Friday Finals: WarHawks, Kunka stay hot with another shutout
Mason City 0 @ Willmar 4 – The WarHawks won their eighth straight game as NA3HL goaltender of the month for December, Will Kunka, earned his fourth straight shutout, stopping all 31 shots that came his way. Four different players scored for Willmar as Patrick Wyers scored in the 1st period, Tate Hammitt scored in the 2nd period, and Jeremiah Konkel and Brady O’Brien added 3rd period goals. Owen Carlson made 31 saves in the loss.
Rochester 1 @ Peoria 4 – In a battle of Central Division powerhouses, the Peoria Mustangs defeated the Rochester Grizzlies, 4-1. Defenseman Jared Wisely handed out 4 assists and goalie Nahuel Veyan made 31 saves in the Mustangs win. All the scoring came in the 2nd period. Peoria jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Christopher Kondiles and Ethan Chesney. The Grizzlies made it 2-1 on their lone goal from Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth. Peoria added goals from Tristan Trudel and Jake Ratner to complete the win. Lucas Henderson made 20 saves in the loss.
Long Beach 2 @ Norwich 1 - The Long Island Sharks edged the Norwich Sea Captains in a 2-1 final score. Sharks forwards Logan Plante, and Jake Weikel found the back of the net while goaltender Justin Bender stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced. Troy Harwell scored the lone Sea Captains goal and Norwich goalie Andrew Yocum made 26 saves in the loss.
Danbury 5 @ New Jersey 7 - The New Jersey Jr. Titans defeated the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks in a high scoring game, 7-5. Titans forward, Ryan Miller, added 4 points with 1 goal and 3 assists in the win. Miller and Roland Ponechal scored in the 1st period, Parker King, Joey Mataviesko, and Merreck Lincoln had 2nd period goals and Ryan Kenna and Teito Ishigaki scored in the 3rd period for New Jersey. Nikita Kovalev scored twice for Danbury and Elijah Devereaux, Seth Beagle, and Nick Rogers had the other goals for Danbury. Donovan Alfama made 35 saves in the win, while Brennan Churchill made 34 saves in the loss.
Bay State 0 @ Northeast 5 - The Northeast Generals shutout the Bay State Bobcats, 5-0. Northeast goaltender Mason Joseph picked up the shutout stopping all 22 shots that came his way for his fifth shutout of the season. Five different players scored for the Generals, which included Braeden Kennedy and Viktor Solokhin in the 2nd period and Sean Gorman, Tommy Lubin, and Matthew Nuzzolilo in the 3rd period. Cameron Schnopp made 45 saves in the loss.
Oklahoma City 5 @ Louisiana 0 - The Oklahoma City Ice Hawks shutout the Louisiana Drillers in a 5-0 final score. Ice Hawks netminder Nathan Hadley earned the shutout stopping all 24 Driller shots. Five different players scored for the Ice Hawks as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Carl Bengtsson and Aaron Best. Jakob Holley added a 2nd period goal and Vincent Anderson and Garrett Conner scored in the 3rd period. Pavel Grishin made 21 saves in the loss.
Austin 3 @ El Paso 8 – Jack Olson’s hat-trick led the Rhinos to an 8-3 win over the visiting Ice Bats. After an opening goal from Austin’s Dominic Toews, the Rhinos scored six straight goals to put the game out of reach as Olson scored twice, Colin Clough also scored twice and Dani Ceullar and Ethan Marcola also scored. Austin cut the lead down to 6-3 with two goals late in the 2nd period from Jerame Kennedy and Mercer Twomey, but goals in the 3rd period from Caden Butler and Olson secured the 8-3 win. Nate Secrest made 13 saves in the win, while Sebastian Skarzenski made 25 saves in the loss.
TX Brahmas 3 @ TX RoadRunners 1 – In a battle of South powerhouses, the Texas Brahmas won 3-1 against the Texas RoadRunners. Netminder Dolan Gilbert stopped 26 of 27, while forward Erik Vrkoc scored two goals and an assist. Aleksandr Gamzatov had the other goal for the Brahmas, while Tyler Love had the lone goal for the RoadRunners. Nash Wilson made 38 saves in the loss.
St. Louis 2 @ Wausau 5 - The Wausau Cyclones defeated the St. Louis Jr. Blues, 5-2. Cyclone defender Derek Cagle added 4 assists and forward Hayden Shoemake scored two goals in the Cyclones win. The Jr. Blues led 1-0 after the 1st period thanks to a goal from Jack Dapron. In the 2nd period, the Cyclones took a 2-1 lead on goals from Aidan MacDonell and Dane Johnson. The Jr. Blues tied the game at 2-2 early in the 3rd period as Michael Kennedy scored. Wausau pulled away later in the 3rd period with a goal from CJ Zins and two from Shoemake. Zach Dosan made 22 saves in the win, while Brendan Cobb made 39 saves in the loss.
Granite City 10 @ New Ulm 1 - The Granite City Lumberjacks put up big numbers against the New Ulm Steel in a 10-1 victory. The Lumberjacks recorded 83 shots on net and had four players had at least three points. Brett Reed and Nicholas Richert each had two goals and Hayden Walters had a goal and three assists. Other Lumberjacks goals came from Zak Kennett, Wyatt Halvorson, Cody Dias, and Brock Masseth. Gus Cantwell scored the lone goal for the Steel. Quentin Sigurdson made 14 saves in the win, while Nolan Lacosse made 76 saves in the loss.
Oregon 2 @ Milwaukee 3 - The Milwaukee Power edged the Oregon Tradesmen in a 3-2 final score. Forward Nate Stone found the back of the net twice in the contest and Mason Ausmus also scored for the Power. The Tradesmen got goals from Dillon Schmidt and Carter Watters. Spencer Northway made 42 saves in the win, while Ian Hedican made 35 saves in the loss.
Sheridan 0 @ Gillette 5 - The Gillette Wild shutout the Sheridan Hawks, 5-0. Wild goaltender Jack Orchard was perfect between the pipes stopping all 17 shots for his third shutout of the season. Five different players scored in the Wild win including Sky Solig in the 1st period, and Nate Fanning, Zack Slinger, Carson Kuche, and Trsitan Baker in the 2nd period. Hawks goalie Patric Loeffler made 72 saves in the loss.
Bozeman 3 @ Helena 10 - The Helena Bighorns put up big numbers against the Bozeman Icedogs in a 10-3 final. Bighorn forward Liam Bland netted a hat-trick, and Tylor Greene had a four-point game. The game was tied at 2-2 after the 1st period as Samuel Feamster and Bland scored for Helena, while Michael Schwartz and Bentley Simcox scored for Bozeman. The Bighorns pulled away in the 2nd period with five goals, which included two more goals from Bland and others from Tabor Gutschick, Branwen Pollett, and Harlan Wojtusik. Greene added a goal in the 3rd period as did Adam Harvey and Corbin Skinner. Wesley Rees had the other goal for the Icedogs. Eric Buchholz made 25 saves in the win, while Collin Soderholm made 21 saves in the loss.