Plenty of action and scouts on Day 1 of NA3HL Showcase
December 16, 2018
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Showcase officially got underway on Sunday at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. With over 75 college and junior scouts checking in on Day 1, the action they witnessed was fast and furious.
This season marks the ninth straight year the NA3HL will hold a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States.
The action continues on Monday, December 17th with Day 2 of the event with games beginning at 10am.
All the games at the NA3HL Showcase will be broadcast live on HockeyTV.
All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the great talent the league has to offer. Not only does the showcase see a large presence of NCAA scouts but NAHL Central Scouting is also in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.
For more details on the 2018 NA3HL Showcase, including ticket, hotel, rental car, scouting and schedule information, visit: na3hl.com/showcase.
Day 1 Recaps
Peoria 3 vs. New England 2 (OT) – Austin Keil scored twice, including the overtime-winner to lead the Peoria Mustangs to a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over the New England Stars in the opening game of the NA3HL Showcase. After Keil had given the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the 1st period, the Stars responded with goals from Michael Lempiainen and Connor Barter to take a 2-1 lead midway through the 3rd period. Late in the 3rd period, the Mustangs tied the game at 2-2 on a goal from Ian McHenrey. In the overtime, Keil beat Stars goalie Cedric Joubert on a breakaway for the win. Jaden Gardner made 20 saves in the win, while Joubert made 29 saves in the loss.
Yellowstone 5 vs. Niagara Falls 0 - Logan Cooksy stopped all 23 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Quake blanked the PowerHawks thanks to five goals from five different players. The Quake led 1-0 after a 1st period goal from Dylan Rumpke. The Quake then put the game out of reach in the 3rd period with four goals from Nick Castro, Kitrwin Johnson, Mason Merager, and Jack Harris to secure the win. PowerHawks goaltender Noah Spiesz made 35 saves in the loss.
Butte 5 vs. Evansville 3 – Cobras forward Tyson Stovin was a one-man wrecking crew as he recorded a hat-trick and added two assists in a 5-3 win over the Jr. Thunderbolts. Butte jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to two goals from Stovin and others from Daniel Liner and Joe Erickson. Evansville put up a furious fight to the end, which included two goals goal from Deric Richison and a 3rd period goal from Matthew Jordan, but another goal from Stovin, his 3rd of the game, late in the 2nd period secured the win. Cobras goalie Karl Zodda made 24 saves in the win and Evansville goalie Noah Brandau made 24 saves in the loss.
Missoula 4 vs. Cape Cod 2 – Josh Sample made 28 saves and Austin Leadbetter had three points as the Jr. Bruins doubled up the Islanders on Day 1, 4-2. The Islanders opened the scoring early in the 1st period on a goal from Mike Goroshko, but the Jr. Bruins responded with three straight goals from Kyler Fullerton, Ty Dittman, and Leadbetter to take a 3-1 lead. The Islanders drew to within one goal on a late 2nd period tally from Leevi Kervinen, but the Jr. Bruins put the game on ice late in the game with a goal from Trevor Prince. Parker Orchard made 26 saves in the Islanders loss.
Texas 4 vs. Helena 0 – In a battle of 1st place teams, the South’s Texas Brahmas got two goals from Andrue Trelstad and 19 saves by goalie Bryce Runyan in a shutout of the Helena Bighorns, who suffere just their third loss of the season. After a scoreless 1st period, the Brahmas seized control of the game in the 2nd period with three goals, including two from Trelstad and another from Stuwart Pearson. Jack Cooper would add the 4th goal of the game for the Brahmas late in the 3rd period on the power play. Garrett Dryden made 36 saves in the loss for the Bighorns.
Louisiana 3 vs. Great Falls 0 – Drillers goalie Samuli Aarinen stopped all 22 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as Louisiana blanked Great Falls on Day 1 of the Showcase, 3-0. The Drillers went ahead 1-0 midway through the 1st period on Blake Siewertsen’s 18th goal of the season. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Drillers put the game away in the 3rd period with goals from Josh Jorajuria and Viacheslav Nilov. Americans goalie Drew Scites made 21 saves in the loss.
Bozeman 5 vs. Skylands 1 – Fox Dodds scored twice to lead the Bozeman Icedogs to a 5-1 win over the Skylands Kings on Sunday. Bozeman scored two goals just :25 seconds apart in the 1st period as Dodds and Nash Pine lit the lamp. Skylands cut into the lead to make it 2-1 early in the 2nd period with a goal from Trevor Christopher, but it was all Icedogs after that as Duncan McGarrah, Hazen McKay, and Dodds added three more goals to make it a 5-1 final. Bozeman goalie Mikael Levokari made 22 saves in the win, while Josh Sears made 25 saves in the loss.
Coulee Region 17 vs. Long Beach 1 – Chill forward Brady Lindauer tied an NA3HL season-high with seven goals in a 17-1 win over the Long Beach Sharks. The game was over early as the Chill scored seven goals in the 1st period, which included four goals from Lindauer two from Flavien Fondadouze, and another from Donny Schultz. Lindauer added two more goals in the 2nd period, Chase McLaughlin also scored a pair of goals, and the Chill added others from Thomas Magnavite, Christopher Drews, and Gadel Khismatullin. Magnavite and Lindauer would then add two more goals in the 3rd period to give the Chill a season-high 17 goals. Jackson Wellmeyer scored the lone goal for the Sharks in the loss. Gunnar Snyder picked up the win in goal for the Chill, while Ryan Cortez took the loss.
Granite City 6 vs. Binghamton 0 – In a much-anticipated match-up of 1st place teams, the Lumberjacks showed that they are one of the Fraser Cup favorites with a convincing 6-0 shutout of the Junior Sens. Goaltender Matt Fitzgerald stopped all 21 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season. Granite City jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with a pair of goals from Grant Troumbly. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Lumberjacks blew the game open in the 3rd period with four more goals, including two from Trevor Dummer and others from Hunter Schwehr and Brad Amundson. Jeff Zero took the loss in goal for the Junior Sens making 33 saves.
Gillette 3 vs. Wausau 2 – The Wild came from behind to score two goals in the 3rd period to edge the Wausau RiverWolves, 3-2. Wausau got off to a great start, taking a 2-0 lead less than nine minutes into the game with goals from Sean Johnston and Tanner Eskro. Gillette would net their first goal of the contest later in the 1st period with a goal from Tyler Kaminski to make it 2-1. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Wild took the lead in the 3rd period with goals from Austin Newson and Dominic Ermi to secure the win. Wild goalie Aaron LaChance made 25 saves in the win, while RiverWolves goalie Alexandr Gilev made 23 saves in the loss.
Atlanta 3 vs. Alexandria 0 – Capitals goalie Quinn Yeager stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Capitals blanked the Blizzard, 3-0. The Capitals scored a goal in each period in a balanced scoring attack. Jason Ladzinski netted his 19th goal of the season in the 1st period, Vito Carlo scored in the 2nd period and Brody Nielsen added an empty-net goal in the 3rd period. Blizzard goalie Kyle Hayden took the loss making 16 saves.
North Iowa 6 vs. Mid Cities 3 – Jarod Blackowiak scored twice to lead the North Iowa Bulls to a 6-3 win over the Mid Cities Jr. Stars on Sunday. The Bulls were propelled by a hot start as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Brendan Studioso, Nick Johnson, and Blackowiak. The Jr. Stars made a game of things with the next two goals, which both came from Josh Linn to make the score 3-2. North Iowa would then add three more goals in the 3rd period, including another from Blackowiak and others from Cam Fagerlee and Evan Junker. Ryan Muckensturm had the other goal for the Stars. Bulls goalie Connor Poczos made 11 saves in the win, while Mid-Cities goalie Francisco Clark-Silva made 21 saves in the loss.
New Ulm 3 vs. Maine 0 – Steel goaltender James Royce stopped all 21 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season as the New Ulm Steel blanked the Maine Wild, 3-0. The Steel went up 1-0 with a 1st period goal from Valters Midegs. The Steel then padded their lead with two more goals in the 2nd period to complete the scoring as Michael Savelkoul and Carson Sandwick lit the lamp. Maine Wild goalie Andrew Ghimpeteanu made 42 saves in the loss.
Rochester 5 vs. Oswego 1 – Grizzlies forward Matthew DeRosa had two goals and an assist as Rochester kept pace with the West Division leaders thanks to a 5-1 win over Oswego. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to 1st period goal from Lucas Newman and three more goals in the 2nd period including two from DeRosa and another from Peyton Hart. Late in the 2nd period the Stampede would notch their lone goal, which came from Nick Snyder. Seth Bacon would add a 3rd period goal for the Grizzlies. Rochester goalie Liam Kelly made 14 saves in the win, while Stampede goalie Ben White made 29 saves in the loss.
St. Louis 6 vs. Northeast 1 - Five different skaters logged multi-point efforts and Mikael Foucher stopped 17 of 18 shots between the pipes as the Blues topped the Generals 6-1 on day one of the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine, MN. Matthew Monreal, Zach Lodes, Ivan Galaguzov and Jacob Wiethaupt each posted a goal and an assist apiece, with Colton Markiewicz bagging a pair of assists. Joe Papa and Blake Dangos also posted individual tallies for St. Louis, while Tyler Rudek potted Northeast's lone tally. John Driscoll took the loss with 31 stops in the Generals' cage.
L/A 3 vs. Milwaukee 2 - Joshua Sanchez and Cole Ouellette scored in the final 11 minutes to help the Nordiques erase a 2-1 deficit and take a 3-2 victory over the Power on day one of action in Blaine. Donovan Tehan also scored for L/A, countering markers from Logan Geisness and Caleb Beversdorf for Milwaukee. Owen Liskiewicz took the win with 24 stops for L/A, facing down Milwaukee's Aaron Dickstein, who made 30 saves at the other end of the rink.
Breezy Point 3 vs. NAPHL Selects 1 - Nick Eddens tallied his second goal of the game just under five minutes into the third period to put the North Stars ahead 2-1 and on their way to a 3-1 win over the NAPHL Selects. Dustin Sadler added an insurance marker later to seal Breezy Point's win, after Eddens and NAPHL's Nikolas Campbell traded goals in the first forty. Jacob MacLennan answered the bell between the pipes for Breezy Point, turning aside 15 of 16 pucks to outshine a combined 17 stops from Noah Altman and Luke Newell for the Selects.
Wisconsin 6 vs. Eugene 3 - A 3-3 affair through forty minutes quickly tilted in Wisconsin's favor, as Trevor Timm, James Lowry and Stepan Ruta each found twine to lift the Whalers to a 6-3 decision over the visiting Eugene Generals in Blaine on Saturday. Ruta's goal was his second of the night, joining Sam Hanson and Justin Schwartzmiller with first-period goals. Jared Coday, Cody Arbelovsky and Calvin Hennon provided the offense for Eugene, who featured a strong 43 saves from Carson Roisum. Ryan Hooks picked up the win with 11 saves for the Whalers.
Willmar 7 vs. College Station 1 - A late Matt McBride power-play strike for College Station couldn't tarnish a banner evening for the Warhawks, who featured seven different scorers in a 7-1 win over the Spirit as they opened NA3HL Showcase action. Brandon Holt, Chase VanDeVere, Elijah Slagter, Hunter Hall, Jacob May, Campbell Jackson and Connor Rollo were Willmar's scorers, who scored in front of 22 saves from Lucas Ehrlich in goal. Calder Evans stopped 24 pucks for the Spirit.