Saturday Scores: Jackalopes complete three-game sweep
Topeka 2 @ Odessa 4 – Evan Rochowiak had a goal and an assist and Zac Herrmann had three assists as the Jackalopes completed a three-game home sweep of the RoadRunners with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Topeka got off to a great start with two goals in the first two minutes thanks to goals from Dylan Rauh and Chad Hillebrand, but after that, it was all Jackalopes. Peyton Frantti scored later in the 1st period to make it 2-1. The Jacks would add three goals in the 3rd period, including one from Rochowiak to tie the game and others from Zach Heintz and Evan Somoza. Alex Camarre made 39 saves in his second win of the week, while Connor Murphy made 28 saves in the loss.
MN Magicians 5 @ Fairbanks 3 – Ethan DeStefani had a hat-trick to lead the Magicians to a 5-3 win on Saturday, completing a weekend road sweep of the Ice Dogs. The Magicians jumped out to a 4-0 lead, which included the first two goals from DeStefani and two others in the 2nd period, both from Cameron Buhl. The Ice Dogs made a game of things thanks single-handedly to forward Caleb Hite, who scored three straight goals to make the score 4-3 early in the 3rd period. However, a power play goal late in the 3rd period from DeStefani to complete the hat-trick secured the 5-3 win. Isaiah Saville made 28 saves in the win, while Josh Benson was saddled with the loss after allowing the first three goals.
Bismarck 4 @ Brookings 3 – The Bobcats ran their winning streak to six straight games as they won their third game of the week, which included Saturday’s 4-3 win in Brookings. Adam Stacho scored the first two goals for the Bobcats, who jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Gordon Whalen and Noah Bormann had the other goals for the Bobcats. The Blizzard got goals from Jimmy Elser, Vince Marino and Chase Brand. John Roberts got the start in goal for Bismarck and made 25 saves in the win, which was also his Bobcats debut, while Zach Borgiel made 20 saves in the loss.
Corpus Christi 1 @ Lone Star 5 – Justin Addamo had two goals and an assist and Mitchell Gibson made 22 saves as the Brahmas completed a weekend home sweep of the IceRays thanks to a 5-1 win on Saturday. It was the IceRays who led early after a 1st period goal from Brendan Miller, which made it 1-0. The Brahmas then rattled off five straight goals, which included two from Addamo and others from Connor Pooley, Julian Biondo and Kimball Johnson. IceRays goalie Chad Veltri made 26 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 2 @ Austin 5 – The Bruins completed a weekend home sweep of the Wings and ran their winning streak to four straight games thanks to a 5-2 win on Saturday. Five different players scored and Alex Schilling made 25 saves in the win. The Bruins scored the only goal of the 1st period as Andy Willis lit the lamp for his 5th goal of the year. The Wings tied the game early in the 2nd period thanks to a goal from Adam Pitters, but the Bruins seized control thanks to three straight goals from Benito Posa, Valdemar Ahlberg and Alex Mella to take a 4-1 lead. In the 3rd period, Trey Bagwell scored for the Wings, while Sviatoslov Kuchynski scored for Austin. Gabe Vinal took the loss, making 8 saves.
Northeast 2 @ New Jersey 3 – Andrew Husted scored twice to lead the New Jersey Titans to a 3-2 win on Saturday, which completed a weekend sweep of the Generals. Husted’s first goal and another from Nick Boyagian gave New Jersey a 2-1 lead in the 1st period. Matthew Wiesner had the goal for the Generals in the period. Husted added his second goal of the game in the 2nd period to make it 3-1. Another goal from Wiesner made it 3-2 in the 3rd period, but the Generals could not get the equalizer against New Jersey goalie Matt Ladd, who finished with 29 saves. Marko Sturma finished with 30 saves in the loss.
Johnstown 3 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4 (OT) – Thomas Farrell scored 1:15 into overtime to give the Knights a 4-3 win and weekend home sweep of the Tomahawks, who dropped their 12th straight game. Things were very even throughout the game, with each team holding a lead during regulation. The Knights got two goals from Reed Robinson and another from Justin Engelkes in regulation, while the Tomahawks goals came from Joe Kile, Hunter Carrick and Samuel Solensky. Christian Stoever made 28 saves in the win, while Britt League made 32 saves in the OT loss.
Shreveport 4 @ Kenai River 5 (SO) – The Brown Bears snapped their losing streak and earned a series split with the 1st place Mudbugs thanks to a 5-4 shootout win on Saturday. Emils Ezitis had the lone shootout goal for either team to secure the extra point. In regulation, the Brown Bears got three goals in the 1st period from Sutton McDonald, Luke Radetic and David Kaplan. Connor Scahill had the others Brown Bears goal, which came in the 3rd period. The Mudbugs got goals from Cam Cook, Jordan Fader, Brendan Van Sweden and Jay Feiwell. Gavin Enright got the win, making 18 saves.
Janesville 3 @ Coulee Region 2 – Garrett Nieto made 20 saves to lead the Jets to a 3-2 road win in Coulee Region on Saturday. The Jets took a 2-1 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Nathan Solis and Brenden MacLaren, and Erik Palmqvisk added the game-winner in the 3rd period. The Chill got both their goals from Marshal Plunkett. Emil Zetterquist made 36 saves in the loss.
MN Wilderness 5 @ Minot 2 – The Wilderness earned a weekend split in Minot thanks to a 5-2 win on Saturday. Ryan Fanti made 35 saves in the win and Brenden Stanko had two goals for the Wilderness. It was all Wilderness until midway through the 3rd period as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead, which included two goals from Stanko and others from Isaac Kobienia, Nick Altmann and Luke Dow. The Minotauros got both their goals late in the 3rd period from Miroslav Mucha and Austin Dollimer. Samu Lonkila made 18 saves in the loss.