Saturday Scores: Playoff picture clearing up afters sweeps
Danbury 2 @ Maine 3 (OT) - Cannon Green scored in the final minute of overtime to give the Maine Nordiques a 3-2 win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The Nordiques built a 2-0 lead thanks to Shaun McEwen’s first NAHL goal and Ignat Belov’s fourth tally of the season. Danbury would fight back to tie it up late with a Porter Schachle goal and a power play tally from Joshua Burke before Green’s overtime winner. Ansel Holt won his NAHL debut with 42 saves in 64 minutes of action. Josh Seeley took the loss as he made 36 saves of his own.
Odessa 3 @ Wichita Falls 4 (SO) - Drew Vieten scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Wichita Falls Warriors their fourth straight win, a 4-3 decision over Odessa. Jackson Wozniak gave the Warriors the first lead of the game but a late power play goal from Jimmy Rayhill made the score even after 20 minutes. J.R. Perdion gave the Jackalopes a lead midway through the second period and they took that lead into the final frame. Wichita Falls got back to even with a goal from Adisen Brueck and then took the lead late thanks to Thomas Weis. Odessa wouldn’t go away as Gabe Bennett netted his eighth of the season with just 42 seconds left to force overtime before Vieten’s heroics in the shootout. Owen Bartoszkiewicz made 13 saves to earn the win in goal while Cooper Black stopped 28 shots in the loss.
Amarillo 3 @ Shreveport 5 - A four goal first period propelled the Shreveport Mudbugs to a 5-3 win and a sweep over the Amarillo Bulls. Jake Mack, Matt Weber, Jacob Onstott and Matt Vermaeten all sent the crowd into a frenzy in the first period with goals. Harrison Scott tried to put the whole Amarillo team on his back with a natural hat trick to get his team to within one but Adam Kolcon put the game out of reach with his third goal of the season. Cole Hudson was the winning netminder with 32 stops. Andrew Takacs denied 23 shots for the Bulls.
Aberdeen 7 @ MN Wilderness 2 - A hat trick from Jake Goldowski helped lead the Aberdeen Wings to a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Wilderness. Thomas Manty logged four helpers while Will Arquiett and Spencer Schneider each grabbed a goal and an assist. Natan Vertes and Jordan Randall also found the back of the net for the Wings. Gunnar Thoreson and Grant Docter provided the offense for Minnesota in the loss. Dominik Wasik stopped 17 shots to up his record to 7-2. Kaleb Johnson was the one given the loss as he stopped 28 shots.
Bismarck 6 @ Minot 3 - Lars Rodne stayed red hot as he grabbed a hat trick in the Bismarck Bobcats’ 6-3 win over the Minot Minotauros on Saturday. Quinn Rudrud had three assists for the Bobcats while Eddie Shepler had a goal and an assist. Nico Chmelevski and Ben Troumbley found themselves on the scoresheet as well for Bismarck. Kyle Kukkonen and Brett Roloson added a goal and an assist for Minot while Blaine Warnert also scored in the loss. Ian Shane stopped 26 shots in the win for the Bobcats while Keenan Rancier was dealt the loss as he made 22 saves.
New Jersey 5 @ Northeast 3 - The New Jersey power play struck three times as the Titans took down the Generals 5-3 in their regular season finale. Jake Suede and Anthony Calafiore both got on the board twice while Blake Humphrey registered a goal and an assist in the victory. Dylan Schuett and Jake Dunlap had a goal and an assist each. Tyler Cooper chipped in his 10th of the year on a penalty shot for the Generals. Cam Carroll won his NAHL debut by making 28 saves. Hugo Haas took the loss despite making 43 stops.
Maryland 1 @ Johnstown 4 - The Johnstown Tomahawks earned a 4-1 win over the Maryland Black Bears as they scored three third-period goals. After Daniel Colabufo gave Maryland the first lead of the game, Daniel Tkac tied the game with a power play goal of his own minutes later. Reed Stark put Johnstown ahead for the first time with his 12th goal of the year just 29 seconds into the final frame. Jay Ahearn lit the lamp just 1:21 later to add some insurance for Johnstown before Matt McQuade added his sixth of the season in the dying seconds. Josh Graziano made 22 saves to improve to 13-4-3 on the year while Michael Morelli denied 27 Johnstown opportunities.
MN Magicians 2 @ St. Cloud 6 - Six different Norsemen found the back of the net as they scored a critical win in their race for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Hunter Hanson, Chase Freiermuth and Brett Chorske lit the lamp in the first 40 minutes to give St. Cloud a 3-2 lead after two periods. Cooper Gay, Blake Perbix and Jack Reimann all got on the scoresheet in the third period to help the Norsemen cruise. Hunter Longhi and Colin Stein scored in the loss for Minnesota. Paxton Geisel stopped 27 shots to pick up his 14th win of the year while Andy Beran stopped 29 St. Cloud shots.
Janesville 6 @ Chippewa 3 - Tommy Middleton logged a hat trick to lead the Janesville Jets to a 6-3 win over the Chippewa Steel on Saturday night. Matthew Romer, Justin Engelkes and Jack Sacratini also got on the scoresheet for the Jets in the victory as they earned a series split. Connor McGrath, Jakob Karpa and Brockton Baker were the goal scorers for the Steel. Owen Millward picked up the win in between the pipes with 27 saves. Grant Boldt was dealt the loss despite making 33 stops.
Lone Star 3 @ New Mexico 2 (OT) - Mitchell Digby scored just 32 seconds into overtime as the Lone Star Brahmas earned a series split with the New Mexico Ice Wolves. Joey Baez had a goal and two helpers in the win while Alex Konovalov also lit the lamp for Lone Star. Spencer Rudrud and Joey Larson provided the offense for New Mexico. Graham Burke ran his record to 22-9 on the year as he made 28 saves. Owen Parker was given the loss despite making 33 stops.
Kenai River 2 @ Fairbanks 7 – Bret Link had two goals and an assist as the Ice Dogs salvaged a weekend home split with the Brown Bears thanks to a 7-2 win on Saturday. Like the Brown Bears did on Friday, the Ice Dogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Saturday, which included 1st period goals from Link, Laker Aldridge, and Jasper Lester. The lead swelled to 4-0 in the 2nd period with a goal from Cam Ricotta. Kenai River got on the board midway through the period thanks to a goal from Max Helgeson, but Fairbanks had an answer thanks to Link’s second goal of the game. In the 3rd period, Jake Hale and Jack Rink scored for the Ice Dogs to complete the seven-goal outburst. Brandon Lajoie had the other goal for the Brown Bears. Fairbanks goalie Kayden Hargraves made 25 saves in the win, while Nathan Dickey took the loos with 22 saves before being pulled for Luke Pavicich, who stopped 19 of 20 shots in relief.