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Weekend Wrap-up: Mustangs riding high after sweep

January 16, 2012

Springfield forward Chris Sitler scored twice on Sunday to help the Jr. Blues sweep the St. Louis Bandits.

Wichita Falls 4 @ New Mexico 7 - A four-goal deficit in the opening period was far too great of a disadvantage for the Wichita Falls Wildcats to overcome against the New Mexico Mustangs.  The Mustangs used that fast start to pummel the Wildcats, 7-4, at the Santa Ana Star Center.  It was the Wildcats fourth straight loss.  Wichita Falls is now much closer to the NAHL South cellar than the coveted fourth-place spot Corpus Christi now owns. The Wildcats are 11 points behind the IceRays and only one ahead of New Mexico.  All seven of New Mexico's goals came in the first two periods. Jimmy Peplinski and Adam Chapie had two each for the Mustangs.  Matt Leon started in net for the Wildcats but was pulled early in the second period after allowing five goals.  Sergei Soloviev scored on the power-play and Renato Engler added a goal for the Wildcats in the second period. Boxscore

Springfield 4 @ St. Louis 1 – The Jr. Blues posted a big weekend home-and-home sweep over the Bandits with a 4-1 road win on Sunday.  Chris Sitler scored twice and Ethan Nauman and Cody Kohn each had two assists in the win for Springfield.  Gabe Antoni was outstanding in goal stopping 30 of 31 Bandits shots. Boxscore

Wenatchee 3 @ Dawson Creek 0 – The Wild went all three games in Dawson Creek without allowing a single goal which included Sunday’s 3-0 shutout win, completing the three-game road sweep.  Robert Nichols posted a new team record with his 6th shutout of the season making 13 saves.  Max McHugh scored twice for the Wild. Boxscore

Alaska 3 @ Fresno 1 – The 1st place Avalanche took the rubber match of the three game series with Fresno, posting a 3-1 win on Sunday.  Kevin Novakovich, Jordan Watt and Evan Hesse all scored for Alaska and goaltender Nick Kulmanovsky made 19 saves in the win.  Alaska’s lead in the West now sits at four points. Boxscore

Texas 1 @ Corpus Christi 4 – In a spirited South Division game, Corpus Christi stayed hot with a 4-1 win in front of over 4,300 fans.  Joe Ginley, Perry D’Arrisso, Michael Dery and Joe Smereck scored for the IceRays.  Despite outshooting Corpus Christi 34-24, Texas could only manage to get one shot past ‘Rays goaltender Anthony Stolarz. Boxscore

Traverse City 3 @ Kalamazoo 4 (SO) – Kyle Gattelaro and Robbie Payne scored on the final two shots of the shootout to give Kalamazoo a Sunday afternoon win.  Michal Toman’s goal late in the 3rd period tied the game for the North Stars.  Andrew Graves scored twice in regulation for the Jr. K-Wings, who now sit in 2nd place in the North Division. Boxscore

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