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Friday Finals: Alexandria topples Milwaukee Junior Hockey News

Published: Saturday, 8 Dec 2018  
By: Alex Kyrias

Milwaukee 3 @ Alexandria 5 - The Blizzard notched two late goals to break a 3-3 deadlock and ultimately take a 5-3 win over the Power, handing them just their fourth regulation loss in 27 outings this season. Val Popowski, Joe Dokken, Tanner Frerichs, Zach Curry and Brandon Connett provided the offense as Ville Hyttinen shut the door on 32 of 35 shots in the Blizzard cage. Benjamin Beversdorf, Mason Evans and Jake Berry each found twine in front of a 38-save showing from Aaron Dickstein between the pipes.
Wausau 10 @ Evansville 1 - Tanner Eskro, Sean Johnston, Alex Piotrowski and Rollie Carlson netted two goals apiece as the RiverWolves tore through the Thunderbolts 10-1 to notch their sixth win of the year. Vincent Palade and Cody Squillace also found twine for Wausau as Alexandr Gilev stopped 24 of 25 shots in goal. Evansville received 64 saves from Noah Brandau, and Deric Richison put the 'Bolts on the board. 
Coulee Region 4 @ Rochester 5 (OT) - Matthew DeRosa netted the game-winner in overtime to round out a pair of two-goal nights from Vladislav Sorokin and Joey Fostad as the Grizzlies topped the Chill 5-4 at home. Nick Bucklin stopped 23 saves in the win, only allowing goals to Brandon Ratzloff, Blake Holmes, Matt Janke and Thomas Magnavite. Devin Naidow and Gunnar Snyder combined for 35 saves in the loss. 
Skylands 5 @ Long Beach 9 - A back-and-forth affair was broken wide open thanks to four unanswered Long Beach tallies in the final frame to pace the Sharks' 9-5 win over the Kings on Friday. Two-goal performances by Dixson Root, Jack Pensa and Avery Matthews led the way for the Sharks, who also featured goals by Cade Lambdin, Dino Mukovoz and Jackson Wellmeyer. Ryan Cortez took the win with 31 saves. Khole Hibbert, Aslan Shetov, Dylan Dinzik, Zach Burkhart and Steven Ford lit the lamp for Skylands, whose Tom Fornabia turned aside 45 pucks in goal. 
Granite City 4 @ Breezy Point 2 - Ryan Pogue struck twice in the first period and the Lumberjacks never trailed as they topped the North Stars 4-2. Tom Nagle and Trevor Drummer posted the other two Granite City goals, while Gunner Bourassa and Lukas Brockman scored for Breezy Point. Matt Fitzgerald turned aside 15 shots for Granite City to outduel the North Stars' Jacob MacLennan, who stopped 39. 
North Iowa 5 @ Willmar 1 - The Bulls rode two goals from both Konnor Carlson and Justin Callahan to take a 5-1 win over Willmar and keep pace with Granite City atop the West Division. Peter Verstegen nabbed the other North Iowa tally, while Brandon Holt scored Willmar's lone goal. Dysen Skinner picked up the win with 25 saves, countering 44 saves by the Warhawks' Lucas Ehrlich. 
Mid Cities 2 @ Atlanta 3 - Another South Division duel was hotly contested as the Capitals rode a pair of goals by Joey Lajcaj to a 3-2 decision over the Jr. Stars. Andrei Rusakov scored as well for Atlanta, while Brandon Speights and Logan High logged Mid Cities' two strikes. Noah Ping earned the win with 27 saves, while Francisco Clark-Silva's 34 stops fell just short of victory in the Mid Cities crease. 
Missoula 2 @ Bozeman 5 - Hazen McKay logged a hat-trick, Duncan McGarrah scored twice and Mikael Levokari stopped 31 shots as the Icedogs topped the Jr. Bruins 5-2 on home ice Friday night. Cade Insko and Ty Dittman scored for Missoula, who boasted 38 saves from the goaltending tandem of Josh Sample and Seth Daniel.
Gillette 7 @ Yellowstone 0 - Cody Grogan stole the show on Friday, facing down each of the 36 shots against him to backstop the Wild to a 7-0 victory over the Quake. Coleman Varty, Parker Delong, Dominic Ermi, Austin Newson, Gage Thompson, Dillon Hale and George Stilson each found the scoresheet, potting seven past Yellowstone's Michael Allman, who saved 37 shots. 
Great Falls 9 @ Butte 1 - Dylan Olsen tallied a hat-trick and Drew Scites stonewalled 29 saves on 21 shots as the Americans blitzed the Cobras 9-1 on Friday. In addition to Olsen's hat-trick, Brody Boyce tallied multiple goals as well (2) to go along with goals by Sean McLean, Nick Torres, Justin Ohnstad and Cody Dearing. Tyson Stovin potted Butte's lone goal, while netminders Casey Mattfeldt and Karl Zodda combined for 54 saves. 

Author: Alex Kyrias
Alex Kyrias is in his fifth season as Director of Communications and Sales for the North American Hockey League.

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