Saturday Scores: Comeback win leads Brahmas to South title
Lone Star 4 @ New Mexico 3: The Brahmas scored three goals in the 3rd period, to come-from-behind and defeat the Ice Wolves on Saturday, 4-3, which clinched the South Division regular season title for the Brahmas. Lone Star opened up a 1-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to a goal from Matt McQuade. The Ice Wolves took over in the 2nd period as they took a 2-1 lead with goals from Dillan Bentley, who had two goals in the game, and Sully Scholle. In the 3rd period, the Brahmas stormed back with three goals from Ryan Prewitt, Tanner Daniels, and Ray Murakami to secure the win. Arthur Smith made 26 saves in the win, while Beni Halasz made 26 saves in the loss.
Bismarck 2 @ North Iowa 1: The Bobcats stayed alive in the Central Division playoff chase as they completed a weekend sweep of the Bulls thanks to a 2-1 win on Saturday. With the win, Bismarck now sits just a point behind 4th place Minot with two games to go next weekend against the Minotauros. Nico Chmelevski opened the scoring for the Bobcats in the 1st period. Michael Mesic tied the game for North Iowa midway through the 3rd period. Jon Ziskie netted the game-winner at the 12:14 mark. Bobcats goalie Oskar Spinnars Nordin made 30 saves in the win, while Hunter Garvey made 32 saves in the loss.
Wichita Falls 4 @ El Paso 0: Daniel Duris stopped all 21 shots that came his way for his 4th shutout of the season as for the second straight night the Warriors blanked the Rhinos, this time by a 4-0 score on Saturday. Cade Lemmer had three points in the win for the Warriors. After a scoreless 1st period, the Warriors exploded for three goals in the 2nd period as Lemmer, Nick Comfort, and Brendan Williams all scored. Adisen Brueck added a 3rd period goal to complete the scoring. El Paso goalie Jacob Zacharewicz made 38 saves in the loss.
St. Cloud 2 @ Minot 0: Ethan Dahlmeir stopped all 29 shots that came his was for his fourth shutout of the season as the Norsemen shutout the Minotauros, 2-0 to complete a weekend sweep. After a scoreless 1st period, the Norsemen began the scoring in the 2nd period as Blake Perbix scored his 22nd goal of the season. Late in the 3rd period, Evan Murr added an empty-net goal to secure the win. Minot goalie Zach Sandy made 49 saves in the loss.
Jamestown 3 @ Danbury 2 (OT): John Lundy netted the overtime winner as the Jamestown Rebels won their ninth game in a row, a 3-2 decision over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Danbury jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period as Luka Sukovic and Logan Nickerson scored in the second period. Jamestown responded with two goals of their own coming off the sticks of Mitch Lafay and Lucas Klemm. After a scoreless third period, the teams went to overtime where Lundy netted his 31st of the season with Jak Vaarwerk and Klemm picking up the helpers. Nolan Suggs grabbed the win in goal as he stopped 27 shots. Adam Johnson took the loss despite making 32 saves.
Aberdeen 2 @ Austin 3: After clinching their ticket into the 2022 Robertson Cup Playoffs, the Austin Bruins continued their weekend success over the Wings, taking them down 3-2 to secure the sweep. After a scoreless 1st period, Ocean Wallace and Braidan Simmons-Fischer both lit the lamp for the Bruins. Kevin MacKay helped keep the difference to only one goal with an unassisted goal for Aberdeen. Early in the final frame, Carson Riddle tallied his 20th goal of the season to double the lead. Cade Neilson would answer for the Wings but it wasn’t enough as Klayton Knapp would stop the remaining shots and secure the win. Knapp completed the night making 24 saves while Anton Castro took the loss keeping out 33 of 36 shots faced.
Odessa 3 @ Amarillo 2 (SO): Tanyon Bajzer scored the lone goal in the shootout to provide Odessa with the victory and the weekend sweep. Bajzer gave Odessa the first lead of the game with a late 1st period goal. Bajzer potted another in the 2nd period to bring his season goal total to 17 but a goal from Ben Biester helped the Wranglers draw within one before the 3rd period. Kristaps Skrastins netted his 35th of the season, on the power play, with just 45 seconds remaining to bring the game to extra time. After a scoreless overtime, William Proctor would eventually secure the victory, making 30 saves on 32 shots and stopping all three of Amarillo’s shootout attempts. Max Gutjahr was dealt the loss making 25 saves.
Corpus Christi 4 @ Shreveport 2: Saturday night’s contest between Corpus Christi and the Mudbugs proved to be a goaltending battle, as the visitors prevailed by a final score of 4-2. Shreveport grabbed the first lead of the contest as Austin Brimmer scored six minutes into the 1st. Just minutes later, Dylan Contreras found the back of the net on the power play to tie the scores. Jude Kurtas scored the lone goal in the middle frame, giving Corpus Christi the edge after 40 minutes of play. Michael Casey Jr tickled twine shorthanded early in the 3rd to double the lead and late in the 3rd Casper Gillberg deposited the empty netter to seal it. Drake Morse would give Shreveport their 2nd goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation but it was too late. Damon Beaver snagged the victory between the pipes, keeping out 27 of 29 shots. Simon Bucheler took the loss, stopping 26 of 29 shots faced.
Maryland 1 @ New Jersey 2 (SO): Anthony Calafiore scored the game deciding goal in the shootout to lift the New Jersey Titans to a 2-1 victory over the Maryland Black Bears. Nick Ring scored just 2:29 into the action to put New Jersey on the board first. We waited until early in the third period for the answer from Maryland. Brad McNeil struck on the power play to tie the game at one goal apiece. After three rounds of the shootout couldn’t break the tiebreaker, Andrew Takacs stopped Branden Piku in the fourth round, setting up Calafiore’s game winner. Luca Di Pasquo was saddled with the loss as he made 35 saves while Takacs stopped 32 shots to earn the win in between the pipes.
Johnstown 6 @ Maine 4: The Johnstown Tomahawks opened up offensively in the second period scoring 3 goals taking down the Maine Nordiques in a 6-4 final. In the first period Patrick Schmiedlin (10:53) netted the first goal of the game to give the Nordiques a 1-0 lead. Soon after, Ethan Perrault (11:33) evened the game 1-1 to end the first. In the second period, the Tomahawks added three goals with Jacob Badal, Johnny Ulicny, and Jake Black all scoring to give Johnstown a 4-1 lead. In the third period Ignat Belov (1:30) socred early to get Maine back on the board, 4-2. The Tomahawks replied back with another goal from Jacob Badal (2:47) to make the score 5-2. Maine answered with back-to-back goals from Zion Green (4:37) and Filip Wiberg (7:09) to make the score 5-4. Late in the game Egan Schmitt (17:56) found the back of the net for a 6-4 final score.
MN Wilderness 3 @ Janesville 6: The Janesville Jets topped the Minnesota Wilderness by a final score of 6-3. In the first period the Jets took a 2-0 lead with Cade Destefani (0:53) and Will Troutwine (1156) scoring. In the second period, William Gustavsson (3:23) added to the Jets lead, 3-0. Minutes later, Gunnar Thoreson (5:03) got the Wilderness on the board for a 3-1 score. Janesville answered back with back-to-back goals from Arsenii Smekhnov (7:08) and William Gustavsson (9:44) to make the score 5-1. Late in the third, Kullan Daikawa (17:22) and Ethan Wolther (17:53) scored to get the Wilderness on the board, 5-3. Later in the period, Ethan Begg (18:14) scored the final goal of the game for the Jets to win 6-3.
Anchorage 0 @ Fairbanks 2: In their final regular season game of the 2021-22 season, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs flipped the script on the visiting Wolverines and posted a 2-0 shutout on Saturday. Kayden Hargraves stopped all 28 shots for his first shutout of the season. After a scoreless 1st period, the Ice Dogs took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period as Kevin Marx Noren scored a power play goal, which was his 23rd goal of the season. Late in the 3rd period, McCabe Dvorak added the other Ice Dogs goal to secure the 2-0 win. Wolverines goalie Raythan Robbins played well in the loss, making 29 saves.
MN Magicians 0 @ Kenai River 3: Brown Bears goalie Bryant Marks stopped all 31 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as Kenai River finished their 2021-22 regular season with a 3-0 win over the Magicians. After a scoreless 1st period, the Brown Bears took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Hunter Newhouse and Jeffrey Bertrand. Caden Triggs would add an empty-net goal in the 3rd period to complete the scoring. Magicians goalie Josh Langford made 27 saves in the loss.