Friday Finals: Bozeman stays hot with 5th straight win
Bozeman 3 @ Badlands 2 - The Bozeman Icedogs edged past the Badlands Sabres in a 3-2 final score. The game was tied 1-1 after Badlands’ AJ Petrotto (11:03) and Bozemans’ Braden Koliha (19:28) both scored. In the second period, Dominik Hauer (7:54) broke the tie, for a 2-1 Icedogs lead. In the third period, Peyton Wilson (0:51) evened the game up again, 2-2. Later in the period, Braden Koliha (5:57) netted his second of the night and the game winning goal for a 3-2 final. Bozeman netminder Cam Milewski turned away 27 shots in the win.
Alexandria 4 @ New Ulm 1 - The Alexandria Blizzard picked up a 4-1 victory over the New Ulm Steel. In the first period it was all Alexandria as Ashton Collings (12:07) netted his fifth goal of the year for a 1-0 lead. Later in the period, Collings (16:39) struck again for his second of the night for a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. In the second period, Gus Cantwell (8:32) got the Steel on the board for the lone goal of the period. In the third, Ryan Hadlock (5:45) sealed the win for the Blizzard for a 3-1 final score. Alex Lamont was fantastic in net stopping 14 of the 15 shots he faced.
Sheridan 4 @ Gillette 8 - The Gillette Wild took down the Sheridan Hawks in a high scoring game, 8-4. The Wild got ahead 2-0 in the first period with Sky Solig (1:15) and Wylee Gladen (1:56) scoring. In the second, the Wild kept on the attack scoring back-to-back goals with Connor Wendell (0:43) and Remington Richardson (9:11). Sheridan got on the scoresheet with a goal from Ryan McKenna (14:22) for a 4-1 score. At the buzzer, Ryan Hipsag (20:00) scored to end the period with a 5-1 lead for the Wild. In the third frame, Ryan McKenna (5:45) netted his second goal of the night for a 5-2 score. Gillette got on the board right after with Alec Waller (9:26), 6-2. Jackson LeBrasseur (9:35) got in on the scoring as he got another for the Hawks making it a 6-3 game. Sky Solig (14:26) added his second of the game to increase the Wild lead, 7-3. Soon after the Hawks found the back of the net again with McKenna (14:50) scoring his third of the night, 7-4. With an empty Sheridan net, Ryan Jordan (19:33) scored to end the game with a final score of 8-4. Cole Wheaton picked up the win in net as he shrugged off 32 Sheridan shots.
Butte 0 @ Yellowstone 1 - The Yellowstone Quake and Butte Cobras went down to the wire where a third period goal from the Quake would be the deciding factor in a 1-0 finish. In the final frame, Joey Good (2:56) scored the only goal of the game with the help of Derrand Wilcox and Wyatt O’Donoghue. John Hughes posted a 50-shot shutout win.
Helena 4 @ Great Falls 1 - The Helena Bighorns kept the momentum from the first period till the final buzzer as they defeated the Great Falls Americans 4-1. In the first frame, Edvin Astrom (3:00) got the Bighorns ahead 1-0 with AJ Norris on the assist. Later in the period, Andrew Deskin (11:37) scored his twelfth of the season for a 2-0 score. Quickly into the second period Garrett Weissenburger (0:11) scored to get the Americans on the board, 2-1. Zach Tuner (16:05) scored a shorthanded goal for Helena to take a 3-1 lead. In the third, Tyler Alldredge (17:35) scored on an empty Great Falls net for a 4-1 final. Marek Andres earned the win in net after stopping 26 shots.
Peoria 3 @ Rochester 2 (OT) - The Mustangs got back in the win column after the 2022 Showcase, taking down the Grizzlies 3-2 in overtime. The score read 2-1 after 20 minutes of play as Luke Morrissette buried for Rochester while Jaycob Bland and Caleb Bross both lit the lamp for Peoria. Connor Stoffell evened the scores 4:55 into the 3rd. Ethan Chesney was the overtime hero for the Mustangs, scoring 2:48 into the extra period from Addy Powell and netminder Cam Pendleton. Along with the assist, Pendleton made 29 saves in the victory. Lucas Henderson kept out 22 of 25 for Rochester.
Oregon 2 @ Wausau 3 - Trailing by a pair of goals early in the 2nd period, the Cyclones rallied back to score 3 consecutive and take down Oregon in comeback fashion. Max McNeil scored the first goal of the contest 10:19 into the opening period to give the visitors a lead. Isaac Nett doubled the lead 3:30 into the 2nd period before Zac Maupin and Ricky Nelson both tickled twine for Wausau to bring the game to level. Brennan Valencia scored the eventual game winner on the powerplay 8:17 into the final frame. Mitch Miscevich was outstanding for the Cyclones, stopping 36 of 38 shots faced. Walker Berner kept out 29 in the loss.