Saturday Scores: Jets in 1st place after sweep
Anchorage 4 @ Janesville 5 (OT) – Jets defenseman Rhett Kodsi scored in overtime to lift the 1st place Jets to a 5-4 win and weekend sweep of the Wolverines. After a scoreless 1st period, the Jets scored three times in the 2nd period on two goals from Jake Merens and one from Merril Steenari, while Anchorage got goals from Fyodor Nikolayenya and Wilson Dahlheimer. In the 3rd period, goal from Haden Kruse made it 4-2 for the Jets, but the Wolverines responded with two goals from Jackson Stimple and Michael Marquez to knot the game at 4-4, which set up Kodsi’s heroics in OT. Matthew Alberti made 36 saves in the win.
Johnstown 1 @ Philadelphia 0 – Zack Ferris stopped all 43 shots that came his way to lead the Tomahawks to a 1-0 win and weekend sweep. It was a goaltenders duel all game until Johnstown scored late in the 3rd period with the game-winning goal from Zach Aben, his 5th of the season. Rebels goalie Lukas Fursten made 34 saves in the loss.
Bismarck 5 @ Aberdeen 4 (SO) – The Bobcats completed a weekend sweep of the Wings thanks to a 5-4 come-from-behind shootout win on Saturday. Bismarck led 1-0 on a goal from Julian Beaumont. The Wings took a 2-1 lead on goals from Matthew Wisener and Isak Holmstrom. In the 2nd period the score was tied at 3-3 as Tyson Smith and Brendan Bottem scored for Bismarck with Holstrom adding his second of the game for the Wings. In the 3rd period, Aberdeen took a 4-3 lead on a goal from Leonid Bolgakov, but the Bobcats answered with under two minutes remaining as Kade Kohanski scored. Patrick Johnson scored the lone goal of the 10 combined shooters in the shootout for the extra point. Stephan Peck made 40 saves in the win.
Lone Star 2 @ Shreveport 3 (SO) – The Shreveport Mudbugs picked up the weekend sweep of the Brahmas thanks to a 3-2 shootout win over the Brahmas. The Brahmas opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Anthony Cappello and Charlie Masek. The Mudbugs responded back with a pair of goals in the 2nd period from Brayden Cook and Hayden Nichol. In the shootout, Ryan Burke would end up with the game-winner. Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau made 35 saves in the win, while Daniel Heroux made 33 saves in the loss in his NAHL debut.
Fairbanks 4 @ Wisconsin 2 - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs doubled up the Wisconsin Windigo on Saturday night by a score of 4-2. Lance Mengel and David Clarke got the Ice Dogs out to a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. Erick Comstock and Jacob Jastrzebski scored 90 seconds apart to tie things up early in the third period. Then just minutes later Colton Mauser gave Fairbanks the lead again before Nick Blood added insurance to the Fairbanks lead. Kyle Abrahamson was given the win after stopping 34 shots. Logan Rose stoppe 23 shots in the loss for the Windigo.
North Iowa 3 @ Austin 4 - The Austin Bruins picked up their second win of the weekend as they topped North Iowa by a score of 4-3. Alex Laurenza scored the game’s first goal just under five minutes into the first period. Austin Salani and Parker Anderson chipped in goals for the Bruins while Simone Dadie netted his first of the year. Ocean Wallace gave Austin a 4-1 lead early in the third before goals from Teddy Richardson and Justin Mexico made the last minute interesting. Austin would go on to hang on for the victory by the final score of 4-3. Matthew MacArthur picked up the win in goal as he made 25 saves for the Bruins. Connor Graham stopped 33 shots in the loss for North Iowa.
Danbury 3 @ New Hampshire 1 – Miles Roberts made 27 saves to lead the Jr. Hat Tricks to a 3-1 win in New Hampshire on Saturday, splitting the weekend series. New Hampshire scored first in the opening period as Matthew Hale lit the lamp. After that it was all Danbury as David Overbeeke answered in the 1st period, Noah Ziskie scored in the 2nd period, and Wyatt Stefan added an empty-net goal in the 3rd period. Mountain Kings goalie Cooper Rautenstrauch made 23 saves in the loss.
Maryland 3 @ Rochester 4 (SO) – The Jr. Americans earned a weekend split with the Black Bears thanks to a 4-3 shootout win. It was all Rochester in the first half of the game as goals from Matteo Disipio, Massimo Gentile, and Clay O’Donnell put the home side ahead 3-0. Maryland responded with three straight to tie the game as Luke Rubin, Jesse Horacek and Tamas Toth all scored. In the shootout, Conor Humphrey scored the lone goal of the five shooters to secure the extra point. Floridan Wade made 39 saves in the win.
Colorado 0 @ Oklahoma 6 – The Warriors salvaged a weekend split as Daniel Duris made 21 saves in a 6-0 shutout of the Grit. Six different players scored in a balanced attack for the Warriors including Brayden Berg and Landon Fleming in the 1st period, Drew Sutton and Kaden Nelson in the 2nd period, and Max Dronen and Carter Sproule in the 3rd period. Colorado goalie Max Lacroix made 36 saves in the loss.
Kenai River 3 @ Springfield 2 (OT) - Cade Baker’s second goal of the night came with just 1:14 left in overtime as the Kenai River Brown Bears topped the Springfield Jr. Blues by a score of 3-2. Mark Giourof netted his fifth goal of the season for Kenai River in the victory. Zach Howard and Niko Laus found the back of the net in the loss for Springfield. Conor Sullivan picked up the win in between the pipes for the Brown Bears while Nick Bunch was saddled with the loss for the Jr. Blues.
Odessa 1 @ New Mexico 5 - The New Mexico salvaged a series split with the Odessa Jackalopes as they won by a decision of 5-1 on Saturday night. Rasmus Leijonhielm started the scored in the first period with his third of the season. Ty Tuccitto, Olivier Lamothe and Graham Harris all scored in the middle frame for New Mexico to extend the lead. John Christen got the Jackalopes on the board in the third but Ryan Seelinger gave the Ice Wolves their four goal lead back with his first of the year. Jackson Fuller made 37 stops to get the win in goal for New Mexico. Quentin Sigurdson was stuck with the loss despite making 30 saves.
Minnesota 3 @ Chippewa 4 (OT) - Tomas Trunda’s wrap around tally in overtime was the difference as the Chippewa Steel edged the Minnesota Wilderness by a score of 4-3. Trunda got the scoring started back in the opening frame before Minnesota evened the game in the second with goals from Ashton Dahms and Peteris Purmalis scored. Aidan Willis got his first of the year for Chippewa. In the final frame of regulation, Alex Lunski gave the Steel the lead again with his first of the year but Purmalis would make sure we got to overtime, scoring a buzzer beater for his second goal of the game. Carter Wishart made 31 saves to earn the win in net. Loris Uberti stopped 31 saves of his own in the loss.
New Jersey 4 @ Northeast 5 - The Generals got their first win on home ice as a three-goal second period propelled Northeast to a 5-4 win over New Jersey. The two teams traded goals in the opening 20 minutes as Ben Campeau and Joseph McGraw scored for the home squad. Johnny McMahon and Ethan Wongus countered with goals of their own. In the second, Northeast pulled away with three goals in less than five minutes. Campeau got his second just minutes into the period while Nick Recupero and Tyler Ramm scored 50 seconds apart. Reece Brednich scored a pair of goals in the final frame to bring New Jersey within one but that’s as close as they would get. Marks Slavinskis-Repe picked up the win in between the pipes as he turned aside 33 shots. Zakari Brice stopped eight of the 13 shots he saw and Dylan Krick was a perfect 14 of 14 in relief.
El Paso 3 @ Corpus Christi 4 - It was a packed house in Corpus Christi and they were treated to an IceRays win as the home squad outlasted the El Paso Rhinos by a score of 4-3. Stepan Kuznetsov got the IceRays on the board just 96 seconds into the action. Cody Kempf and Tyler Samodral netted goals in the second period to increase the lead to three. Mason LeBel and Frank Tafelski scored back-to-back goals to bring the Rhinos within one going into the third period. Kuznetsov would add his second goal of the game which would prove to be crucial as Ryan Gingher scored in the final seconds to make it 4-3 and it would end by the same score. Bryant Marks was the victor in goal as he made 28 saves. Michael Manzi and Joey LoVullo combined to make 37 stops for El Paso.