Saturday Scores: Wilderness, Windigo surging in Midwest
Janesville 3 @ Minnesota 4 (SO): Kevin Marx Noren scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift his Minnesota Wilderness past the Jets 4-3. The two clubs traded goals in the 1st period with Ethan Begg and Noah Gibbs scoring for Janesville and Charlie Erickson and Adam Johnson burying for the Wilderness. After a scoreless 2nd, Michael Quinn found the back of the net 2:25 into the 3rd to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead. Connor Deturris tied the scores back up 9:04 into the period to send the game to overtime and an eventual shootout. Isak Posch kept out 27 shots in regulation and all shootout attempts in the victory. Selby Warren made 37 saves for the Jets.
Shreveport 4 @ El Paso 2: The Shreveport Mudbugs topped the El Paso Rhinos in a 4-2 game to complete a weekend sweep. The Mudbugs got ahead 2-0 in the first period as Eric Vitale (1:26) scored followed by Drake Morse (18:03). In the second, the Rhinos rallied back to tie the game 2-2 with Mark LaFrance (1:23) and Alan Evitmov (5:41). Later in the period, Garrett Steele (15:55) scored to take back the lead, 3-2. In the third, Eric Vitale (6:27) scored his second of the night and the game winner for a 4-2 score. Rhinos goaltender Nolan Suggs stopped 30 shots in the win.
Chippewa 0 @ Wisconsin 4: The Windigo continued their hot streak Saturday night as they shutout Chippewa 4-0 to bring their win streak to four games, three of those being shutouts. Wisconsin’s offense came out hot in the 1st period as Paul Huglen, Victor Widlund, and Drew Fisher all tickled twine. Wisconsin’s next goal came 1:52 into the 3rd period with Luke Levandowski burying his 10th of the season. Gavin Moffatt continued his dominance in the crease, stopping all 28 shots he faced in the shutout. Carter Wishart made 28 saves for Chippewa.
Bismarck 2 @ Aberdeen 4: The Aberdeen Wings took a 4-2 win over the Bismarck Bobcats after adding two goals in the first and third periods. Aberdeen opened up the scoring in the first period with Luke Backel (6:46) with Patrick O’Connell and Landon Parker called on the assists. The Wings added to their lead to close out the first period with a 2-0 score after Landon Parker (8:01) netted his fifth of the season. In the middle frame, Bismarck got on the scoresheet with Adam Pietila (3:31) scoring an early goal for a 2-1 score. The Bobcats opened up the third period evening the game 2-2 as Calvin Hanson (7:12) scored his third of the year. Aberdeen took back control of the game adding back-to-back goals with Owen Dubois (10:59) and Nikolai Tishkevich (18:42) for a 4-2 final. Cole Moore stood tall between the pipes picking up the win after stopping 29 shots.
New Jersey 2 @ Maryland 1: A pair of timely 3rd period goals from the New Jersey Titans led them to a 2-1 victory over Maryland to secure the series sweep over the East Division leaders. The game remained deadlocked at 0-0 until Maryland’s Adam Schankula tickled twine 18:20 into the middle frame. Dominik Bartecko took over in the 3rd period, scoring a pair of powerplay goals for the Titans with 14:44 and 10:39 left in the period. Zakari Brice backstopped the Titans, stopping their comeback bid and finishing the game with 36 saves. William Hakansson kept out 22 shots for the Black Bears.
Johnstown 3 @ Philadelphia 1: Similar to the past weekend the Johnstown Tomahawks bounced back after a Friday night loss to win Saturday night, taking down the Rebels 3-1. The game remained scoreless through 20 minutes and would remain that way until Dominic Foglia’s goal 4:06 into the 2nd period to put the Rebels ahead. Zachary Aben answered for Johnstown with a powerplay tally just over a minute later in the period. Ryan Vellucci buried the eventual game winner late in the period with assists from Tyler DesRochers and Ryan Vellucci. Anthony Galante put the game out of reach after slotting in the empty netter with 1:40 left in regulation. Alec Rajalin-Scharp was nearly perfect in net for the Tomahawks, keeping out 27 of 28 shots faced. Jakub Krbecek made 26 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 2 @ Corpus Christi 6: The Corpus Christi Ice Rays sent the fans home happy after beating the Ice Wolves 6-2. Blake Lewis got the Ice Rays on the board right away with a goal 27 seconds into the contest. Dylan Contreras followed him up with a score before Tony Leahy got New Mexico on the board with a power play goal. In the 2nd, Sully Scholle tied the game 21 seconds into the period with his 10th goal of the season. Blake Lewis and Jack Wandmacher answered and brought the lead back to two goals before the end of the 2nd period. Cody Kempf added an insurance goal early in the 3rd period and Lewis got his 2nd goal of the night to seal the win. Thomas Kiesewetter kept out 28 shots in the winning effort while William Craig made 29 stops for the Ice Wolves.
Austin 5 @ North Iowa 4: The Austin Bruins silenced the North Iowa crowd after coming back from two goals down with less than 10 minutes left in regulation. The Bulls lead 2-1 after the 1st period as Byron Hartley and Max Scott lit the lamp for North Iowa and Jackson Luther buried for the Bruins. Gavin Morrissey tied the game in the 2nd for Austin with his 4th goal of the season. In the final frame, Nolan Abraham and Eli Miller put North Iowa up by two just over halfway through the period. Ocean Wallace scored a pair to tie it, his 2nd and tying goal coming with just 48 seconds remaining in the game. Dylan Cook put the finishing touches on the comeback after tickling twine with 11 seconds left in the game.
Oklahoma 5 @ Odessa 3: The Oklahoma Warriors continued on their 12 game point streak after a weekend sweep over the Odessa Jackalopes in a 5-3 game. Odessa took a 1-0 lead early with a goal from Ryan Kelly (0:52) scoring with John Christen and Ryan Mansfield on the assists. Later in the period, Cole Teleki (11:26) scored to even the game going into the first intermission, 1-1. The game did not see a goal in the second period as Oklahoma got on the board early in the third with Blaise Miller (1:03) for a 2-1 score. The Jackalopes battled back to even the game 2-2 when John Peridon (5:10) scored. The back-and-forth continued as Kaden Nelson (7:15) took the lead for Oklahoma then Emerson Goode (9:17) scored on the power-play for Odessa to even the game again 3-3. Late in the period, Brendan Williams (14:29) took back the lead for the Warriors and then with an empty net Max Dronen (19:48) scored the final goal of the night for a Oklahoma win, 5-3. Warriors netminder Daniel Duris took the win in net stopping 28 shots on the night.
Amarillo 2 @ Lone Star 4: The Lone Star Brahmas capitalized on a weekend sweep over the Amarillo Wranglers in a 4-2 final score. Lone Star got ahead 1-0 in the first period with Ohan Rosenquist (5:06) netting his sixth of the year with Will Laychur on the assist. In the second period, Chase Davis (3:32) evened the game with a Wranglers goal, 1-1. The Brahams scored two unanswered goals to end the period with a 3-1 lead after Charlie Masek (7:33) and Ryan Comishock (15:33) scored. In the third period, Will Laychur (12:06) scored his second of the night for a 4-1 Brahmas lead. The Wranglers rallied back to get on the board once again in the final minutes of the third with Jase Sofo (13:23) scoring but the Brahams held on to take the win, 4-2. Arthur Smith was great in net stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced in the win.
Anchorage 5 @ Fairbanks 4: The Anchorage Wolverines edged the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a 5-4 contest after scoring a late third period goal for the win. The Ice Dogs got out ahead in the first period with Cole Burke (6:48) scoring his third of the season. Fairbanks added to the lead making the score 2-0 with Colin Goff (7:31). Soon after, Anchorage got on the board with Mason LeBel (11:12) for a 2-1 score heading into the first intermission. In the second, the Wolverines tied it up with Aiden Westin (6:12) scoring. Passing the halfway mark of the period, Billy Renfew (12:58) took the lead again for Fairbanks, 3-2. Nearing the end of the period, Jackson Reinke (16:04) scored for the Wolverines to tie the game once again, 3-3. In the third period, Cameron Morris (8:28) got the Wolverines their first lead of the game, 4-3. The Ice Dogs battled back to tie the game 4-4 with a goal from Kole Altergott (11:02). In the dying seconds of the game, David Tolan (19:33) had a heroic game winning goal to send the Wolverines over the Ice Dogs, 5-4. Vaugh Makar stopped 32 shots in net for the win.