Saturday Scores: Another weekend of sweeps shakes standings
Philadelphia 4 @ Johnstown 6 - Zach Aben and Drake Albers each scored twice to lead the Tomahawks to a 6-4 win over the Rebels, which completed a weekend sweep. The teams were tied after both the 1st and 2nd periods. Anthony Galante scored in the 1st period for Johnstown, while Brock Jones answered for the Rebels. In the 2nd period, Aben, Albers, and Tyler DesRochers scored for the Tomahawks, while Connor Sedlak, Jared Kaplowitz, and Trevor Burns answered for the Rebels. In the 3rd period, the Tomahawks secured the win with the second goals from both Albers and Aben. Alec Rajalin-Scharp made 21 saves in the win, while Jack Fialkoff made 20 saves in the loss.
El Paso 1 @ Odessa 3 – Quentin Sigurdson made 25 saves to help the Jackalopes pick up a weekend home sweep of the Rhinos thanks to a 3-1 win on Saturday. The Jackalopes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Tanyon Bajzer and Emerson Goode. The Rhinos made it a 2-1 game thanks to their lone goal in the 2nd period from Kolby Amici. The Jacks secured the win thanks to an empty-net goal in the 3rd period from Ryan Mansfield. Rhinos goalie Marko Belak made 29 saves in the loss.
Danbury 1 @ Maryland 3 – The Black Bears extended their winning streak to four and widened their lead atop the East to seven points as they picked up a weekend sweep of Danbury thanks to a 3-1 win on Saturday. Danbury was first to score in the 1st period with their lone goal coming from Logan Nickerson. The Black Bears had an answer just :25 seconds later as Christian Catalano scored to tie the game at 1-1. In the 3rd period, another goal from Catalano gave Maryland their first lead and Branden Piku added an insurance goal. William Hakansson made 20 saves in the win, while Adam Johnson made 34 saves in the loss.
Minot 4 @ North Iowa 3 – The Minotauros scored three goals in the 3rd period to complete a weekend road sweep of the Bulls thanks to a 4-3 win on Saturday. Nick O’Hanisain scored twice for Minot, which included the team’s first two goals. Chase LaPinta and Troy Lund had the other goals in the Minotauros win. The Bulls got goals from Blake Johnson, Max Scott, and Paavo Hiltunen in the loss. Dane Couture made 23 saves in the win, while Erik Chaffe made 24 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 3 @ Amarillo 1 – Thanks to 24 saves from Simon Bucheler and a three-point night from Drake Morse, the Mudbugs completed a weekend road sweep of the Wranglers thanks to a 3-1 win on Saturday. Amarillo scored first early in the 1st period thanks to a goal from Preston Brighton. It was all Mudbugs after that as Logan Valkama tied the game at 1-1 later in the 1st period. The Mudbugs pulled away in the 3rd period with goals from Morse and Jaden Goldie. Luca Ganz made 21 saves in the loss.
Corpus Christi 0 @ Lone Star 1 - Arthur Smith had to make just 13 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Brahmas pushed their winning streak to an NAHL-best eight straight games thanks to a 1-0 win on Saturday. The lone goal of the contest came late in the 1st period thanks to an unassisted goal from Ivan Zadvernyuk. IceRays goalie Thomas Kiesewetter played well in the loss, making 32 saves.
Fairbanks 3 @ Kenai River 1 – Brady Welsch scored twice and Kayden Hargraves made 25 saves as the Ice Dogs completed a weekend road sweep of the Brown Bears thanks to a 3-1 win on Saturday. Fairbanks took a 2-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Jacob Conrad and a 2nd period marker from Welsch. The Brown Bears made it a 2-1 game later in the 2nd period on a goal from Bryce Monrean. Welsch would add an empty-net goal in the 3rd period to secure the 3-1 win. Brown Bears goalie Bryant Marks made 37 saves in the loss.
New Jersey 4 @ Northeast 3 (OT) – The Titans completed a weekend road sweep of the Generals as they erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 and came back to beat the Generals, 4-3. The Generals took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Ryan Schelling and Joseph Schubert. In the 2nd period, the Titans made it 2-1 on a goal from Ryan Novo. Jake LaRusso would score later in the period for the Generals to make it a 3-1 game. In the 3rd period, goals from Levente Keresztes and Robert Hyde tied the game at 3-3. In the overtime, Ben Yurchuk scored his fourth goal of the season for the game-winner. Jacob Torgner made 34 saves in the win, while Toby Hopp made 31 saves in the loss.
Janesville 2 @ Wisconsin 0 – Selby Warren stopped all 33 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Jets earned a weekend split with the Windigo thanks to a 2-0 win on Saturday. The Jets took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to the first goal of the season from Connor Deturris. In the 2nd period, the Jets added an insurance goal from Jimmy Doyle, who netted his 7th goal of the season. Wisconsin goalie Maxwell Beckford made 16 saves in the loss.
Springfield 2 @ Chippewa 1 – Jr. Blues goalie Carson Dorfman made 33 saves to help his team snap their losing streak and earn a weekend split in Chippewa thanks to a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Steel were first on the board as JJ Grainda scored his 5th goal of the season in the 1st period. The Jr. Blues turned the game around in the 2nd period with a pair of goals from Nikita Nikora and Isaac Keller to take the 2-1 lead. Steel goalie Adam Gajan made 32 saves in the losing effort.
Aberdeen 5 @ Austin 3 – Nils Forselius scored twice to lead the Wings to a 5-3 win on Saturday, as the Wings came away with three points during the weekend. Austin scored first thanks to a goal from Josh Giuliani. The Wings tied the game later in the 1st period on a goal from Brodrick Williams. Austin regained the lead at 2-1 early in the 2nd period on a goal from Walter Zacher. The Wings then seized control later in the period with three consecutive goals, including two from Forselius and another from Kyle Contessa. Jackson Luther scored for Austin in the 3rd period to make it 4-3, but an empty-net goal from Nikolai Tishkevich for the Wings secured the 5-3 win. Cole Moore made 22 saves in the win, while Trent Wiemken took the loss with 15 saves.