Saturday Scores: Gibson equals shutout mark as regular season ends
April 8, 2018
Justin Brandt had four assists in a 6-3 win on Saturday to help the Austin Bruins secure 2nd place in the Central Division.
Lone Star 1 @ Corpus Christi 0 (OT) – Brahmas goalie Mitchell Gibson made one last push for league MVP consideration as he stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his league-leading 11th shutout of the season as the Brahmas swept the IceRays with their second consecutive overtime win of the weekend. Gibson’s 11th shutout of the season tied the all-time NAHL record, which was set just last season by Rebels goalie Marek Mitens. The lone goal of the game was scored 1:27 into overtime by Julian Biondo. IceRays goalie Chad Veltri made 32 saves in the OT loss.
Bismarck 3 @ Austin 6 – The Austin Bruins locked up 2nd place in the Central Division and home ice in the opening round of the playoffs thanks to a 6-3 home win on Saturday, completing a weekend sweep of Bismarck. Any thought about the outcome was decided in the 1st period as the Bruins took a 4-0 lead on goals from Ian Mageau, Che Landikusic, Jaden Shields, and Andy Willis. Chase Pilawski added two 3rd period goals to complete the scoring for the Bruins. For the Bobcats, Jacob Marti, Alex Pollock and Andrew Bellant found the back of the net. Alex Schilling made 32 saves in the win, while Kyle Johnson took the loss, making 12 saves in his NAHL debut.
Springfield 3 @ Coulee Region 2 – The Springfield Jr. Blues ended the regular season on an 8-game winning streak thanks to a 3-2 win in Coulee Region, completing a weekend sweep of the Chill. After the Chill took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period with a goal from Brandon Koch, the Jr. Blues then exploded for three goals in the 3rd period to claim the win, which included tallies from Dylan Rauh, Nikita Kozyrev, and Max Brainin. Nick Bowman had the other goal for the Chill in his final NAHL game. Evan Fear made 35 saves in the win, while Emil Zetterquist made 25 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 2 @ Odessa 5 – Thanks to 45 saves from Alex Camarre and a three-point night from Dylan Johnson, the Odessa Jackalopes picked up a weekend home sweep of the South Division Champion Shreveport Mudbugs by a score of 5-2. Odessa jumped out to a 4-0 lead through periods with goals from Johnson, Matt Brown, Zac Herrmann, and Viktor Johansson. The Mudbugs tried to make a game of things with 3rd period goals from Ryan Burnett and Cameron Cook, but another from Johnson secured the win. Mudbugs goalie Gustavs Grigals made 11 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 6 @ Topeka 2 – The Amarillo Bulls completed their season with a 6-2 win, completing a weekend sweep in Topeka. The Bulls scored twice in each period, which included 1st period goals from Cameron Bartkowski and Nic Griebenow, 2nd period goals from Marcus Chorney and Jared Domin and 3rd period goals from Stephen Rex and another from Chorney. Meanwhile, RoadRunners goals came from Mason Vukonich and Adrian Elefalk. Bulls goalie Trevor Micucci made 32 saves in his final NAHL game, while Topeka goalie Derek Fournier made 27 saves in the loss.
Philadelphia 3 @ Johnstown 1 – The Rebels concluded the regular season on a high note as they got 34 saves from goalie Eli Billing in a 3-1 win in Johnstown on Saturday. Things looked good for the Tomahawks early as they jumped ahead 1-0 with a 1st period goal from Ben Schmidling. However, that would be all the Tomahawks could get on the night as the Rebels took a 2-1 lead with 2nd period goals from Adam Peck and Auggie Moore. In the 3rd period Ryan Patrick scored his 22nd goal of the season to cement the win. Johnstown goalie Jack Leavy made 18 saves in the loss.
Janesville 4 @ MN Magicians 0 – Garrett Nieto stopped all 23 shots that came his way for his 3rd shutout of the season as the Jets salvaged a weekend split against the Magicians with a 4-0 win on Saturday. Sam Renlund started the Jets scoring in the 1st period and Brenden MacLaren and Kip Hoffman added 2nd period goals. In the 3rd period, Hoffman would add his 2nd goal of the game and 24th of the season. With an assist on Janesville’s first goal, forward Jakov Novak won the NAHL’s scoring title finishing the season with 73 points. Magicians goalie Conor Kiaers made 29 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 1 @ Minot 2 (OT) – In a Central Division Semi-Final playoff preview, the Minot Minotauros got 27 saves from goalie Samu Lonkila and an overtime goal from Lincoln Erne to earn a 2-1 overtime win and weekend split against Aberdeen. Neither team could find the back of the net until the 3rd period. Aberdeen struck first with a goal from Nathan Burke, his 32nd goal of the season, which would tie him for the league lead. Minot would tie the game late in the 3rd period thanks to the first career NAHL goal from Brian Adams, which would set up Erne’s overtime-winner. Gabe Vinal made 25 saves in the OT loss.
Northeast 2 @ New Jersey 1 – Generals goalie Marko Sturma made 37 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 road win in New Jersey in both teams regular season finale. After a scoreless 1st period, the Titans jumped ahead 1-0 thanks to a goal from Holden Biebel, his 2nd goal of the season. The Generals mounted a late comeback in the 3rd period with two goals in the final five minutes to pull out the win thanks to goals from Brendan White and Louis Boudon. Titans goalie Matt Ladd made 37 saves in the loss.