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Saturday Scores: Brown Bears in playoff spot after sweep

February 26, 2023

New Jersey goalie Zakari Brice posted back-to-back shutouts this weekend, making 55 saves in two wins over Johnstown.

Saturday Box Scores

Johnstown 0 @ New Jersey 6: The New Jersey Titans stayed hot after shutting out the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 6-0 final. After a scoreless first period, the action picked up in the second where the Titans scored 5 goals with Levente Keresztes, Brady Hildreth, Ethan Wongus, Robert Hyde and Micheal Young. In the third period Ben Muthersbaugh added the final goal of the game for a 6-0 final. Goalie Zakari Brice stopped all 20 shots he faced in the shutout win. 

Janesville 3 @ Kenai River 4 (OT) - Ryan Finch scored at the 2:24 mark of overtime to give the Kenai River Brown Bears a 4-3 win over the Janesville Jets and a three game weekend sweep. The Brown Bears now hold sole possession of fourth place in the Midwest Division. Garett Drotts finished the night with two goals and an assist to lead the Kenai offense. Mason Wharton also scored for the Brown Bears.Connor Deturris, Conner Brown and Parker Mabbett were the goal scorers for the Jets. Nils Wallstrom stopped 23 of 26 shots to pick up the win in between the pipes. Peter Sterling made 25 saves in the loss for Janesville. 

Chippewa 1 @ Wisconsin 2: The Wisconsin Windigo edged the Chippewa Steel, 2-1. In the opening frame Victory Widlund scored late for the Widnigo to go ahead 1-0 to end the period. In the second, Everett Pietila scored to extend the Wisconsin lead 2-0. IN the third, Kade Nielsen scored for the Steel for a 2-1 final. Gavin Moffatt was great in net after he stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced. 

Maine 3 @ Danbury 2 (OT): The Maine Nordiques took an overtime win over the Danbury Hat Tricks, 3-2. The Nordiques got ahead in the first period 2-0 with goals from Nicholas Bernardo and Oliver Genest. In the second, the Hat Tricks got on the board with a goal from Logan Furstenau for a 2-1 score. In the third, Danbury evened the game with Ryan Walker 2-2 to force overtime. In the extra period, Henrick Hallberg scored to get the win for the Nordiques 3-2. Goaltender Kael Depape took the win in net after stopping 25 shots.

St. Cloud 3 @ Austin 4: The Austin Bruins won 4-3 in overtime fashion against the St. Cloud Norsemen. St. Cloud got ahead in the opening period with a goal from Blake Perbix, 1-0. In the second, Austin went back-to-back with two goals from Walter Zacher for a 2-1 lead. Jack Wadmacher evened the game for the Norsemen, 2-2. Soon after, Ethan Lindahul scored to take back the lead for Austin, 3-2. In the third period, the Norsemen evened the game 3-3 with Severi Sulonen to force an overtime period. In the extra frame, Dylan Cook called game to win it for the Bruins, 4-3. Netminder Trent Wiemken got the win in net after stopping 18 shots. 

Anchorage 0 @ Fairbanks 2 - Kayden Hargraves turned aside all 35 shots he faced as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs blanked the Anchroage Wolverines 2-0.It was the fourth shutout of the season for Hargraves and the eighth of his career. Julian Recine scored the game’s first goal, his 16th of the season. He followed it up by assisting on Justin Biraben’s 13th goal of the campaign in period number two. That would be all the scoring the Ice Dogs would need to complete the weekend sweep. Shane Soderwall was busy, making 38 saves in the loss for Anchorage.

Corpus 1 @ Amarillo 7: The Amarillo Wranglers opened up the first period with a 4-0 lead and did not look back as they topped the Corpus Christi IceRays in a 7-1 final. The Wranglers scored to open the game with Ronan Walsh, Jack McDonald, Roman Zap and Connor McNaughton for a 4-0 lead. In the second the Wranglers added another goal with Pierce Patterson, 5-0. In the third period, Connor McNaughton added his second of the game for a 6-0 Amarillo lead. Later on in the period, Connor Brust got the IceRays on the board for a 6-1 score. Richards Simanovics scored the final goal of the game for an Amarillo win, 7-1. Carter Clafton got the win in net. 

Philadelphia 0 @ Maryland 3: The Maryland Black Bears blanked the Philadelphia Rebels in a 3-0 final score. Maryland added a goal in the first period with Christian Catalano for a 1-0 score. In the third, Samuel Stitz and Luke Van Why scored to end the game with a 3-0 victory. Netminder William Hakansson turned away 22 shots in the shutout win. 

Lone Star 1 @ Shreveport 0 (SO): The Lone Star Brahmas won in a shootout against the Shreveport Mudbugs, 1-0. No goals were scored in regulation or in overtime as the game went to a shootout. Ryan Comishock and Dhillon Wilde scored in the shootout frame to seal the win for the Brahmas. Arthur Smith got the win in net after stopping all 31 shots he faced. 

Springfield 1 @ Minnesota 4: The Minnesota Wilderness defeated the Springfield Jr. Blues in a 4-1 final. The action picked up in the second period with Sawyer Scholl scoring for the Wilderness to get a 1-0 lead. In the second the Jr. Blues evened the game 1-1 with Tyler Borgula. The Wilderness went on the attack adding three unanswered goals with Gustav Ozolins, Cole Gordon and Sawyer Scholl for a 4-1 final. Goaltender Isak Posch stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced in the win. 

North Iowa 4 @ Aberdeen 3 (OT): In the opening period the Wings scored first with Micheal Casey for a 1-0 lead. The Bulls would even the game 1-1 with Jack Seaverson to end the period. In the second, Simone Dadie took the lead for the Bulls, 2-1. In the third North Iowa added another goal for a 3-1 score with Byron Hartley. Nearing the end of regulation the Wings scored back-to-back with Logan Gravink for a 3-3 score forcing overtime. In the extra period, Logan Dombrowsky scored for North Iowa to take the win, 4-3. Mitch Day took the win in net after stopping 38 shots. 

New Mexico 3 @ Oklahoma 4: The Oklahoma Warriors edged past the New Mexico Ice Wolves, 4-3. In the second period the game went back and forth with Owen Dyer and Drew Sutton scoring for the Warriors and Ryan Johnson and Yusaku Ando for the Ice Wolves for a 2-2 score. In the third, the Warriors went back-to-back with Drew Sutton and Hunter Jones for a 4-2 lead. William Howard netted a late goal for the Ice Wolves for a 4-3 final score. Dylan Johnson got the win in net after stopping 20 shots. 

Bismarck 4 @ Minot 6 - Two goals and two assists from Chase LaPinta led the Minot Minotauros to a 6-4 win over the Bismarck Bobcats to salvage a weekend split. Hunter Longhi racked up a goal and three helpers, setting a Minot Minotauros single season record in assists and points. John Emmons grabbed a goal and an assist while Justin Dauphinais and Colby Joseph both lit the lamp for Minot. Julian Beaumont led the Bismarck attack with two goals and an assist of his own. Nico Chmelevski and Vertti Jantunen also scored for the Bobcats. Lawton Zacher earned the win in net as he made 36 saves, Linards Lipskis suffered the loss, he made 34 stops. 

Odessa 2 @ El Paso 3 (SO) - Frank Tafelski scored the only goal in the shootout as the El Paso Rhino edged the Odessa Jackalopes 3-2. Odessa took an early two goal lead as Jackson Hay and Brendan Finn scored just 13 seconds apart, three minutes into the game. El Paso started their comeback with a Camden Bajzer goal in the second period. Bajzer would net his second of the night early in the third period to tie the game at two. After the rest of the third period and overtime went scoreless, the two teams made it to round five of the skills competition before Tafelski sent the home crowd home happy. CJ Kier earned the win by being perfect in relief, making 29 saves. Quentin Sigurdson suffered the tough loss, making 31 stops. 

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