Saturday Scores: Generals close gap in East with sweep
Maryland 3 @ Northeast 4 (OT) – The Generals handed the 1st place Black Bears their fifth straight loss and completed a weekend sweep thanks to a 4-3 overtime win on Saturday. Jake LaRusso led the way with two goals and an assist. Maryland led 2-0 in the 1st period with goals from Branden Piku and Brad McNeil. The Generals tied the game in the 2nd period with goals from Sixten Jennersjo and LaRusso. In the 3rd period Hunter Ramos put Maryland ahead again, but LaRusso scored again to tie the game at 3-3. In the overtime, a one-timer from David Andreychuk gave the Generals the win. Cullen DeYoung made 39 saves in the win, while William Hakansson made 30 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 2 @ Odessa 5 – Tanyon Bajzer and Ryan Mansfield each scored twice as the Jackalopes completed a weekend sweep thanks to a 5-2 win on Saturday. Odessa jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Mansfield scored twice and Bajzer scored his first goal. Amarillo got goals from Tommy Chunchukov and Ben Ivey to make it close, but a goal from John Wojciechowski and an empty-net goal from Bajzer secured the 5-2 win. Quentin Sigurdson made 35 saves in the win, while Luca Ganz made 24 saves in the loss.
Oklahoma 0 @ Lone Star 4 - Arthur Smith shut down the red hot Oklahoma offense as the Brahmas blanked the Warriors by a score of 4-0. Nate Mann finally broke the scoreless tie just 44 seconds into the middle frame. Then Bauer Swift scored on the power play to increase the lead to 2-0. In the third period Dhillon Wilde added a goal and then Matthew Macdonald put things on ice with an empty net tally. Daniel Duris made 17 saves in the loss for the Warriors.
Fairbanks 3 @ Chippewa 4 - The Chippewa Steel erased a 3-0 deficit to comeback and win by a final score of 4-3. Cole Burke, Cameron Ricotta and Julian Recine gave the Ice Dogs a large cushion through the first 24 minutes. However it was Sam Rice scoring twice, Logan Cleary and Noah Grolnic all finding the back of the net in Chippewa’s win. Adam Gajan stopped 33 shots of the 36 he faced while Kayden Hargraves ended the night with 32 saves.
Anchorage 5 @ Kenai River 2 - Trent Powell grabbed two goals and an assist as the Anchorage Wolverines completed the sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears by a score of 5-2. David Tolan had a goal and two helpers while Mason LaBel and Fedya Nikolayenya also found the back of the net for Anchorage. Ryan Finch and Garett Drotts scored for the Brown Bears in the loss. Shane Soderwall was the winner in between the pipes as he made 27 saves. Bryant Marks was dealt the loss as he made 20 stops for Kenai.
New Mexico 3 @ Shreveport 4 (OT) – The Mudbugs came from behind to pick up an overtime win and complete a weekend home sweep of the Ice Wolves. Things looked good early for the Mudbugs as they took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Garrett Steele and Alex Park. New Mexico stormed back with three straight goals from Jeff Hutchinson, Yusaku Ando, and William Howard to take a 3-2 lead. Late in the 3rd period, Shreveport tied the game at 3-3 with a goal from Brent Litchard. Just over a minute into overtime, Hayden Nichol went coast-to-coast for the overtime-winner. Simon Bucheler made 30 saves in the win, while Carsen Stokes made 32 saves in the loss.
Minot 1 @ Austin 5 – Josh Giuliani had a hat-trick as the Bruins stayed hot and widened their lead in the Central thanks to a 5-1 win on Saturday and weekend home sweep of the Minotauros. It was all Austin through the first two periods as two goals from Giuliani and others from Walter Zacher and Gavin Morrissey gave Austin a 4-0 lead. In the 3rd period, Chase LaPinta scored the lone goal for Minot, while Giuliani completed his hat-trick with an empty-net goal. Ethan Robertson made 22 saves in the win, while Dane Couture made 31 saves in the loss.
Danbury 3 @ Philadelphia 4 (SO) – The Rebels picked up the weekend sweep of Danbury thanks to a win in an 18-man shootout on Saturday. The Rebels led at one point 3-0 on goals from Maxwell Marquette, Connor Sedlak, and Greg Spitznagel. Danbury fought back with three straight goals from Quinn Kennedy and two from Nash Jacobsma. In the shootout, the winner came off the stick of Charles Panchisin. Jack Fialkoff made 27 saves in the win, while Patriks Berzins made 38 saves in the shootout loss.
Minnesota 4 @ St. Cloud 1 – Adam Johnson scored twice to lead the Wilderness to a 4-1 win and weekend split with the Norsemen. The Wilderness enjoyed a 3-0 lead after two periods as Johnson scored twice and Joe Cesario also added a goal. In the 3rd period, the Norsemen made it 3-1 on a goal from Tyler Dysart, but an empty-net goal from Cole Christian secured the 4-1 win. Konrad Kausch made 31 saves in the win, while Tomas Bolo made 23 saves in the loss.
North Iowa 4 @ Springfield 1 – Max Scott scored twice and Stefan Carney made 22 saves as the Bulls salvaged a weekend split in Springfield thanks to a 4-1 win on Saturday over the Jr. Blues. The Bulls jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two 1st period goals from Scott and a 2nd period goal from Landon Peterson. Tyler Borgula scored for Springfield later in the 2nd period to make it 3-1. In the 3rd period, an empty-net goal from Justin Mexico secured the 4-1 win. Jr. Blues goalie Aksel Reid made 21 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 3 @ Bismarck 1 - Nick Justice had a goal and an assist to lead the Aberdeen Wings to a 3-1 win over the Bismarck Bobcats. Justice’s goal gave Aberdeen a lead early in the second period but Patrick Johnson was able to tie it before the end of the period. The Wings would go on to score two goals in 67 seconds as Alexander Gullichsen and Owen Dubois to give them an insurmountable lead and the eventual victory. Geno Pichora earned the win in net for Aberdeen, he made 25 saves while Linards Lipskis made just 23 stops for Bismarck.
Maine 6 @ New Jersey 5 (OT) – The Nordiques came from behind to beat the Titans and end their winning streak thanks to a 6-5 win on Saturday. Anthony Achille had two goals, including the overtime-winner, for the Nordiques. Henrik Hallberg, Patrick Schmiedlin, Brendan Gibbons, and Filip Wiberg also scored for the Nordiques. Titans defenseman Eric Charpentier had two goals and an assist to lead the Titans. Marcus Sang, Anthony Calafiore, and Levente Keresztes also scored for New Jersey. Thomas Heaney made 37 saves in the win, while Zakari Brice made 36 saves in the loss.