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Saturday Scores: Jets, Bulls win season debut for new coaches

September 17, 2017

Topeka RoadRunners forward Will Schlagenhauf had 3 assists in a 6-1 win on Saturday night.

Janesville 5 @ Springfield 3 – In a battle of coaching debuts, it was the Jets Gary Shuchuk who won his debut behind the bench as the Jets came from behind to pick up a 5-3 road win in Springfield on Friday. The Jr. Blues led 2-1 after one period thanks to goals from Shane Haviland and Fletcher Fineman. Brenden MacLaren had the lone Jets goal in the opening frame.  The Jets stormed back in the 2nd period thanks to a pair of goals from Matt Hanewall to make it 3-2 Jets.  In the 3rd period, the Jr. Blues tied the game at 3-3 as Haviland found the back of the net again for his second goal of the game. The Jets seized back control late in the 3rd period as goals from veterans Jakov Novak and Kip Hoffman secured the win. Garrett Nieto made 23 saves in the win, while Michael Corson made 29 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Odessa 3 @ Amarillo 5 – The Bulls opened up their season and the Rocky Russo era with an impressive 5-3 home win over the visiting Jackalopes. The Bulls got off to a fast start thanks to two 1st period goals from Alex Borowiec and Alex Peterson. Odessa would answer on a goal before the period was over from Eric Huss to make it 2-1. The Bulls blew the game open in the 2nd period with two more goals including Peterson’s second of the game and one from Michael McPherson. Odessa closed the gap to 4-3 with two 3rd period goals from Zac Herrmann and Evan Rochowiak, but the Bulls got a late insurance goal from Simon Morberg to secure the 5-3 win. Jason Grande made 28 saves in the Bulls in, while Brett Epp made 36 saves for Odessa in the loss. Boxscore

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5 @ New Jersey 3 – Jack Olmstead was the star of the show as he had a hat-trick to give the Knights a 5-3 road win in New Jersey, which completed a weekend sweep. Olmstead scored two goals in the opening 2:53 of the game to put the Knights ahead 2-0. New Jersey answered with goals from Hunter Alden and Tiernan Seningen to make it 2-2. The Knights went back up by two thanks to goals from Tyrone Bronte and Olmstead’s third. New Jersey cut down the lead to one with a goal from Matthew Headland early in the 3rd period, but an empty-net goal from Curtis Carlson secured the win and sweep. Kevin Lake made 37 saves in the win, while Brandon Perrone made 32 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Lone Star 0 @ Shreveport 1 (SO) – Offense was hard to come by as the Brahmas and Mudbugs battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime. In the shootout, the Mudbugs got two goals from Cam Cook and Roberts Baranovskis to secure the win and extra point. Both goaltenders were just about perfect with Mudbugs goalie Gustavs Grigals making 15 saves for the shutout, while Mitchell Gibson stopped 28 shots through regulation and overtime for the Brahmas. Boxscore

Corpus Christi 1 @ Topeka 6 – The Topeka RoadRunners scored five times in the 1st period on their way to a 6-1 win, which salvaged a weekend split. Topeka scored early and often to open the game as two goals from Nick Granowicz and others fro Cam Kuhl, Conner Griebenow and Devon Fields put the RoadRunners ahead 5-1. Kaelan Taylor had the lone goal for the IceRays. Sam Martel added Topeka’s 6th goal late in the 2nd period to complete the scoring. Will Schlagenhauf had three assists in the game for the RoadRunners. Sam Metcalf made 27 saves in the win, while Chad Veltri made 38 saves in the loss. Boxscore

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