A full Friday on Day 3 of the NAHL Showcase
It was another jam-packed Day 3 of the 20th annual NAHL Showcase. Even bigger crowds, over 300 scouts, and more exciting games were the story on Friday as 32 teams took the ice.
One thing is clear after three days... there is a lot of parity in the NAHL. The South took a hit to their success and now the divisional records are very close. New Hampshire picked up their first win team history and five teams remain undefeated at the event including the Austin Bruins, Minot Minotauros, Northeast Generals, Colorado Grit, and Shreveport Mudbugs.
The final day of the Showcase is on Saturday, September 16th as all 31 teams will take to the ice. The action begins at 9am (central). While El Paso is done with the event, the NAHL again welcomes in the NTDP 17 team from the USHL to take on the New Mexico Ice Wolves at 6pm.
All 64 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live and in HD through NAHLTV.
For more information on the NAHL Showcase including schedule, ticket prices, hotels, rental cars and arena information, visit www.nahl.com/showcase
Divisional Records through Day 3
South Division: 15-10-1
Central Division: 10-8-0
East Division: 14-11-2
Midwest Division: 8-12-4
Day 3 recaps
St. Cloud 2 vs. Chippewa 1 – Norsmen goalie Ryan Manzella made 25 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 win over the Steel on Friday. The Norsemen took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to a goal from Peyton Mithmuangneua. In the 2nd period, Braden Panzer scored for St. Cloud to make it 2-0. The lone goal for the Steel came later in the 2nd period from Talan Blanck. Steel goalie Ajay White made 25 saves in the loss.
Northeast 4 vs. Amarillo 3 – The Generals moved their record to 3-0 at the Showcase thanks to a 4-3 win over the Wranglers. Tyler Ramm and Thomas Klochkov each had two goals in the win. Amarillo goals came from Nolan Gagnon, Luke Morries, and Jack Ivey. Marks Slavinskis-Repe made 33 saves in the win, while Luca Ganz made 17 saves in the loss.
Minnesota 1 vs. Maryland 0 – In a goaltending duel, the Wilderness got a 23-save shutout from Louis Uberti in a 1-0 win over the Black Bears. Maryland goalie Colin Ronan played well in the loss, allowing one goal on 28 shots. The lone goal came from Harper Searles.
Austin 4 vs. New Jersey 3 – Dylan Cook scored twice as the Bruins stayed undefeated at the Showcase thanks to a 4-3 win over the Titans. Cook opened the scoring in the 1st period. That was answered by two goals from Christian Wood and Dominik Bartecko for the Titans, which put them up 2-1. The Bruins then regained the lead at 3-2 with goals from Alex Laurenza and Cook. In the 3rd period, Arhip Sidarovich tied the game at 3-3, but the Bruins netted the game winner with under a minute remaining off the stick of Damon Furuseth. Matthew MacArthur made 14 saves in the win, while Zakari Brice made 39 saves in the loss.
Wisconsin 2 vs. Lone Star 1 – Windigo goalie Logan Rose made 46 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 win over the Brahmas. After a scoreless 1st period, the Windigo jumped ahead in the 2nd period with goals from Luke Baker and Drew Fisher. The Brahmas made it 2-1 with a goal from Justin Kerr, but that’s as close as they would get. Deivs Rolovs made 34 saves in the loss.
Shreveport 7 vs. Bismarck 1 – The Mudbugs scored seven unanswered goals as they blew past the Bobcats on Friday, 7-1. Bismarck led 1-0 after the 1st period on a goal from Carter Cormier. The Mudbugs then seized control in the 2nd period with three goals from Logan Heroux, Breyden Cook, and Colin Vassallo. In the 3rd period, the Mudbugs added four more goals, which included two from Hank Reed and others from Ryan Burke and Hayden Nichol. Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau made 21 saves in the win, while Klayton Knapp made 18 saves in the loss.
New Hampshire 5 vs. Anchorage 3 – The Mountain Kings picked up their first ever NAHL win as they beat Anchorage, 5-3. Brandon Spaulding had two goals in the win. The teams were tied 1-1 after the 1st period as Hunter Fetterolf scored for New Hampshire with Bryce Monrean answering for Anchorage. In the 2nd period the Mountain Kings blew the game open with three goals from Spaulding, Linas Dedinas, and Michael Sullo. In the 3rd period, Spaulding added his second of the game, while Kade Shea and Fyodor Nikolayenya scored for the Wolverines. New Hampshire goalie Aiden Wright made 25 saves in the win.
Maine 6 vs. Springfield 2 – The Nordiques got two goals and an assist from Cody Pisarczyk as they beat the Jr. Blues, 6-2. Springfield scored first with a goal from Logan Sutton. Maine would then rattle off four straight goals as Pisarczyk, David Helledy, Kellen Murphy, and Grant Dietz all found the back of the net. Jake Peterson then scored for the Jr. Blues to make it 4-2, but more goals from Maine’s Charlie Tardif and Pisarczyk sealed the win. Thomas Heaney made 15 saves in the win.
Colorado 3 vs. Fairbanks 2 (SO) – The Grit tied the game late in regulation then survived a shootout to stay undefeated at the NAHL Showcase thanks to a 3-2 win over the Ice Dogs. Fairbanks led 1-0 after one period on a goal from Caden Pendo. Colorado tied the game at 1-1 in the 2nd period as Romulus Riego De Dios netted his 3rd goal of the season. Fairbanks regained the lead at 2-1 as Ingus Locmelis scored. Late in the 3rd period, the Grit won a face-off and Bowen Burke blasted home a shot with under :04 seconds to play to knot the game at 2-2. Nicholas Cappaso had the shootout-winner. Grit goalie Jack Erickson made 37 saves in the win, while Tyler Krivtsov made 40 saves in the loss.
Kenai River 3 vs. Odessa 0 – Bears goalie Peter Wickstrom Stumer stopped all 25 shots that came his way as the Brown Bears picked up their second straight win at the Showcase as they blanked Odessa, 3-0. Goals for the Brown Bears came from Dylan Contreras and Jackson Ebbott in the 1st period and Carson Triggs in the 2nd period. Odessa goalie Quentin Sigurdson made 35 saves in the loss.
Philadelphia 5 vs. North Iowa 0 – The Rebels got a 31-save shutout from Lukas Fursten as they blanked the North Iowa Bulls, 5-0. Otto Polakovs had two goals and Kris Samitis, Evan Johnson, and Charles Panchisin also scored in the Rebels win. Bulls goalie Santo Simmchen made 28 saves in the loss.
Minot 4 vs. Corpus Christi 3 – The Minotauros scored three times in the 2nd period on their way to a 4-3 win over the IceRays and 3-0 record at the Showcase. Jack Gardner opened the scoring in the 1st period for Minot. The IceRays answered with a pair of goals from Cody Kempf and Arvid Lundberg Broback to take a 2-1 lead. Minot tied the game early in the 2nd period on a goal from Will Dawson. Nils Forselius scored for the IceRays to give them the lead back. Minot then would get goals from Chad Muller and Nicholas Sewecke to earn the win. James Norton made 28 saves in the win, while Bryant Marks made 26 saves in the loss.
Johnstown 3 vs. Aberdeen 2 – Tomahawks goalie Jacob Osborne made 32 saves to lead the Tomahawks to a 3-2 win over the Wings. The score was tied 1-1 after the 1st period as Lukas Klemm scored for Johnstown and Bennett Koupal scoring for the Wings. The Tomahawks jumped ahead 3-1 on goals from Justin Rapp and Nick White. The Wings made it 3-2 late on a goal from Logan Gravnik, but could not find the equalizer. Wings goalie Adam Dybal made 26 saves in the loss.
Oklahoma 3 vs. Rochester 2 (SO) – The Warriors got 45 saves from Daniel Duris in a 3-2 shootout win over Rochester. Zach Homer and Carter Sproule scored in regulation for the Warriors, while the Jr. Amercians answered with goals from Conor Humphrey and Tyler Procious. In the shootout, both Max Dronen and Kaden Nelson lit the lamp for Oklahoma to give them the win. Rochester goalie Florian Wade made 34 saves in the loss.
Janesville 4 vs. Danbury 2 – Conner Brown scored two goals to lead the Jets to a 4-2 win over Danbury on Friday at the NAHL Showcase. The Jets jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from James Taylor and Brown. Danbury made it 2-1 in the 2nd period as Griffin Zaske scored. Later in the 2nd period, the Jets made it 4-1 as Brown scored again in addition to a goal from Haden Kruse. Aiden Farro would add a late goal for the Jr. Hat Tricks to make it a 4-2 final. Jets goalie Matthew Alberti made 31 saves in the win, while Danbury goalie Ethan Farrow made 26 saves in the loss.
NTDP 5 vs. El Paso 3 – The USNTDP team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period and never looked back as they took down the El Paso Rhinos, 5-3 in front of a sold-out crowd in Rink 4 at the Super Rink in Blaine. Charlie Trethewey scored twice in the contest, including a goal in the 1st period along with goals from Conrad Fondrk and Will Belle, while Alex Bernauer scored for El Paso. In the 2nd period, the lead swelled to 5-1 as Trethewey scored again and Jack Murtagh added a goal. In the 3rd period, El Paso made the game 5-3 with goals from Tory Lund and Jakub Jerman. NTDP goalies Harison Boettiger and Patrick Quinlan combined for 46 saves in the game, while Joey LoVullo made 24 saves in the loss.