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Saturday Scores: Bobcats tighten Central race with sweep

February 2, 2020

Niclas Puikkonen helped the 1st place Amarillo Bulls increase their winning streak to five straight games with a weekend sweep.

Saturday's Box Scores

Aberdeen 1 @ Bismarck 3 - Ryan Ullan allowed just one goal on 26 shots as the Bismarck Bobcats swept the Aberdeen Wings with a 3-1 win. Jacob Marti netted the game’s first goal at the 12:31 mark of the first period. Adam Stacho scored his second goal of the weekend to make it a 2-0 Bismarck lead. Sam Martel’s second of the year made it 3-0 in favor of the Bobcats. Jake Beaune broke the goose egg for Aberdeen but it wasn’t enough. Henry Welsch took the loss as he made 18 saves. 
Kenai River 3 @ Fairbanks 6 - After a wild first period, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs owned the final 40 minutes of play en route to a 6-3 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears. The two teams traded goals in the opening minutes as Zach Krajnik scored twice in the first minutes of action but Evan Junker and Bret Link also found the back of the net to keep the game tied. Matt Koethe gave Fairbanks their first lead of the game at the 8:33 mark of the first but Max Osborne scored his first goal as a Brown Bear just before the end of the period. Oliver Kjaer gave Fairbanks the lead for good while Junker and Dylan Abbott provided insurance for the Ice Dogs. Talon Wild made 26 saves to help Fairbanks finish off the three game sweep of the in-state rival Brown Bears. Landon Pavlisin was dealt the loss as he made 25 saves.
Corpus Christi 2 @ Amarillo 3 - The Amarillo Bulls finished off the sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays as they scored a 3-2 win on Saturday night. Devan Tongue and Joshua Burke got the Bulls out to an early 2-0 lead before Stephen Kyrkostas got the IceRays within one before the end of the first period. Niclas Puikkonen helped Amarillo regained the two goal lead with his 10th of the season. Kyrkostas added a goal very late in the third but it was not enough as the Bulls held on for a one goal win. Max Gutjahr stopped 20 shots while Jeremy Forman kept Corpus Christi in the game with 41 stops of his own. 
Springfield 4 @ Janesville 5 (SO) - Isaac Novak scored the game tying goal in the third period and scored the game deciding goal in the shootout as the Janesville Jets rallied to defeat the Springfield Jr. Blues 5-4. Max Itagaki and Novak jump started the Janesville offense and gave them a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Jr. Blues responded with four goals in the middle frame as Jonathan Panisa, Giovanni Carabelli, Carson Jones and Jack Rhode lit the lamp. Nick Gonrowski scored a shorthanded goal to get the Jets within one before Novak’s second tally of the night. Grant Riley denied 25 shots in regulation and all three shooters in the skills competition. Ryan Wilson stopped 39 shots in the loss. 
St. Cloud 3 @ MN Magicians 5 - Robert Christy netted two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Magicians finished off the sweep of the St. Cloud Blizzard with a 5-3 victory. Chris Konin notched a goal and an assist while Devlin McCabe and T.J. Sagissor both found the back of the net. Dysen Skinner won his second game in as many nights as he stopped 24 shots. Colin West and Ryan O’Neil both had a goal and an assist for the Blizzard. Owen Belisle also scored in the loss. Tyler Bost turned aside 30 shots for St. Cloud.
New Jersey 9 @ Maine 2 - Kyle Jeffers and Matt Cameron each scored potted a pair of goals as the New Jersey Titans steamrolled the Maine Nordiques 9-2. Michael Outzen and Chris Garbe each tallied a goal and an assist for the Titans. Josef Glamos, Shane Haviland and Tyler Nasca all chipped in goals for New Jersey. Patrick Pugliese made 28 saves to pick up the win in goal. Luke Antonacci and Kevin Pitts scored for Maine. Avery Sturtz and Wesley Mankowski combined for 28 saves for the Nordiques. 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3 @ Johnstown 2 - Anthony Mastromonica second goal of the game came with just 3:06 remaining in regulation to lift the Knights to a 3-2 win over the Tomahawks. Zak Currie notched the other Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goal, his 15th of the year. Zack Stejskal needed just 21 saves to grab the win. Bennett Stockdale tallied both goals for the Tomahawks while Alex Tracy stopped 38 of 41 shots.
Jamestown 3 @ Maryland 2 - The Jamestown Rebels avoided a sweep at the hands of the Maryland Black Bears as they survived 3-2. Zach Brydges netted the eventual game winner with assists going to Carter Korpi and Liam Hansson. Noah Finstrom and Janis Vizbelis found the back of the net as well for Jamestown. Jon Howe turned aside 38 shots to win his sixth game of the year. Luke Mountain and Cameron Recchi scored for the Black Bears while Aaron Randazzo made 18 saves.
New Mexico 3 @ Topeka 4 - Quinn Green notched two goals and an assist as the Topeka Pilots dropped the New Mexico Ice Wolves 4-3. Luc Salem potted two goals of his own while Guy Blessing stopped 24 shots to improve to 11-9-1 on the season. Drew Lorinchak also netted two goals for New Mexico. Keegan Langefels found the back of the net and Garrett Mackay made 28 saves for the Ice Wolves. 
MN Wilderness 2 @ Chippewa 3 (OT) - Connor Szmul was the overtime hero for the Chippewa Steel as they defeated the Minnesota Wilderness by a score of 3-2. Bram Scheerer got the scoring started for Minnesota with his 11th goal of the year. Chippewa responded with two goals in 1:10 in the second period as Isaac Moberg and Grisha Gotovets each found the back of the net. Aaron Myers scored with just 3:17 remaining in the third period to force overtime. That was when Szmul went coast to coast and finished the rush off with a backhand shot that snuck through Isak Johansson. Trent Burnham got his 14th win of the year by making 29 saves. Johansson was stuck with the loss despite stopping 32 shots. 
Shreveport 3 @ Odessa 6 - Max Klanow registered a hat trick and Isaiah Heumpfner scored twice as the Odessa Jackalopes ended their long losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Shreveport Mudbugs. Jack Rudin contributed a goal and two assists for Odessa while Andrew Takacs made 31 saves in Jackalopes debut. Matt Weber and Mutt Hutton had a goal and an assist while Sam Miller also scored in the loss. Richie Parent stopped 22 shots for Shreveport.
Austin 2 @ Minot 5 - The Minot Minotauros salvaged a weekend split with a 5-2 decision on Saturday night. Cody Sherman, Kevin Ness and Dan Russell scored early to give Minot a 3-1 lead midway through the third period. Andranik Armstrong-Kingkade and Cade Stibbe netted empty net goals to ice the game for the Minotauros. Josef Mysak contributed both goals for the Bruins while Brett Miller stopped 22 shots in the loss. Ben Garrity grabbed the win in goal, he made 24 saves. 


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