Saturday Scores: Sweeps shake up playoff races
MN Wilderness 7 @ MN Magicians 0 – Ethan Wolthers and Max Neill each had two goals as the Minnesota Wilderness took care of the Minnesota Magicians 7-0. Sam Antenucci and Charlie Erickson both had a goal and an assist while Reid Conn also got on to the scoresheet for the Wilderness. Matthew Smith was perfect as he stopped all 26 shots he faced. Henry Levy and Vincent Castelletti combined to make 40 stops for the Magicians.
Northeast 3 @ New Jersey 1- The Northeast Generals defeated the New Jersey Titans in 3-1 final. In the first period, Ryan Corcoran scored at 16:36 for a 1-0 Generals lead. In the second period, Colin Grable evened the game 1-1 with a goal at 4:13. In the third period, the Generals scored at 7:49 with David Tolan and then an empty-net goal late from Jared Scott for a 3-1 win.
Corpus Christi 6 @ El Paso 3 - Four goals in the third period helped lead the Corpus Christi IceRays to a 6-3 win over the El Paso Rhinos. Dylan Contreras, Colby Seitz, Brady Carlock and Blake Lewis all scored in the final frame of regulation. Stepan Kuznetsov and Trey Zagrzbeski scored earlier in the contest for Corpus Christi. Tyler Pfisster led El Paso with a goal and an assist while Jonathan Horn and Frank Tafelski added goals for the Rhinos. Stefan Carney made 42 saves in the blue paint to earn the win in goal. Jacob Zacharewicz stopped 43 shots in the loss.
Chippewa 2 @ Springfield 5 - The Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Chippewa Steel, 5-2. In the first period Chippewa took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Joseph Grainda. In the middle frame, the Blues took a 2-1 lead after netting goals from Tristian Shewchuk and James Callahan. In the third Springfield added three goals from Noah Holt while the Steel scored once with Evan Tanos for a 5-2 final.
St. Cloud 6 @ Minot 1 - Ryan O’Neill had two goals and an assist to lead the St. Cloud Norsemen to a 6-1 win as they finished off the sweep of the Minot Minotauros. Blake Mesenburg had two goals while Evan Murr chipped in three helpers for St. Cloud. Jackson Hughes and Nik Hong also found the back of the net for the Norsemen. Connor McGrath had the lone goal for Minot in the loss. Tomas Bolo stopped 22 of 24 shots for the Norsemen while Carter Clafton and Austin Zavoda each made 17 saves for Minot.
Fairbanks 3 @ Anchorage 4 (OT) – Colton Friesen’s second goal of the night was the game winner as the Anchorage Wolverines finished off the sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs with a 4-3 overtime victory. Talon Sigurdson scored his league leading 28th goal and added an assist while Bohdan Panasenko also got on the scoresheet and Hayden Hennen logged three helpers. Alexander Malinowski and Brady Welsch each had a goal and assist. Cameron Ricotta also tallied a goal for Fairbanks. Raythan Robbins needed just 11 saves to grab the victory. Kayden Hargraves turned aside 37 shots.
Aberdeen 2 @ Austin 5 - Five different Bruins found the back of the net as they completed the series sweep of Aberdeen with a 5-2 win on Saturday night. Matys Brassard and Nick Catalano each had a goal and an assist in the win. Isaak Brassard, Anthony Menghini and Justin Wright also lit the lamp for the Bruins. Cade Neilson and Ronan Walsh were the goal scorers for Aberdeen. Klayton Knapp stopped 32 of 34 shots to pick up the win in goal, Dominik Wasik was stuck with the loss as he stopped 29 shots.
Johnstown 7 @ Maine 2 - The Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Maine Nordiques in a 7-2 final. In the first period, Patrick Schmiedlin netted a goal assisted by Kadsen Johnson and Theo Thrun. The Tomahawks answered back to end the peiro with a goal from Stephen Kyrkostas for a 1-1 score. In the second, Jonsontown added 5 goals to Maines 1 for a 6-2 lead. In the third period the Tomahawks added another goal for a 7-2 final.
Maryland 4 @ Jamestown 1 - The Maryland Black Bears took down the Jamestown Rebels in a 4-1 final. In the first period, Aden Bruich scored at 12:42 for a 1-0 lead for the Black Bears. Braden Piku and Brad McNeil also scored to get the Black Bears ahead 3-0. In the second, a lone goal was scored by Branden Piku for 4-0 lead. In the period, the Rebels got on the board with Max Hamstad for a 4-1 final.
Odessa 6 @ Wichita Falls 5 (OT) - Ryan Kelly netted the game winning goal in overtime to lift the Odessa Jackalopes over the Wichita Falls Warriors by a final score of 6-5. Frank Dovorany, Justin Hughes and Dayne Hoyord gave the Jackalopes a 3-0 lead but Cade Lemmer and Brendan Williams brought the Warriors within one. After Philip Tornqvist and James Berg traded goals, the Warriors netted two in the final 6 minutes as both Williams and Tornqvist picked up their second goals of the game. Kelly finished off a great setup from Trevor Taulien and Chris Duclair in the final minute of the extra period. William Proctor denied 44 opportunities to grab the win while Brandon Milberg took the loss, making 39 saves.
North Iowa 4 @ Bismarck 3 - Dylan Gajewski registered a goal and two assists as the North Iowa Bulls edged the Bismarck Bobcats 4-3. Jack Mesic, Jake LaRusso, and Byron Hartley lit the lamp for the Bulls in the victory. Brady Egan had two goals for the Bobcats while Patrick Johnson chipped in a goal of his own. Hunter Garvey brought his best as he turned aside 32 of 35 shots. Oskar Nordin Spinnars was dealt the loss, making 14 saves.
Shreveport 2 @ New Mexico 1 (SO) – Billy Feczko had the only goal in the shootout as the Shreveport Mudbugs topped the New Mexico Ice Wolves 2-1. Austin Brimmer scored in the opening minutes with the assists going to Burke Simpson and Trenton Heyde. The Mudbugs would remain up by a goal all the way until just over five minutes remaining in regulation. That’s when Nikolai Dulak netted the game tying goal to force overtime and the subsequent shootout. Devono Bobak made 26 saves and stopped all three shooters he faced in the skills competition. Beni Halasz finished the night with 25 stops.
Janesville 4 @ Kenai River 6 – Four unanswered goals lifted the Kenai River Brown Bears over the Janesville Jets by a score 6-4. Cole Dubicki had two goals and two assists while Kevin Marx Noren also potted a pair of goals. Ryan Finch logged a goal and an assist while Sean Henry also got on the board for Kenai River. Cole Wheaton notched his first NAHL win as he made 19 stops on 23 shots. Jonah Aegerter, Cal Mell, Aresenii Smekhov and Cy LeClerc all netted goals for the Jets. Michael D’Orazio suffered the loss in goal as he made 16 saves.