Sunday Wrap-Up: Chill win Central on final day
March 11, 2019
Coulee Region 7 @ Wisconsin 2 - Brady Lindauer and Brandon Ratzloff scored twice apiece, Michael Janke stopped 23 of 25 shots and the Chill took the regular season Central Division crown with a 7-2 win over the Whalers on Sunday. Keaton Caplis, Aslan Akervik and Thomas Magnavite finished off the Chill attack, outpacing Wisconsin goals from Tanner Mros and Adam Varga. Kai Tomita and Caleb Sauer posted a shared 34 saves in the Whalers' net.
St. Louis 7 @ Wausau 2 - The Blues roared to an early 4-0 lead and relied on two-goal efforts from Jacob Wiethaupt and Ivan Galaguzov as they blitzed past the RiverWolves 7-2. Matthew Monreal, Sean Hofstetter and Dominic Lesnock also scored for St. Louis, while Mitchel Idalski and Tate Stansbury bagged the lone Wausau goals. Mikael Foucher's 26 saves earned the win, but it was Terran Mohr in the RiverWolves' cage posting a showstopping effort with 77 saves in the loss.
New Ulm 3 @ Willmar 4 (OT) - Brandon Holt provided the heroics in overtime to help the Warhawks end their season on a high note, topping the Steel 4-3 after 4:07 of extra time. Marquez Ginger put up two goals in the first 23 minutes and Cameron Knowlton added a third to further eclipse Jacob Halvorson's first-period strike for New Ulm and give Willmar a 3-1 lead entering the third, but Sam Ayd and Michael Savelkoul found twine for the Steel to force overtime. Lucas Ehrlich stopped 36 of 39 for the win, while James Royce turned aside 34 for New Ulm.
Mid Cities 5 @ Texas 4 - The Stars and Brahmas traded a total of nine goals back and forth throughout their final matchup of the regular season before Mid Cities ultimately took a 5-4 win on the road. Noah Kinsinger starred with 26 saves in the Mid Cities net, as Brandon Speights spearheaded the attack with a pair of goals on the night. Connor Simpson, Jonathan Buffington and Brady Nelson completed the Stars' scoring, while Cory Scull, Michael Thomas Jr., Jack Cooper and Cal Couell put the Brahmas on the board. Bryce Runyan and Thomas Held stopped 17 shared pucks in the loss.
College Station 3 @ Louisiana 6 - The Spirit trailed by just a single goal entering the final 20 minutes, but Timmy Zittel finished a hat-trick in the third and Brandon Morgan doubled the advantage to lift the Drillers to a 6-3 win on the final day of the regular season. JT Sgro and Ivan Matveev also tallied goals for Louisiana, helping their team outmatch College Station strikes from Daniel Mandelbaum, Trevor Borlace and Eli Gould. Blake Forystek stopped a stunning 43 shots for the Spirit despite the loss, but Samuli Aarinen earned the victory with 30 strong saves of his own in the Drillers' crease.
Alexandria 6 @ Granite City 3 - A hat-trick from Tanner Frerichs and two goals from Dylan Giorgio led the Blizzard to a 6-3 upset win over the Lumberjacks to close out the year as teams head into the playoffs. Brett Meister finished off the scoring for Alexandria as part of a five-goal final frame for the visitors, while Granite City received goals from Sam Ohmes, Daymin Dodge and Bailey Sommers. Kyle Hayden took the win with 25 saves, while Matt Fitzgerald was dealt the loss despite 24 stops of his own.
Niagara Falls 0 @ Binghamton 15 - Markus Cook tallied four goals, Mike Padgeon bagged a hat-trick and netminders Jonathan Rapp and Casey Boone stopped a combined 17 saves en route to a 15-0 shutout win for the Senators over the Powerhawks. Adam Morgan and Eric Melso also starred with two goals, as Rory Gresham, Will Darling, Greg Simmons and Seth McArdle lit the lamp individually. Josh Mitchell faced down 50 pucks in the Niagara net.
Skylands 8 @ Oswego 2 - Two-goal efforts from both Dylan Saccone and Jake Cicalese led the way as the Kings downed the Stampede 8-2 on the road to close out their regular-season campaigns. Justin Hiler, Khole Hibbert, Josh Baker and Steven Ford rounded out the Skylands attack, while Dylan Candleana and Tommy Kilway netted for Oswego. Josh Sears backstopped the Kings' win with 41 saves, outdueling a shared 41 saves from Cherokee Fox and Manny Legace in the Stampede net.