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Weekend Wrap-Up: Nashville are kings of the South

February 9, 2015

Only one more playoff spot remains after Jared Bromberg helped the La Crosse Freeze clinch the third playoff berth in the Central Division with a shootout win on Sunday.

Sunday Box Scores
 
Nashville 6 @ Dallas 3 – Nashville secured the South title as Matiss Gelazis registered two points to lead the Nashville Jr. Predators to a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Jr. Stars. Nashville additionally got points from Ben Falk, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Keegan Haines, who also had one goal and one assist, Trent Kulczyk, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Kyle Van Wyk, who also registered one goal and one assist. Nashville also got a goal from Nick Mammel as well. In addition, Nashville received assists from Jon Severson, who had two. Dallas was led by Kayne Fedor, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Fedor scored 2:57 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Others who scored for Dallas included Alex Williams and Blake McIntyre, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Dallas were Tommy Estenes, who had one. Nashville's Evan Cline stopped 12 shots out of the 15 that he faced.
 
La Crosse 4 @ Peoria 3 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the La Crosse Freeze defeated the Peoria Mustangs in a shootout 4-3 (2-1 SO). The win secured a playoff berth for the Freeze. The shootout featured 10 attempts between both teams. Peoria got a shootout goal from Thomas Kolaz. In addition to the clincher, La Crosse got a shootout goal from Hunter Smith. The Freeze were sparked by Augusts Veidenbaums, who finished with one goal. Veidenbaums scored 7:23 into the first period to make the score 1-0 La Crosse. Jack Sterne picked up the assist. La Crosse was led by Veidenbaums, who registered one goal. Others who scored for La Crosse included Jake Lipski and Travis Hall, who each put in one. More assists for La Crosse came via Jared Bromberg, Smith, Brady Thiering, Hunter Breza, and Chong Hyun Lee, who each chipped in one. The Mustangs were led by Andrej Buchko, who racked up two goals. Buchko scored the first of his two goals at 15:34 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Peoria. Jason Hoehn assisted on the tally. Buchko's next tally made the score 3-3 with 14:33 left in the third period. Jason Henry picked up the assist. Mitchell McPherson also scored for Peoria. In addition, Peoria received assists from Marshall Gevers and Kolaz, who contributed one each. Andrews Wagner recorded 35 saves for the Freeze.
 
Alexandria 11 @ Minnesota 4 - The Alexandria Blizzard opened up a four-goal lead after the first period and did not look back en route to an 11-4 win over the Minnesota Flying Aces. Bo Gronseth was all over the ice for Alexandria, as he tallied one goal and four assists in the win. Gronseth scored 10:55 into the first period to make the score 3-0 Alexandria. Tommy Hall assisted on the tally. Alexandria also got points from Trent Olson, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Joe Carney, who also tallied two goals and two assists, David Becker, who also registered one goal and one assist, Hall, who also had one goal and three assists, and Luke Pavelich, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Alexandria also got a goal from Tom Schmidt as well. Other players who recorded assists for Alexandria were Austin Kilian, who had two, Nate Mettenburg, who had three, and Tanner Elmore, Tom Monteiro, Logan Norman, and Tony Arias, who contributed one each. Minnesota was helped by Ty Ennis, who tallied two goals. Ennis scored the first of his two goals at 10:57 into the third period to make the score 9-2 Alexandria. Tyler Leverty provided the assist. Ennis' next tally made the score 10-3 Alexandria with 5:58 left in the third period. The Flying Aces had taken the advantage when the Blizzard's Schmidt got sent off for charging. Jesse Brown picked up the assist. Minnesota additionally got points from Travis Johnston, who also registered one goal and one assist. Zachary Johnston also scored for Minnesota. In addition, Minnesota received assists from Bradee Thompson, who had two and Lucas Mutschelknaus, Blake Neumann, and Tyler Arenz, who each chipped in one.
 
Helena 3 @ Great Falls 2 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Helena Bighorns defeated the Great Falls Americans in a shootout 3-2 (2-1 SO). The shootout lasted for 18 attempts between the teams. Great Falls' shootout goal was scored by Joshua Larson. Helena also got a shootout goal from Johnny Bonta. The Bighorns overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. Helena fell behind 2-0 after a power play goal by the Americans' Lucas Lomax at 6:20 in the first period. The Bighorns tied things up at 2-2 on a goal by Blake Babineau at 13:27 in the third period. Babineau was all over the ice for Helena, as he tallied two goals in the win. Other players who recorded assists for Helena were Kendall Bolen-Porter and Rory Bock, who each chipped in one. Great Falls was helped by Cody Page, who registered one goal and one assist. Page scored 44 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 Great Falls. Larson picked up the assist. Great Falls additionally got points from Lomax, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Grant Martens rejected 46 shots on goal for the Bighorns.
 
Pittsburgh 4 @ Cleveland 0 - Tyler Speis had one point to lead the Pittsburgh Vengeance to a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks. Pittsburgh also got points from Bryan Hovanec, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Pittsburgh included Parker Henry and Eli Lynn, who scored one goal each. More assists for Pittsburgh came via Cody Black, Nils Markgren, and Michael Straub, who contributed one each. Brian Baker made 22 saves for Pittsburgh on 22 shots.
 
Point Mallard 5 @ Sugar Land 7 - The Point Mallard Ducks could not hold down the Sugar Land Imperials, and Imperials erased a three-goal deficit en route to a 7-5 win. Sugar Land let multiple leads slip away before eventually digging out of a three hole to pick up the win. The Imperials took a 4-3 advantage on a goal by Ryan Worley at 5:50 in the second period. Sugar Land went down 3-0 after Point Mallard's Stephen Coulter put the puck home on the power play at 12:12 in the first period. After evening things up at 5-5 on a power play goal by Jake Champaign at 14:51 in the second, the Imperials got the game-winner from Frank Muscarella at 19:59 in the second period. Worley was all over the ice for Sugar Land, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Sugar Land also got points from Alex Tilman, who also had one goal and one assist, Muscarella, who also finished with one goal and one assist, and Matt DeNure, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Sugar Land also had goals scored by Chandler Cole and Matthew Jung, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Sugar Land were Spencer Sabourin, who had one and Matthew Winkle, Ryan James, and Drew Waetjen, who contributed two each. The Ducks were helped by Justin Clark, who registered one goal. Clark scored 8:14 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Point Mallard. Josh Hamilton provided the assist. Others who scored for Point Mallard included Justin Provencher and Matt Darnell, who scored one goal each. In addition, Point Mallard received assists from Justin Delisle, who had two and Jake Cox, Brad Reitter, and Killian Gray, who each chipped in one.
 
Topeka 4 @ St. Louis 2 - The Topeka Capitals gutted out a close 4-2 win against the St. Louis Jr. Blues.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Mike Pedersen's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker. Topeka was led by Pedersen, who racked up one goal and one assist. Pedersen scored 17:55 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Topeka. Kyle Rimbach provided the assist. In a losing effort, St. Louis was sparked by Andrew McGlynn, who had two goals. McGlynn scored the first of his two goals at 5:53 into the first period to make the score 1-0 St. Louis. Brogan Walters picked up the assist. McGlynn's next tally made the score 2-2 with 5:40 left in the third period. Sam Maddox provided the assist. Topeka also got points from Richard Yusa, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Topeka also had goals scored by Tre Kautzman and Colin OConnor, who each put in one. More assists for Topeka came via Alex Sauer, who had one and John Crusinberry, who had two. In addition, St. Louis received assists from Andrew Bond, who had one. Topeka's Jacob Pelton stopped 34 shots out of the 36 that he faced.
 
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