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Friday Finals: Wild stay perfect with win in OT thriller

September 25, 2021

Louisiana forward Josh Hrip had two goals to lead the Drillers to a 6-1 season-opening win over the visiting Capitals.

Friday Box Scores

Great Falls 5 @ Gillette 6 (OT) – The Wild moved their record to a perfect 5-0 on the season as Saizha Norwegian had a hat-trick, including the overtime-winning goal and an assist in a 6-5 win over the Americans. The Wild got two goals in the 1st period from Norwegian and Isaac Young. The Americans responded with two goals in the 2nd period from Tae Evans and Thomas Gazich to make it 2-2. In the 3rd period, Norwegian scored again and Zac Yurkanin and Declan Young also had goals for the Wild, while Hunter Maschke, Micah Serino, and Gazich scored for Great Falls. Jake Turek made 37 saves in the win, while Zac Hattan made 43 saves in the loss.

Atlanta 1 @ Louisiana 6 – Josh Hrip had two goals to lead the Drillers to a 6-1 season-opening win over the visiting Capitals. The teams were tied at 1-1 in the 1st period as Hrip scored for Louisiana and Kirill Nikulichev answering for Atlanta. After that, it was all Drillers, which included three goals in the 2nd period from Thomas Mougin, Frank Steinway, and Bobby Hoskings, and two more in the 3rd period from Hrip and Zan Mojzer. Evan Wittchow made 16 saves in the win, while Paul Jarvis made 47 saves in the loss.

Long Beach 5 @ Danbury 3 – Five different players scored to help the Sharks improve to 2-1 thanks to a 5-3 road win in Danbury. The Jr. Hat Tricks jumped ahead 2-0 on goals from Oleg Egorov and Daniel Khatib. The Sharks tied the game on goals from Walker Montgomery and Logan Plante. Before the 2nd period was done, Danbury regained the lead on a goal from Antonio Felidi. In the 3rd period, the Sharks pulled away with three goals from Jake Weikel, Tyler Fisher, and Christopher Barnard. Greyson Skirpan made 28 saves in the win, while Liam McGibbon made 50 saves in the loss.

Oregon 4 @ Peoria 2 – Tradesmen goalie Ian Hedican made 57 saves to give his team and head coach Eric Fenton their first win of the season as Oregon came from behind to defeat Peoria, 4-2. Peoria scored first on a goal from Ethan Chesney. Oregon answered to make it 1-1 on a goal from Jason Tenezaca. The Mustangs regained the lead on a goal from Sean Patrick Merck. The Tradesmen would then score the final three goals, which came from Carter Watters, Riley VanderHoeven and Sam VanderHoeven. Mustangs goalie TJ DeMeulenaere was credited with the loss.

Minnesota 4 @ New Ulm 9 – Gavin Brunmeier had a hat-trick to lead the Steel to a comfortable 9-4 win over the Loons. New Ulm scored five goals in the 1st period and never looked back, which included Brunmeier’s hat-trick and others from Max Rotsaert and Bauer Barry. The Steel put up four more goals in the 2nd period from Marcus Mack, Parker Dorn, Josh Delange, and another from Rotsaert. The Loons got goals from Tye Kusilek, Wyatt Mattfield, Christian Crutcher, and Blake Keller. Nolan Lacosse made 25 saves in the win, while Matthew Ryynanen took the loss.

Mid Cities 6 @ Austin 1 – The Stars spoiled the Ice Bats NA3HL opener as Ilnur Madiarov recorded a hat-trick in a 6-1 road win on Friday, giving Mid Cities their first win of the season. The Stars jumped out to a 4-0 lead, which included two goals from Madiarov and others from William Wood and Colton Sebastian. The Ice Bats netted their first NA3HL goal late in the 2nd period from Coby Nostrant. In the 3rd period, the Stars scored twice more, including the hat-trick from Madiarov and Kyle Russell. Quillon Bowman picked up the win in goal, while Brandon Shantz took the loss.

Willmar 1 @ Granite City 5 – The Lumberjacks got goals from five different players and goalie Quentin Sigurdson made 21 saves as they stayed perfect on the season with a 5-1 win over the visiting WarHawks. Granite City opened up a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Troy Lund and Ben Anderson. The lead increased to 5-0 in the 3rd period as Granite City got three more goals from Brett Reed, Cory Warner, and Matthew DeLany. With under a minute remaining, the WarHawks scored their lone goal from Zach Dalzell. Will Penney made 34 saves in the loss.

Butte 3 @ Sheridan 4 (OT) – The Hawks picked up their first win of the season as Nathan Gilleshammer scored twice, including the overtime-winning goal, as the Hawks beat the Cobras, 4-3 in overtime. Butte scored a goal in each period, which included two goals from Nick Bradshaw and another from Fabian Vik. The Hawks countered with a goal in the 1st period from Wyatt Vasko, and two in the 2nd period from Gilleshammer and Makhai Sparks. The winner came 2:39 into overtime. Patric Loeffler made 41 saves in the win, while Braylon Rogers made 25 saves in the loss.

Wausau 4 @ St. Louis 1 – Mitch Mescevich made 33 saves as the Cyclones opened up their new era in the NA3HL with a 4-1 road win in St. Louis. Wausau took control of the game early as they scored three goals in the 1st period from Dominick Bourdon, Bowen Arola, and Griffin Lennes to take a 3-0 lead. The lead swelled to 4-0 thanks to a 2nd period goal from Dylan Champman. The lone Jr. Blues goal came from Jake Sisson. Brendan Cobb made 24 saves in the loss.

 
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