Saturday Scores: Brahmas win overall crown, Wilderness clinch
Corpus Christi 3 @ Lone Star 7: Artur Turansky and Nicholas Niemo each had three points as the Lone Star Brahmas clinched the NAHL regular season title with a 7-3 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays. Luke Beerman picked up a goal and an assist in the victory while Jack Collins, Matt McQuade and Ryan Prewitt all got on the scoresheet as well. Charlie Merkley and Nathan Butler each grabbed a goal and a helper for the IceRays while Michael Casey Jr also lit the lamp for Corpus Christi. John Spicer picked up his second win of the weekend as he stopped 25 of the 28 shots fired in his direction.
Chippewa 1 @ MN Wilderness 2 (OT) - The Minnesota Wilderness defeated the Chippewa Steel in overtime, 2-1, to clinch the final playoff spot in the Midwest Division. The game was scoreless through two periods. In the third period Roux Bazin (6:40) scored the game's first goal as the Steel took a 1-0 lead. Cole Gordon (8:37) evened the score for the Wilderness, 1-1. The game went into overtime where Jared Mangan (4:14) scored to get the Wilderness a 2-1 win. Matthew Smith made 18 saves in the win, while Croix Kochendorfer made 42 saves in the loss.
Minot 1 @ Bismarck 2: The Bismarck Bobcats kept their postseason dreams alive as they defeated the Minot Minotauros 2-1. This sets up a winner-take-all game in Minot on Monday night for the right to advance to the Robertson Cup playoffs. Bismarck struck first as Quinn Rudrud opened up the second period with his 29th goal of the campaign. Colby Joseph scored eight minutes later to bring the game even at one. Adam Pietila netted the eventual game winner early in the final frame as Michael Neumeier and Owen Michaels setup Pietila’s 16th of the year. Oskar Spinnars Nordin took home the win with 28 saves in goal. Zach Sandy played well in the loss, he made 31 stops.
New Jersey 1 @ Northeast 3: The Generals scored three goals in the 1st period to provide them with the edge against New Jersey on the road. David Tolan, Sixten Jennersjö, and Joe Schubert all scored to give Northeast that early lead. After a scoreless 2nd period, Ryan Coughlin scored on the power play to get New Jersey on the board and behind 3-1. Cullen DeYoung stopped all remaining shots in the 3rd period with a total of 28 saves to secure the win. Ben Charette and Andrew Takacs each spent time between the pipes for the Titans, Charette being credited the loss with 8 saves on 11 shots. The Generals can clinch a playoff berth with any type of point in a game against Maine on Sunday.
Janesville 4 @ Springfield 9: Leo Bacallao and Joey Dosan each potted a pair of goals in Springfield’s dominant win over the Jets. Bacallao scored the lone goal of the 1st period to give the Jr. Blues a lead through one. Dosan, Mac Gadowsky, Connor Smith, and Tristan Shewchuk widened the lead with 2nd period goals. In the 3rd, Dosan, Cole Dubicki, Bacallao, and Andrew Schultz all scored insurance goals. Janesville’s offense all came in the 3rd period as Mack Keryluk, Cade Destafani, Cal Mell, and Jan Lasak all scored goals. Ethan Roberts grabbed the win making 40 saves on 44 shots. Owen Millward completed the night making 22 saves for the Jets.
North Iowa 0 @ St. Cloud 7: Thomas Bolo kept out all 30 shots that came at him to secure the shutout and victory for St. Cloud over the Bulls. Blake Perbix scored the lone goal in the 1st period to give the Norsemen a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Jackson Hughes, Perbix, and Blake Mesenburg all tickled twine in the 2nd period to extend the lead. Peyton Hanson, Hunter Hanson, and Hughes buried goals in the final frame to seal the win. Hunter Garvey made 45 saves on 52 shots in the loss.
Odessa 2 @ New Mexico 4: The New Mexico Ice Wolves clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the Robertson Cup playoffs as they doubled up the Odessa Jackalopes 4-2. The two teams traded goals in the opening 20 minutes as Tanyon Bajzer scored 49 seconds into play with his 18th of the season. Nicloas Haviar countered with his 14th goal of the year. Brendan Finn struck on the power play to give Odessa the lead again heading into the final period. New Mexico would strike three times in the third period to come away with the win. Joe Prouty, Evan Carroll and Wilmer Svensson all scored to get the two points for New Mexico. Beni Halasz picked up the win in between the pipes as he made 24 saves. William Proctor finished the season with a 45 save performance.
MN Magicians 1 @ Anchorage 5: The Anchorage Wolverines took care of business against the Minnesota Magicians, scoring a 5-1 win on Saturday night. Jackson Krock and Talon Sigurdson got the Wolverines out to a 2-0 lead early but Jon Bell closed the gap with a power play goal to make it 2-1 after the first. The second period belonged to Anchorage as Hunter Bischoff, Hayden Hennen and Aiden Westin all picked up goals in the middle frame. Shane Soderwall grabbed the win in goal as he stopped 25 saves for his 12th win of the year. Josh Langford was dealt the loss for Minnesota, he made 33 saves.
Wichita Falls 2 @ Amarillo 4 - Amarillo finished its season with a 4-2 win over the visiting Warriors on Saturday. In the first period, Danylo Korzhyletskyi (3:16) got the Wranglers on the board for a 1-0 score. Cade Lemmer (8:16) evened the game 1-1 scoring his 22nd of the season for the Warriors. In the second period, TJ Koufis (5:37) got the Wranglers ahead again, 2-1. The Wranglers added to their lead soon after scored with Tommy Chunchukov (6:11) to make it a 3-1 contest. Nearing the end of the period, Cade Lemmer (16:27) netted his second of the night to cut into the Wrangler lead and make it 3-2. In the third period, Kyle Demarco (11:39) scored the final goal of the contest to give the Wranglers a 4-2 victory over the Warriors. Amarillo goalie Max Gutjahr made 32 saves to win his final NAHL game, while Brandon Milberg was lifted in the loss, making 8 saves.
El Paso 0 @ Shreveport 5 - The Shreveport Mudbugs shutout the El Paso Rhinos by a final score of 5-0. The Mudbugs started off the first period taking a 1-0 lead with Austin Brimmer (11:51) netting his 20th of the year. In the second period, Connor Gatto (13:35), Logan Gotinsky (14:16) and Burke Simpson (18:49) all found the back of the net for a 4-0 lead. In the final period, Niklas Miller (15:20) scored for a 5-0 Mudbugs win. Shreveport goaltender Simon Bucheler was perfect between the pipes stopping all 26 shots he faced in the win. In his final NAHL game, Jacon Zacharewicz made 23 saves in the loss.
Austin 3 @ Aberdeen 4 (OT) - The Aberdeen Wings defeated the Austin Bruins in overtime fashion, 4-3. The game did not see its first goal until the second period when Walter Zacher (8:04) netted his 13th of the season for a 1-0 Bruins lead. Soon after, Dominic Schimizzi (9:50) evened the game 1-1 scoring his 14th of the year. In the third, Liam Whitehouse (9:26) scored to give the Bruins their second lead of the night, 2-1. Shortly after, Anthony Galante (10:08) notched the score 2-2 netting his 9th of the year for the Wings. Devon Carlstrom (14:33) scored to get the Wings their first lead of the night, 3-2. Nearing the end of regulation, Alex Trombley (19:10) rallied the Bruins by scoring to force overtime, 3-3. In the extra frame, Cade Neilson (2:00) ended the game as he scored his 26th of the year for a 4-3 Aberdeen win. Anton Castro made 25 saves in the win, while Ethan Robertson made 31 saves in the loss.
Danbury 1 @ Johnstown 6: Goaltender Matthew O’Donnell stopped all but one of 17 shots that came at him to help lift the Tomahawks over Danbury. Egan Schmitt, Johnny Ulicny, and Mack Oliphant all lit the lamp in the 1st period to give Johnstown a quick lead. Braedon Ford and Jacob Badal each found the back of the net in the middle frame to widen the gap. Ford scored another in the 3rd period. Danbury’s lone goal came 7:46 into the 3rd period as Gabe Dombrowski scored his 25th of the season on the power play. Adam Johnson and Connor McDonough shared time in Danbury’s crease, Johnson being credited the loss with 22 saves on 27 shots.