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Central Division shines on Day 1 of NA3HL Showcase

December 8, 2014

In one of the best games on Day 1 of the NA3HL Showcase, the NA3EHL Prospects Team edged the North Iowa Bulls, 6-5.

Day 1 Boxscores of the NA3HL Showcase

Peoria 4 vs. Cincinnati 1 - The Peoria Mustangs were firing on all cylinders against the Cincinnati Swords, and when the final buzzer sounded Mustangs emerged with a 4-1 win. Nathan Scofield was all over the ice for Peoria, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Scofield scored the first of his two goals at 4:26 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Peoria. Austin Wisely assisted on the tally. Scofield's next tally made the score 4-0 Peoria with 5:39 left in the third period. Andrew Scofield picked up the assist. The Mustangs' Nicholas Piech was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 26 saves and let only one puck past him. Piech managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 3.4 prior to the game. Peoria additionally got points from Scofield, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Peoria also got a goal from Kai Barber as well. In addition, Peoria received assists from Jack Power Wayvon and Marshall Gevers, who contributed one each.
 
Toledo 5 vs. Point Mallard 0 - David Bogart had one point to lead the Toledo Cherokee to a 5-0 victory over the Point Mallard Ducks. Toledo additionally got points from Cody Estrel, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Toledo included Michael Pisanti, Dominic Pisanti, and Aaron Roschinsky, who each put in one. In addition, Toledo received assists from Brody Duncan, who had two and Cam Schwartz, Zach Swanson, Austin Turner, Mark McGee, Nikolas Verbosky, and Tristin Snyder, who contributed one each. Glen Bates recorded 17 saves for the Cherokee.
 
Chicago 4 vs. Billings 3 (OT) - Jordan Pitlick gave the Chicago Junior Bulldogs a 4-3 (OT) victory over the Billings Bulls when he scored 39 seconds into the extra period. Chicago overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Junior Bulldogs trailed 3-1 after a power play goal by Billings' Alex Lundstrom at 16:34 in the second period. Chicago tied things up at 3-3 on a goal by Mike Holmes at 16:47 in the third period. The Junior Bulldogs were led by Pitlick, who registered one goal. Chicago additionally got points from Holmes, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Chicago included Taylor Hamilton and Niko Moulakelis, who each put in one. In addition, Chicago received assists from Tyler Seltenriech, who had three and Kyle Barna and Henry Hearon, who contributed one each. Billings also had goals scored by Reed Kaiser and Torin Foundos, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Billings were Wolfgang Davis, Joe Mata, and Ian Wiljanen, who each chipped in one. Michael Paku recorded 17 saves for Chicago. 
 
Dallas 3 vs. Glacier 1 - Drew Hill racked up two points to lead the Dallas Jr. Stars to a 3-1 victory over Glacier. Dallas additionally got points from Josig Rochon, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Wyatt Gentry also scored for Dallas. In addition, Dallas received assists from Kody Wagner, Alex Williams, and Axel Olson, who contributed one each. Glacier was led by Tommy Kaddatz, who scored the team's only goal. Kaddatz scored 13:56 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Glacier. Matt Gamblin provided the assist. Chris Mallon made 22 saves for Dallas on 23 shots. 
 
Topeka 5 vs. Yellowstone 2 - Trey Opack had two goals and one assist to lead the Topeka Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the Yellowstone Quake. Opack's tallies came on the power play at 11:24 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Topeka and 11:35 into the second to make the score 3-2 Topeka. Topeka also got points from Kyle Rimbach, who also had one goal and one assist. Topeka also got a goal from Hank Roers as well. In addition, Topeka received assists from Steve MacIver, who had two and Spencer Sabourin, Alex Johanson, Ben Roth, and Colin OConnor, who contributed one each. Yellowstone was helped by Sean Pilet, who registered one goal. Pilet scored 2:46 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Max Doner assisted on the tally. Mike McCullen also scored for Yellowstone. More assists for Yellowstone came via Josh Neumann, Sawyer Scanlan, and Will Landsverk, who each chipped in one. Jacob Pelton recorded 27 saves for the Capitals.
 
Alexandria 3 vs. Texas 0 - Tony Arias racked up one point to lead the Alexandria Blizzard to a 3-0 victory over the Texas Jr. Brahmas. Alexandria stifled Texas' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Alexandria also had goals scored by Tyler Berginski and Aaron Ryback, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Alexandria were Trent Olson, Eric Hewitt, Logan Norman, Tom Schmidt, Jody Randall, and Nate Mettenburg, who each chipped in one. The Blizzard's Tanner Elmore stopped 19 shots out of the 19 that he faced.
 
Nashville 3 vs. Breezy Point 1 - Behind a great game by Nicholas Redmon, who had two goals, the Nashville Jr. Predators defeated the Breezy Point North Stars, 3-1. Redmon found the back of the net on the power play 14:41 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Nashville and again while 19:56 into the third to make the score 3-1 Nashville. Nashville was led by goalie Nathan Klebe, who finished with 33 saves while allowing one goal. The solid play of Klebe will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.09. Colton Anderson also scored for Nashville. In addition, Nashville received assists from Rudolfs Kalvitis, who had two and Jacob Lainesse and Trent Kulczyk, who each chipped in one.  The North Stars were led by Ryan Mezera, who scored the team's only goal. Mezera scored 4:30 into the third period to make the score 1-1. Linder Kenyon picked up the assist. Jaxson Gosnell rejected 43 shots on goal for Breezy Point.
 
Cleveland 5 vs. Sugar Land 1- The Sugar Land Imperials had trouble finding ways to stop the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, which beat Imperials, 5-1. Cleveland was led by Zack Mlady, who grabbed one goal. Mlady scored on the power play 11:26 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Cleveland.  Cleveland's offense rang up 31 shots on Sugar Land's net.  Cleveland also had goals scored by Tyler Houmard, who had two and Jonathan Dagnal and Trey Rossbach, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Cleveland were Mitch Renstrom, Aaron Schmitt, John Barlow, and Patrick Briggs, who contributed one each and Avery Huibregtse and Buddy Rose, who each chipped in two. The Imperials were led by Chandler Cole, who scored the team's only goal. Cole scored 16:39 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Cleveland. Sam Pikus made 17 saves for the Jr. Lumberjacks on 18 shots.
 
Great Falls 3 vs. Minnesota 1 - The Minnesota Flying Aces failed to take advantage of their power play opportunities and the Great Falls Americans shook off a number of penalties to win, 3-1. Great Falls was sparked by Lucas Lomax, who finished with one goal. Lomax scored on the power play 16:05 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Great Falls. Wade Wylie picked up the assist. Great Falls also had goals scored by Reed Link and Cody Page, who each put in one. More assists for Great Falls came via Michal Kliment, Lucas Stover, and Miles Giorgione, who each chipped in one. Minnesota was led by Jake Mullendore, who scored the team's only goal. Mullendore scored 11:10 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Minnesota. AJ Gullickson provided the assist. Lauren Massie made 20 saves for the Americans on 21 shots.
 
La Crosse 4 vs. Southern Tier 1 - Behind a great game by Anthony Miller, who had two goals, the La Crosse Freeze defeated the Southern Tier Xpress, 4-1. Miller's tallies came at 1:11 into the second period to make the score 2-1 La Crosse and on the power play 15:50 into the second to make the score 3-1 La Crosse. La Crosse also got points from Hunter Smith, who also finished with one goal and one assist. La Crosse also got a goal from Justin Edwards as well. In addition, La Crosse received assists from Taylor Trapp, who had three and Hunter Dragosh and Brit Brothen, who each chipped in one. Southern Tier was led by Brandon Desrosiers, who scored the team's only goal. Desrosiers scored 9:56 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Southern Tier. Elijah Williams provided the assist. Andrew Wagner made 19 saves for the Freeze on 20 shots.
 
Bozeman 5 vs. St. Louis 4 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Bozeman Icedogs defeated the St. Louis Jr. Blues in a shootout 5-4 (2-0 SO). The shootout featured eight attempts between both teams. Bozeman's other shootout goal was scored by Gunnar Mogck. Bozeman was helped by Mogck, who registered two goals. Mogck scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 8:34 into the third period to make the score 3-3. The Icedogs had gotten the advantage when the Jr. Blues' Dalton Parrish was sent off for roughing. Kegan Couture assisted on the tally. Mogck's next tally on the power play made the score 4-3 Bozeman with 5:33 left in the third period. Jake Nicks provided the assist. Bozeman additionally got points from Couture, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Bryce Meckes also scored for Bozeman. More assists for Bozeman came via Coleton Anderson, Brock Loser, Quinn Thibeault, and Ryan Erickson, who contributed one each. The Jr. Blues were led by Tommy Heinzman, who finished with two goals and one assist. Heinzman scored the first of his two goals at 12 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 St. Louis. Sam Maddox picked up the assist. Heinzman's next tally made the score 3-2 St. Louis with 14:19 left in the second period. Sam Yauch provided the assist. St. Louis also got points from Alex Klaesner, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. St. Louis also got a goal from Adam Havener as well. In addition, St. Louis received assists from Brogan Walters and Nikita Ermilov, who each chipped in one.
 
Wisconsin 3 @ Metro 2 - The Metro Jets tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the Wisconsin Whalers held on for a 3-2 victory. Wisconsin made the score 3-1 on a goal by Alex Anderson at 16:12 in the second period, and Metro got as close as 3-2 when Alex Holm scored 11:50 into the third period. Anderson had one goal and two assists to lead the Whalers. Wisconsin additionally got points from Ryan Martin, who also registered one goal and one assist. Wisconsin also got a goal from Yves Leemann as well. More assists for Wisconsin came via Nathan Viberg, who had one and Peter Henderson, who had two. The Jets were helped by Zach Koonce, who racked up one goal. Koonce scored 8:33 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Wisconsin. Kyle Shreve assisted on the tally. Other players who recorded assists for Metro were Tyler Layle and Graham Day, who each chipped in one. Chris Johansen rejected 22 shots on goal for Wisconsin.
 
West Michigan 5 vs. Pittsburgh 3 - The game between the West Michigan Wolves and the Pittsburgh Vengeance was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end West Michigan emerged with a 5-3 win. Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Michael Tratar's goal in the second period proved to be the difference maker. Tratar was all over the ice for the Wolves, as he grabbed two goals in the win. West Michigan also had goals scored by Josh Somers, Kyle Keeder, and Devin Farkas, who each put in one. More assists for West Michigan came via Corey Siwula and Sean Smalley, who each chipped in one and Zack Lloyd, Steven Rhodes, and Dakota Ulmer, who contributed two each. Pittsburgh was led by Nils Markgren, who had one goal and two assists. Markgren scored 14:25 into the third period to make the score 4-3 West Michigan. Others who scored for Pittsburgh included Bryan Hovanec and Yevgeniy Gladkiy, who scored one goal each. In addition, Pittsburgh received assists from Gus Peponidis and Cody Black, who each chipped in one. Chase Stanford recorded 19 saves for West Michigan.
 
Twin City 4 vs. Gillette 1 - Mathias Ahman grabbed one point to lead the Twin City Steel to a 4-1 victory over the Gillette Wild. The Steel forced Gillette goalie Alex Feese to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots. Twin City also got points from Tristan Mayer, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Twin City also had goals scored by Kyle Wagner and David Becker, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Twin City were Lance Carney, who had two and Alex Egle, Jon Plaszcz, and Chris Skordilis, who each chipped in one. Robbie Goor made 19 saves for Twin City on 20 shots.
 
Granite City 5 vs. Helena 1 - The Granite City Lumberjacks had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over the Helena Bighorns. The Lumberjacks were paced by Blake Phenow, who racked up one goal. Phenow scored on the power play 3:22 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Granite City. The Lumberjacks forced the Bighorns goalie Grant Martens to work between the pipes, taking 40 shots. Granite City additionally got points from Luke Richardson, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Kenney, who also registered one goal and one assist, and Dallas Marvin, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Alek Groth also scored for Granite City. In addition, Granite City received assists from Spencer Nelson, Kevin Finley, Travis Kemp, Mitchell Gwost, and Travis Kothenbeutel, who contributed one each. The Bighorns were led by Kendall Bolen-Porter, who scored the team's only goal. Bolen-Porter scored on the power play 17:20 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Granite City. Matt Mohar picked up the assist. Jesse Garcia rejected 22 shots on goal for the Lumberjacks.
 
NA3EHL Prospects 6 vs. North Iowa 5 – In one of the best games of the day, the NA3EHL Prospects Team edged the North Iowa Bulls, 6-5. The NA3EHL Prospects got off to an early 3-0 lead with goals from David Fish, Wesley Austin and Mike Heffernan. North Iowa responded with two goals from Adam Orn and Connor Bump to make it 3-2. The teams then traded goals and went back and forth for the rest of the game, but the NA3EHL Prospects would lead the rest of the way. Chris Harris added a 2nd period goal and Mark Friol and Matt Henderson would score in the 3rd period. The Bulls made a furious comeback attempt with three, 3rd period goals from Sam Naegele, Evan Mills and Dylan Zins, but just fell short at the buzzer. Tyger Howat made 31 saves in the win for the NA3EHL Prospects.
 
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