Saturday Scores: St. Louis beats Nashville in opener
September 13, 2015
West Michigan 4 @ Southern Tier 2 - The game between West Michigan and Southern Tier was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end West Michigan emerged with a 4-2 win. Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and William Bonser secured the win for West Michigan with a goal in the second period. West Michigan was sparked by Kyle Nikles, who finished with one goal. Nikles scored 12:48 into the second period to make the score 3-1 West Michigan. Bonser picked up the assist. West Michigan forced Southern Tier's goalies to work between the pipes, finishing with 42 shots and forcing 38 saves. Cody Gibson made 23 stops and Steele Millard made 15. West Michigan additionally got points from Nathan Rieman, who also registered one goal and one assist and Bonser, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. West Michigan also got a goal from Ryan Price as well. More assists for West Michigan came via Mitch Kalleward and Justin Bloomfield, who contributed one each. Southern Tier was helped by Joseph Gerace, who grabbed one goal. Gerace scored 1:03 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Southern Tier. Isaiah Crawford assisted on the tally. Ingus Matins also scored for Southern Tier. In addition, Southern Tier received assists from Elijah Williams and Victor McCutcheon, who each chipped in one. Samuel Woznicki made 25 saves for West Michigan on 27 shots.
Metro 5 @ Pittsburgh 2 - Behind two goals from Michael Tratar and one goal Chas Distelrath, Metro downed Pittsburgh 5-2. Tratar scored the first of his two goals at 3:29 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Metro. Matt Dempsey picked up the assist. Tratar's next tally made the score 2-1 Metro with 7:59 left in the second period. Metro earned a power play opportunity when Ryker Barber was put in the box for boarding. Mark Vansaw provided the assist. Distelrath scored 1:30 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Metro. Vansaw picked up the assist. Others who scored for Metro included Jacob Drinkard and Spencer Graham, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Metro were Mathias Tellstrom, who had two and Marc Schwartz, Cam Schwartz, Jacob Gleason, Dylan Naumovski, and Graham Day, who each chipped in one. Pittsburgh's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals. Pittsburgh was led by Adam Schaffer, who racked up two goals. Schaffer scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 10:07 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Barber assisted on the tally. Schaffer's next tally on the power play made the score 2-2 with 19:09 left in the third period. Vincent Casale provided the assist. In addition, Pittsburgh received assists from James Stiles, who had one. Kameron Limburg made 21 saves for Metro on 23 shots. Jacob Stack rejected 38 shots on goal for Pittsburgh.
Chicago 3 @ Peoria 5 - Peoria rallied from two goals down to secure a 5-3 win over Chicago. Peoria never led in the game until netting the game winner. Peoria trailed 4-2 after a power play goal by Chicago's Timothy Hoffenkamp at 14:07 in the second period. Peoria knotted things up at 4-4 on a goal by Chance Homerin at 17:47 in the third period. Peoria scored the game winner at 19:43 in the third period on a goal by Homerin. Peoria was led by Jason Hoehn, who racked up three goals. Peoria also got points from Aaron Siegrist, who also tallied one goal and one assist. In addition, Peoria received assists from Levi Armstrong, Ben Koester, Andrej Buchko, and Braden Stewart, who contributed one each. Chicago additionally got points from Michael Howard, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Chicago included Jake Borth and Scott Coash Jr., who each put in one. More assists for Chicago came via Philip Grippi and Anthony Podder, who each chipped in one. Nic Piech made 24 saves for Peoria on 27 shots. Chicago's Jimmy Smith stopped 36 shots out of the 40 that he faced.
Nashville 5 @ St. Louis 7 - The game between St. Louis and Nashville was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end St. Louis emerged with a 7-5 win. No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Frankie Melton at 11:42 of the third period. St. Louis got the win behind a great game by Frankie Cardinale, who had two goals and two assists. Cardinale scored the first of his two goals at 5:24 into the first period to make the score 1-0 St. Louis. Melton assisted on the tally. Cardinale's next tally made the score 4-4 with 10 seconds left in the second period. Tomas Loeffelman picked up the assist. St. Louis additionally got points from Melton, who also racked up one goal and two assists and Zach Mitchell, who also finished with one goal and one assist. St. Louis also got a goal from Sam Maddox as well. More assists for St. Louis came via Brian Schumacher, Alex Werdmuller, Austin Dempski, and Hayden Smer, who each chipped in one. Nashville was led by Dylan Schmidt, who registered one goal and two assists. Schmidt scored 13:37 into the second period to make the score 4-3 Nashville. Dakota Wilson provided the assist. Nashville also got points from Kyle Van Wyk, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Nashville included Logan Orem, Trent Kulczyk, and Andrew Kluge, who scored one goal each. Ian Dvorak recorded 25 saves for St. Louis. Ricky Gonzalez made 26 saves for Nashville on 32 shots.
Minnesota 2 @ Granite City 6 - Granite City had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 6-2 win over Minnesota. Casey Esselman was all over the ice for Granite City, as he registered two goals in the win. Esselman scored at 13:33 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Granite City and again while 3:27 into the third to make the score 5-1 Granite City. Granite City additionally got points from Michael Piehler, who also tallied one goal and two assists to lead the team in points and Lucas Carroll, who also had one goal and one assist. Granite City also had goals scored by Mack Stevens and Adam Marty, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Granite City were Justin Carlson, who had one and Tommy Giller, Will Mix, and Alex Durand, who each chipped in two. Minnesota was led by Ryan Conybear, who grabbed one goal. Conybear scored 12:12 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Granite City. Jace Cseter also scored for Minnesota. More assists for Minnesota came via Tyler Leverty, who had one. Robbie Goor rejected 22 shots on goal for Granite City.
Wooster 3 @ Toledo 6 - Tristin Snyder had two goals and three assists to lead Toledo to a 6-3 victory over Wooster. Snyder found the back of the net 3:05 into the second period to make the score 4-0 Toledo and again while on the power play 10:44 into the second to make the score 5-1 Toledo. Toledo additionally got points from David Bogart, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Ricky Kwapich, who also finished with two goals and two assists. Alec Walny also scored for Toledo. More assists for Toledo came via Tyler Zalecki, who had two and Austin Turner, who had four. Wooster was led by Rubin Chavarria, who registered two goals and one assist. Chavarria scored the first of his two goals short handed at 9:37 into the second period to make the score 4-1 Toledo. Zach Bilius picked up the assist. Chavarria's next tally short handed made the score 6-3 Toledo with 3:28 left in the third period. Will Schober provided the assist. Wooster also got a goal from Tyler Crites as well. In addition, Wooster received assists from Jason Watts and Brandon Scholze, who each chipped in one. Glen Bates rejected 20 shots on goal for Toledo.