Saturday Scores: Mudbugs and Warriors surge in the South
Shreveport 4 @ New Mexico 2 - Eric Vitale registered a goal and two assists to lead the Shreveport Mudbugs to a 4-2 win over the New Mexico Ice Wolves. Logan Heroux notched a goal and an assist of his own in the victory. Jake Mack and Drake Morse also lit the lamp for the Mudbugs. Alfred Lindberg and Yusaku Ando provided the offense for the Ice Wolves. Simon Bucheler needed just 19 saves to pick up the win in between the pipes. William Craig made 40 saves in a losing effort.
Aberdeen 4 @ Minot 3 - Owen Dubois’ third period tally was the difference as the Aberdeen Wings finished off a sweep of the Minot Minotauros with a 4-3 win on Saturday night. Aberdeen jumped out to a 3-0 lead after Alexander Gullichsen netted a pair of goals and Rope Tuomioksa added a power play tally. Then midway through the second period, Minot scored three goals in five minutes. All coming on the power play, Trevor Stachowiak got the Minotauros on the board and within two. Then Braden Fischer scored twice in less than a minute to tie the game for Minot. Dubois had the only goal of the final period, leading to the Wings win. Cole Moore made 27 saves for Aberdeen in the win. Noah Rupprecht and Lawton Zacher combined to make 26 saves for Minot.
St. Cloud 4 @ Bismarck 3 - The St. Cloud Norsemen picked up a huge sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats by winning on Saturday night by a score of 4-3. Duke Kiffin led all skaters with three assists. Kade Peterson had a goal and a helper for the Norsemen. Nik Hong, Andrew Clarke, and Lucca Munoz all found the back of the net while Carter Bradley chipped in two assists. Adam Pietila potted a pair of goals for Bismarck. Tyler Bautko also picked up a goal for the Bobcats. Ethan Dahlmeir earned the win in goal as he made 19 saves. Hunter Garvey was saddled with the loss as he made 20 stops.
Corpus Christi 1 @ El Paso 3 - Frank Tafelski notched two goals as the El Paso Rhinos topped the Corpus Christi IceRays 3-1. Tafelski’s first marker came just about three and a half minutes into the action. It was his sixth of the year set up by Tyler Green and Tory Lund. Anthony Cafarelli knotted things up at one with his 11th of the season. Tafelski would find the back of the net again before the end of the frame to put El Paso back in the lead. David Tolan added some insurance for El Paso in the win. Nolan Suggs stopped 18 of 19 shots to pick up the win in the blue paint. Patrick Jurcak was dealt the loss as he made 37 saves.
Odessa 1 @ Oklahoma 6: The Warriors continue to isolate themselves at the top of the South Division after dominating Odessa 6-1. William Lawson-Body and Rylan Brady got Oklahoma ahead early with scores in the 1st period. Garrett Horsager, Malte Hasselgren, Michael Kadlecik, and Max Dronen continued the offensive surge with scores in the middle period. Blaise Miller helped extend the lead even further after lighting the lamp in the 3rd period. Daniel Duris had a relatively quiet evening in net for Oklahoma, stopping 10 of 11 shots faced. Quentin Sigurdson kept out 13 of 19 in the loss.
Springfield 0 @ Chippewa 2: The Steel picked up another important victory after shutting out and taking down Springfield 2-0. Matthew Brille got Chippewa on the board 15:54 into the 1st period with his 13th goal of the season. Logan Cleary ended up doubling the lead with his 7th of the season 3:20 into the final frame. Adam Gajan was the backstop for Chippewa, stopping all 30 shots that came at him. Carson Dorfman made 24 saves in the loss.
Danbury 0 @ Johnstown 5: The Tomahawks continue to surge back into the playoff picture, picking up their 7th win in a row after shutting out Danbury 5-0. Justin Rapp, Johnny Ulicny, and Anthony Galante all buried in the 1st period to get ahead early. After a scoreless 2nd, Ethan Perrault improved the lead to four goals 13:07 into the 3rd before Ryan Panico added more insurance minutes later. Alec Rajalin-Scharp was a perfect 20 for 20 in net for the Tomahawks while Karlis Mezsargs kept out 32 of 37 in the loss.
Maine 4 @ Maryland 5 (OT): Luke Van Why scored his 8th of the season and 3rd of the evening 22 seconds into overtime to help Maryland bounce back and split the weekend series against the Nordiques. The Nordiques led 4-0 in the 1st period thanks to goals from Oliver Genest, Anthony Achille, Filip Wiberg, and Aidan Coupe. Christian Catalano got the Black Bears on the board later in the period. After a scoreless middle frame, Maryland powered back and scored three unanswered goals, twice from Van Why and once from Kaleb Tiessen. William Hakansson and Jack Wieneke combined for 19 saves in the victory while Thomas Heaney made 37 stops for Maine.
Austin 3 @ North Iowa 4: Similar to last weekend, after falling Friday night to Austin the Bulls rallied back to even the weekend series Saturday winning 4-3. North Iowa’s Logan Dombrowsky and Austin’s Ocean Wallace kept the score level through 20 minutes with scores in the opening frame. Josh Giuliani put the Bruins ahead early in the 2nd period before Jack Mesic and Nolan Abraham gave the Bulls the lead back, Abraham scoring on the powerplay. Jackson Bisson extended the lead to two with a goal early in the 3rd. Gavin Morrissey tried sparking the comeback for Austin with a goal minutes later but the Bulls were able to hang on. Mitch Day was the victor between the pipes making 22 saves on 25 shots. Tyler Fromolz made 24 stops in the loss.
Lone Star 0 @ Amarillo 2: Carter Clafton went a perfect 27 for 27 in net for the Wranglers to lift them past the Brahmas 2-0. After a scoreless opening frame Rihards Simanovics broke the deadlock with his 12th of the season on the powerplay. Jack Ivey ended up sealing the victory with an empty netter goal with 1:43 remaining in regulation. Arthur Smith made 27 saves in the loss.