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Saturday Scores: Sweep of Topeka nets Brahmas a playoff berth

February 28, 2016

Thanks to another big weekend from goalie Hunter Shepard, the Bismarck Bobcats moved into sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division.

Topeka 0 @ Lone Star 3 – Corbin Kaczperski stopped all 15 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season as the Brahmas became the second team in the South Division to lock up a playoff spot with a 3-0 shutout of visiting Topeka, which completed a weekend sweep. After a scoreless 1st period, the Brahmas took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Johan Lundgren and Dalton Skelly. Alex Berardinelli added a 3rd period goal to complete the scoring. Topeka goalie Tyler Johnson made 27 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Aberdeen 1 @ Bismarck 3 – Hunter Shepard made 20 saves to lead the Bobcats to a 3-1 win over the Wings to complete a weekend home sweep and move back into sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division. The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead early in the game with a power play goal from Cole Souto. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Bobcats pushed the lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded tally from Aaron Herdt, which would end up as the game-winner. Kevin Fitzgerald scored for Aberdeen with just over five minutes remaining in regulation to snap Shepard’s second straight shutout bid. Jared Pike added an empty-net goal to secure the win. Peter Thome made 20 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Janesville 4 @ Kenai River 3 – Thanks to a strong start and some late game heroics, the Janesville Jets completed a weekend road sweep of Kenai River, handing the Brown Bears their 12th straight loss. The Jets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Taylor Fernandez, Adam Winborg and Shane Sellar. The Brown Bears stormed back in the 2nd period with three goals of their own to knot the game at 3-3 as Evan Butcher, Collin Appleton and Austin Junger all scored. Late in the 3rd period, Fernandez added his second of the game with just :24 seconds remaining to give the Jets the win. Jack LaFontaine, who came in relief after the third Brown Bears goal, picked up the win stopping all 14 shots that came his way. Boxscore

Springfield 2 @ Fairbanks 4 – Ryner Gorowsky and Logan Coomes each had three-point nights as Fairbanks beat the Jr. Blues 4-2 to complete a weekend home sweep. Fairbanks led 2-1 after the 1st period as Coomes and Liam Stirtzinger both scored, while Josh Bell had the lone goal for the Jr. Blues. Fairbanks increased the lead to 3-1 in the 2nd period with a goal from Gorowsky. In the 3rd period, an early goal from Springfield’s Jeff Skinner cut the lead to 3-2, but Todd Burgess scored on the power play midway through the period to make the final 4-2. Ice Dogs goalie Gavin Nieto made 28 saves in the win, while Jr. Blues goalie Niko Della Maggorie made 27 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Odessa 4 @ Corpus Christi 3 – Dean Shatzer made 45 saves to lead the Jackalopes to a 4-3 win in Corpus Christi, which not only completed a weekend sweep for the Jacks, but moved Odessa into sole possession of the 4th and final playoff spot in the South. Odessa jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two 1st period goals from Brennen Miller and Gray Marr. Cooper Zech scored on the power play midway through the 2nd period to make the score 3-0 for Odessa. The IceRays mounted a comeback to eventually tie the game at 3-3 as Carter Johnson and Cody Lichtenvoort scored later in the 2nd period and Jimmy O’Brien scored in the 3rd period. The game-winner came with under three minutes to go from Miller, who scored his second goal of the game. Boxscore

Amarillo 1 @ Wichita Falls 3 – Justin Kapelmaster made 33 saves to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 home win over the visiting Bulls, completing a weekend home sweep. After a scoreless 1st period, the Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Ben Lown and Rourke Russell. Before the period was out, Amarillo got on the board to make it 2-1 with a power play goal from Coale Norris. Late in the 3rd period, Austin Beaulieu added an empty-net goal to complete the scoring. Bulls goalie Anton Martinsson played well in the loss, making 33 saves on 35 shots. Boxscore

Minot 2 @ Brookings 3 – Josh Kuehmichel made 35 saves to move the Blizzard back into the 4th and final playoff spot in the Central Division thanks to a 3-2 win over the visiting Minotauros on Saturday, which earned a weekend split of the series. Minot took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period with a goal from Max Reisinger. The Blizzard took a 2-1 lead with goals from Zach Mitchell and Tim Faulkner. Minot tied the game at 2-2 early in the 3rd period with a goal from Zack Bross. The game-winner came with just 1:43 remaining thanks to a goal from Nick Ford. Gunner Rivers made 37 saves in the Minot loss. Boxscore

Austin 1 @ MN Magicians 2 – Will Ulrich made 40 saves to lead the Magicians to a 2-1 win at home on Saturday, which helped the Magicians split the home-and-home series with the Bruins. The Magicians jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the 1st period thanks to a goal from Michael Wilson. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Magicians took a 2-0 lead early in the 3rd period with a goal from Tyler Bump. Ulrich’s shutout bid was snapped with just :19 seconds remaining in regulation as AJ Drobot scored the lone Bruins goal. Austin goalie Kris Carlson made 35 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Aston 2 @ Johnstown 3 (OT) – The Tomahawks completed a three-goal comeback thanks to an overtime-winning goal from Tommy Horn just over two minutes into the extra frame as the Tomahawks beat the visiting Rebels, 3-2. Aston had taken a 2-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to two power play goals from Dom Garcia and Michael Merulla just four minutes apart. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Tomahawks mounted their comeback in the 3rd period with goals from Anthony Parrucci and Luke Lynch, which sent the game to overtime. Andrew Lindgren made 22 saves in the win, while Trevor Micucci made 17 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 @ New Jersey 4 – Harrison Feeney stopped all 27 shots that came his way to post his first career NAHL shutout as New Jersey won the second game of their three game series with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton thanks to a 4-0 win on Saturday. Darren Brady scored twice for the Titans, which included both goals in the 2nd period, which gave New Jersey a 2-0 lead. Feeney’s saves included stopping a penalty shot late in the 2nd period. Michael Gelatt and Joseph Schuler added 3rd period goals to complete the scoring. Andrey Svistunov made 24 saves in the loss. Boxscore

 
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