for them while Noah Easterson buried for the RoadRunners. Michael Imala scored the lone goal in the 2nd period to increase that lead. Tyler Love Eitan Geralnik and Jack Herron fired off three straight goals to give the RoadRunners the lead back before Mondou potted a pair and Trent Barker added another to flip the script. Brendan Foden picked up the win making 41 saves while Hunter Hein kept out 47 for the RoadRunners.
Sheridan 6 @ Butte 8: The Butte Cobras defended home ice in a high scoring battle to win 8-6 over the Sheridan Hawks. The game saw eight goals in the first period as Makhai Sparks, who scored twice, and Tie Schumacher scored for Sheridan. Butte had Jonathan O’Brien, Luke Schleusner, Tamer Billman (2), and Patrick Crooks (2) score to take a 5-3 lead. In the second, Butte extended their lead with Nick Bradshaw and Patrick Crooks for a 7-3 score. In the third Sheridan added back-to-back goals with Nathan Awoyemi and Danny Shelden for a 7-5 lead. Butte added another goal from Bradshaw and then Ryler Schelle scored for the Hawks for a 8-6 final score. Caleb Cross got the win in net after stopping 59 shots.
New Jersey 1 @ Danbury 4: A second period surge of offense from the Jr. Hat Tricks fueled them past the Titans 4-1. The game remained scoreless until 28 seconds into the 2nd period when Reese Tamburo found twine. Antonio Feidl and Roman Winicki followed him up with scores later in the period to extend the lead to three goals. Jacob Gray got New Jersey on the board early in the 3rd but Lou Caulfield silenced the comeback with his 6th of the season. Ryan Maguire was nearly perfect for Danbury, stopping all but one of 27 shots faced. Jake Agoglia and Daniel Antal combined for 23 saves.
Oregon 4 @ Rochester 5 OT: Luke Jech was the hero for the reigning champs Friday night, scoring 4:10 into the overtime period to send the fans home happy. Ruslan Ospanov, Luke Morrisette, and Spencer Klotz all lit the lamp in the 1st period to get ahead early. Hayden Shoemake buried a pair of goals in the 2nd period for the Tradesmen to keep them within reach ans the Grizzlies scored again in the 2nd, this time from Jech. Will Falconer and Shoemake helped send the game into overtime with scores in the final frame. Tate Cothem kept out 11 shots in the victory while Walker Berner and Tyler Fromolz combined for 25 saves for the Tradesmen.
Peoria 6 @ Wausau 2: Tristan Trudel scored a pair of goals and three points as the Peoria Mustangs took down the Cyclones 6-2 on the road. Trudel found his pair of goals early, giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes. Sean Patrick Merck and Ethan Chesney doubled that cushion with goals relatively early in the middle frame. The Cyclones got on board later in the period as Isaac Baker netted his 5th of the season. Adam Wiggins tried fueling a Wausau comeback with a score midway through the 3rd period but Ethan Peterson and Jonathan Switzer silenced that try with scores for Peoria. Joseph Ambroffi made 27 saves in the win while Ryan Burke kept out 28 for Wausau.
Granite City 5 @ New Ulm 0: The Lumberjacks improved their win streak to nine games after taking down and shutting out the steel 5-0. Luke Delzer and Tucker Skime got the wheels rolling for Granite City with goals in the first 20. Hayden Johnson, Reed Hanus, and Coby Weber carried that momentum into the 2nd period, all lighting the lamp to extend the lead to 5. A scoreless 3rd period from either team meant a shutout for Paul Caussin, completing the night making 23 saves. Nolan Lacosse kept out 45 of 50 for the Steel.
Willmar 1 @ Alexandria 9: The Alexandria Blizzard defeated the Willmar WarHawks by a wide margin in a 9-1 final. The Blizzard got ahead 2-0 in the first period with Jack Whitmore scoring twice. Early into the middle frame, Luke McCarthy got the WarHawks to within a goal, 2-1. Alexandria took back control of the game adding 4 unanswered goals with Tyler Klingbiel, Matt McIntyre, Wyatt Johnson and Jack Whitmore, who scored a hat-trick, for a 6-1 lead. In the third the Blizzard continued to put it on the WarHawks as Jackson Miller, Justin Wasvick and Jayden Luck all scored for a 9-1 final. Alex Lamont took the win in net after turning away 24 shots.
St. Louis 0 @ Milwaukee 7: The Milwaukee Power shutout the St. Louis Jr. Blues in a 7-0 contest. After a scoreless first period, the Power took a 3-0 lead to close out the second period with Blake Keller and Patrick Toomey scoring twice. In the third, Toomey added his third of the game followed by Keller adding back-to-back for a hat-trick and Luke Nemeth to close things out for a 7-0 final. Milwaukee netminder Adam Prokop posted a 22 shot shutout win.
New Mexico 2 @ El Paso 1 (OT): The New Mexico Ice Wolves got an overtime win over the El Paso Rhinos, 2-1. El Paso got ahead in the first period with Zachary Ware. In the second, New Mexico evened the game 1-1 with a goal from Jo Kawagishi. In the extra frame, Jameson Klein netted the game winner for a 2-1 overtime final. Pierson Haislet got the win in net after stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced.
Bozeman 6 @ Yellowstone 3: The Bozeman Ice Dogs topped the Yellowstone Quake by a final score of 6-3. Bozeman ended the first period with a 4-0 lead with Bodie Shepardson scoring twice, Owen House and Bryce Sturm. In the second period, Yellowstone got on the board with Nick Cofer. Bozeman added back to back goals with Mattias Godfrey and Dominik Hauer for a 6-1 lead. Yellowstone added two more goals with Ben Carlson to end the game 6-3. Sean Smer earned the win in net after stopping 38 shots.
Great Falls 1 @ Badlands 3: The Badlands Sabres won 3-1 over the Great Falls Americans. In the first period the Sabres took a 2-0 lead as Dominic Powilatis and Carter Johnson scored. In the middle frame, Payton Staffacher scored for Badlands to make the score 3-0. Russ Rassmussen netted the final and lone goal of the night for Great Falls for a 3-1 final. Zach Broxterman was great in net after stopping 42 shots.