Day 3 Showcase games go down to the wire
September 21, 2019
Now in its 17th season, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase is truly the Greatest Show on Ice. The annual event continues on Saturday, September 21st with the fourth and final day at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
All 26 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.'
Friday featured the closest competition of any of the days so far with 8 of the 13 games being decided by just one goal. Over 300+ NCAA and NHL scouts have checked in during the first two days of the event.
Shreveport 4 vs. MN Magicians 3 (OT) – The Mudbugs erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to come from behind to beat the Magicians in overtime, 4-3 on Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase. After a scoreless 1st period, the Magicians took a 2-0 lead midway through the 3rd period on goals from Joel Pavey and Jimmy Doyle. The Mudbugs scored twice late in the 3rd period on goals from Davis Goukler and David Breazeale to knot the game at 2-2. With under four minutes left in regulation, Jimmy Doyle scored to give the Magicians the lead back at 3-2. Just two minutes after that, Vizbelis Janis scored for Shreveport to make it 3-3 and send the game to overtime. In the OT, a great individual effort from Jozef Martancik would net Shreveport the game-winner. Mudbugs goalie Maiszon Balboa made 28 saves in the win, while Wes Mankowski made 19 saves in the loss.
St. Cloud 5 vs. Maine 3 – St. Cloud forward Ryan Green had a hat-trick to lead his club to their second straight win at the NAHL Showcase in Day 3 of the event. The Blizzard would open up a 2-0 lead midway through the game as Austen Humphrey and Green scored the first two goals. Maine had the answer, getting goals from Cannon Green and Noah Kane to tie the game at 2-2. Late in the 2nd period, Isaiah Fox scored for the Blizzard to make it 3-2. In the 3rd period, Green would add two more goals to complete the hat-trick and the 5-2 win. Travis Allen picked up the win in goal for St. Cloud making 14 saves, while Connor Androlewicz took the loss with 19 saves.
Springfield 3 vs. New Jersey 2 – Alex Proctor made 26 saves and Andrew Malek scored twice to lead the Springfield Jr. Blues to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Titans on Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase. The win was Springfield’s first of the 2019-20 season, while the loss for New Jersey was their first setback of the season. New Jersey scored first in the opening period as Michael Outzen scored his 3rd goal of the year. The Jr. Blues then responded with back-to-back goals from Malek to take a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd period. Kyler Head scored his league-leading 6th goal of the season later in the 3rd period to tie the game at 2-2, but with just over two minutes remaining, the Jr. Blues got the game-winner from Aaron Swanson. Arseni Sergeev made 25 saves in the losing effort.
Topeka 5 vs. Northeast 4 – Five different players scored a goal as the Pilots erased 3-1 and 4-2 deficits to edge the Northeast Generals, 5-4 on Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase. The Generals were looking good early, which included goals from Gerard Marretta, Trevor Smith, Tyler Cooper, and Joseph Mancuso as they jumped out to a 4-2 lead. Topeka hung in the game with goals from Luc Salem and Jordan Kovacs. Late in the 2nd and in the 3rd period, the Pilots mounted their comeback with three straight goals including strikes from Connor Zilisch, Kaiden Scott, and Michael Muschitiello. Tyler Bost made 31 saves in the win, while Joey Stanizzi made 32 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 2 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 – The Steel got 15 saves from goalie Grant Boldt as they handed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights their first loss of the 2019-20 season thanks to a 2-1 win on Day 3 of the Showcase. The Knights were first to get on the board as late in the 1st period, Anthony Mastromonica scored what would end up being the Knights only goal. Chippewa tied the game thanks to a 2nd period goal from Matthew Berezowski. Midway through the 3rd period, Jacob Dirks fired home the game-winner on the power play. Knights goalie Zach Stejskal made 23 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 3 vs. Fairbanks 0 – Jake Sibell stopped all 33 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Wings picked up their first win of the 2019-20 season and Showcase with a 3-0 blanking of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a rematch of the Robertson Cup Championship Game of 2019. All three Wings goals came in the 1st period as Jordan Randall, Riley Murphy, and Natan Vertes all lit the lamp. For Vertes it was his 5th goal of the Showcase. Fairbanks goalie Mattias Sholl made 23 saves in the loss.
Minot 3 vs. Johnstown 2 (OT) – The Minot Minotauros came from behind, erasing a two-goal deficit, to defeat the Johnstown Tomahawks in overtime, 3-2. Johnstown got off to a great start as they opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Bennett Stockdale and Spencer DenBeste. Minot began its comeback early in the 2nd period thanks to a goal :31 seconds into the game from Cole O’Connell. Minot tied the game midway through the 2nd period as Ville Immonen lit the lamp. After a scoreless 3rd period, Minot found the game-winner just over two minutes into overtime as defenseman Joseph McCollum fired a shot upstairs. Minot goalie Salvatore Evola made 37 saves in the win, while Jack Caruso made 30 saves in his Tomahawks debut.
Lone Star 4 vs. Bismarck 0 – Brahmas goalie Ludvig Persson stopped all 21 shots that came his way for his first shutout and third win of the season, as the Brahmas moved their record to a perfect 3-0 with a 4-0 shutout of the Bismarck Bobcats. It took just :21 seconds for Lone Star to find the back of the net as Thomas Daskas scored the opening goal. Sam Brennan followed that up with another goal in the 1st period to make it 2-0. In the 2nd period a goal from Michal Stinil made it 3-0 and then Andrew DeCarlo scored his second goal of the season in the 3rd period to make it a 4-0 final. Bobcats goalie Arttu Ruotsalainen made 12 saves in the loss.
Kenai River 4 vs. Jamestown 3 (SO) – The Brown Bears picked up their first win of the 2019-20 season as they used a late goal in regulation to tie the game and then pick up the extra point in the shootout to beat the Rebels, 4-3. Jamestown never trailed in the game until the end as they got two goals from Nate Clark and another from Eric Olson. The Brown Bears got goals from Stewart Pond, Logan Ritchie, and the equalizer with just :16 seconds to go in regulation from JJ Boucher. Brandon Lajoie scored the only goal in the shootout to secure the Brown Bears win. Brown Bears goalie Landon Pavlisin made 24 saves in the win, while Jon Howe made 28 saves in the loss.
Austin 3 vs. New Mexico 0 – Bruins goalie Zach Hansen stopped all 21 shots that came his way to post a shutout in his NAHL debut as the Bruins picked up their first win of the 2019-20 season with a 3-0 shutout of the Ice Wolves. The Bruins got a goal in each of the three periods, which included a 1st period goal from ben Almquist, a 2nd period goal from Barrett Brooks, and a 3rd period tally from Dante Sheriff. New Mexico goalie Josh Graziano took the loss, making 34 saves.
Maryland 4 vs. Janesville 1 – Maryland jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back as they picked up their second win at the NAHL Showcase as they defeated the Janesville Jets, 4-1. Four different players scored for Maryland, which included 1st period goals from Emil Gabrielson and Logan Kons, a 2nd period goal from Jackson Sterrett and a 3rd period goal from Jack Hillman. The lone Jets goal came off the stick of Nick Nardella early in the 3rd period. Black Bears goalie Cooper Black made 11 saves in the win, while Cristian Wong-Ramos made 21 saves in the loss.
MN Wilderness 2 vs. Corpus Christi 1 (SO) – The Minnesota Wilderness outlast the Corpus Christi IceRays on Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase in a low-scoring affair. It was the IceRays who jumped ahead 1-0 thanks to a goal late in the 1st period from Michael Krupinski. The Wilderness would respond early in the 3rd period less than a minute into the final frame as Brandon McNamara scored his first goal of the season. In the shootout, Nathan Poolman had the decider for the Wilderness and Minnesota netminder Jonathan Mor made 24 saves in the win, while IceRays netminder Nick Stofcheck made 19 saves in the shootout loss.
NTDP 17-Team 3 vs. Odessa 2 – The NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes had the NTDP on the ropes, but the guests from the USHL scored twice in the 3rd period to edge Odessa in the NAHL Showcase nightcap on Day 3, 3-2. The NTDP got on the board first with a goal from Jack Devine. The Jackalopes stormed back later in the period to take a 2-1 lead as Matt Hutton and Vilho Saariluoma scored four minutes apart to make it 2-1 for the ‘Jacks. After a scoreless 2nd period, the NTDP got goals in the 3rd period from Sasha Pastujov and NAPHL grad Chaz Lucius to secure the comeback win. NTDP goalie Gibson Homer made 19 saves in the win, while Odessa goalie Aaron Randazzo made 17 saves in the loss.