Saturday Scores: South standings change again after sweeps
Odessa 2 @ Lone Star 3 – The Brahmas moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the South with a 3-2 win and weekend sweep over the visiting Jackalopes. The Brahmas jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the 1st period with goals from Bauer Swift and Dylan Smith, while Christopher Duclair scored for the Jackalopes. In the 2nd period, the Brahmas lead grew to 3-1 thanks to a goal from Ray Murakami. Odessa cut the lead down to 3-2 with a 3rd period goal from John Perdion, but they could not find the equalizer against Arthur Smith, who made 17 saves in the win. Odessa goalie Will Proctor made 26 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 1 @ Bismarck 4 – Bobcats goalie Oskar Spinnars Nordin had another strong night, making 27 saves in a 4-1 win and sweep of the Wings. Bismarck jumped ahead 1-0 thanks to a 1st period goal from Owen Michaels. Quinn Rudrud added a 2nd period goal to make it 2-0. In the 3rd period, the Wings cut into the lead with their lone goal from Ronan Walsh, but the Bobcats put the game away later in the 3rd period with goals from Jake McLean and Blaise Miller. Greg Orosz made 26 saves in the Wings loss.
Maine 0 @ New Jersey 3 – Andrew Takacs was perfect as he stopped all 30 shots he faced as the Titans blanked the Nordiques 3-0. Chris Carroll grabbed a goal and an assist to lead the offense for New Jersey. Eric Charpentier and David Posma both found the back of the net in the win. Gus Holt took the loss in net for Maine as he stopped 35 shots.
MN Wilderness 5 @ MN Magicians 4 – Five different players found the back of the net as the Minnesota Wilderness completed the sweep of the Minnesota Magicians with a 5-4 win on Saturday night. William Persson had a goal and an assist for the Wilderness. Reid Conn, Brendan Doyle, Max Neill and Bobby Metz all lit the lamp for the Wilderness. Connor Mahony registered a hat trick for the Magicians while Lucas Kanta also tallied a goal. Matthew Smith scored the win in goal as he made 22 saves. Henry Levy was dealt the loss as he finished with 36 stops.
Kenai River 3 @ Fairbanks 5 – Five different players scored for the Ice Dogs as they completed a weekend sweep of the Brown Bears thanks to a 5-2 win on Saturday. Cameron Ricotta opened the scoring for Fairbanks in the 1st period. Kenai River took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Ryan Finch and Max Marquette, but the Ice Dogs stormed back with two goals later in the 2nd period from Camden Shasby and Billy Renfrew to take a 3-2 lead. In the 3rd period, two more Fairbanks goals from Tyler Stewart and Jake Hale secured the win. Kaden Hjelm had the other Brown Bears goal. Tyler Krivtsov made 31 saves in the win, while Cole Wheaton made 31 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 3 @ Amarillo 1 – The New Mexico Ice Wolves defeated the Amarillo Wranglers 3-1 to earn a series sweep. After nearly 35 minutes of scoreless hockey Evan Carroll scored his fourth goal of the year to give New Mexico the lead but it was a short lived lead as Glebs Prohorenkovs tied it up just about 90 seconds later. In the third period, Nicolas Haviar and Blayde Pogreba scored 62 seconds apart to give the Ice Wolves the lead again and some insurance. Beni Halasz stopped 29 shots to grab his 17th win of the year while Max Gutjahr was stuck with the loss as he made 13 saves.
Corpus Christi 0 @ Shreveport 4 – Mudbugs goalie Devon Bobak was a brick wall for a second straight game as he stopped all 19 shots that came his way for his 4th shutout of the season in a 4-0 win and sweep over the IceRays. Shreveport did most of their damage in the 2nd period, scoring three goals, including two from Burke Simpson and another from John Hallard. Connor Gatto would add a goal in the 3rd period to complete the scoring. IceRays goalie Damon Beaver made 20 saves in the loss.
Northeast 1 @ Danbury 6 – Gabe Dombrowski netted a pair of goals and chipped in an assist as the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks defeated the Northeast Generals 6-1. Joshua Burke, Boris Skalos, Logan Nickerson and Andrew Eberling all got on the scoresheet for Danbury as they snapped a three game losing skid. David Tolan had the lone goal for the Generals. Josh Seeley grabbed the win in goal as he made 36 saves while Oliver Drum also tallied 36 stops of his own.
Jamestown 0 @ Johnstown 4 – Salvatore Evola blanked the Jamestown Rebels as he made 29 saves in the Johnstown Tomahawks 4-0 victory on Saturday night. Braedon Ford notched a goal and an assist for the Tomahawks. Cole Bianchin, Holt Oliphant and Egan Schmitt all got on the scoresheet for Johnstown. Nolan Suggs made 26 saves in a losing effort for the Rebels.
Austin 4 @ St. Cloud 5 – Blake Mesenburg led the way with a hat trick and an assist as St. Cloud held off the Austin Bruins to grab a 5-4 victory. Ryan O’Neill and Blake Perbix each finished with three assists for St. Cloud while Nik Hong and Evan Murr both found the back of the net. Tomas Bolo earned the win as he made 14 stops. Zach Wiese was given the loss in his first NAHL start, he made 23 stops.
Wichita Falls 2 @ El Paso 5 – Rhinos goalie Jacob Zacharewicz made 53 saves to lead the Rhinos to a 5-2 win and weekend split against the Warriors. The Warriors lead 2-1 after two periods thanks to goals from Ryan Robinson and Riley Brueck, while Matt Johnson scored for El Paso. The Rhinos stormed back in the second half of the 3rd period, getting four goals in a six-minute span to win the game as Jonathan Horn, Jan Olenginski, Ian Carpenter, and Alex Krause all lit the lamp. Wichita Falls goalie Brandon Milberg made 26 saves in the loss.
North Iowa 5 @ Minot 4 – The Bulls got two goals and an assist from Byron Hartley in a 5-4 win on Saturday, which earned them a weekend split against Minot. Harley scored the opening goal for the Bulls in the 1st period and Logan Dombrowsky and Hunter Bulger also scored in the opening frame. Carter Rapalje had a 2nd period goal and Hartley scored his second of the game in the 3rd period, which turned out to be the game-winner. Minot goals came from Connor McGrath, Braden Panzer, Cole Mickel, and Colby Joseph. Hundson Hodges made 39 saves in the win, while Austin Zavoda made 24 saves and Carter Clafton made 7 saves in the loss.