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Saturday Scores: Bruins first to claim a division title

March 26, 2023

New Jersey goalie Zakari Brice stopped 58 of 62 shots in a weekend sweep of Maine as New Jersey closed in on clinching a playoff spot (photo by Ron Morin).

Saturday Box Scores

St. Cloud 2 @ Austin 3 (SO): The Austin Bruins captured a shootout win against the St. Cloud Norsemen, 3-2, which clinched the Central Division regular season crown for the Bruins. The opening period saw a goal from Josh Giuliani of Austin and then an evening goal from Hunter Hanson of St. Cloud. In the second, the Norsemen took a 2-1 lead with Hogan Sinjem scoring. Just thirteen seconds into the third period, Dylan Cook evened the game 2-2. After a scoreless overtime the game went to a shootout where Wlater Zacher would be the lone scorer to get the Bruins the full two points in a 3-2 win. Trent Wiemken got the win in net after stopping 33 shots. 

New Jersey 2 @ Maine 1: The New Jersey Titans added a third period goal that would decide a win against the Maine Nordiques in a 2-1 final. The game was tied 1-1 after the fist as Brendan Dumas scored for New Jersey and Alexey Yamulnik for the Nordiques. In the third, Reece Brendich netted the game winner. Zakari Brice got the win in net after stopping 35 shots. 

Fairbanks 2 @ Kenai River 3 (OT) - Casper Conradsson Kelvgaard scored the only goal in the shootout as the Kenai River Brown Bears finished off a sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, winning 3-2 on Saturday night. All the scoring came in the final period of action as Hayden Walters broke the scoreless tie seven minutes into the final frame. Tyler Herzberg knotted the game at one with 3:19 to play but Jacob Zwirecki put Kenai River back ahead just 21 seconds later. Joey Potter would help Fairbanks get to overtime as he tied the game just 25 seconds after Kenai took the lead. Nils Wallstrom made 29 saves and stopped all three shooters in the skills competition to pick up the win. Kayden Hargraves suffered the loss despite making 39 saves.

Lone Star 1 @ New Mexico 0 - For the second consecutive night the Lone Star Brahmas edged out the New Mexico Ice Wolves by a score of 1-0. Arthur Smith picked up the shutout in net as he needed just 15 saves to finish the job. Bauer Swift’s shorthanded goal in the second period was the only tally of the game as the Brahmas picked up the sweep on the road. Carsen Stokes was saddled with a tough luck loss, he made 30 saves. 

Janesville 0 @ Minnesota 1: In a defensive and goaltending battle, Niklas Erickson and the Wilderness came out on top to shutout Janesville 1-0 and secure the weekend series sweep. The only goal of the contest came with 2:41 remaining in the 1st period when Kevin Marx Noren found twine on the powerplay, assists coming from Oliver Stumpel and Sawyer Scholl. Erickson backstopped the Wilderness, stopping all 30 shots Janesville sent his way. Jets’ Selby Warren kept out all but one of 18 shots faced in the loss. 

Corpus Christi 3 @ Amarillo 7: The Wranglers tallied five goals in the 2nd period to power them past Corpus Christi and seal the weekend sweep. Chase Davis got the offense rolling for Amarillo, potting a pair of goals in the opening frame. In the 2nd, Jack Ivey, Ronan Walsh, and Rihards Simanovics all tallied a goal for the victors while Pierce Patterson also tallied a pair of goals. Corpus Christi attempted to hang in there as Nils Forselius scored twice and Stepan Kuznetsov added another, all in the middle frame. Connor Mcdonough kept out 32 of 35 in the victory while Patrik Jurcak made 31 stops for the IceRays. 

Oklahoma 6 @ El Paso 0 - After dropping a close one on Friday night, the Warriors left no doubt as they defeated El Paso 6-0. Joey Delgreco had a four point night with a goal and three helpers. Brendan Williams potted a pair of goals and William Lawson-Body had a goal and an assist. Adam Smith and William Ahlrik also got on the scoresheet for Oklahoma. Daniel Duris needed 23 saves to secure the shutout for the Warriors while Nolan Suggs was dealt the loss with 33 stops. 

Springfield 4 @ Anchorage 2 - The Springfield Jr. Blues doubled up the Anchorage Wolverines as they won on Saturday night 4-2. Carter Cloutier led the way with a goal and an assist while Alex Fendler, Landry Schmuck and Hadley Hudak all visited the red light district in the win. Anchroage got goals from Trent Powell and Kade Shea. Carson Dorfman took home the win as he turned aside 23 shots. Shane Soderwall was given the loss as he stopped 26 shots. 

Minot 4 @ North Iowa 5: In a wild back-and-forth contest between the Minotauros and Bulls, North Iowa proved to be the victors to capture a much needed pair of points in the Central Division standings. After a scoreless first 20 minutes, John Emmons, Kolby Amici, and Nick Sewecke all tickled twine for Minot in the 2nd period while Jackson Bisson and Tristan Kimmen buried goals for North Iowa. Logan Dombrowsky evened the scores three minutes into the 3rd period before Chase LaPinta netted his division leading 30th goal of the season to regain the lead. With six minutes left in regulation, the Bulls tied the game thanks to Nolan Abraham and just 18 seconds later Carter Davis tallied the deciding goal, his 1st of the season. Mitch Day picked up the win making 30 saves while Noah Rupprecht kept out 35 for the MInotauros. 

Shreveport 2 @ Odessa 5: A pair of goals from John Christen and 29 saves from Gergely Orosz helped the Jackalopes bounce back from Friday night and take down Shreveport 5-2. Odessa’s William Marshall and Garrett Steele kept the score deadlocked through 20 minutes with goals. Tanyon Bajzer found the back of the net late in the 2nd period to give the Jackalopes a lead heading into the 3rd period. Drake Morse tied the game for Shreveport midway through the 3rd before Christen fired off his pair of goals and Ryan Mansfield sealed it with an empty netter. Simon Bucheler made 24 saves in the loss for the Mudbugs. 

Aberdeen 4 @ Bismarck 1: The Wings bounced back from their shootout loss on Friday and took down the Bobcats on the road while holding them to just a goal. Bennett Koupal and Alexander Gullichsen both buried goals in the opening frame to give Aberdeen an early lead. Luke Backel extended the lead 17 minutes into the 2nd period. Nikolai Tishkevich added more insurance late in the 3rd before Drew Holt broke up the shutout for Bismarck with 54 seconds remaining in regulation. Cole Moore kept out the rest of the 27 shots sent his way in the win while Hunter Garvey kept out 22 in the loss.

Northeast 1 @ Maryland 4: The Maryland Black Bears added two goals in the first and two in the third to defeat the Northeast Generals in a 4-1 final. Dimityr Kebreau and Adam Schankula both scored in the first frame. In the second, Andrew DellaDonna got the Generals on the board, 2-1. In the third, Christian Catalano and Gabriel Westling scored for a 4-1 final. William Hakansson took the win in net after stopping 22 shots. 

Philadelphia 5 @ Johnstown 6 (OT): The Johnstown Tomahawks earned the full two points after an overtime victory against the Philadelphia Rebels, 6-5. Luke deVries and Connor Sedlak scored for Philly in the first while WIll Lawerence did for the Rebels for a 2-1 score. In the second, Will Moore and Drake Albers got on the scoresheet for the Tomahawks then Max Hamstad for a  4-3 for the Rebels lead. In the third the Rebels added back-to-back goals with Kristians Samitis and David Deputy for a 5-4 lead. Late in the final period, Johnny Ulicny evened the game 5-5 to force overtime. In the overtime period, Anthony Galatne shined as he scored the game winner for a 6-5 win for the Tomahawks. Johnstown netminder Alec Rajalin-Scharp took the win in net after stopping 33 of 38 shots.

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