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Scouts flock to see exciting and memorable Day 2 of Showcase

September 14, 2012

BLAINE, MINNESOTA – It was a record-breaking day at the NAHL Showcase. As all 24 teams from the North American Hockey League (NAHL) set forth on their second day of competition the North American Prospects Hockey League (PHL), the High Performance Hockey League (HPHL) and the 16U Future Prospects also began their first day of competition.  Through the first two days of the event, a record number of 257 scouts have turned out to watch the Showcase, including over 70 NCAA Division I scouts and over 40 NHL scouts, which surpassed the record set last year of 253.  There are three days still remaining in the event with the Upper Midwest High School Elite Elite set to start play tomorrow.  Here is a look at the Day 2 results in the NAHL:


Aberdeen Wings 1 vs. Soo Eagles 0 – Aberdeen remained perfect on the season with a 1-0 shutout of the Soo Eagles in the first game of the day.  Rookie goalie and Minnesota native Paige Skoog stopped all 34 shots in his NAHL debut and Joe Sullivan scored the only goal for Aberdeen, which came with less than two minutes remaining in the game.  Zach Nagelvoort made 26 saves in the loss. Boxscore


Texas Tornado 6 vs. Fresno Monsters 3 – The Tornado moved to 2-0-0 on the season and into 1st place in the South with a 6-3 win over Fresno.  The Tornado dominated the final two periods, outscoring the Monsters 5-1 in the last two periods, after Fresno led 2-1 after the 1st period.  Jackson Leef posted the big game of the day with 2 goals and 3 assists for a 5 point night.  Mitchell McPherson chipped in with two goals and an assist.  Kyle Buffardi and David Dalbec score for Fresno. Boxscore


Wichita Falls Wildcats 3 vs. Janesville Jets 1 – The Wildcats started fast with goals from Colin Staub and Kyle Bauman and never looked back, getting their first win of the year in a 3-1 win over Janesville.  Austin Vieth scored the lone goal for the Jets, who were outshot 40-17.  Bauman added a second goal in the 2nd period and goaltender Cooper Cook made the lead stand with 16 saves, while Brock Kautz made 37 saves in the loss.  Boxscore


Jamestown Ironmen 3 vs. Minot Minotauros 2 – Luc Gerdes scored two, 3rd period goals to bring the Ironmen from behind and lead them to a 3-2 win over Minot, getting their first win of the season.  Brett Szajner scored the first goal of the game for Jamestown, but Minot answered with back-to-back goals from Tim Donohue and Cameron Rowat.  Tim Shaughnessy posted the win with 28 saves, while Ben Myers took the loss with 34 saves for the Minotauros. Boxscore


Michigan Warriors 2 vs. Topeka RoadRunners 1 (SO) – It took 18 combined shooters, but Corey Schueneman finally scored to give the Warriors their first win of the season, as they beat Topeka, 2-1.  Both goals in regulation came in the 1st period as Jake Strzalkowski scored for the Warriors and Dan Dupell scored the Topeka.  Both goalies shined in the game, not only making mutliple stops in the shootout, but Michigan goalie Michael Pesendorfer made 33 saves through regulation and OT, while Topeka’s Mackenzie Sawyer made 26 saves. Boxscore


Port Huron Fighting Falcons 4 vs. Bismarck Bobcats 3 – The Falcons stayed in 1st place in the North with a 4-3 win over Bismarck, handing the Bobcats their first loss of the season.  Bismarck led 2-0 after goals from Joe Giordano and Bob Kinne, but Port Huron stormed back with four straight goals with two from Nick Horne and others from Tom Kempinski and Ian Miller.  Adam Knochenmus added the third goal for Bismarck, but the Falcons hang on for the win as they outshot Bismarck, 36-26. Boxscore


Coulee Region Chill 4 vs. Odessa Jackalopes 2 – The Chill and head coach John Hamre picked up their first win of the season, doubling up Odessa 4-2 thanks to three, 3rd period goals.  Odessa led 2-1 with two goals, both from Steven Haydon.  But, the Chill fought back with two goals from Mac Jansen and others from Matt Williams and Travis Underwood.  Aaron Davis posted the win making 18 saves, while Jacob Theut took the loss making 27 saves. Boxscore


Johnstown Tomahawks 6 vs. Kenai River Brown Bears 5 (SO) – The Tomahawks and head coach Jason Spence made history with their first win in franchise history on Thursday in a wild, back and forth game.  The teams were tied 2-2 after one period, 4-4 after two periods and 5-5 after regulation.  Cody Gylling had the only goal in the shootout for either teams to give the ‘Hawks the win.  Johnstown got goals from five different players in regulation, while Albin Karlsson scored twice in the loss for Kenai River. Boxscore


Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings 3 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2 – Alex Okicki made 20 saves and Robbie Payne scored again as the K-Wings held on to edge the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, 3-2 to remain perfect at the NAHL Showcase.  Nick Kovalchik and Nolan Culver gave Kalamazoo a 2-0 led, but Colton Wolter answered for Fairbanks to make it 2-1.  Payne scored late in the 3rd period on an empty net.  Garrett Clemment scored with :08 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one, but time ran out on Fairbanks.  Boxscore


Wenatchee Wild 5 vs. Amarillo Bulls 3 – In one of the marquee games of the day, the Wild jumped out to a 3-0, 1st period lead and never looked back in a 5-3 win over the Amarillo Bulls.  Jono Davis scored twice including the first goal and the game-winner as Wenatchee was efficient scoring five times on just 19 shots.  Chris Kerr, Josh Hartley and Derick Kuchera added the other goals for Wenatchee, while TJ Sarcona, Joe Grabowski and Clint Carlisle scored for the Bulls. Boxscore


Brookings Blizzard 2 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues 1 (SO) – The Blizzard moved to 2-0 on the season with a come-from-behind 2-1 win in a shootout over the Jr. Blues.  After James McGing scored for Springfield midway through the 2nd period, the Jr. Blues held the lead late into the 3rd period, but Blizzard captain Thomas Williams scored with less than three minutes remaining to push the game to the shootout.  Dylan Zink scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Blizzard another win and a share of 1st place in the Central. Boxscore


Austin Bruins 3 vs. Corpus Christi IceRays 2 (SO) – The Bruins managed just 10 shots in the game, but it was enough to pick up their first win of the season as they beat Corpus Christi, 3-2 in a shootout.  Austin led 2-0 after the 1st period on goals from John Simonson and CJ Smith.  The ‘Rays answered back to tie the game with goals from Chris Stovall and Brandon Smith.  Colton Kramer scored on the 5th and final shot in the shootout to give the Bruins the win. Boxscore

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