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Saturday Scores: Central and East come down to the wire

March 1, 2015

Toledo goalie Glen Bates led his club to a weekend sweep of Southern Tier with another win on Saturday.

Saturday Box Scores
 
St. Louis 2 @ Wisconsin 6 - Adam Alcott grabbed one point to lead the Wisconsin Whalers to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Jr. Blues. Wisconsin also got points from Isaac Hale, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Wisconsin also had goals scored by Caleb Voster, Connor Morgan, Peter Henderson, and Nolan Kepler, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Wisconsin were Dan Addie, Kaleb Morley, and Jamison Westaby, who each chipped in one and Alex Anderson and Yves Leemann, who contributed two each. St. Louis was helped by Daniel Dunaway, who tallied one goal. Dunaway scored 6:45 into the second period to make the score 2-1 St. Louis. Andrew Bond picked up the assist. St. Louis also got a goal from Brian Schumacher as well. More assists for St. Louis came via Austin Dempski and Alex Klaesner, who each chipped in one. Evan Moyse rejected 12 shots on goal for Wisconsin.
 
Peoria 3 @ West Michigan 4 - The West Michigan Wolves came close to giving away a three-goal lead to the Peoria Mustangs, but did just enough to escape with a 4-3 victory. West Michigan led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Wolves' Ethan Stafford scored at 14:52 in the first period to put West Michigan up 3-0. The Wolves got the win with help from a great game by Steven Rhodes, who had two goals and one assist. Rhodes scored the first of his two goals at 3:42 into the first period to make the score 1-0 West Michigan. Sean Smalley assisted on the tally. Rhodes' next tally made the score 4-2 West Michigan with 7:27 left in the third period. Stafford picked up the assist. West Michigan also got points from Stafford, who also tallied one goal and two assists. West Michigan also got a goal from Michael Tratar as well. Other players who recorded assists for West Michigan were Dakota Ulmer and Kyle Keeder, who each chipped in one. Peoria kept the Wolves' goalie busy throughout the game, and Hunter Vorva made 30 saves on 33 shots. The Mustangs were led by Kai Barber, who had two goals. Barber scored the first of his two goals at 10:03 into the second period to make the score 3-2 West Michigan. Levi Armstrong assisted on the tally. Barber's next tally made the score 4-3 West Michigan with 34 seconds left in the third period. Chance Homerin picked up the assist. Nick Conner also scored for Peoria. In addition, Peoria received assists from Jason Henry, who had one and Austin Ziakas, who had two.
 
Sugar Land 1 @ Topeka 6 - Richard Yusa tallied two points to lead the Topeka Capitals to a 6-1 victory over the Sugar Land Imperials. Topeka additionally got points from Hank Roers, who also had one goal and two assists to lead the team in points and Colin OConnor, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Topeka also got a goal from Trey Opack as well. More assists for Topeka came via Alex Sauer, who had three and Aaron Deady, Tre Kautzman, John Cuni, and Mike Pedersen, who contributed one each. Sugar Land was led by Alex Tilman, who scored the team's only goal. Tilman scored 3:31 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Topeka. Josh Rocco picked up the assist. Ryan Lund recorded 14 saves for Topeka.
 
Nashville 2 @ Point Mallard 1 - The Nashville Jr. Predators' penalty kill was superb, as Nashville survived multiple penalties to beat the Point Mallard Ducks, 2-1. The Jr. Predators were led by Jon Severson, who registered one goal. Severson scored 14:09 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Nashville. Nashville also got a goal from Trent Kulczyk as well. In addition, Nashville received assists from Jon Evans, who had one. The Ducks were led by Noah Gilreath, who scored the team's only goal. Gilreath scored on the power play 7:36 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Point Mallard. Jake Cox picked up the assist. Justin Ball made 17 saves for Nashville on 18 shots.
 
Southern Tier 1 @ Toledo 3 - The Southern Tier Xpress tried to dig themselves out of a three-goal hole, but the Toledo Cherokee held on for a 3-1 victory. Toledo made the score 3-0 on a goal by Tristin Snyder at 4:00 in the third period, and Southern Tier got as close as 3-1 when Tobias Gabrielsen scored 9:13 into the third period. The Cherokee were paced by Cam Schwartz, who tallied one goal. Schwartz scored 4:40 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Toledo. Ted Austin picked up the assist. Toledo also got a goal from Zach Swanson as well. More assists for Toledo came via Dominic Pisanti, Austin Turner, Brody Duncan, Jimmy Howell, and Cody Estrel, who each chipped in one. In addition, Southern Tier received assists from Brandon Desrosiers and Luke Sunde, who contributed one each. Glen Bates made 24 saves for Toledo on 25 shots.
 
Alexandria 2 @ La Crosse 3 - The La Crosse Freeze and the Alexandria Blizzard were evenly matched throughout their contest, but La Crosse made the most of its opportunities and won, 3-2. No lead was more than one goal during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Hunter Smith at 7:10 of the third period. The Freeze got the win on the strength of a great game by Smith, who had one goal and two assists. La Crosse also got points from Chong Hyun Lee, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Tyler Gorniak, who also racked up one goal and one assist. More assists for La Crosse came via Jared Bromberg and Ben Henderson, who contributed one each.The Blizzard were helped by Aaron Ryback, who had one goal. Ryback scored on the power play 16:20 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Alexandria. Alexandria had taken the advantage when the Freeze's Jake Lipski got sent off for cross checking. AJ Gullickson picked up the assist. Alexandria also got a goal from Tyler Berginski as well. In addition, Alexandria received assists from Trent Olson, Tommy Hall, and Austin Kilian, who each chipped in one. Andrew Wagner made 26 saves for La Crosse on 28 shots.
 
Minnesota 7 @ Twin City 8 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Twin City Steel defeated the Minnesota Flying Aces in a shootout 8-7 (2-1 SO). The two teams needed nine turns to complete the shootout. Minnesota's shootout goal was scored by Jesse Brown. In addition to the clincher, Twin City got a shootout goal from Cody Thurman. The Steel saw a three-goal lead disappear, but was able to secure the win in a shootout. Twin City made the score 5-2 on a goal by James Hale at 7:10 in the second period. The Flying Aces evened things up at 7-7 on a goal by Brown at 19:37 in the third period. Jake McGlocklin was all over the ice for the Steel, as he tallied one goal and three assists in the win. McGlocklin scored 16:03 into the third period to make the score 6-5 Twin City. Joe Costello provided the assist. Twin City also got points from Kyle Wagner, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Jared Erickson, who also had two goals and one assist. More assists for Twin City came via Bennett Witta, who had three and Jake McAfee and Tom Reilly, who each chipped in two. Minnesota was led by Bradee Thompson, who registered two goals and three assists. Thompson scored the first of his two goals at 4:31 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Twin City. Ryan Conybear assisted on the tally. Thompson's next tally made the score 5-4 Twin City with 12:32 left in the third period. The Flying Aces had gotten the advantage when the Steel's Aharon Lara was sent off for too many men. Matt Heim provided the assist. Minnesota additionally got points from Isak Larson, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Blake Neumann also scored for Minnesota. In addition, Minnesota received assists from Zach Johnston, who had two and Lucas Mutschelknaus, Tyler Gallagher, Tyler Arenz, and Jace Cseter, who contributed one each.
 
Cincinnati 1 @ Pittsburgh 2 (OT) - The Pittsburgh Vengeance pulled out a 2-1 (OT) overtime victory over the Cincinnati Swords on a clutch goal by Eli Lynn. Pittsburgh was led by Lynn, who grabbed one goal. Lynn scored 3:11 into overtime to make the score 2-1 Pittsburgh. Tyler Speis assisted on the tally. Bryan Hovanec also scored for Pittsburgh. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh were Parker Henry, who had one and Adem Arifi, who had two. The Swords were led by Hunter Schneider, who scored the team's only goal. Schneider scored 3:50 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Sid Quincy provided the assist. Pittsburgh's Kyle Plantz stopped 14 shots out of the 15 that he faced. James Schroeder recorded 45 saves for Cincinnati.
 
Bozeman 1 @ Gillette 4 - Dalton McCann had one point to lead the Gillette Wild to a 4-1 victory over the Bozeman Icedogs. Gillette also got points from Cade Boreing, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and TJ McMinn, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Gillette also got a goal from Tristen Leberknight as well. In addition, Gillette received assists from Kyle Reilly, who had two and Alex Feese and Kyle Traux, who each chipped in one. The Icedogs were led by Gunnar Mogck, who scored the team's only goal. Mogck scored 19:41 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Gillette. Kegan Couture provided the assist. Alex Feese took the win and made 12 saves before being replaced by Sean Kelley who made 10 saves. Denijs Romanovskis recorded 60 saves for Bozeman.
 
Granite City 3 @ North Iowa 4 - The Granite City Lumberjacks tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the North Iowa Bulls held on for a 4-3 victory. North Iowa made the score 4-2 on a goal by Joe Kleven at 3:13 in the third period, and Granite City got as close as 4-3 when Dallas Marvin scored 18:14 into the third period. The Bulls were led by Kleven, who racked up one goal. North Iowa also got points from Brett Gravelle, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for North Iowa included Joe Burgmeier and Dylan Zins, who scored one goal each. In addition, North Iowa received assists from Johnny Panvica, who had two and Ryan Durant, Kurt Halbach, Adam Orn, Conor Durgan, and Jake Johnson, who each chipped in one. Granite City also had goals scored by Luke Richardson and David Horsmann, who each put in one. More assists for Granite City came via Spencer Nelson, Zach Voss, and Jared Sprink, who contributed one each.
 
Billings 4 @ Glacier 3 - The game between the Billings Bulls and Glacier was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Billings emerged with a 4-3 win. The Bulls gained the winning advantage on a goal by Josh Pena 19:40 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer. In the losing effort, Glacier was led by Tyler McMahon, who had two goals and one assist. McMahon scored the first of his two goals at 18:29 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Glacier. Marvin Simmons assisted on the tally. McMahon's next tally made the score 3-2 Glacier with 1:31 left in the second period. Brandon Huntington picked up the assist. In a losing effort, Glacier was led by McMahon, who racked up two goals and one assist. Billings forced Glacier goalie Bailey Aust to work between the pipes, taking 58 shots. Billings also had goals scored by Josh Neumann, Steven Thompson, and Tristan Henrichs, who scored one goal each. More assists for Billings came via Ian Eshbaugh and Bryce Jensen, who contributed one each and Reed Kaiser and Cameron Birklid, who each chipped in two. Matt Gamblin also scored for Glacier. In addition, Glacier received assists from Jarod Ackerman and Tommy Kaddatz, who contributed one each. Billings' Ray Smith stopped 30 shots out of the 33 that he faced.
 
Helena 9 @ Yellowstone 3 - Johnny Bonta had two goals and three assists to lead the Helena Bighorns to a 9-3 victory over the Yellowstone Quake. Bonta found the back of the net 18:51 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Helena and again while on the power play 5:53 into the third to make the score 5-2 Helena.
Yellowstone fell victim to a deadly Helena power play, which ripped the Quake for four goals. Helena additionally got points from Brandt Miller, who also registered two goals and two assists, Liam McDonough, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Brian Skillicorn, who also had one goal and two assists, and Matt Mohar, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Helena also got a goal from Brandon Mills as well. More assists for Helena came via Jay Forbes, Kendall Bolen-Porter, and Blake Babineau, who each chipped in one and Nick Trefry and Cody Vanthournout, who contributed two each. The Quake were helped by Mike McCullen, who registered one goal. McCullen scored on the power play 12:12 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Helena. Yellowstone earned a power play opportunity when McDonough was put in the box for interference. Nick Ligocki picked up the assist. Yellowstone also had goals scored by Mason Jobe and Ross Mullen, who each put in one. Ranck rejected 31 shots on goal for the Bighorns.
 
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