Johnstown leads flurry of Sunday sweeps
Northeast 1 @ Johnstown 3 - The Tomahawks completed the three game weekend series sweep against the Northeast Generals by a score of 3-1 Sunday afternoon. Max Neill would open the scoring for the Tomahawks Sunday afternoon, netting his fifth goal of the season 9:03 into the 1st period. Jay Ahearn took advantage of a power play opportunity netting his NAHL leading 17th goal of the season later in the period. The 2nd period would begin with a goal from Tomahawks forward Reed Stark to make it 3-0. The Generals scored their lone goal later in the 3rd period as Tyler Cooper would score for Northeast on a penalty shot to put the Generals on the board late in the game. Johnstown goalie Sam Evola played strong in net for the Tomahawks, allowing only one goal on 26 shots. Anton Castro made 28 saves for the Generals.
New Mexico 3 @ Amarillo 6 – The Bulls extended their winning streak to an NAHL-high eight straight games as they picked up a 6-3 win on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the Ice Wolves, who dropped their sixth straight game. New Mexico jumped ahead 1-0 early thanks to a goal from Alex Gomez. The Bulls responded with four straight goals to make it 4-1, including two from Harrison Scott and others from Jere Vaisanen and Ty Black. The Ice Wolves didn’t go away, scoring two goals late in the 2nd period from Spencer Rudrud and Jack Bayless to make it a 4-3 game. In the 3rd period, goals from Nick Martino and Ryan Coughlin secured the 6-3 win and sweep. Andrew Takacs (14 saves) and Cal Sandquist (21 saves) combined for the win, while Beni Halasz made 35 saves in the loss.
Bismarck 6 @ Fairbanks 3 – The Bobcats stayed hot with a 6-3 win on Sunday to complete a weekend road sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. After Cam Ricotta scored early for Fairbanks, the Bobcats scored four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead, which included goals later in the 1st period from Jon Bell, Chase Beacom, and Jack Conroy, along with a 2nd period goal from Ryan Taylor. The Ice Dogs mounted a comeback, scoring two straight goals to make it a 4-3 game early in the 3rd period as Mason Plante and Owen Neuharth found the back of the net. However, two goals from Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe later in the 3rd period secured the 6-3 win. Bobcats goalie Ian Shane made 22 saves in the win to improve his season record to 2-0-1. Kayden Hargraves made 16 saves and Ryan Keyes made 13 saves in the combined loss.
MN Magicians 2 @ MN Wilderness 3 – The Wilderness won their second game of the weekend as a late goal from former Magicians and current Wilderness forward Josh Bohlin was the difference in a 3-2 win for the home side. The Wilderness never trailed as they got a 1st period goal from Dominkis Marcinkevics to goa up 1-0. Simon Falk tied things up later in the period for the Magicians. The Wilderness regained their one-goal edge in the 2nd period as Gunnar Thoreson scored to make it 2-1. In the 3rd period, the Magicians tied the game at 2-2 at the 7:52 mark as Noah Tussey scored. That would set up for Bohlin’s game-winner, which came with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Jacob Zacharewicz made 26 saves in the win, while Andy Beran made 29 saves in the loss.
Kenai River 5 @ Janesville 1 – In the rubber match of a three-game set in Janesville, the Brown Bears got two goals from Lucas Wahlin and 38 saves from Luke Pavicich as they claimed their second win of the weekend thanks to a 5-1 win on Sunday over the Jets. The Jets had a 1-0 lead after the 1st period as Max Itagaki scored their lone goal of the game. The Brown Bears stormed back in the 2nd period, putting the game out of reach with four goals, including two from Wahlin and others from Peter Morgan and Max Helgeson. Brandon McNamara added a shorthanded goal in the 3rd period to complete the scoring. Owen Millward took the loss, making 16 saves and Riley Sims made 18 saves in a relief appearance.