Saturday Scores: Tomahawks ride Black to series sweep
Maine 2 @ Johnstown 5 – Jake Black led the offensive charge for the Tomahawks with two goals in their second consecutive win on home ice over the Nordiques. Maine opened the scoring early going on a 2-0 run in the opening eight minutes as Ignat Belov and Zion Green both tickled the twine with help from Tristan Fasig. Johnstown followed with five unanswered tallies highlighted by goals from Zachary Murray, David Matousek, and Dustin Geregach. Avery Sturtz came up with 23 saves in the Nordiques loss while tender Salvatore Evola was remarkable as he denied 31 of 33 shots fired his way in the Rebels win.
Corpus Christi 2 @ New Mexico 3 (OT) – For the second consecutive night, the New Mexico Ice Wolves took home a 3-2 overtime victory over the Corpus Christi IceRays. This time instead of scoring the game winner, Jeff Hutchinson set up Gustav Blom for the game winning goal. It was Blom’s first of the season and it couldn’t have come at a better moment. The Ice Wolves never held a lead in this one until the very end as Oliver Stumpel got the scoring started for the IceRays just 87 seconds into the action. Nicholas Haviar’s first tally of the season tied the game at one after 20 minutes of action. Cameron Crolley put Corpus Christi back into the lead in the second but Brandon Holt’s goal with 4:51 left in regulation forced an extra period and Blom’s heroics. Beni Halasz made 22 saves to earn the win in between the pipes while Damon Beaver turned aside 34 shots in the loss for the IceRays.
Odessa 3 @ El Paso 2 (OT) – Dayne Hoyord netted the game winning goal in overtime as the Odessa Jackalopes won their fifth straight game, keeping them at the top of the South Division. There was no scoring through 40 minutes of play on Saturday night but it was Justin Hughes who broke the deadlock just about four minutes into the 3rd period. Matt Johnson tied the game up for the Rhinos and Graham Harris game them the lead with 2:01 remaining in regulation. Ryan Kelly converted a setup from Evan Orr and Charlie Banquier to tie the game and force overtime. Dayne Hoyord converted on a Liam O’Hare rebound just 32 seconds into the extra time. William Proctor picked up the win in the blue paint as the Odessa netminder grabbed 22 saves. Lehti Lassi kept his team in it as he made a remarkable 50 stops in the loss for El Paso.
Bismarck 1 @ Austin 5 – The Austin Bruins had another successful night against the Bismarck Bobcats beginning with a goal from Alex Trombley with 21 seconds remaining in the first period. Jens Richards continued the offensive push for Austin early in the second grabbing a goal on a pass from Sutter Muzzatti. Bismarck answered back in the second frame as rookie Drew Holt found the back of the net. Austin sealed the deal, ending the game with a three goal run on tallies from Michal Jasenec, Sutter Muzzatti, and Austin Salani. Nikola Goich shined in net for the Bruins coming up with 21 stops in his first win of the season.
Amarillo 3 @ Shreveport 2 (SO) – This battle between the Mudbugs and visiting Wranglers went down to the wire. Glebs Prohorenkvs of the Wranglers netted the opening goal 6:53 into the battle but Shreveport answered early in the second as Lukas Sedlacek and Niklas Miller capitalized on chances with help from Jake Mack. Kristaps Skrastins scored the equalizer late in the third for Amarillo to force overtime. In the shootout, it all came down to the fifth and final skater Jakob Peterson who claimed the win for the Wranglers. Max Gutjahr was sensational in goal for Amarillo picking up his second win of the weekend saving 28 of 30. Mudbugs Simon Bucheler faced a tough loss in net managing to fight off 26 shots.
Maryland 2 @ Jamestown 1 (OT) – The Maryland Black Bears came out on top in a 2-1 overtime victory over Jamestown as Aden Bruich netted the game-winner just shy of three minutes into the extra frame. Branden Piku tallied a goal for Maryland while Jacob Brockman, Conor Cole, Sean Kilcullen, and Brad McNeil all added assists to the score sheet. The lone Rebels goal was credited to Marcus Kivela Carlzon who scored his first of the season early in the second period. Jamestown goalie Chace Hale fell just short, taking the loss despite saving 28 shots. In front of the net, Luca Di Pasquo clenched win for the Black Bears stopping 20 of 21 Jamestown chances.
New Jersey 2 @ Northeast 3 (OT) – Brent Keefer’s overtime goal with help from Landon Kolnik lifted the Generals over the Titans on Saturday night in a tight East Division contest, breaking a four game drought. Sixten Jennersjö and Jared Scott also lit the lamp for Northeast during regulation. New Jersey goals came off the sticks of forwards Levente Keresztes and Anthony Calafiore. Jed Baliotti was strong against the opposition saving 30 attempts for the Generals from the crease. On the other end of the ice, Titans goal tender Andrew Takacs took the overtime loss going 37 for 40 between the pipes.
MN Magicians 7 @ MN Wilderness 3 – After a scoreless first period, Cam Boche and Luke Delzer recorded goals just 2:18 apart for the Magicians to open up the game in the second period. Trevor Kukkonen and Will Schumacher each tallied two scores for the Magicians in the final frame. The Wilderness tried to fight back as Matthew McQuade found the back of the net and Cole Crusberg-Rossen recorded back-to-back Wilderness goals. Keeper Jacob Zacharewicz was dealt the loss but managed to stop 28 in goal. Brandon Milberg got the win in goal for the Magicians with an amazing effort shutting the door on 29 of 32 tries to snap the Wilderness win streak.
Lone Star 0 @ Wichita Falls 5 – Wichita Falls bounced back Saturday night defeating Lone Star 5-0 to split the weekend series. Peter Lajoy opened the scoring in the first period off an assist from Alex Walker followed by a power play goal from Cade Lemmer shortly after. Joseph Harguideguy got one past the goal keeper midway through the second period and Drew Vieten notched two goals in the third tilting the ice in favor of Wichita. Goalie Matthew O’Donnell recorded the shutout for the Warriors saving all 30 shots on goal. Graham Burke was handed the loss for the Brahmas going 26 for 30.
Minot 6 @ North Iowa 1 – Trevor Stachowiak, Zack Simon, and Huston Karpman all fired one into the net within the first five minutes of play for the Minotauros. Simone Dadie answered with the single goal for the Bulls in the second period but Minot continued the push and closed the game out with three more tallies off the sticks of Huston Karpman, Cole Mickel, and Tom Fridén who acquired his first of the season. Goal tender Zach Sandy was sharp between the pipes going 32 for 33 on the evening to lead the Minotauros to success.
Springfield 5 @ Anchorage 2 – Two goals and an assist from Hagen Moe led the Springfield Jr. Blues to a 5-2 win over the Anchorage Wolverines. Carson Jones logged a goal and an assist while Noah Holt and Jonathan Panisa also found the back of the net. Talon Sigurdson netted his league leading 12th goal of the season and the Wolverines also received a goal from Hunter Schmitz. Ethan Roberts was magnificent as he made 38 saves to pick up his fifth win of the year. Shane Soderwall made 19 saves in a losing effort for the Wolverines.
Chippewa 2 @ Fairbanks 1 – The Chippewa Steel picked up a series split in Fairbanks as the Steel outlasted the Ice Dogs 2-1 on Saturday night. Ethan Benz struck first for Chippewa as he picked up his fifth of the year. Joseph Grainda and Jack Brown picked up the helpers. Billy Renfrew tied the game 7:12 into the second period as he was set up by Jack Rings and Nolan Cunningham. Then in the finally period, on the power play, Sam Frandina potted his first tally of the season and it held up to be the game winner for Chippewa. Croix Kochendorfer was nearly perfect as he allowed just the one goal on 28 shots for the Steel. Tyler Krivtsov stopped 19 of 21 shots fired in his direction for Fairbanks.