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Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase features plenty of defense

September 22, 2018

Minot goalie Reid Waszczenko (top) and Amarillo goalie Jason Grande (bottom) both posted shutouts on Friday at Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase.

It was another exciting day at the 16th annual NAHL Showcase. Over 300+ NCAA, NHL, and other scouts have checked in during the first three days.
The NAHL Showcase continues on the final Day 4 on Saturday, September 22nd at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. All 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of hockey's most prominent and popular events of the entire season and has become the 'Greatest Show on Ice.'

Amarillo 9 vs. Jamestown 0 – The Bulls moved their record to a perfect 3-0 at the Showcase with the biggest win of the event thus far, a 9-0 shutout of the Rebels to begin Day 3. Jason Grande made 22 saves in the shutout and six different players had multi-point games. The Bulls struck for three goals in the 1st period from Alex Peterson, Logan Jenuwine, and Jason Brancheau. The Bulls scored four more goals in the 2nd period, which included the second goals of the night from Peterson and Jenuwine, along with goals from Brenden Datema and Jake Willets. In the 3rd period, Nick Anderson and Ryan Lautenbach also added goals. Ryan Keane took the loss in goal for the Rebels.
Minot 4 vs. Corpus Christi 0 – NA3HL grad Reid Waszczenko stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his first career shutout in his first career NAHL start as the Minotauros won their second game of the Showcase with a 4-0 win over the IceRays. The Minotauros opened the scoring just :16 seconds into the game with a goal from Keenan Lund. Taylor Lantz added a 2nd period goal and Fritz Belisle and Justin Kelly added 3rd period goals. Ethan Petterson took the loss in goal for the IceRays, making 26 saves.
Topeka 2 vs. Austin 1 (SO) – The Pilots stayed perfect at the Showcase with their third win of the event thanks to a 2-1 shootout win, handing the Bruins their first loss. The Bruins opened the scoring with a 1st period goal from Ian Mageau. The Pilots tied the game early in the 2nd period with a goal from Michael Muschitiello. In the shootout, Topeka secured the win and extra point thanks to goals from Austin McCarthy and Muschitiello. Sam Metcalf picked up the win, making 41 saves, while Brett Miller made 20 saves in the shootout loss.
Aberdeen 4 vs. Janesville 1 – The Wings picked up their second win of the Showcase thanks to 29 saves from Matt Vernon in a 4-1 win. Four different players lit the lamp for the Wings, which included two 1st period goals from Mitch Machlitt and Brad Belisle. Nic Sicoly scored his second goal of the season in the 2nd period to make it a 3-0 game. Janesville netted their only goal in the 3rd period from Matt Hanewall to make it 3-1, but a late empty-net goal from Riley Murphy made the final score, 4-1. Brady Cole took the loss in goal for the Jets, making 29 saves.
Springfield 3 vs. Odessa 2 – Jack Williams made 32 saves to help the Jr. Blues to their second win of the NAHL Showcase as they edged the Jackalopes, 3-2. Springfield jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one period as Ben Schmidling and Spencer DenBeste scored. Odessa’s lone goal in the period came from Jared Christy. The Jr. Blues made it a 3-1 game as Brandon Puricelli scored early in the 2nd period. Rex Moe added a 3rd period goal for the Jackalopes. Alex Camarre took the loss in goal allowing three goals on 21 shots. CJ Hapward stopped all 9 shots in a relief appearance.
Kenai River 4 vs. Shreveport 1 – The Brown Bears picked up their first win of the Showcase thanks to 45 saves from goalie Dennis Westergard. Four different players scored for Kenai River, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Sutton McDonald in the 1st period and Markuss Komuls and Alex Klekoyka in the 2nd period. The Mudbugs got their only goal of the night late in the 2nd period from Jack Johnson. Johan Bok added a 3rd period goal to complete the scoring in the Brown Bears win. Richie Parent made 26 saves in the loss.
Maryland 1 vs. Brookings 0 (OT) – It was a classic goaltending duel as the Black Bears and Blizzard went back a forth with both goalies shutting the door through regulation. The Black Bears found a seam in overtime as Luke Posner got behind the defense and snuck one past Blizzard goalie McLean Door for the game-winner to give Maryland their second win of the event. Black Bears goalie David Tomeo made 25 saves in the shutout, while Door made 30 saves in the OT loss. 
New Jersey 4 vs. MN Wilderness 2 – Michael Outzen scored twice and Matt Ladd made 31 saves to lead the Titans to their second win of the Showcase thanks to a 4-2 triumph over the Wilderness. The two teams were even at 2-2 midway through the game with Josef Glamos and Outzen scoring for New Jersey and Aaron Myers and Josh Fricks scoring for the Wilderness. The Titans took control with a goal late in the 2nd period from Zach Nazzarett, which would prove to be the game-winner and Outzen added his second goal of the game midway through the 3rd period. Wilderness goalie Ryan Fanti made 31 saves in the loss.
MN Magicians 6 vs. Bismarck 3 – The Magicians got two goals apiece from John Keranen, Matt Stanton, and Valentino Passarelli as they handed the Bobcats their first loss of the season by a score of 6-3. The Magicians jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to three goals in the 1st period, including two from Stanton and another from Keranen. Keranen would then add his second goal early in the 2nd period to make it 4-0. The Bobcats finally broke through with a goal from Jacob Marti, but Passarelli scored his first to make it 5-1 after two periods. Tim Piechowski scored two goals for the Bobcats in the 3rd period to make it 5-3, but a late goal from Passarelli made the final 6-3. Conan Hayton picked up the win, making 22 saves, while John Roberts made 23 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 4 vs. Lone Star 1 – Head Coach Al Rooney got a win over his former team as the Steel picked up their first win of the Showcase as they downed the Brahmas, 4-1. Owen Zdunski picked up the win in goal, making 26 saves. The Steel scored first as Camden Thiesing scored in the 1st period. That was answered by a goal from Lone Star’s Frank Trazzera in the 2nd period, which tied the game at 1-1. The Steel answered back just :16 seconds later as Thiesing scored his second goal of the game to take a 2-1 lead. Before the period was out, Connor Zilisch added his 2nd goal of the season to make it 3-1. Connor Szmul added a goal late in the 3rd period to secure the 4-1 win. Brahmas goalie Wes Mankowski made 25 saves in the loss.
Fairbanks 4 vs. Johnstown 3 – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs picked up their first win of the 2018-19 season as they jumped out to an early lead and held off a late attack from the Tomahawks. Fairbanks led 3-0 early in the 2nd period thanks to goals from Jake Borgida, Dylan Abbott, and Trenton Woods. Johnstown would get on the board with a goal in the 2nd period from Chad Merrell, but that was answered just :20 seconds later by a goal from Lucas Erickson for the Ice Dogs to make it 4-1. The Tomahawks scored twice in the 3rd period, but it would not be enough. Riley Sims made 18 saves in the win and Kade Phipps took the loss for Johnstown.
NTDP 17-team 4 vs. Northeast 3 – The NTDP and Generals battled in a very even game to end Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase, with the NTDP coming away with a 4-3 win. USA scored two goals in the first 2:36 of the contest with goals from Ty Smilanic and Hunter McKown. The Generals would respond right back as Ryan Bogan and Liam McCanney scored to make it 2-2. Before the period was out, the NTDP would add two more goals from Brett Berard and Luke Tuch to make it 4-2. In the 2nd period, the General cut the lead to 4-3 with a goal from Svet Kuchynski, but that would be all they would get. The Generals outshot the NTDP 33-23 in the game. NTDP goalie Noah Grannan stopped all 16 shots he saw and Drew Commesso made 14 saves on 17 shots. Generals goalie Matt Pasquale made 19 saves in the loss.
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