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Saturday Scores: West Michigan sweeps past Whalers

October 12, 2014
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Pittsburgh 4 @ Southern Tier 2 – Tyler Speis netted a hat trick to lead the Pittsburgh Vengeance over the Southern Tier Xpress, 4-2. Speis' first goal came 7:50 into the first period. He then added goals at 17:57 into the first and at 14:36 into the second. Pittsburgh additionally got points from Eli Lynn, who also registered one goal and two assists. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh were Leo Blore, who had two and Cody Black, Jake Parry, and Kenneth White, who each chipped in one. Southern Tier was led by Brandon Desrosiers, who racked up one goal and one assist. Desrosiers scored 4:17 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Pittsburgh. Luke Sunde assisted on the tally. Justin Andriaccio also scored for Southern Tier. In addition, Southern Tier received assists from Cody Maulsby, who had one. Pittsburgh's Brian Baker stopped 22 shots out of the 24 that he faced. Matt Hatcher recorded 17 saves for the Xpress. 
 
Wisconsin 0 @ West Michigan 2 – The West Michigan Wolves used a sparkling performance by Hunter Vorva to take down the Wisconsin Whalers, as the netminder did not allow a goal in West Michigan's 4-0 shutout victory. Brandon Benaglio had two goals to lead the Wolves to victory. Benaglio scored at 4:31 into the second period to make the score 1-0 West Michigan and again while 39 seconds into the third to make the score 3-0 West Michigan. West Michigan excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances. The Wolves' offense rang up 45 shots on Wisconsin's net. West Michigan additionally got points from Josh Somers, who also had one goal and one assist and Dakota Ulmer, who also registered one goal and one assist. More assists for West Michigan came via Michael Tratar, who had two and Matt Shultz and Austin Buchholz, who each chipped in one. The Whalers did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Wisconsin puts an average of 3.2 pucks into the net per game.
Hunter Vorva made 29 saves for West Michigan on 29 shots. Evan Moyse recorded 41 saves for the Whalers.
 
Twin City 8 @ Topeka 1 – The Twin City Steel were firing on all cylinders against the Topeka Capitals, and when the final buzzer sounded Steel emerged with an 8-1 win. Twin City was led by goalie Robbiei Goor, who finished with 25 saves while allowing one goal. Goor managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.96 prior to the game. The Steel were led by Paul Stehr, who tallied one goal and one assist. Stehr scored 10:13 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Twin City. Jesse Brown assisted on the tally. Topeka was unable to stop Twin City from sending pucks towards the net, and the Steel eventually piled up 37 shots on goal. Twin City found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. The Steel have scored at the pace of 4.3 goals per game during the current campaign. Twin City took advantage of the Capitals' penalties, tallying two goals off of three power play opportunities. The Steel got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game. Twin City also got points from David Becker, who also had one goal and one assist and Mikko Aho, who also racked up two goals and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Twin City included Russel Barone, who had two and Jared Erickson and Lance Carney, who each put in one. More assists for Twin City came via Mathias Ahman, Aharon Lara, Kyle Wagner, Jon Plaszcz, and Nicholas Campbell, who contributed one each. Topeka could not produce up to its normal offensive output. The Capitals average 3.2 goals per game. Topeka's Brett Malkmus stopped 29 shots out of the 37 that he faced. 
 
La Crosse 3 @ Chicago 2 – The La Crosse Freeze pulled out a 3-2 (OT) overtime victory over the Chicago Junior Bulldogs on a clutch goal by Toms Taurins. La Crosse overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Freeze was down 3-1 after a goal by Chicago's Scott Herbster at 15:40 in the second period. La Crosse tied things up at 3-3 on a power play goal by Jared Bromberg at 29 seconds in the fourth period. The Freeze's penalty kill excelled, as La Crosse gave up zero goals despite allowing 11 power plays. The Freeze stifled the Junior Bulldogs' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. La Crosse forced Chicago goalie Sam Harden to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots. Others who scored for La Crosse included Jake Lipski and Jace Cseter, who each put in one. More assists for La Crosse came via Augusts Veidenbaums, who had two and Hunter Dragosh, Austin Moser, and Ethan Stafford, who each chipped in one. The Junior Bulldogs' offense rang up 37 shots on La Crosse's net.  Chicago also got a goal from Tyler Selteriech as well. In addition, Chicago received assists from Taylor Hamilton, Henry Hearon, Chris Fiordirosa, and Niko Moulakelis, who contributed one each. Andrew Wagner made 35 saves for the Freeze on 37 shots. Harden recorded 33 saves for the Junior Bulldogs.
 
St. Louis 3 @ Peoria 9 – Behind a great game by Marshall Gevers, who had two goals and two assists, the Peoria Mustangs defeated the St. Louis Jr. Blues, 9-3. Gevers scored short handed at 16 seconds into the second period to make the score 4-1 Peoria and again while 8:05 into the third to make the score 7-2 Peoria. St. Louis' power play was ineffective against Peoria's penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
The Mustangs forced the Jr. Blues' goalies to work all game long, totaling 37 shots and forcing 28 saves. Cooper Cothran made 17 stops and William Hindle made 11. Peoria bested its season scoring average. The Mustangs average 3.9 goals per game. Peoria also got points from Chance Homerin, who also tallied one goal and two assists, Jason Hoehn, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Austin Wisely, who also registered one goal and two assists, and Andrew Scofield, who also had one goal and one assist. Peoria also got a goal from Levi Armstrong as well. Other players who recorded assists for Peoria were Thomas Kolaz, who had two and Tyler Shures, Joe Power Wayvon, Kai Barber, Andrej Buchko, and Mark Candotti, who each chipped in one. St. Louis' penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Peoria power plays. The Jr. Blues forced Peoria goalie Marc Hayton to work between the pipes, taking 34 shots. St. Louis was helped by Daniel Dunaway, who tallied one goal. Dunaway scored on the power play 14:34 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Peoria. The Jr. Blues had gained a power play chance when Marc Peters was whistled for interference. Sam Maddox assisted on the tally. Cameron Brown also scored for St. Louis. More assists for St. Louis came via Tommy Heinzman, Franky Melton, and Andrew Wingbermuehle, who contributed one each. Marc Hayton made 31 saves for the Mustangs on 34 shots. 
 
North Iowa 2 @ Alexandria 3 – The Alexandria Blizzard survived a determined comeback attempt by the North Iowa Bulls on the way to a 3-2 win. Alexandria took a 3-1 lead during the third period, only to have North Iowa storm back on a Joe Burgmeier goal 18:31 into the third period to pull to one goal down. The Blizzard were sparked by Eric Hewitt, who registered one goal. Hewitt scored on the power play 17:57 into the third period to make the score 3-1 Alexandria. Kyle Jones assisted on the tally. North Iowa was unable to stop the Blizzard from sending pucks towards the net, and Alexandria eventually piled up 36 shots on goal. Alexandria also got points from Tony Arias, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Nate Mettenburg, who also had one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Alexandria were Bo Gronseth, who had one and Tom Monteiro, who had two. The Bulls forced the Blizzard goalie Evan Bisek to work between the pipes, taking 32 shots. North Iowa also got a goal from Johnny Panvica as well. More assists for North Iowa came via John Chorzempa, Joe Kleven, and Brett Gravelle, who contributed one each. Evan Bisek made 30 saves for Alexandria on 32 shots. North Iowa's Jordan Moran stopped 33 shots out of the 36 that he faced. 
 
Glacier 2 @ Helena 3 – The Helena Bighorns pulled out a 3-2 (OT) overtime victory over Glacier on a clutch goal by Brian Skillicorn. Helena nearly gave up a two-score lead. The Bighorns made it 2-0 on a goal by Skillicorn at 16:34 in the second period. Glacier pulled to within 2-1 on a goal by Tyler McMahon at 11:26 in the third period. Skillicorn was all over the ice for Helena, as he registered two goals in the win. The Bighorns put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Glacier to score on any of its six power plays. Helena did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. The Bighorns average 5.6 goals per game. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals. Helena additionally got points from Kendall Bolen-Porter, who also had one goal and one assist. More assists for Helena came via Nick Trefry, who had two and Matt Mohar and Blake Babineau, who contributed one each. Glacier excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. Glacier was helped by Karson Frisk, who grabbed one goal. Frisk scored 19:05 into the third period to make the score 2-2. Brendan Jester picked up the assist. Glacier also got points from McMahon, who also tallied one goal and one assist. In addition, Glacier received assists from Wyatt Fretheim, who had one. Mac Alboreo made 18 saves for Helena on 20 shots. Nolan Slager rejected 25 shots on goal for Glacier. 
 
 
Yellowstone 2 @ Great Falls 4 – The Great Falls Americans gutted out a close 4-2 win against the Yellowstone Quake. No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Michael Kliment at 4:45 of the third period. Great Falls got the win on the strength of a great game by Robert Kalata, who had two goals and one assist. Kalata scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 6:18 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Great Falls. The Americans had taken the advantage when Yellowstone's Blake Reynolds got sent off for tripping. Austin Krantz picked up the assist. Kalata's next tally on the power play made the score 4-2 Great Falls with 4:56 left in the third period. Wade Wylie provided the assist. Great Falls forced the Quake's goalies to work all game long, finishing with 56 shots and forcing 52 saves. Sean Leahy made 52 stops and Lance Knudson made zero. The Americans stifled Yellowstone's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Great Falls also got a goal from Devin Panzeca as well. Other players who recorded assists for Great Falls were Jonathan Carpenter, who had one and Lucas Stover, who had two. The Quake were helped by Will Landsverk, who racked up one goal. Landsverk scored 12:11 into the first period to make the score 1-1. John Scherer assisted on the tally. Yellowstone additionally got points from Scherer, who also finished with one goal and one assist. More assists for Yellowstone came via Max Doner, who had two. Lauren Massie recorded 24 saves for Great Falls. The Americans incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Yellowstone incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.
 
Metro 7 @ Cleveland 1 – The Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks had trouble finding ways to stop the Metro Jets, which beat Jr. Lumberjacks, 7-1. Cooper McLean was all over the ice for Metro, as he registered two goals in the win. McLean's tallies came at 12:16 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Metro and 2:15 into the third to make the score 6-1 Metro. The Jets put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cleveland to score on any of its six power plays. The Jr. Lumberjacks were unable to stop Metro from sending pucks towards the net, and the Jets eventually piled up 42 shots on goal. Metro surpassed its usual scoring output this season. The Jets have scored at the pace of 4.2 goals per game during the current campaign. Metro additionally got points from Jacob Gleason, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Zachary Koonce, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, and Matt Dempsey, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Metro included Andrew Sawyer and Kyle Shreve, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Metro were Pearce Vance, who had two and Alex Holm, Cody Jones, Jake Sealy, and Jason Newel, who contributed one each. Cleveland excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. The Jr. Lumberjacks kept Metro's goalie busy throughout the game, and Jake Stephan made 33 saves on 34 shots. Cleveland was led by Aaron Schmitt, who scored the team's only goal. Schmitt scored 9:05 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Tyler Houmard provided the assist. The Jr. Lumberjacks' Ryan Kostelnik stopped 35 shots out of the 42 that he faced. 
 
Cincinnati 1 @ Toledo 5 – Mark McGee had two goals to lead the Toledo Cherokee to a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Swords. McGee scored on the power play at 5:29 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Toledo and again while 39 seconds into the third to make the score 6-0 Toledo. Toledo's penalty kill excelled, as the Cherokee gave up one goal despite allowing eight power plays. Cincinnati was unable to stop Toledo from sending pucks towards the net, and the Cherokee eventually piled up 50 shots on goal.  Toledo also got points from Austin Turner, who also grabbed two goals and one assist to lead the team in points and Cody Estrel, who also tallied one goal and two assists. Toledo also got a goal from Aaron Roschinsky as well. Other players who recorded assists for Toledo were Kyler Omey, who had one and Dominic Pisanti, Tyler Zalecki, and Zach Swanson, who contributed two each. Glen Bates made 23 saves for the Cherokee on 24 shots. Toledo registered two goals on five power play opportunities. James Schroeder rejected 45 shots on goal for the Swords.
 
Granite City 5 @ Breezy Point 0 – Kendall Meyer recorded a shutout against the Breezy Point North Stars as the Granite City Lumberjacks picked up a 5-0 win. Jared Sprink had two goals to lead Granite City to victory. Sprink found the back of the net on the power play 8:48 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Granite City and again while 11:08 into the third to make the score 3-0 Granite City. The Lumberjacks stifled Breezy Point's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Granite City's offense rang up 33 shots on the North Stars' net. Granite City additionally got points from Blake Phenow, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Granite City included David Horsmann and Travis Kothenbeutel, who each put in one. In addition, Granite City received assists from Mitchell Gwost, who had two and Corey Taylor, Zach Voss, Luke Richardson, Tanner Skaja, and Dallas Marvin, who contributed one each. Breezy Point was held below its usual level of production. The North Stars put an average of 2.3 pucks into the net per game. Meyer recorded 27 saves for the Lumberjacks. Breezy Point's Joe Licata stopped 28 shots out of the 33 that he faced. 
 
Dallas 5 @ Sugar Land 0 – Josig Rochon netted a hat trick to lead the Dallas Jr. Stars over the Sugar Land Imperials, 5-0. Rochon notched his first tally 14:59 into the first period. He then added goals at 9:31 into the second and at 3:13 into the third. Dallas put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Sugar Land to score on any of its three power plays. The Imperials were unable to stop the Jr. Stars from sending pucks towards the net, and Dallas eventually piled up 43 shots on goal. Dallas also got points from Blake McIntyre, who also had one goal and one assist. Jordan Schultz also scored for Dallas. More assists for Dallas came via Blake Blundred, who had three and Colton Schultz, Connor Perisho, Axel Olson, and Kayne Fedor, who contributed one each. Sugar Land's offense operated below its season average. The Imperials put an average of 3.1 pucks into the net per game. The Jr. Stars' Chris Mallon stopped 17 shots out of the 17 that he faced. Dallas registered two goals on 10 power play opportunities. Colton Anderson rejected 38 shots on goal for Sugar Land. 
 
Gillette 7 @ Bozeman 3 – The Gillette Wild relied on the scoring touch of Cade Boreing, who netted two goals, to beat the Bozeman Icedogs, 7-3. Boreing's tallies came at 1:47 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Gillette and short handed 14:04 into the second to make the score 4-2 Gillette. Gillette's penalty kill excelled, as the Wild gave up one goal despite allowing seven power plays. Gillette's offense rang up 31 shots on Bozeman's net. The Wild found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Gillette averages 3.7 goals per game. Gillette additionally got points from Dalton McCann, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Mitchell McEwan, who also registered one goal and one assist, and TJ McMinn, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Gillette also had goals scored by Bryce Mitzel and Brett Kramer, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Gillette were RJ Yusko, Jack Cleaver, Brandon Beard, and Kyle Reilly, who each chipped in one. The Icedogs were led by Ryan Erickson, who tallied one goal and one assist. Erickson scored 4:24 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Others who scored for Bozeman included Quinn Thibeault and Thomas Benedict, who each put in one. In addition, Bozeman received assists from Steven Nisbet, Gunnar Mogck, and Nathan Luznar-Purdy, who contributed one each. Alex Feese rejected 16 shots on goal for the Wild. Cody Smargiassi recorded 24 saves for Bozeman. 
 
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