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Saturday Scores: Wildcats sweep Jackalopes

September 15, 2013

Over 3,000 fans attended the home opener in Johnstown on Saturday night.

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 2 @ Lone Star Brahmas 1 (OT) – For the second straight night, 60 minutes would not be enough for Rio Grande and Lone Star to settle things in their weekend series, but on Saturday it was a different story than the previous night as the Killer Bees picked up their first NAHL win, defeating the Brahmas 2-1 in overtime. After Liam Stirzinger’s goal in the 2nd period for Lone Star, the Brahmas led the rest of the way until late in the 3rd period as Will Clark tied the game with just seconds remaining in regulation.  In the overtime, a rush up the ice by Rob Marsanico found the 17-year-old forward gain the high slot and wrist a shot past Brahmas goaltender Jacob Nehama for the win with just a minute to go in the OT. Nehama made 27 saves in the loss, while Olli Kalkaja made 16 saves in the win as each team comes away with three points during the weekend series. Boxscore

Odessa Jackalopes 2 @ Wichita Falls Wildcats 6 – Led by a four-assist night from Tyler Ledford, the Wichita Falls Wildcats completed their weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes with a 6-2 win on Saturday. The Wildcats got off to a fast start with balanced scored as they took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Sam Piazza and Ben Kucera. The lead increased to 3-0 in the early 2nd period before the Jackalopes answered to make it 3-1 on an unassisted goal from Chad Guderian. Jake Townsend scored late in the 2nd period to push thelead back to three goals at 4-1. Kyle Bauman and Colin Staub added two more goals in the 3rd period to make it 6-1. A late Jacks power play goal from Jake Kreutzer made it a 6-2 final. Chase Munroe picked up his second straight win in goal, making 30 saves. Boxscore

Corpus Christi IceRays 0 @ Topeka RoadRunners 4 – It was a 16-save shutout for Drew Vogler and his second straight win to help the Topeka RoadRunners to a weekend sweep of the visiting Corpus Christi IceRays. After a fairly even first period, the RoadRunners got on the board early in the 2nd period on the eventual game-winning goal from Clint Garris.  Late in the frame, Peter Halash added a power play goal to make it 2-0.  Tyler Poulsen made it 3-0 early in the 3rd period and a late power play goal from Tomas Nechala made it 4-0.  Topeka outshot the IceRays 27-16 in the game.  Ben Myers made 23 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Fairbanks Ice Dogs 5 @ Kenai River Brown Bears 4 – It was a tale of two games as the Ice Dogs controlled the beginning and the end of the game as they completed a weekend road sweep of the in-state rival Kenai River. It took under seven minutes in the 1st period for the Ice Dogs to jump out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Viktor Lilegren and Duggie Lagrone. The Brown Bears answered with three straight goals to take a 3-2 on two goals from Brad LeLievre and another from Alec Butcher. The teams traded goals again early in the 3rd period as the Brown Bears grabbed a 4-3 lead on a goal from Albin Karlsson, which answered a Fairbanks goal from Ben Campbell. The Ice Dogs controlled the final five minutes to come-from-behind as goals from David Kaplan and Brett Gervais ultimately were the difference. Boxscore

Port Huron Fighting Falcons 3 @ Johnstown Tomahawks 1 – In front of an opening night crowd of over 3,000 fans, it was Fighting Falcons goaltender Max Milosek, who spoiled the party as the veteran goaltender made 23 saves to lead the Falcons to a 3-1 win in the opening game for both teams. Port Huron struck first on a goal from Austin Romzek, but that was answered just over a minute later by Johnstown’s Zach Wallace. The Fighting Falcons made it 2-1 on the eventual game-winning goal by Conner Enciso late in the 2nd period.  An empty-net goal from Mitch Maloney capped off the 3-1 win.  Johnstown’s Alex Okicki made 19 saves in his Tomahawks debut. Boxscore

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