Saturday Scores: Tomahawks back on top in East after sweep
Maryland 1 @ Johnstown 2 - The Johnstown Tomahawks finished off the sweep of the Maryland Black Bears as they won on Saturday night 2-1. Alex Gritz put Johnstown in the lead first as he netted his eighth of the season with help from William Persson and TJ Koufis. Koufis would grab his second point of the night with his third tally of the year. Aidan McDowell would get the Black Bears within one as he potted his third of the season. That’s as close as Maryland would get as Josh Graziano stopped 20 shots to earn his first win as a Tomahawk. Hannes Kollen stopped 27 shots in the loss for Maryland.
Aberdeen 3 @ Austin 1 - For the second consecutive night, the Aberdeen Wings scored a 3-1 win over the Austin Bruins, finishing off the sweep on the road. Spencer Schneider broke a 1-1 tie with just under five minutes left in the final period. Thomas Manty scored the Wings first goal of the contest, it was his 12th of the year. Liam Fraser added an empty netter to seal the win. Travis Shoudy registered the lone tally for the Bruins. Jake Sibell improved to 22-0-1 this season by making 21 saves. Tyler Shea was given the loss as he made 32 saves for Austin.
MN Wilderness 1 @ Minot 5 - The Minot Minotauros won their fifth straight game as five different players found the back of the net. Gabe Temple got the scoring started with his fourth of the season. Jack Westlund and Tyler Kostelecky chipped in second period goals while Damon Zimmer and Reid Bogenhom finished off the Wilderness with goals in the final frame. Cole Hansen’s first of the season would be the only goal Minnesota would have all night. Keenan Rancier earned his 13th win of the year by making 36 saves. Jacob Zacharewicz was busy all night as he made 39 stops in a losing effort.
Wichita Falls 2 @ Lone Star 1 - Make it seven straight wins for the Wichita Falls Warriors as they came from behind to defeat the Lone Star Brahmas 2-1. Trailing 1-0 in the third period, Marcus Frantz scored for the first time this season to tie the game. Then just 1:42 later, Cade Lemmer netted his third goal of the year and it would stand as the game winner. Malte Hasselgren would get the only goal for Lone Star as Ryan Ullan was nearly perfect, making 31 saves. Graham Burke was nearly as good, allowing just two goals on 31 shots.
Kenai River 1 @ MN Magicians 5 - The Minnesota Magicians won their second straight game over the Kenai River Brown Bears, this time winning 5-1. Coline Stein and Luc Laylin each grabbed a goal and an assist in the victory. Hunter Weiss, Karl Falk and Luke Kron all found the scoresheet for Minnesota. Morgan Winters tallied the only goal for the Brown Bears. Darius Bell turned aside 29 shots to earn the victory in goal while Luke Pavicich made 26 saves in a losing effort.
Fairbanks 1 @ Chippewa 2 (OT) - Braiden Lindstrom scored the game winning goal at the 2:10 mark of overtime to lift the Chippewa Steel over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2-1. Evan Tanos assisted on the game winning goal and netted his first goal of the season to tie the game up for Chippewa earlier in the contest. Andrew Garby was the only one to light the lamp for the Ice Dogs with the assists going to Tyler Herzberg and Jasper Lester. Berk Berkeliev grabbed the win in between the pipes by making 25 stops while Kayden Hargraves was dealt the tough loss, making 27 saves of his own.
Amarillo 1 @ Shreveport 5 - Lukas Sedlacek had a goal and two helpers to lead the Shreveport Mudbugs over the Amarillo Bulls by a score of 5-1. Connor Gatto and Joe Mack each contributed a goal and an assist while Matt Weber and Braiden Dorfman also chipped in goals for the Mudbugs. Harrison Scott was the lone goal scorer for the Bulls in the loss. Arseni Sergeyev got the win in net for Shreveport by making 24 saves while Hunter Garvey and Andrew Takacs combined to make 30 saves.
St. Cloud 2 @ Bismarck 4 - Ryan Taylor found the back of the net twice as the Bismarck Bobcats salvaged a series split and picked up three points on the weekend, defeating St. Cloud 4-2 on Saturday night. George Grannis and Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe also lit the lamp for the Bobcats. Brett Chorske and Brendan Kim got on the scoresheet for St. Cloud in the loss. Cameron Korpi rebounded to make 28 saves in the win while Josh Langford was given the loss. He made 22 stops.