Saturday Scores: Sweep puts Brahmas into tie atop South
Lone Star 4 @ El Paso 0 – Jan Skorpik needed just 15 saves to earn his first shutout of the season as the Lone Star Brahmas blanked the El Paso Rhinos 4-0. Dylan Smith had a goal and an assist while Jack Collins contributed two assists. Tanner Daniels, Logan Tobias and Ray Murakami all scored for the Brahmas. Jacob Zacharewicz took the loss for El Paso, he made 29 saves.
Bismarck 0 @ St. Cloud 1 - Ethan Dahlmeir stopped all 27 shots he faced as the St. Cloud Norsemen topped the Bismarck Bobcats 1-0. Chase Freiermuth netted the only goal of the game for the Norsemen. Evan Murr and Peyton Hanson chipped in the assists. Oskar Spinnars Nordin was sensational in his own right as he made 34 saves on 35 opportunities.
Wichita Falls 5 @ Amarillo 1 – Brandon Milberg was nearly perfect as he denied 28 of 29 Amarillo shots as the Warriors beat the Wranglers 5-1. Dean Bauchiero and Philip Tornqvist netted goals in the opening period while Adisen Brueck lit the lamp in the second period. Cade Lemmer and Joseph Harguindeguy added goals in the final frame for Wichita Falls. Kristaps Skrastins scored the only goal for Amarillo in the loss while Carter Clafton made 31 saves for the Wranglers.
Johnstown 4 @ Danbury 2 – The Tomahawks completed a weekend sweep of the Jr. Hat Tricks as David Matousek had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win. Johnstown jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to 1st period goals from Egan Schmitt and Jake Black and a 2nd period goal from Braedon Ford. Danbury made it 3-1 midway through the 2nd period as Miles Harrington scored. Matousek would answer later in the period to make it 4-1. Luke Sukovic had the other goal for Danbury in the 3rd period. Johnstown goalie Dominik Wasik made 26 saves to win his Johnstown debut, while Adam Johnson made 41 saves in the loss.
Northeast 3 @ New Jersey 6 – Michael Young and Anthony Mollica each scored two goals as the Titans picked up a weekend sweep of the Generals thanks to a 6-3 win. The Titans scored twice in the 1st period with goals from Mollica and Young. Mollica added his second goal of the game in the 2nd period and Young added his second of the game in the 3rd period along with goals from Billy Feczko and Rocco Testa-Basi. The Generals got two goals from Paul Minnehan and a goal from Asher Wites. Andrew Takacz made 25 saves in the win, while Cullen DeYoung made 29 saves in the loss.
Kenai River 1 @ Chippewa 2 – Steel goalie Croix Kochendorfer made 20 saves to lead the Steel to a 2-1 win and weekend home sweep of the Brown Bears. After a scoreless 1st period, the Steel took a 2-0 lead with 2nd period goals from Matthew Brille and Kade Nielsen. The Brown Bears netted their lone goal in the 3rd period from Kevin Marx Noren. Brown Bears goalie Cole Wheaton made 16 saves in the loss.
Jamestown 4 @ Maryland 3 (OT) – Jak Vaarwerk had two goals, including the OT-winner, and an assist as the Rebels earned a weekend split with the Black Bears thanks to a 4-3 win. Maryland opened up a 2-0 lead on goals from Jacob Brockman and Jack Blanchett. Jamestown stormed back in the 3rd period with goals from James Miller, Kolby Amici, and Vaarwerk to take a 3-2 lead. Late in the 3rd period, Maryland tied the game at 3-3 as Jesse Horacek scored. Vaarwerk’s OT-winner came less than two minutes into the extra frame. Jon Howe made 28 saves in the win, while Michael Morelli made 30 saves in the loss.
Fairbanks 1 @ Springfield 2 – The Jr. Blues came from behind and salvaged a weekend split with Fairbanks thanks to a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Ice Dogs took an early 1-0 lead just :40 seconds into the game on a goal from Jacob Conrad. Springfield tied the game in the 2nd period as Cole Dubicki scored his first goal as a member of the Jr. Blues. The game-winner came early in the 3rd period from Hagen Moe. Aksel Reid made 25 saves in the win and Kayden Hargraves made 37 saves in the loss.
North Iowa 4 @ Austin 2 – Bulls forward Jake LaRusso had a goal and two assists to lead the Bulls to a 4-2 win in Austin on Saturday. Austin led early in the contest on a goal from Anthony Menghini. The Bulls then rattled off four straight goals later in the 1st period and into the 2nd period as Brett Morich, Hunter Bulger, Justin Mexico, and LaRusso all scored. Walter Zacher had the other goal in the Bruins loss. Kyle Kozma made 25 saves in his Bulls debut and Klayton Knapp made 23 saves in the loss.
Corpus Christi 5 @ Odessa 2 - Charlie Merkley registered a hat trick as the Coorpus Christi IceRays took care of the Odessa Jackalopes 5-2. Dominic Foglia chipped in a goal and an assist while Daniel Nekhamiyev also lit the lamp for Corpus Christi. Stefan Carney picked up the win in goal as he made 35 saves. Chris Duclair netted both goals for the Jackalopes. Noah Rupprecht was dealt the loss as he had 26 stops.
New Mexico 2 @ Shreveport 3 – Niklas Miller’s two goals were enough to propel the Shreveport Mudbugs to a 3-2 win over the first place New Mexico Ice Wolves. Miller scored twice in 51 seconds to give Shreveport a two goal lead in the second period of action and Will Howard’s third period goal to make it 3-2 would be as close as the Ice Wolves would get. Burke Simpson also got on the scoresheet for Shreveport. Dillan Bentley netted a goal for New Mexico. Devon Bobak continued his strong play was her made 22 saves in the win. Beni Halasz suffered the loss, he made 32 saves.
Aberdeen 3 @ Minot 4 – The Wings and Minotauros traded goals all night but it was Minot coming away with the 4-3 victory. Huston Karpman scored just 1:20 into play to put Minot ahead 1-0 but Landry Schumuck struck back just 14 seconds later. Connor McGrath would give Minot the lead midway through the period but Will Gilson netted a power play tally in the closing minutes of the first period. Braydon Beahm scored a power play goal of his own to put Minot back out in front early in the second period but Aberdeen would once again come back to tie things up with Ronan Walsh’s 18th goal of the season. That tie would be short lived as Jack Brown, in his second game with Minot scored just 31 seconds later to give Minot the lead for good. Lassi Lehti picked up the win with 27 saves. Anton Castro got the loss in the blue paint with 26 stops of his own.