Saturday Scores: Mudbugs back in South race after sweep
Lone Star 0 @ Shreveport 2 – Devon Bobak was perfect as he made 26 saves to lead the Mudbugs to a 2-0 win over the Lone Star Brahmas. With the win, the Mudbugs moved to just one point out of the postseason picture. Lukas Sedlacek broke through about 12 minutes into the first period with his eighth of the season. It would remain 1-0 until just under five minutes remaining in regulation as Connor Gatto added insurance for the Mudbugs. Jan Skorpik didn’t get much goal support as he stopped 12 of 14 shots fired in his direction.
Minot 3 @ St. Cloud 8 – Blake Perbix had two goals and added a helper as the St. Cloud Norsemen won their sixth straight contest, this time topping Minot 8-3. Brandon Lajoie and Blake Mesenburg each had a goal and an assist in the win. Hunter Hanson, Chase Freiermuth, Kade Peterson and Evan Murr all got on the scoresheet as well. Colby Joseph and Graham Skinner each had a goal and an assist for Minot while Ben Johnson also lit the lamp. Tomas Bolo stopped 25 of 29 shots. Carter Clafton and Austin Zavoda combined to make 34 saves.
El Paso 2 @ New Mexico 5 – Carsen Stokes stopped 29 shots as the New Mexico Ice Wolves finished off the sweep of the El Paso Rhinos with a 5-2 win. William Howard and Dillan Bentley each had a goal and an assist. JD Metz, Blayde Pogreba and Nicholas Haviar all scored for New Mexico. Jordan Zelenak and Matt Johnson scored goals for the Rhinos. Jacob Zacharewicz made 42 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 3 @ Corpus Christi 5 - Trey Zagrzebski led the way with three points as the Corpus Christi IceRays completed the sweep of the Amarillo Wranglers with a 5-3 win on Saturday night. Nathan Butler potted a pair of goals for the IceRays. Blake Lewis and Cameron Crolley each found the back of the net as well. Stefan Carney was the winner in the blue paint, he made 29 saves. Max Gutjahr received the loss as he denied 26 chances.
Austin 2 @ Bismarck 7 - Ben Troumbly had two goals and one assist to lead the Bismarck Bobcats to a 7-2 win over the Austin Bruins to earn the weekend sweep. Calvin Hanson had a goal and an assist while Patrick Johnson, Blaise Miller, Eddie Shepler and Quinn Rudrud all found the back for the Bobcats. Austin Salani and Ocean Wallace were the goal scorers for the Bruins. Oskar Spinnars Nordin picked up his second win in as many nights by stopping 33 shots. Klayton Knapp took the loss for Austin, he made 23 saves.
Chippewa 0 @ MN Wilderness 2 - Konrad Kausch made 24 saves on 24 shots to pickup the win and the shutout for the Minnesota Wilderness as they blanked the Chippewa Steel 2-0. Bobby Metz had the eventual game winner as he scored on the power play eight minutes into the middle frame. Nicholas Rexine added an empty net tally for Minnesota. Croix Kochendorfer stopped 32 of 33 shots for the Steel.
Maine 6 @ Jamestown 3 - Six unanswered goals gave the Maine Nordiques a 6-3 win over the Jamestown Rebels to earn a weekend split. Aidan Connolly finished the night with a goal two assists while Zion Green potted a pair of goals in the win. Patrick Schmiedlin had a goal and an assist. Filip Wimberg and Ignat Belov also got on the scoresheet. Nolan Grier, Jak Vaarwerk and Conor Sedlak scored in the loss for the Rebels. Gus Holt picked up the win as he made 35 saves, Jon Howe was given the loss as he made 32 stops.
Johnstown 2 @ Maryland 1 (OT) - Jake Black beat the buzzer in overtime to give the Johnstown Tomahawks a 2-1 win over the Maryland Black Bears. Egan Schmitt’s eighth of the season put Johnstown on the board first. Brad McNeil finally broke the shutout and tied the game midway through the third period, setting up overtime and Black’s heroics. Matthew O’Donnell finished the win with 23 saves for the Tomahawks. Luca Di Pasquo was dealt the loss, making 21 saves.
Wichita Falls 5 @ Odessa 1 - It was a big night for the Brueck brothers as Riley and Aidan combined for three goals and an assist as the Wichita Falls Warriors defeated the Odessa Jackalopes 5-1. Brendan Williams and Owen Baumgartner also tickled the twine for Wichita Falls. Ryan Kusler netted the lone goal for the Jackalopes. Brandon Milberg was very good in goal for the Warriors as he stopped 37 of 38. Noah Rupprecht stopped 34 shots in the loss for Odessa.
North Iowa 2 @ Aberdeen 4 - Four different players scored for Aberdeen as they doubled up the North Iowa Bulls by a score of 4-2. Seamus Campbell and Jacob Bosse netted goals in the second period to give Aberdeen the lead. After the Bulls tied it early in the third, the Wings responded with two goals in 33 seconds off the sticks of Will Gilson and Patrick O’Connell. Michael Mesic netted both goals for the Bulls. Greg Orosz grabbed the victory with 25 saves. Hunter Garvey was saddled with the loss despite making 41 stops.
Kenai River 4 @ Fairbanks 8 – Jack Ring and Cameron Ricotta each had two goals and an assist as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs beat the Kenai River Brown Bears 8-4. Jake Hale got three points of his own while Noah Griswold, Brady Welsch and Alexander Malinowski all got on the scoresheet. Cole Dubicki continued his strong play for Kenai River as he scored two more goals. Gramm McCormack and Ryan Finch each had a goal and an assist. Tyler Krivtsov was the winner in between the pipes was he made 28 saves. Tommy Aitken and Cole Wheaton combined to make 34 saves.