Saturday Scores: Sweep puts Warriors among South contenders
Wichita Falls 5 @ Odessa 1 - The Warriors won their fifth straight game, defeating the Odessa Jackalopes 5-1. Joseph Harguindeguy was the catalyst of the Wichita Falls offense as he had a goal and two assists. Dawson Klein tallied a goal and an assist while Cade Lemmer, Ryan Robinson and Marcus Frantz all visited the red light district for the Warriors. Owen Bartoszkiewicz improved to 10-5-3 on the year as he made 31 saves. Jack Must had the only goal for Odessa while Connor Hasley was stuck with the loss as he made 27 saves for the Jackalopes.
Lone Star 2 @ Shreveport 0 - The Lone Star Brahmas completed silenced George’s Pond this weekend as Guy Blessing pitched his second consecutive shutout helping the Brahmas secure a 2-0 victory. The game was scoreless until about midway through the third period, that’s when Dylan Smith converted on a setup from Mitchell Digby and Jack Collins. It was Smith’s third goal of the season. Joey Baez would add an empty net goal in the closing seconds for his 10th goal of the year. Cole Hudson was sensational in his own right, he turned aside 22 of 23 shots in the loss for Shreveport.
Amarillo 3 @ New Mexico 1 - The Amarillo Bulls won their seventh straight game as they topped the New Mexico Ice Wolves 3-1. Harrison Scott potted a pair of goals for Amarillo to lead the offensive attack. Ryan Coughlin chipped in a power play goal while Jere Vaisanen had two assists. Nikolai Dulak tallied the lone goal for New Mexico in the loss. Andrew Takacs stopped 21 of the 22 shots thrown in his direction while Henrik Laursen was peppered with 59 shots, stopping 56 of them.
Northeast 3 @ Johnstown 4 - The Johnstown Tomahawks jumped into a tie for first place in the East Division as they won their fifth straight game, beating the Northeast Generals 4-3. Jay Ahearn logged a goal and an assist to lead the Johnstown offense. John Gelatt, Alex Gritz, and Anthony Mastromonica all found the back of the net in the win. Brent Keefer, Jonathan Young and Tyler Cooper lit the lamp for Northeast. Peyton Grainer made 35 stops and logged an assist in the victory. Hugo Haas and Anton Castro combined to make 42 saves for the Generals.
Bismarck 9 @ Fairbanks 4 - A five goal second period was more than enough for the Bismarck Bobcats as they demolished the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 9-4. Ryan Taylor lit the lamp twice and added an assist while Austin Schwartz had a goal and two assists. Tim Piechowski and Jimmy Doyle each had a goal and an assist for Bismarck. Grant Ahcan, Luke Gramer, Will Magnuson and Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe all found the back of the net for the Bobcats. Jake Hale scored twice for Fairbanks while Owen Neuharth and Billy Renfrew also had goals for the Ice Dogs. Cameron Korpi denied 26 shots to improve to 6-2 on the season. Kayden Hargraves and Ryan Keyes teamed up to make 30 saves for Fairbanks.
Maine 1 @ New Jersey 3 - The New Jersey Titans bounced back on Saturday night as they knocked off the Maine Nordiques 3-1. Stephen Willey opened the scoring for the Titans with his fifth of the season. Maine would tie the game in the second period with a goal off the stick of Reese Farrell. But a few minutes later, Jake LaRusso would net a power play goal to retake the lead. Blake Humphrey would add some insurance in the third period for New Jersey as he netted his second of the year. Berk Berkeliev was on top of his game as he made 25 saves. Tyriq Outen took the loss in goal as he made 31 stops.
Kenai River 3 @ Janesville 6 - The Janesville Jets evened their three game series with Kenai River as they scored a 6-3 win on Saturday night. Thomas Middleton dished out three assists to lead all players with three points. Max Itagaki and Nick Leyer had a goal and an assist each. Carter Hottmann, Jack Sacratini, Charlie Schoen and Spencer Kring all got on the scoresheet for Janesville. Brandon McNamara had a goal and an assist to lead the Brown Bears while Peter Morgan and Cole Dubicki also scored for Kenai River. Owen Millward earned the win in goal as he made 25 saves. Andrew Rose was dealt the loss in net as he made 41 saves.
St. Cloud 2 @ Minot 4 - The Minot Minotauros ended their eight game losing streak as they scored a 4-2 victory over the St. Cloud Norsemen. Cade Stibbe scored the game’s opening goal midway through the second period but Ben Helgeson would tie the game up just minutes later. Kaiden Scott would put Minot back in the lead just 52 seconds into the third period with his fifth of the year. Max Johnson would bring the Norsemen even with his first goal of the season. Ethan Schmunk first NAHL goal would prove to be the game winner as he scored with just 2:03 remaining in regulation. Jay Buchholz would add an empty netter for Minot. Keenan Rancier made 31 saves to earn his ninth win of the season. Paxton Geisel took the loss for St. Cloud as he stopped 27 of 30 shots.
Austin 1 @ MN Wilderness 2 (SO) - Grant Doctor had the only goal in the shootout as the Minnesota Wilderness topped the Austin Bruins 2-1. The Bruins struck first in the second period as Sutter Muzzatti scored his second goal of the season unassisted. It would remain a 1-0 game until the 16:26 of the third period when Mitchell Allard deposited his fourth goal of the year into the back of the net. Jacob Herter and Doctor picked up the assists. Jacob Zacharewicz won his first NAHL game as he made 28 saves and stopped all four shooters he faced in the skills competition. Tyler Shea took the loss in goal despite making 34 saves and stopping three of four in the shootout.