Saturday Sweeps: Bighorns stay undefeated in Frontier
September 30, 2018
Great Falls 1 @ Helena 7 - The battle of the two undefeated sides in the Frontier Division went heavily in favor of Helena, as the Bighorns got past a slow start and dominated their rival Great Falls Americans en route to a 7-1 win and first place in the division. Elliott Plourde's hat-trick paced the attack, with Ty Niskanen, Darren Donovan, Abraham Laggis and Nicholas Pederson adding goals as well in front of 27 stops by Alexander Rogers. Jens Juliussen scored Great Falls' only goal, and Drew Scites took the loss with 32 saves.
Binghamton 2 @ New England 0 - On the back of a 28-save shutout from Jeff Zero, the Binghamton Jr. Senators kept their perfect start to the season intact with a 2-0 win over the New England Stars on Saturday. Mike Padgeon and Mason Fay found twine to lift Binghamton to its sixth straight victory. Cedric Joubert stopped 22 pucks in the loss.
Oswego 8 @ Skylands 7 - Mark Mannarn netted his second goal of the game late in the contest to put the Oswego Stampede ahead for good, as they notched an 8-7 win over the Skylands Kings thanks to Mannarn's game-winner. Tommy Kilway and Dylan Gulick also posted a pair apiece for the Stampede, with Dmitri Christou and Joey Gallo scoring as well. For Skylands, Jake Cicalese recorded a hat-trick, Khole Hibbert struck twice and Trevor Christopher and Steven Ford each lit the lamp once. Ben White and Colin Burgess earned the win with a combined 52 saves.
Maine 1 @ L/A 9 - Three different Nordiques players scored more than once as L/A blitzed the Maine Wild 9-1 on Saturday. Colby Audette, Joshua Malone and Armand O'Keefe scored two goals apiece, while JP Chauvin, Joe Bisson and Sam Frechette each netted once for the Nordiques. Emerson Southern put Maine on the board with his second of the season. Jason St. Pierre took the win with eight saves, while his Maine counterpart, Daniel Sprague, finished with 44 saves on the night.
Niagara Falls 2 @ Cape Cod 11 - The Powerhawks got on the board first, but a string of eight consecutive Cape Cod goals gave the Islanders the necessary boost to drop Niagara Falls 11-2 and earn their second win of the season. Michael Goroshko and Cole Therrien each potted a hat-trick, as Nick Ferrucci, Derek D'Arcy, Caleb Williams, Jimmy Dravage and Leevi Kervinen scored as well. Matthew Schemelia scored for the Powerhawks, while goaltender Jonathan Sebastiano stopped 47 pucks in the loss. Parker Orchard earned the win for Cape Cod with 21 saves.
Mid Cities 9 @ College Station 2 - A five-goal outburst in the second period helped the Mid Cities Jr. Stars to a comfortable 9-2 win over the College Station Spirit, as the Stars continue to keep pace in the South Division. Josh Linn starred with two goals and two assists, but the Stars featured a group effort as Matthew Taylor, Stephen Guadalajara, Seth McArdle, Nick Solema, Hunter Leonhard, Ryan Muckensturm and Logan High each scored. Francisco Clark-Silva made eight saves in the win. Ryan Martell and Brandon Fehlig scored for the Spirit, and Chase Allen stopped 33 pucks.
Texas 3 @ Atlanta 1 - Cole Warner put the Capitals ahead early, but three unanswered strikes from the Brahmas helped them pick up their second win of the season in comeback fashion. Michael Redmon, Andrew MacCallum and Parker Mara were the heroes for Texas, as Bryce Runyan stopped 15 of 16 between the pipes. Leo LaPata turned aside 13 pucks for Atlanta, as the Caps suffered their first loss of the campaign.
Willmar 2 @ Rochester 6 - With the game knotted at two late in the second period, Rochester erupted for four straight strikes in the final 23 minutes to earn a 6-2 win over the Willmar Warhawks and create a bit of breathing room atop the West Division. Seth Bacon netted twice, Richard Szabo, Caden Duggan, Peyton Hart and Porter Haney each scored as well and Maxim Closer stopped 26 of 28 to guide the Grizzlies to victory. Angelo Perry and Jacob Berkowitz scored for Willmar, and Moritz Ertl stopped 42 pucks in their cage.
New Ulm 0 @ North Iowa 7 - North Iowa also picked up a crucial win in the early West race, knocking off the New Ulm Steel 7-0, thanks to a 32-save shutout by Connor Poczos. Cam Fagerlee, Jordan Roo, Brendan Studioso, Peter Verstegen, Harrison Stewart, Marco Escobar and Matt Dahlseide scored the goals for the Bulls.
Wisconsin 3 @ Breezy Point 2 - Tanner Mros' third-period strike stood as the game-winner despite a later goal by Breezy Point as the Whalers outlasted the North Stars 3-2 on Saturday. Sam Hanson and Jacob Cameron also scored for Wisconsin, while Kaymen Kitchen and Braeden Zaste kept Breezy Point close, but just fell short. Kai Tomita picked up the win with 35 saves, while Lane Fox took the loss despite 44 stops of his own.
Alexandria 12 @ Wausau 2 - The Blizzard continue their reign of dominance with another double-digit scoring show, dropping the Wausau Riverwolves by a 12-2 margin. Brett Meister recorded a standout performance with four goals and three assists; Joe Dokken, Jack Westlund and Cole Lehmann each netted twice and Riley Scanlon and Tanner Frerichs each lit the lamp once. Casey Hayek and Mitchel Idalski scored for the Riverwolves. Bailey Rosch stood tall in the Blizzard net, turning aside 41 shots for the win.
Peoria 8 @ Evansville 1 - A 1-1 game at the end of 20 quickly tilted in Peoria's favor, as the Mustangs rattled off seven unanswered goals to take an 8-1 win over the Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts for their fourth win. Trevor Smith earned the win with 24 saves, Jack Radley and Tristan Trudel led the way with two goals apiece, and Brad Larson, Cody Layne, Ian McHenrey and Brandon Hay filled in the gaps with goals of their own. Kody Kifer scored the lone goal for Evansville, and Noah Brandau stopped 62 of 70 pucks in the loss.
Gillette 3 @ Missoula 4 (OT) - Gage Thompson scored midway through the final frame to force overtime, but Missoula's Misha Akatnov snatched the win with his second goal of the game at 4:47 of extra time to help the Jr. Bruins knock off the Wild 4-3. Connor Frye also struck twice for the Jr. Bruins, while Coleman Varty netted a pair for the Wild. Shane Phillips took the loss with 28 saves, and Evan Williams starred in the Missoula net with 40 saves.
Bozeman 6 @ Yellowstone 4 - The Icedogs remain hot on the heels of Helena and Great Falls, thanks to a 6-4 win over Yellowstone on Saturday. Dominic Canic posted two goals and two assists to lead all skaters; Nash Pine, Daniel Liner, Hazen McKay and Brady Kellerman each scored as well as Sean O'Connor and AJ Ruskowski combined for a 35 save in the Bozeman cage. Luke Hartge and Dylan Rumpke notched two goals apiece for the Quake, while Michael Allman stopped 38 pucks in defeat.