Saturday Scores: Mudbugs punch South's final playoff ticket
Shreveport 2 @ Odessa 1: The Mudbugs clinched the final playoff berth in the South Division as they completed a weekend sweep of the Jackalopes thanks to a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Jackalopes got on the board first in the 2nd period as Christopher Duclair netted his 21st goal of the season. The Mudbugs tied the game at 1-1 later in the 2nd period thanks to a goal from Garrett Steele. Early in the 3rd period, Shreveport scored the game-winner off the stick of Lukas Sedlacek. Shreveport goalie Devon Bobak made 30 saves in the win, while William Proctor had 13 saves in the loss.
Maryland 1 @ Jamestown 5: Reid Lune picked up a hat trick as the Jamestown Rebels won their seventh straight game, beating the Maryland Black Bears 5-1. John Lundy potted a pair of goals was well for Jamestown while Jak Vaarwerk tallied three assists. Matthew Davies picked up the lone goal for Maryland. Nolan Suggs was excellent as he stopped 30 of 31 shots. Michael Morelli was given the loss as he made 36 saves.
Johnstown 4 @ New Jersey 1: Holt Oliphant had two goals as the Johnstown Tomahawks finished the sweep of the New Jersey Titans with a 4-1 win on Saturday night. David Wilcox and Zachary Murray tickled the twine for Johnstown in the victory. Ryan Coughlin registered the only goal for the Titans in the loss. Matthew O’Donnell stopped 32 shots to earn the win in between the pipes. Andrew Takacs was dealt the loss as he made 30 saves.
Janesville 8 @ MN Magicians 3: Mack Keryluk registered a hat trick as the Janesville Jets completed the sweep of the Minnesota Magicians with a 8-3 win on Saturday night. A six goal outburst in the second period which included four goals in less than five minutes was the difference. Jimmy Doyle, Jack Laarrigan and Parker Mabbett all had a goal and an assist for the Jets. Cade Destefani and William Gustavsson also got on the scoresheet for Janesville. Tyler Grahme led Minnesota with a goal and an assist while Hunter Longhi and Mason Campbell also lit the lamp. Michael D’Orazio got the win in goal as he made 26 saves. Josh Seeley and Josh Langford teamed up to make 37 saves.
New Mexico 3 @ Wichita Falls 4 (OT): Vincent Corcoran scored 32 seconds into overtime to lift the Wichita Falls Warriors over the New Mexico Ice Wolves by a score of 4-3. The teams traded goals in the first with Nikolai Dulak putting New Mexico in front first with Cole Teleki tying the game later on. Adam Smith gave the Warriors their first lead of the night early in the second period before Tony Leahy scored midway through the frame to even the game at two. Carter Korpi scored minutes later to give Wichita Falls the lead again and they held that lead until the third period. Jeff Hutchinson’s third of the year tied the game at three to force overtime and eventually led to Corcoran’s game winner. Brandon Milberg got the win in goal as he made 32 saves. Carsen Stokes was dealt the loss as he stopped 23 shots.
Fairbanks 6 @ Kenai River 3: The Ice Dogs widened their lead atop the Midwest with a 6-3 win on Saturday, completing a weekend sweep of the Brown Bears. Six different players scored in the Ice Dogs win. The game was even at 2-2 early in the 2nd period as Carson Triggs scored twice for Kenai River, with Braden Lindstrom and Jake Hale answering for the Ice Dogs. Later in the 2nd period, the Ice Dogs seized control and ended up scoring four straight goals as Maksis Brimanis and Tristan Sarsland scored later in the 2nd period to make it 4-2 and Kevin Marx Noren and Jack Ring added 3rd period goals to make it a 6-2 final. Kayden Hargraves made 24 saves in the win, while Levi Gho made 28 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 0 @ Lone Star 3: Brahmas goalie Arthur Smith stopped all 16 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the year as Lone Star picked up a weekend sweep of Amarillo with a 3-0 win on Saturday. The Brahmas scored a goal in each period as Blake Benson netted a 1st period goak. Logan Tobias scored a power play goal in the 2nd period and Jack Collins added a goal in the 3rd period. Wranglers goalie Carter Clafton made 26 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 4 @ Anchorage 3 (SO): Despite a late comeback attempt, which saw the Wolverines come back from two goals down in the final two minutes of regulation, the Steel managed to earn the extra point in the third game of their weekend series in Anchorage and come away with a 4-3 shootout win. The Steel led 3-1 late in the 3rd period thanks to goals from Kade Nielsen and Colin Tushie in the 1st period and Sam Frandina in the 3rd period, while Hayden Hennen had the lone goal for the Wolverines. Late in the 3rd period, Anchorage tied the game thanks to two goals in the final 2:04 as Andy Ramsey and Clay Allen scored. In the shootout, the Steel got the game-winner from Ryan Remick in a combined 10-man shootout. Croix Kochendorfer made 39 saves in the win, while Raythan Robbins made 16 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 4 @ Bismarck 7: The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they salvaged a split of their home-and-home series with the Wings thanks to a 7-4 win on Saturday. The Bobcats scored three goals in the 1st period thanks to goals from Jon Ziskie, Ryan Taylor, and Patrick Johnson. Taylor would score again in the 2nd period along with a goal from Jake McLean. Quinn Rudrud and Owen Michaels added 3rd period goals. The Wings got goals from Mason Kelly, Cade Neilson, Anthony Galante, and Dominic Schimizzi. Oskar Spinnars Nordin made 26 saves in the win, while Greg Orosz made 14 saves in the loss.
Maine 3 @ Danbury 6: Robert Hyde had two goals and an assist as the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks picked up a 6-3 win over the Maine Nordiques. Peter Lychnikoff had three helpers on the night while Richard Davis, Boris Skalos, Luka Sukovic and Andrew Eberling all found the back of the net for Danbury. Seth Murch had a goal and an assist to lead the Maine offense. Jonny Meiers and Ignat Belov also scored. Adam Johnson stood on his head, making 45 saves in the win. Gus Holt and Ewan McDevitt combined to make 23 saves.
St. Cloud 1 @ Austin 2: Klayton Knapp stopped 24 of 25 shots as the Austin Bruins edged the St. Cloud Norsemen 2-1. Walter Zacher scored just four minutes into play with his 12th goal of the year. Dakota Lenz, in his first NAHL game, scored his first career NAHL goal to tie the game later in the first. Anthony Menghini scored a little over halfway into the second period and that would prove to be the game winner for Austin as they inched closer to a playoff berth. Ethan Dahlmeir made 18 saves in the loss for St. Cloud.