Another day, another display of offense at the Showcase
Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase took place on Friday and for a third straight day, team’s offenses were on full display. A total of 72 goals were scored in the 12 NAHL games marking the third straight day that the total number of goals was 72 or above. The Topeka RoadRunners and Austin Bruins remain the lone undefeated teams both in the NAHL and at the Showcase.
Saturday promised to be an exciting day as all three are gunning for the Showcase title. Fans can watch the games live on FASTHockey. A total of 326 scouts have checked in through the first three days of the event.
Brookings Blizzard 4 vs. Soo Eagles 2 – The Blizzard moved to 2-1 at the Showcase as they handed the Eagles their first loss of the event with a 4-2 win. Four of the six goals in the game were scored on the power play including the first goal of the game by Zach Kramer of Brookings. Bruno Birzitis tied the game early in the 2nd period with a power play goal, but then the Blizzard put the game out of reach with three straight goals in the 2nd period from Alex Copa, Beau Michaud and Oscar Odd. Late in the 3rd period, Trevor Cope added a power play goal for the Eagles. Eric Hancock made 26 saves in the win. Boxscore
Minot Minotauros 4 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues 2 – The Minotauros picked up their first win of the season as they scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Jr. Blues, 4-2. Things looked good early for Springfield as Nikita Prishyvalko and Max Kalter scored in the 1st period. Minot answered back with two goals in the 2nd period from Blake Lizotte and Johnny Walker and two more in the 3rd period from Christian Mohs and another from Walker. Tanner Holmes picked up the win in goal, making 22 saves. Boxscore
Bismarck Bobcats 4 vs. Janesville Jets 1 – The Bobcats moved to 2-1 at the Showcase with a 4-1 win over the Janesville Jets, who fell to 1-2 at the Showcase. Bismarck jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st period on a goal from Anthony Song. The Jets tied the game midway through the 2nd period with their lone goal from Cullen Munson. Cole Souto gave the Bobcats the lead for good with a late 2nd period goal. JM Piotrowski and Jared Turcotte added 3rd period goals to secure the win. Hunter Sheperd picked up the win in goal, making 23 saves. Boxscore
Wichita Falls Wildcats 3 vs. Minnesota Wilderness 0 – Goalie Austin Shaw stopped all 31 shots that came his way in his first NAHL start as the Wildcats handed the Wilderness their first loss of the young season with a 3-0 shutout win. The Wildcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st period on goals from Matt Koch and Tommy Apap. Max Reisinger added a 3rd period power play goal, which was more than enough for the Wildcats in the win. Ryan Anderson made 22 saves in the loss for Minnesota. Boxscore
Odessa Jackalopes 5 vs. Minnesota Magicians 4 – The Jackalopes erased a 2-0 deficit and scored four, 3rd period goals on the way to their first Showcase win as they defeated the Magicians 5-4 handing Minnesota their first loss of the season. Razmuz Waxin-Engback scored twice and Ryan MacKellar, Zach Feldman and Kenny Hausinger added the other goals for the Jackalopes. The Magicians got two goals from Jack Christensen and others from Lukas Laub and Marc Michaelis. Michaelis factored in on all four Magicians goals. Boxscore
Corpus Christi IceRays 2 vs. Wenatchee Wild 0 – The IceRays won their second game of the Showcase thanks to a 29-save shutout by goaltender Andrew Lindgren as they blanked the Wenatchee Wild, who fell to 1-2. Both IceRays goals came within :46 seconds of each other late in the 1st period as Anthony Cortese and Tanner Lomsnes lit the lamp. Wenatchee goalie Forbes Ploszaj made 25 saves in the loss against his former club. Boxscore
Austin Bruins 8 vs. Johnstown Tomahawks 2 – The Bruins stayed perfect on the season and at the Showcase with a convincing 8-2 win over the Tomahawks, who fell to 1-3 on the season. Austin got off to a great start scoring four goals in the first 13 minutes of the game with tallies from Jacob Kullberg, Landen Letwin, Luke Dietsch and Nico Sturm. Dietsch added his second goal of the game in the 2nd period and Trevor Boyd, JC Maclean and William Feeney also scored. Trevor Recktenwald and Joe Drabin had the goals for Johnstown in the loss. Boxscore
Aberdeen Wings 4 vs. Keystone Ice Miners 3 – The Wings had a good start and held on for a 4-3 win over Keystone to move to 2-1 on the season, while the Ice Miners fell to 0-2-1 at the Showcase. The Wings got off to a fast start with 1st period goals from Matt Sherman and Kyle Haak. Keystone tied things up in the 2nd period with a pair of goals from Matt Jones. Jack Nile and Tucker DeYoung scored :15 seconds apart in the 3rd period to push the lead to 4-2. Jon Hall added the last Ice Miners goal later in the 3rd period. Boxscore
Topeka RoadRunners 4 vs. Michigan Warriors 0 – Young 17-year-old goaltender Matej Tomek impressed the NHL scouts in the building with his second straight shutout, as the goaltender made 19 saves to help the RoadRunners stay undefeated at the Showcase with a 4-0 blanking of Michigan, who fell to 0-3. After a scoreless 1st period, Mike Gornall scored on the power play in the 2nd period and Will Scherer, Cam Strong and Willie Brown added 3rd period goals. Trevor Gorsuch made 23 saves in the Warriors loss. Boxscore
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 5 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2 – The Killer Bees picked up their first win of the season with a 5-2 triumph over Fairbanks. Dan Kucerovy picked up two goals including Rio’s first and last goal. Robin Karlsson put Fairbanks up 1-0 in the 1st period with a power play goal. Rio answered back with four straight from Kucerovy, Dean Balsamo, Parker Wood and Dallas Gerads. Ethan Somoza added the second goal for Fairbanks. Nick Schmit made 22 saves in the win. Boxscore
Lone Star Brahmas 4 vs. Coulee Region Chill 3 – The Lone Star Brahmas handed the Coulee Region Chill their first loss of the season thanks to four straight goals in a 4-3 win on Friday. It was the Brahmas second win of the Showcase. Isaac Theisen and Eddie Matsushima scored in the 1st period to put the Chill up 2-0. Lone Star answered with four straight goals from Cody Wickline, Roman Uchyn, Eric Carreras and Hunter Stanley. Blake Kelley had the other Coulee Region goal. Boxscore
Kenai River Brown Bears 4 vs. Amarillo Bulls 3 (OT) – The Brown Bears jumped out to a 3-0 only to see the Bulls tie things up with three goals in the 3rd period, but in the end, an overtime goal from Matt Rudin won the game for Kenai River, who picked up their first win at the Showcase. It took just 14 minutes for the Brown Bears to score the first three goals of the game as Maurin Bouvet, Logan Wendling and Gustav Berglund scored. Amarillo stormed back in the 3rd period with three goals, with two coming from Charlie Combs and another from Thomas Fazio. Boxscore