Minotauros, Jets, and Norsemen win on St. Patrick's Day
Minot 2 @ Aberdeen 1 – Logan Anderson scored twice and Keenan Rancier made 41 saves as the Minotauros snapped the 11-game winning streak of the Aberdeen Wings and handed them just their second loss in regulation this season thanks to a 2-1 win on Wednesday in Aberdeen. Anderson, who entered the game with just two goals this season, scored in the 1st period and again midway through the 3rd period. Down 2-0, the Wings tried to mount a late comeback and got their lone goal from Liam Fraser with five minutes remaining in regulation, but could not find the equalizer against Rancier. Wings goalie Dominik Wasik took the loss in goal, making 21 saves.
Chippewa 1 @ Janesville 8 – The Jets got two goals apiece from Tommy Middleton and Nick Leyer as they moved back into 1st place in the Midwest Division with a convincing 8-1 win over the visiting Steel. Janesville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the 1st period and never looked back, which included goals from Middleton, Leyer, and Carter Hottmann. Middleton added his second goal of the game early in the 2nd period to make it 4-0. The Steel broke through for their lone goal from Jack Brown to make it 4-1, but the Jets would rattle off four straight goals, including tallies from Justin Engelkes and Jaxson Ezman in the 2nd period and Call Mell and another from Leyer in the 3rd period. Owen Millward made a career-high 38 saves in the win, while Berk Berkeliev took the loss with 12 saves on 17 shots, before being lifted for Grant Boldt, who stopped 10 of 13 shots.
Austin 2 @ St. Cloud 3 - Jack Suchy’s third period goal lifted the St. Cloud Norsemen over the Austin Bruins, 3-2, on Wednesday night. The Bruins took the lead in the first period when Barrett Brooks found the back of the net. Shortly after, Brett Chorske directed a Ryan O’Neill pass into the back of the net to level the score. Austin, again, took the lead in the second period with a Walter Zacher power-play goal before Brendan Kim scored his fifth of the season on a Norsemen power-play to tie the game at 2-2. In the third, Chorske created a Bruins turnover and fed the puck to Jack Suchy who scored his sixth of the season, give the Norsemen the go-ahead goal. Norsemen goalie Paxton Geisel made 23 saves for his 9th win of the season, while Tyler Shea made 37 saves in the loss.