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Saturday Scores: Windigo and Rhinos Join Playoff Party

March 3, 2024

The Wolverines have won eight games in a row after Tai Ushio's two goal effort

Wisconsin 4 @ Minnesota 1: The Windigo fired off three goals in the middle frame to take down Minnesota 4-1 and secure the series split. Gustavs Ozolins got the Wilderness ahead early in the game before Elliot Gulley tied the game with his 5th goal of the season. Max Martin, Erick Comstock, and Daniil Dolzhenko scored consecutive goals in the 2nd period to take a commanding lead heading into the 3rd. Linards Lipskis held on for the rest of the game, making 30 total saves in the win. Nick Erickson kept out 34 of 38 shots faced for the Wilderness.

Lone Star 4 @ El Paso 1: Brock James scored twice as the Lone Star Brahmas salvaged a series split, beating the El Paso Rhinos by a score of 4-1. Saxton Tess and Alex Keskintepe also picked up goals for the Brahmas. Pavvo Hiltunen got the only goal for El Paso in the losing effort. Jack Wieneke was victorious in goal as he made 12 saves. Michael Manzi was the loser in goal as he stopped 22 shots for the Rhinos.

Anchorage 4 @ Kenai River 2: Tai Ushio scored twice as the Anchorage Wolverines doubled up the Kenai River Brown Bears by a score of 4-2. Oliver Salo and Bryce Monrean each dropped three assists for the Wolverines while Fyodor Nikolayenya and Camden Shasby each lit the lamp for Anchorage. Andy Larson and Luke Hause were the goal scorers for the Brown Bears. Vaughn Makar was the winner between the pipes as he turned aside 42 shots. AJ Reyelts was given the loss despite stopped 34 of 37 Wolverine shots.

Odessa 3 @ New Mexico 4: Graham Harris potted a pair of goals and an assist as the New Mexico Ice Wolves finished a sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes, winning 4-3 on Saturday night. Francois Devilliers and Rasmus Leijonhielm also scored for New Mexico in the win. Cameron Dunn, Nick Metelkin and Marcus Fechko all got on the scoreboard for Odessa. Jackson Fuller earned the win in goal as he made 25 saves. Aries Carangi was given the loss as he made 23 stops.

Aberdeen 1 @ Minot 4: Four different Minotauros found the back of the net as they knocked off the Aberdeen Wings 4-1. Chad Muller grabbed a goal and an assist while Jack O’Hanisian, Niklas Ketonen and Colby Bear all visited the red light district. Riley Sharun provided the lone tally for Aberdeen in the loss. Lukas Swedin was nearly perfect as he stopped 25 of 26 shots. Adam Dybal was dealt the loss, he made 38 saves for the Wings.

Springfield 2 @ Fairbanks 1: Landry Schmuck’s goal late in the third period lifting the Springfield Jr. Blues to a win and a series sweep as they took down the Ice Dogs 2-1 last night. Nolan Abraham struck just 99 seconds into the game for Fairbanks but that was countered by Hadley Hudak’s goal late in the opening period. The game would remain tied until Schmuck’s goal with just over a minute left in regulation. Matt Schoephoerster was sensational as he ended the evening with 35 saves. Tyler Krivtsov stopped 22 shots for Fairbanks in the loss.

Rochester 7 @ Danbury 0: The Rochester Jr. Americans did not let the Danbury Hat Tricks all to score in a weekend series with a Saturday night final 7-0. In the first period, Massimo Gentile scored twice for a 2-0 lead. In the second, Luca Leighton added another Rochester goal for a 3-0 score. In the third, Matteo Disipio, Massimo Gentile, who scored a hat-trick, Jaden Dyke and Keanan Dewberry all scored for a 7-0 final. Rochester goalie Florian Wade backstopped 20 shots in the shutout win. 

Maine 7 @ Northeast 3: The Maine Nordiques completed a weekend sweep over the Northeast Generals by a score of 7-3. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period. Generals found the back of the net with Sixten Jennersjo and Tyler Ramm while Maine did the same with Tomek Haula and Charles Tradiff.  In the second period it was all Maine with Tomek Huala, Nils Forselius scoring twice and Cole Hipkin for a 6-2 lead. In the third the game saw Brandon Spaulding for Northeast score and Shane Kozlina for Maine score. Maine goalie Carter Richardson stopped 35 shots in the win. 

Johnstown 2 @ New Hampshire 3: The New Hampshire Mountain Kings edged the Johnstown Tomahawks with a third period goal in a 3-2 final. In the first, Lukas Klemm scored for Johnstown and Zach Groleau for New Hampshire. In the second, Sean Bradley for New Hampshire and Zach Aben for Jonstown. In the third, Jack Costanzao scored to win the game 3-2. Goaltender of New Hampshire Stefan Carney stopped 34 shots in the win.  

Maryland 4 @ New Jersey 8: The New Jersey Titans swept the Maryland Black Bears after a 8-4 victory on home ice. In the first period, Matthew Croxall scored for Mayrland. After that the Titans added two to end the period with Logan Renkowski and Reece Brednich. In the second period, Cooper Eberhardt and Jack Hillier scored to extend the New Jersey lead, 4-1. Dimitry Keabreau added a Maryland goal in the mix making the score 4-2. New Jersey went back on the attack, adding a goal from Dominik Bartecko and Nikita Meshcheryakov to end the period 6-2. In the third, Samuel Stitz added two goals for Maryland and then Dominick Rivelli and Dominik Bartecko scored to end the game 8-4. New Jersey goalie Zakari Brice stopped 41 shots in the win. 

Chippewa 4 @ Janesville 3 (OT): The Chippewa Steel battled to in overtime to take a 4-3 win over the Janesville Jets. Janesville got ahead 2-1 in the first period with Garret Frazer scoring for the Jets and Cam Davis for the Steel. In the second period, Talan Blanck and Peyton Platter scored to get ahead 3-2 for the Steel. Later in the second, Jake Merens scored to even the game 3-3 which forced overtime. In the overtime period, Joe Kelly scored for the Steel to win 4-3. Chippewa goaltender Carter Wishart stopped 13 shots in the victory. 

St. Cloud 1 @ Austin 2: Reilley Kotai tallied his 1st goal of the season late in the 3rd period to help the Bruins defeat the Norsemen and secure the weekend sweep. Gustav Norén scored late in the opening frame to put the Bruins ahead heading into the 2nd. Peyton Mithmuangneua tallied a goal for St. Cloud midway through the 2nd period to level the scores. Vilgot Holm made 23 saves on 24 shots in the victory while Ryan Manzella kept out 13 shots in the loss. 

North Iowa 1 @ Bismarck 4: The Bobcats tallied a goal in all three periods en route to a 4-1 victory and series sweep over North Iowa. Bismarck’s Tommy Cronin and North Iowa’s Hayden Siegel traded goals in the 1st period. Patrick Johnson put the Bobcats ahead in the 2nd with his 17th of the season. Cronin and Julian Beaumont both tallied goals in the final frame to extend the lead and seal the victory. Klayton Knapp kept out all but one of 20 shots faced in the win. Connor Graham made 36 saves for the Bulls. 

Shreveport 5 @ Oklahoma 2: The Mudbugs bounced back from a Friday night loss to put up five goals and take down the Warriors on the road. Kaden Nelson broke the deadlock for Oklahoma before Andrej Paricka, Brent Litchard, and Ryan Burke scored consecutive goals for the Mudbugs. Nelson cut the lead in half late in the middle frame with his 2nd of the game but Liam Fleet and Colin Vassallo answered for Shreveport. Nikola Goich was the victor between the pipes, stopping 27 of 29 shots faced. Owen Bartoszkiewicz made 32 saves in the loss. 


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