Saturday Scores: Wings, Warriors, Tomahawks sweep
St. Cloud 1 @ Aberdeen 2 – Dominik Wasik was nearly perfect as he allowed just one goal on 34 St. Cloud shots as the Aberdeen Wings took home a 2-1 victory on Saturday night. Cade Neilson netted the game’s first goal with his 16th of the year. Ryan O’Neill answered about six minutes later with his 11th of the season. In the opening minutes of the middle frame, Seamus Campbell struck on the power play to give Aberdeen the lead and it would stand as the eventual game winner. Ethan Dahlmeir was dealt the loss in goal as he made 25 saves.
Amarillo 2 @ Wichita Falls 5 – Five different skaters found the back of the net as the Wichita Falls Warriors topped the Amarillo Wranglers 5-2. After Ben Oakland opened the scoring for the Wranglers, Cade Lemmer, Owen Dyer, William Lawson-Body, Vincent Corcoran, Hunter Jones all lit the lamp in the win for Wichita Falls. Nikolas Campbell chipped in a late goal for Amarillo. Brandon Milberg grabbed the win in goal as he made 25 saves for Wichita Falls. Connor Strobel was given the loss as he made 27 stops.
Northeast 3 @ Johnstown 4 (SO) – It was another come-from-behind win for the Johnstown Tomahawks as this time they overcame a three goal deficit to top the Northeast Generals 4-3, and sweep the two-game series. David Andreychuk scored the first two goals of the game for the Generals before Joe Schubert netted his fourth of the year to put Northeast up 3-0. Jake Black started the Johnstown comeback with his 20th goal of the season. Stephen Kyrkostas picked up a shorthanded tally just minutes later to bring Johnstown within one. Frank Jenkins struck on the power play in the third period to tie the game and force overtime. Jenkins would strike again in the fourth round of the shootout to life the Tomahawks to the victory. Sal Evola grabbed the win in net by making 30 saves while Cullen DeYoung was given the shootout loss after making 29 stops.
Fairbanks 4 @ MN Wilderness 5 – The Minnesota Wilderness scored a 5-4 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Saturday night as the overcame a 3-1 deficit. Alexander Malinowski scored twice and Parker Dorn added a goal in the opening frame to put the Ice Dogs ahead. Bryce Howard had the lone goal for the Wilderness in the first period. The game changed in the second period as Max Neill, Jackson Lucia, and Aaron Pionk all scored to put Minnesota ahead midway through the middle frame. Marcus Lund brought Fairbanks even again heading into the third period. With just under seven minutes left in regulation Reid Conn netted his first NAHL goal and proved to be the game winner for Minnesota. Konrad Kausch scored his second win of the season in between the pipes as he made 23 saves. Tyler Krivtsov dropped to 9-5 on the year, he made 24 stops.
Danbury 3 @ Maine 7 – Ignat Belov scored twice and added two helpers while Tristan Fasig netted a goal and three assists as the Maine Nordiques defeated the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 7-3. Aidan Connolly picked up a goal and two assists while Reese Farrell grabbed a goal and an apple. Evan Orloff and Theo Thrun also scored for Maine in the win. Peter Lychnikoff, Luka Sukovic and Jazz Krivtsov all netted goals for Danbury in the loss. Avery Sturtz made 42 stops in the win for the Nordiques while Josh Seeley was given the loss as he made 18 saves.
Anchorage 3 @ Janesville 4 (OT) – Jonah Aegerter scored just 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Jets to a 4-3 win over the Anchorage Wolverines. Robby Newton, Arsenii Smekhnov and Spencer Kring netted goals in regulation for Janesville. Colton Friesen, Aiden Westin and Joey Moffatt were the goal scorers for the Wolverines. Owen Millward made 13 saves in relief of Michael D’Orazio who made 20 saves of his own. Shane Soderwall turned aside 19 shots in the defeat.
Austin 3 @ North Iowa 5 – The North Iowa Bulls ended their losing streak as they started the new year with a 5-3 win over the Austin Bruins. Carter Rapalje and Michael Mesic each had a goal and an assist for North Iowa. Simone Dadie and Logan Dombrowsky also lit the lamp for the Bulls as well. Walter Zacher, Anthony Menghini and Carson Riddle got on the scoresheet for Austin. Hunter Garvey stopped 36 shots in between the pipes to earn the victory. Nikola Goich and Klayton Knapp combined to make 23 saves for the Bruins.
Kenai River 2 @ MN Magicians 5 – Hunter Longhi potted a pair of goals as the Minnesota Magicians beat the Kenai River Brown Bears 5-2. Nicholas Babbie, Lucas Kanta and Luke Delzer visited the red light district for Minnesota. Brendan Hill and Logan Kroyman were the goal scorers for the Brown Bears. Kyle Kozma got the win in between the pipes as he made denied 37 Kenai River opportunities. Tommy Aitken stopped 27 shots in a losing effort.
New Mexico 1 @ Shreveport 4 – The Mudbugs had four different players find twine as Shreveport took down first place New Mexico 4-1. Connor Gatto scored on a penalty shot to opening the scoring before Gunner Moore knocked home his third of the year. Jake Keller responded on the power play for the Ice Wolves just before the end of the first period. Logan Valkama scored in the second period before Garrett Steele netted an empty net tally in the final minutes. Simon Bucheler got his third win of the year as he made 28 saves while Beni Halasz turned aside 27 Shreveport shots.