Saturday Scores: Brahmas sweep and Wings break more records
Lone Star 3 @ Shreveport 2 (SO) - The Lone Star Brahmas are playoff ready after sweeping the Shreveport Mudbugs on home ice this past weekend, winning on Saturday, 3-2 in a shootout. Zach Purcell and Brady Smith scored less than a minute apart to give Lone Star a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of action. Griffen Sanom brought the Mudbugs within one with his seventh of the year. Austin Brimmer would tie the game late in the third with his ninth goal of the campaign. Joey Trazzera and Zach Purcell each scored in the shootout to secure the win for Lone Star. Graham Burke stopped 34 shots in the first 65 minutes while also stopping both Shreveport shootout attempts. Cole Hudson was the losing goaltender as he made 28 saves on the night.
Minot 1 @ Aberdeen 4 - It was a record-breaking night in Aberdeen as the Wings defeated the Minot Minotauros 4-1 and clinched the most regular season points in North American Hockey League history with 103. Natan Vertes, Spencer Schneider and Payton Matsui all scored in the opening period to give the Wings a big lead. Kevin MacKay would score in the second period to end Minot’s comeback chances. Tyler Kostelecky netted the only goal for Minot. Jake Sibell won his 43rd game of the season, a new NAHL single season record, by making 17 stops. Keenan Rancier was handed the loss despite making 49 saves for Minot.
Bismarck 1 @ MN Wilderness 4 - The Minnesota Wilderness ended their regular season with a sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats, winning on Saturday night 4-1. Christian Galatz had two goals in the win while Mitchell Allard and Gavin Rasmuseen each grabbed two assists. Ethan Wolthers and Mikol Sartor also lit the lamp for the Wilderness. Patrick Johnson grabbed the lone goal for Bismarck. Jacob Zacharewicz was the winning netminder as he made 26 saves, Ian Shane took the loss, making 30 stops.
Fairbanks 7 @ Kenai River 2 - Tyler Stewart led the Ice Dogs with two goals and an assist as Fairbanks routed Kenai River 7-2. Jasper Lester, Evan Junker, and Nathan Butler all had a goal and an assist for the Ice Dogs. Scott McKenzie and Billy Renfrew also found the back of the net. Gramm McCormack and Cole Dubicki score for Kenai River. Kayden Hargraves picked up his 17th win of the season as he made 19 saves. Nathan Dickey took the loss for Kenai River, he made 26 stops.
Danbury 5 @ Johnstown 6 (OT) - Ethan Webb’s first goal of the season came at the perfect time as it gave the Johnstown Tomahawks a 6-5 overtime win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Daniel Tkac assisted on the game winning goal and also had two goals of his own in the victory. Will Margel chipped in a goal and an assist while Holt Oliphant and Brendan Clark also scored for the Tomahawks. Alex Duncan, Valentino Passarelli and Gabe Dombrowski each tallied a goal and an assist for Danbury. Mark D’Agostino and Shane Murphy also lit the lamp in the loss. Connor Strobel got the win in goal as he made 38 saves, Josh Seeley was given the loss despite making 37 saves.
St. Cloud 7 @ Austin 8 - The Austin Bruins had seven different players find the back of the net as they outlasted the St. Cloud Norsemen 8-7 on Saturday night. Walter Zacher was the only player on either side to score twice while Sutter Muzzatti registered a goal and an assist in the win. Grayson Valente, Travis Shoudy, Barrett Brooks, Garrett Dahn and Peter Jacobs all found the back of the net for the Bruins in this high scoring affair. Tyler Shea made 27 saves to earn the victory in between the pipes. Nick Young led all Norsemen players with a goal and two assists. Hunter Hanson, Brett Chorske, and Blake Mesenburg all grabbed a goal and an assist. Cooper Gay, Charlie Skinner and Max Strand also tickled the twine for St. Cloud. Paxton Geisel took the loss in goal, he stopped 17 shots.
Odessa 2 @ Amarillo 3 - The Amarillo Bulls closed out the regular season with a 3-2 win over the Odessa Jackalopes. Greg Japchen and Max Scott scored 24 seconds apart to give Amarillo a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Jere Vaisanen would add a power play tally later in the period to make it a 3-0 game. J.R. Perdion and Jimmy Rayhill scored late to close out the middle frame but that’s the closest they would get as Andrew Takacs made 19 saves to seal the victory for Amarillo. Odessa netminder Cooper Black also finished with 19 saves on the night.
MN Magicians 2 @ Janesville 5 - Max Itagaki recorded a hat trick as he led the Janesville Jets to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Magicians. Cade Destefani contributed a goal and an assist while Mack Keryluk added an empty netter for the Jets. Jack Cronin and Luc Laylin were the goal scorers for the Magicians in the loss. Riley Sims denied 33 shots to earn the win in goal while Darius Bell stopped 20 shots for Minnesota.
Wichita Falls 3 @ New Mexico 6 - Cole Hanson had five points in his final junior game as the New Mexico Ice Wolves closed out their season with a 6-3 win over the Wichita Falls Warriors. Joey Larson potted a pair of goals and assists giving him a four point night. Nikolai Dulak grabbed a goal and an assist while Spencer Rudrud and Dillan Bentley each got on the scoresheet as well. Beni Halasz got the win by making 28 saves for New Mexico. Alex Walker, Nick Lanigan and Jackson Wozniak all scored for the Warriors in the loss. Owen Bartoszkiewicz made 40 saves for Wichita Falls.