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Saturday Scores: Warriors roll to another sweep

February 15, 2015

Bismarck goalie Alex Bitsakis made 43 saves in a 1-0 shutout win in a shootout in Minot on Saturday.

Fairbanks 7 @ Kenai River 2 – Chandler Madry had a three-point night, including two goals, as Fairbanks scored early and often in their 7-2 win over Kenai River, completing a weekend road sweep of the Brown Bears. Fairbanks scored four, 1st period goals which included strikes from Madry, Yannick Vedel, Tyler Tomberlin and Ethan Somoza. Madry scored again in the 2nd period and Adam Wilcox also scored for the Ice Dogs. Johnny Mueller added a 3rd period goal. Kenai River’s two goals came from Tanner Schachle and Joey Sardina. Kevin Aldridge made 28 saves in the win. Boxscore

Soo 4 @ Johnstown 3 (OT) – The Eagles completed the weekend sweep of the Tomahawks thanks to a 4-3 overtime win on Saturday. Mitch Vanderburg was the hero, netting the game-winner with less than eight seconds remaining in the extra frame. Johnstown led 2-0 early on goals from Ian Spencer and Andrew Romano.  Soo responded with three straight goals in the 2nd period from Matt Menta, Trevor Cope and Denver Pierce to take a 3-2 lead.  The Tomahawks tied the game at 3-3 with a goal late in the 3rd period from Dalton Hunter. Chad Catt made 21 saves in the win. Boxscore

Springfield 3 @ Michigan 4 – Tyler Groat had a great weekend for the Warriors as he scored twice in the 3rd period to complete a come from behind win and record his second straight game-winner as the Warriors beat the Jr. Blues 4-3 on Saturday, completing a weekend home sweep. Springfield took an early 2-0 lead in the 1st period on two goals from Brady Tomlak. The Warriors responded with two of their own in the 2nd period to tie the game at 2-2 on tallies from Peter Bates and Cody Lichtenvoort. Grant Meyer gave Springfield back the lead at 3-2 with a goal late in the 2nd period, which set up Groat’s heroics in the 3rd period. Ryan Wischow made 33 saves in the win. Boxscore

Janesville 1 @ Keystone 0 – For the second straight game, Janesville goalie Matt Jurusik posted a shutout as the 1st place Jets closed in on a division title with a second consecutive 1-0 win over Keystone, completing a weekend road sweep of the Ice Miners. Jurusik has now gone over 190 minutes without allowing a goal and made 22 saves in the win. The lone goal of the game was scored midway through the 3rd period by Adam Winborg, who scored on the power play with an assist from Adam Roeder. Nick Kossoff allowed just a single goal in the loss, making 19 saves. Boxscore

Odessa 2 @ Wichita Falls 5 – The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated Odessa 5-2 on Saturday night, completed a weekend home sweep of the Jacks. Five different players scored for Wichita Falls including 1st period goals from Austin Azzinnaro and Alex Falconer. The Wildcats opened up a 5-0 lead with three more goals in the 2nd period from Tommy Apap, Jake Townsend and Max Reisinger. Odessa tried to claw back with a goal late in the 2nd period from Eric Carreras and a 3rd period goal from Corey Hoffman, but 21 saves from David Zevnik secured the win for Wichita Falls. Boxscore

Bismarck 1 @ Minot 0 (SO) – Alex Bitsakis turned aside all 43 shots he faced in regulation and overtime, then he added three more stops in the shootout to deliver the Bismarck Bobcats a 1-0 road win over the Minot Minotauros. In the 1st period alone accounted for 16 saves--his busiest frame of the night. Through the course of the next two frames, Bitsakis and his Minotauro counterpart Atte Tolvanen combined for 35 saves. Cullen Willox and Evan Giesler each scored on their attempts in the first three rounds, while Bitsakis turned away Nick Monfils, Snyder and John Snodgrass. Colton Kramer kept the game alive in the fourth round but Bobcat rookie Logan Rivard beat Tolvanen high in the fifth round to clinch it for the Cats. Boxscore

MN Wilderness 5 @ MN Magicians 4 (OT) – Tyler Cline completed his hat-trick with a goal 1:44 into overtime as the Wilderness beat the Magicians 5-4 in the lone game of the weekend for both teams. The teams traded goals in the 1st period with Cline and Billy Exell scoring for the Wilderness and Lukas Laub and Sam Becker scoring for the Magicians. After a goal early in the 2nd period from Wilderness forward Darian Romanko made it 3-2, the Magicians responded with two straight goals to take a 4-3 lead on another strike from Laub and a goal from Nolan Schaeffer. Cline then scored his second goal early in the 3rd period, tying the game at 4-4 and setting up the game-winner in OT. Boxscore

Brookings 1 @ Austin 7 – Brian Bachnak had a hat-trick to lead Austin to a 7-1 win at home over the Blizzard, salvaging a weekend home-and-home split. The Bruins struck early and often as goals from Jade Miller and Zach Kennedy put Austin ahead 2-0 after one period. Bachnak scored twice in the 2nd period, along with goals from Jacob Kullberg and Alex Jasiek to make the score 6-1 after two periods. Ben Campbell had the lone goal for Brookings.  Bachnak completed his hat-trick early in the 3rd period. Jake Kielly made 15 saves in the win. Boxscore

Topeka 3 @ Wenatchee 4 (SO) – Kyle Stephan was the lone goal scorer in the shootout as Wenatchee salvaged one win in their three-game home set with Topeka thanks to a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday in front of over 4,000 fans in Wenatchee. The Wild led 2-0 early on with 1st period goals from Brendan Harris and Mike Coyne, but Topeka responded with three goals later in the period from Sam Rennaker, Yu Hikosaka and Ryan O’Connor. The Wild would tie the game back up with a 2nd period goal from Ryan Chiasson. In the shootout, Wild goalie Michael Bullion stopped all five shooters to secure the win for Wenatchee. Boxscore

Lone Star 2 @ Rio Grande Valley 1 (OT) – The Brahmas avoided the shootout that had plagued them the past two goals and ended things early in OT to pick up an extra point in their 2-1 overtime win in Rio Grande Valley. After a scoreless 1st period, the Killer Bees scored their lone goal on a 2nd period strike from Connor Wood. Sebastian Vidmar would tie the game for the Brahmas early in the 3rd period. The overtime-winner came from AJ Vanderbeck, who intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and scored on the breakaway 1:09 into overtime. TJ Black made 27 saves in the win, while Nick Schmit made 16 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Corpus Christi 2 @ Amarillo 5 – The Bulls scored five special teams goals on their way to a 5-2 win, which salvaged a weekend split with the IceRays. The IceRays led 1-0 on an early power play goal from Wes Michaud, but the Bulls responded with two goals before the period was out from Luke Novak and Charlie Combs. Another goal from Combs and Will Harrison, both on the power play, in the 2nd period put the Bulls ahead 4-1 after two periods. Combs completed his hat-trick with a power play goal midway though the 3rd period. Matt Colford had the other goal for Corpus Christi. Anton Martinsson made 38 saves in the win. Boxscore 

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