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Saturday Scores: A night of clinching for Amarillo and Soo

March 24, 2013

Jake McCann had a three point night to lift the Minotauros to a 5-2 win over Brookings and help the team secure the Central Division's final playoff spot.

Springfield 4 @ Soo 5 – The Soo Eagles captured the North Division regular season title in their first season in the NAHL with a 5-4 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues.  It was a back and forth game, which saw the Eagles jump out to 1-0 and 3-1 leads only to see the Jr. Blues tie it each time.  It was Michael Lant’s power play goal late in the 3rd period that secured the win.  Sean Murphy, Nikita Zagryadskiy, Denver Pierce and Jared VanWormer had the other goals for the Eagles while Springfield got two goals from Matheson Iacopelli and others from Brett Skibba and Jeff McFarland. Boxscore

Amarillo 4 @ Corpus Christi 2 – The Bulls secured the NAHL’s overall regular season title and best record with a 4-2 win in Corpus Christi on Saturday.  It marks the second straight season the Bulls have done so.  The Bulls wasted no time trying to secure the league’s top spot as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind 1st period goals from Tyler Gernhofer and Hampus Gustafsson and a 2nd period tally from Carter Penzien.  Rudy Sulmonte scored for the IceRays to make it 3-1, but Amarillo answered back with a goal from Clint Carlisle to make it 4-1.  Michael Economos added a late goal for Corpus Christi. Boxscore

Brookings 2 @ Minot 5 – The Minot Minotauros secured the 4th and final playoff spot in the Central Division with a 5-2 win at home in front of over 1,200 fans against the Brookings Blizzard.  Judging by their fast start, the Minotauros would not be denied on this night.Collin Abitz and Lucas Oliver scored in the 1st period and Steven Sherman and Jake McCann scored in the 2nd period to open up a 4-0 lead.  Nikita Sokolov scored twice for Brookings to cut the lead to 4-2 in the 3rd period, but another late goal from McCann secured the Minot win and playoff berth. Boxscore

Johnstown 3 @ Kalamazoo 2 – The Tomahawks secured a playoff spot in the North Division with a come-from-behind 3-2 win in Kalamazoo on Saturday.  Brandon Reinholz’s goal with 1:12 remaining in regulation was the difference in the game.  Kalamazoo took an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Patrick Spellacy.  Johnstown answered in the 2nd period on a power play goal from Ian Spencer.  Robbie Payne gave Kalamazoo the lead back at 2-1 early in the 3rd period, but Jeff Bergh’s goal tied the game at 2-2 leading to the late goal from Reinholz. Boxscore

Port Huron 4 @ Janesville 3 (SO) – Port Huron also secured themselves a playoff spot in the North Division with a 4-3 shootout win and weekend sweep of Janesville.  The Jets lead 2-1 after the 1st period on goals from Daniel Kucerovy and Ryan Dau.  Mitch Maloney had the Port Huron goal.  The Fighting Falcons stormed back in the 3rd period, taking a 3-2 lead on goals from Tyler Spezia and Rick DeRosa, but Jason Ford’s goal with 1:29 remaining would send the game to extra time.  Vito Aluia and Spezia would score in the shootout to secure the win for the Fighting Falcons. Boxscore

Bismarck 4 @ Austin 3 (OT) – The Bobacts secured home ice in the 1st round of the playoffs with a remarkable come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win in Austin, completing a weekend road sweep of the Bruins.  Austin had a 3-0 lead after two periods thanks to two goals from Drew Anderson and another from Jay Dickman.  However, Bismarck stormed back with three goals in the 3rd period in a six minute span as Mike Dockry scored and Matt Pohlkamp scored twice including the game-tying goal with :31 seconds remaining.  Joe Giordano added the OT winner less than two minutes into the extra frame. Boxscore

Texas 5 @ Topeka 4 (SO) – For the second straight night, these two teams would have to settle things in a shootout only it was the Tornado who came from behind for a win on Saturday.  Topeka jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period on goals from Tomas Nechala, Trace Strahle and Kyle Sharkey.  Justin Greenberg scored twice for Texas to cut the lead to 3-2.  Sean Gaffney scored for the RoadRunners to make it 4-2.  Texas answered twice in the 3rd period to equalize the game at 4-4 as Brandon Hawkins and Scott Conway scored.  Nick Neville had the shootout winner for Texas. Boxscore

Coulee Region 1 @ Aberdeen 4 – In front of over 1,500 fans in Aberdeen, the Wings won their 8th straight game with a 4-1 win and weekend sweep of the Coulee Region Chill.  However, the Wings playoff bid will have to wait another season as their valiant late-season effort fell just short as Minot won as well.  Aberdeen forward Erik Baskin was on fire again as he scored two more goals, including the game-winner.  Kyle Haak and Jonathan Grebosky had the other goals for Aberdeen, while the Chill goal came off the stick of Garrett Hendrickson. Boxscore

Odessa 0 @ Wichita Falls 4 – Evan Cowley stopped all 27 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season as the Wildcats crept to within two points of the 4th and final playoff spot in the South with a 4-0 shutout over the visiting Jackalopes.  Kyle Bauman scored the lone 1st period goal, which turned out to be the game-winner.  Patrick Yudez scored twice and Tyler Ledford added the other Wichita Falls goal.  Nick Deery made 28 saves in the loss, which was Odessa’s 19th in a row. Boxscore

Michigan 2 @ Jamestown 6 – The Ironmen moved one step close to securing a bye in the 1st round of the North playoffs with a 6-2 win at home over the Michigan Warriors.  Six different players scored for Jamestown including Ryan Doucet, Ross Pavek and Tyler Dunagan in the 1st period, Evan Ritt in the 2nd period and Victor Johansson and Huba Sekesi in the 3rd period.  Martin Gruse and Jon Farkas scored for the Warriors in the losing effort.  Boxscore

Fresno 2 @ Wenatchee 4 – Max McHugh had another big game as the forward scored two more goals to lift the Wild past the Monsters, 4-2 to complete the weekend home sweep.  McHugh kicked things off with a goal in the 1st period to make it 1-0.  David Mead scored his second goal of the season early in the 2nd period to make it 2-0.  Kyle Sucher’s power play goal cut the lead to 2-1, but Evan Schmidbauer put Wenatchee up by two again with a goal early in the 3rd.  After Trevor Husch scored to make it 3-2, McHugh put the game on ice with his 2nd goal midway through the 3rd period. Boxscore

Fairbanks 2 @ Kenai River 5 – In front of over 1,100 fans in Kenai River, the Brown Bears used a balanced scoring attack and a three point night from Zac Lazzaro to sweep the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.  The loss put Fairbanks two points behind Wenatchee for the top spot in the West with two games to go.  Kenai jumped out to a 3-1 lead with goals from Lazzaro, Brad Duwe and Zack Zulkanycz.  Jayson Angus had the lone goal for the Ice Dogs through two periods.  In the 3rd, Lazzaro added another as did Jacob Davidson, while Garret Clemment scored for Fairbanks. Boxscore

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