Saturday Scores: Titans win OT thriller to widen East lead
New Jersey 7 @ Maine 6 (OT): A high scoring affair that turned into overtime decided the winner between the New Jersey Titans and the Maine Nordiques. In the opening frame, Maine took a 2-0 lead with Ignat Belov and Reese Farrell scoring. In the second period, New Jersey evened up the game with Ryan Couglin and Levente Keresztes. Maine went back on the attack scoring three unanswered as Filip Wilberg scored twice, and then Aidan Connollly scored for a 4-2 lead. New Jersey scored again late in the period for a 4-3 score. In the third period the back-and-forth continued as Ignat Belov added to the Maine lead. New Jersey would then find the back of the net three times as Anthony Calafoiore, Micheal Young and Levente Kereszles all scored to force overtime, 6-6. In the added period, Chris Carroll scored to take the win for New Jersey, 7-6.
Jamestown 3 @ Maryland 2 (SO): The Jamestown Rebels took a 3-2 shootout win over the Maryland Black Bears. Neither team scored until the second period when Etan Janda scored for the Rebels. Vlad Polegoshko found the back of the net to even the game for Maryland 1-1. In the third Aidan McDowell got the Black Bears ahead 2-1. With just one second left in regulation, Owen West netted a goal to force overtime. No winner was decided in overtime, while in the shootout Jak Vaarwerk scored to take the win for the Rebels 3-2. Nolan Suggs made 32 saves in the win and stopped all three shooters in the shootout.
North Iowa 1 @ Austin 2: The Austin Bruins edged the North Iowa Bulls in a 2-1 score to complete a weekend home-and-home sweep. Austin got on the board in the first period with Alex Trombley find the back of the net. In the second period, Austin added another goal, that would be the game deciding goal from Watler Zacher. Soon after Grant Japchan scored for the Bulls. Bruins goalie Ethan Robertson made 38 saves in the win.
Lone Star 2 @ Shreveport 3 (SO): For the second straight night, the Mudbugs grabbed a 3-2 shootout win over the Lone Star Brahmas. This time it was Austin Brimmer who grabbed the game deciding goal in round three of the skills competition. Once again, Lone Star jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Nicholas Niemo and Artur Turansky scored 77 seconds apart in the opening period. In the second period, Jake Mack netted two goals to even the game at two goals apiece, setting up the overtime and eventual shootout. Devon Bobak made 24 saves in 65 minutes of action to earn the win while Arthur Smith made 23 stops in a losing effort.
Minot 2 @ St. Cloud 5: Ryan O'Neill had two goals and an assist to lead the Norsemen to a 5-2 win, which completed a weekend home sweep of Minot. The Minotauros led 2-1 after the 1st period as Brayden Beahm and David Nesburg scored, while O’Neill had the lone goal for St. Cloud. After that, it was all Norsemen as they took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Evan Murr and O’Neill and then score two more times in the 3rd period with goals from Max Strand and Brandon Lajoie. Ethan Dahlmeir made 21 saves in the win.
El Paso 1 @ Wichita Falls 5: Adisen Brueck and Rylan Brady each had a goal and an assist as the Wichita Falls Warriors completed the sweep of the El Paso Rhinos with a 5-1 win on Saturday night. Ryan Robinson, Dominick Rivelli and Cade Lemmer all found the back of the net for Wichita Falls. Carter Korpi chipped in two assists as well. Bo Cosman netted the only goal for El Paso. Daniel Duris grabbed the win for the Warriors in net as he stopped 25 of 26 shots. Jacob Zacharewicz was busy all night as he made 43 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 0 @ MN Magicians 4: Josh Seeley stopped all 41 shots he faced as he earned his first NAHL shutout as the Minnesota Magicians blanked the Chippewa Steel 4-0. Chris Kernan registered a goal and a helper while Tyler Grahme chipped in a pair of assists. Connor Mahony, Owen Vantassel and Gavin Best all scored for the Magicians. Croix Kochendorfer took the loss in goal as he made 32 saves for the Steel.
MN Wilderness 2 @ Anchorage 0: After suffering his first loss last night, Matthew Smith bounced back and shutout the Anchorage Wolverines by making 29 saves in a 2-0 win for the Minnesota Wilderness. The game was scoreless for the first 55:46 until Cole Crusberg-Roseen scored his 18th goal of the season. Then 14 seconds later Max Neill increased the lead to two with his 16th of the year. Raythan Robbins took the tough loss in goal as he made 26 saves.
Springfield 5 @ Janesville 2: The Springfield Jr .Blues topped the Janesville Jets in a 5-2 final score, which snapped the 11-game Jets winning streak. Both teams scored in the first period to even the game 1-1 as Arsenii Smekhnov scored for the Jets, with Leo Bacallao answering for the Jr. Blues. In the second Jan Lesak got Janesville ahead 2-1 early. Springfield answered back with two goals as Hayden Riva and Leo Bacallao scored for a 3-2 score. In the third the Jr. Blues stayed on the attack, scoring twice with Gagen Moe and Cole Dubicki for a 5-2 final. Ethan Roberts made 31 saves in the win.
Danbury 0 @ Northeast 5: A great performance between the pipes from Generals goaltender Cullen De Young earned Northeast a 5-0 win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Northeast discord in the first with Evan Orr taking a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Brent Keefer and Jared Scott found the back of the net extending the lead to 3-0. In the third, David Andreychuck and Douglas Friberg scored to finish the game 5-0. De Young stopped all 39 shots he faced.
Amarillo 1 @ Odessa 3: The Odessa Jackalopes earned aa series split as they grabbed a 3-1 victory on Saturday. CJ Zezima got Amarillo on the board first with his fourth of the season. Dayne Hoyord would tie the game in the second period with his 19th of the year and Ryan Kelly gave Odessa the lead about eight minutes later. Chris Duclair added some insurance late in the third period to preserve the Odessa victory. Noah Rupprecht was nearly perfect as he stopped 25 of 26 opportunities. Carter Clafton was dealt the loss as he made 26 saves.
Bismarck 5 @ Aberdeen 2: Nico Chmelevski potted a pair of goals to lead the Bismarck Bobcats to a 5-2 win over the Aberdeen Wings. Quinn Rudrud had a goal and an assist for Bismarck while Ben Troumbly and Calvin Hanson also got on the scoresheet for the Bobcats. Oskar Spinnars Nordin earned the win in the blue paint by making 29 saves while Anton Castro and Greg Orosz combined for 29 stops.
Fairbanks 4 @ Kenai River 1: Billy Renfrew picked up a pair of goals for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs as they defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears by a score of 4-1. Alexander Malinowski had a goal and an assist while Jack Ring also tickled the twine for the Ice Dogs. Tyler Krivtsov picked up the win in between the pipes as he made 26 saves. Bryce Monrean had the lone goal for the Brown Bears while Cole Wheaton ended the night with 20 saves.