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Intensity and action picks up on Day 3 of NAHL Showcase

September 18, 2021

Austin forward Jens Richards (above) has four goals in three games in the Bruins 3-0 start. Janesville forward Mack Keryluk (below) had three goals and an assist in a 6-4 win, helping the Jets to their first victory of the 2021-22 season.

Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase saw the intensity get turned up in front of a packed building al day at the Super Rink. With 15 games on the schedule, there was plenty to see for the thousands of fans and hundreds of scouts in attendance.

The St. Cloud Norsemen, Austin Bruins, and New Mexico Ice Wolves remain the only unbeaten teams in NAHL, as several more clubs suffered their first losses on Friday. The day was also highlighted by the big crowds and the almost 300 NCAA, NHL, and other scouts who have checked in through the first three days.

The final day of action for NAHL teams is on Saturday, September 18th, as the action begins at 9:30am. The NTDP 17 team will take to the ice at the end of the day against the Janesville Jets.

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Day 3 Recaps

New Mexico 3 vs. Minot 1 – Ben Behrens made 14 saves as the New Mexico Ice Wolves moved to 3-0 on this season with a 3-1 win over Minot. It was the Minotauros who struck first as Logan Anderson scored in the 1st period. The Ice Wolves stormed back in the 2nd period with a pair of goals from William Howard and Dillan Bentley to take a 2-1 lead. Late in the 3rd period, Tony Leahy added an empty-net goal for the 3-1 win. Zach Sandy took the loss in goal for the Minotauros, making 23 saves.

Austin 4 vs. New Jersey 1 – The Austin Bruins improved to 3-0 on the season thanks to a three-point night from Carson Riddle in a 4-1 win over the Titans. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Dylan Gajewski. The lead increased to 2-0 with a 2nd period goal from Jens Richards. In the 3rd period, the Bruins scored two more goals from Riddle and Braidan Simmons-Fischer to secure the win. Rocco Testa-Basi had the lone goal for New Jersey in the loss. Austin goalie Nikola Goich made 12 saves in the win, while Ben Charette made 34 saves in the loss.

Johnstown 4 vs. MN Wilderness 1 – The Tomahawks picked up their first win of the season thanks to 34 saves from Salvatore Evola in a 4-1 win over the Wilderness. The Wilderness struck first in the 1st period as Riku Brown scored their lone goal. Johnstown had an answer less than three minutes later as David Matousek tied the game at 1-1. In the 2nd period, the Tomahawks took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Jake Black. In the 3rd period, the put the game away with goals from David Wilcox and TJ Koufis. Wilderness goalie Sam Livecchi made 26 saves in the loss.

Jamestown 5 vs. Lone Star 3 – The Rebels handed the Brahmas their first loss of the season as they scored three goals in the final six minutes of the game to win, 5-3. The Rebels took a 2-0 lead with goals from Owen West and Kolby Amici. The Brahmas then took a 3-2 lead with three straight goals from Jack Collins, Nicholas Niemo, and Axel Bjornqvist. The Rebels stormed back with three goals of their own to win 5-3, which included two from Emerick Nadeau and another from Jak Vaarwerk. Rebels goalie Nolan Suggs made 20 saves in the win, while Graham Burke made 23 saves in the loss.

Chippewa 3 vs. El Paso 1 – Steel goalie Croix Kochendorfer made 26 saves to lead his club to a 3-1 win over the Rhinos, who suffered their first loss. The Steel took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period on a goal from Marc Fletemeyer. Joseph Grainda scored his third goal of the season in the 2nd period to increase the lead to 2-0. In the 3rd period, El Paso cut the lead down to 2-1 with their lone goal from Jonathan Horn, but a goal later in the period from Barak Braslavski secured the win. Connor McDonough took the loss in goal, making 34 saves.

Fairbanks 2 vs. Danbury 1 (OT) – In a goalie duel, the Ice Dogs scored late in regulation and then won the game in overtime in a tight 2-1 win over Danbury. The game was scoreless until late in the 3rd period when Danbury took a 1-0 lead on their lone goal from Miles Harrington. The Ice Dogs tied the game with 4:20 remaining in regulation on a power play goal from Billy Renfrew. In overtime, Tyler Herzberg netted the game-winner. Ice Dogs goalie Kayden Hargraves made 23 saves in the win, while Josh Seeley made 31 saves in the loss.

Janesville 6 vs. Shreveport 4 – The Jets got and hat-trick and assist from Mack Keryluk to pick up their first win of the season as they beat Shreveport, 6-4.  Keryluk scored once in the 2nd period and twice more in the 3rd period. Other Jets goals came from William Gustavsson, Will Troutwine, and Grayden Daul. The Mudbugs scored three goals in the 2nd period, which included tallies from John Hallard, Logan Gotinsky, and Jacob Onstott, and another goal in the 3rd period from Logan Furstenau. Jets goalie Owen Millward made 19 saves in the win, while David Filak made 18 saves in the loss.

Odessa 4 vs. Maryland 2 – William Proctor made 28 saves to lead the Jacks to a 4-2 win over Maryland on Day 3. The Black Bears scored first midway through the 1st period as Jacob Brockman scored his second goal of the season. Odessa then scored four straight goals, which included two later in the 1st period from Trevor Taulien and Liam O’Hare and two more in the 3rd period from Christopher Duclair and Emerson Goode. James Tepper had the other goal for the Black Bears. Maryland goalie Michael Morelli made 39 saves in the loss.

MN Magicians 5 vs. Northeast 4 – The Magicians erased two different two-goal leads by the Generals and scored four of the last five goals of the game to win, 5-4. Hunter Longhi led the way with two goals. The Generals jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the 2nd period thanks to goals from Jared Scott, Nick Ramm, and Brent Keefer, while Nicholas Babbie scored for Minnesota. The Magicians then rattled off four straight goals to take a 5-3 lead, which included two from Longhi and others from Colin Tushie and Patrick Czarnecki. Marty Marnauzs scored the other goal for the Generals. Michael Bashaw made 14 saves in the win, while Carson Limesand made 21 saves in the loss.

North Iowa 4 vs. Amarillo 1 – The Bulls handed Amarillo their first loss of the season as goalie Cullen DeYoung made 33 saves in the win. The Bulls were in control from the start as they took a 3-0 lead through two periods, which included a pair of goals from Logan Dombrowsky and another from Sean Vlasich. Amarillo netted their lone goal midway through the 3rd period as Logan Cleary scored. Luka Sukovic would score late in the 3rd period for the Bulls to complete the scoring. Max Gutjahr took the loss for the Wranglers, making 27 saves.

Maine 3 vs. Kenai River 2 – The Nordiques jumped out to a lead and hung on to defeat the Brown Bears, 3-2. After a scoreless 1st period, the Nordiques took a 2-0 lead with two goals in the 2nd period from Reese Farrell and Tyler Gaulin. In the 3rd period, the Brown Bears made it a one-goal game on a tally from David Vieten, but Farrell would net the eventual game-winner midway through the 3rd period. Gramm McCormack scored the other goal for Kenai River. Maine goalie Avery Sturtz made 20 saves in the win, while Nathan Dickey made 18 saves in the loss.

Aberdeen 6 vs. Springfield 3 – Hugo Gustafsson and Seamus Campbell each scored twice to lead the Wings to a 6-3 win over the Jr. Blues, who suffered their first loss of the season. Springfield led 2-1 after one period with goals from Coby Weber and Cole Schneider, while Gustafsson scored for the Wings. In the 2nd period, the Wings took a 3-2 lead with goals from Kyle Gaffney and Campbell. The Jr. Blues tied the game in the 3rd period thanks to a goal from James Callahan, but it was all Wings after that as Campbell and Gustafsson each added their second goals and Cade Neilson also scored. Jed Baliotti made 20 saves in the win, while Ethan Roberts made 22 saves in the loss.

Anchorage 1 vs. Wichita Falls 0 (OT) – Wolverines goalie Shane Soderwall stopped all 30 shots that came his way to pick up his first NAHL win and shutout as Anchorage edged the Warriors, 1-0 in overtime. The lone goal of the game came with just :33 seconds left in a 3-on-3 overtime as Cameron Morris dangled his way in front and shelved a shot between his legs for the highlight reel ending. Warriors goalie Matthew O’Donnell made 21 saves in the loss.

St. Cloud 7 vs. NTDP 3 – Seven different players scored for the Norsemen as they put up seven goals in a 7-3 win over the NTDP 17 Team.  After an opening goal from NTDP forward Gabe Perrault, it was all Norsemen after that, which included two goals later in the 1st period from Kade Peterson and Brandon Lajoie to give St. Cloud a 2-1 lead. Early in the 2nd period, the lead swelled to 4-1 with goals from Ryan O’Neill and Nick Young. Carter Slaggert scored on the power play for the NTDP to make it 4-2, but the Norsemen had an answer as John Opilka scored from the point. In the 3rd period, Paul Fischer scored for the NTDP to make it 5-3, but Norsmen goals from Evan Murr and Blake Perbix cemented the win. Ethan Dahlmeir and Tomas Bolo combined for the win in goal, while Carsen Musser and Trey Augestine shared the loss.

Corpus Christi 4 vs. Bismarck 2 – IceRays goalie Damon Beaver made 26 saves to lead his club to their first win of the season with a 4-2 victory over the Bobcats, who remained winless on the season. The first two periods was all IceRays as they opened up a 3-0 lead with goals from Cameron Crolley, Nathan Butler, and Konner Lundeen. Bismarck made a game of things in the 3rd period as goals from Adam Pietila and Eddie Shepler cut the lead down to 3-2, but a late goal from Jude Kurtas secured the win. Tommy Aitken took the loss, making 16 saves.

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