New Mexico takes over South lead with shutout on Wednesday
New Mexico 3 @ El Paso 0 – Thanks to 24 saves from goalie Beni Halasz for his league-leading 3rd shutout of the season, the New Mexico Ice Wolves took over sole possession of 1st place in the South Division thanks to a 3-0 road win in El Paso on Wednesday. After a scoreless 1st period, the Ice Wolves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Joe Prouty and Kyrre Hellerud, which was both their first goals of the season. In the 3rd period, Brayden Ring scored to add some insurance. Connor McDonough took the loss in goal for the Rhinos, making 40 saves.
Bismarck 1 @ Minot 5 – The Minotauros moved into a tie for 2nd place in the Central Division as they won their 4th straight game thanks to a convincing 5-1 win over rival Bismarck. Cole Mickel had three points in the contest and Zach Sandy made 30 saves in the win. Minot jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two periods with goals from Owen Hanson, Zack Simon, Colby Joseph, and Mickel. Bismarck made it 4-1 in the 3rd period on their lone goal from Eddie Shepler, but a goal later in the period from Minot’s Tom Friden secured the 5-1 win. Bismarck goalie Erik Forss took the loss with 13 saves.
Northeast 5 @ Maine 3 – David Andreychuk continued his hot play with two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win in Maine over the Nordiques. The Generals jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the 1st period as David Tolan and Kyle Schroeder scored for Northeast, while Ignat Belov scored for Maine. In the 2nd period, the Gens blew the game open with three goals to make it 5-1, including two from Andreychuk and another from Jared Scott. Maine added two goals in the 3rd period as Brendan Gibbons and Caden Pattison scored. Cullen De Young made 34 saves in the win, while Avery Sturtz took the loss with 23 saves.
Johnstown 2 @ Jamestown 4 – Jak Vaarwerk and Owen West each had a goal and as assist to lead the Rebels to a 4-2 home win over the Tomahawks. It was Johnstown who jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Sean Ramsay and Johnny Ulicny. The Rebels got a goal later in the 1st period from Vaarwerk to cut the lead down to 2-1. Jamestown tied the game at 2-2 in the 2nd period with a goal from Carter Casper. In the 3rd period, goals from Kolby Amici and West secured the win. Jon Howe made 19 saves in the win, while Salvatore Evola made 27 saves in the loss.
MN Magicians 5 @ MN Wilderness 4 – Hunter Longhi and Gavin Best each scored twice to help the Magicians pull to within two points of the Wilderness in the standings thanks to a 5-4 road win on Wednesday. The Wilderness jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Noah Decker and William Persson. Later in the 1st period, the Magicians had an answer as Best and Longhi scored their first goals of the game. The Magicians made it 4-2 in the 2nd period as Longhi and Best scored again. The Wilderness tied the game in the 3rd period as Gunnar Thoreson and Charlie Erickson scored, but with just over six mintes left the Magicians got the game-winner off the stick of Trevor Kukkonen. Michael Bashaw made 35 saves in the win, while Sam Levcchi made 21 saves in the loss.