Saturday Scores: Maryland, Fairbanks post weekend sweeps
New Jersey 1 @ Maryland 3 – The Black Bears poured 49 shots on goal on their way to a 3-1 win at home on Saturday and weekend sweep of the Titans. Maryland was first on the board thanks to a 1st period goal from Samuel Stitz. The Titans tied the game midway through the 2nd period as Ryan Novo connected for his second of the season. The Black Bears regained their one-goal lead late in the period as Adam Schankula scored on the power play to make it 2-1. In the 3rd period, Sean Kilcullen would add an insurance goal on the power play to make it a 3-1 final. William Hakansson made 17 saves in the win, while Zakari Brice made 45 saves in the loss.
Fairbanks 3 @ Minnesota 2 – Ice Dogs goalie Kayden Hargraves made 34 saves to lead his team to a weekend road sweep of the Wilderness thanks to a 3-2 win on Saturday. The Wilderness jumped ahead early on a goal from Cole Gordon. The Ice Dogs would respond with two goals later in the 1st period from Julian Recine and Caden Pendo to take a 2-1 lead. The Wilderness tied the game at 2-2 in the 2nd period as Joe Cesario lit the lamp. Early in the 3rd period, Fairbanks netted the game-winner on a power play goal from Brady Welsch. Wilderness goalie Konrad Kausch made 22 saves in the loss.
Johnstown 2 @ Danbury 0 – In his NAHL debut, Johnstown goalie Alec Rajalin-Scharp made 20 saves for a shutout as the Tomahawks salvaged a split of their road series in Danbury thanks to a 2-0 win on Saturday. Both Tomhawks goals came in the 2nd period as Ryan Panico and Ryan Vellucii scored. Danbury goalie Adam Johnson stopped 40 of 42 shots in the loss.
Northeast 4 @ Maine 1 – Northeast forward Sixten Jennersjo had two goals and an assist as the Generals salvaged a weekend split of their series in Maine thanks to a 4-1 win on Saturday. The Generals opened the scoring in the 1st period thanks to a goal from Joseph Schubert. The lead swelled to 3-0 in the 2nd period as Jennersjo scored a pair of goals. Maine got on the board early in the 3rd period thanks to a shorthanded goal from Sterling Wolters. Nick Ramm would add an insurance goal late in the game to make it a 4-1 final. Nordiques goalie Thomas Heaney made 22 saves in the loss.