Friday Finals: Sheridan wins big in NA3HL debut
September 14, 2019
Sheridan 8 @ Butte 0 – The Sheridan Hawks flew past the Butte Cobras in an easy 8-0 victory. Alex Kesler found the back of the net a minute and a half into the game, and the Hawks never looked back, burying seven more unanswered goals. The Hawks offense was led by Justin Schwartzmiller, with two goals and two assists, and Blake Billings, who recorded two goals in the game as well. Logan Syrup, Trevor Timm, and Kamden Sengheiser followed suit with goals of their own. Sheridan bombarded Butte’s Colton Marcy with 72 shots after stepping in for Casey Mattfeldt’s 12 save performance on 15 shots, and he turned away 67 of them. Zach Hearn captured a twenty-save shutout and the win for the Hawks.
Gillette 1 @ Great Falls 7 – The Americans had no trouble finding the back of the net from the beginning of Friday night’s game until the end. Great Falls had three players, Dylan Olson, Jake Hayes, and Levi Mese, each tally two goals on the night, while Bryson Fletcher lit the lamp once as well. However, Great Falls did not go unmatched in the game, as Easton Apodaca was able to tuck in the Wild’s lone goal of the night. Brad Muzarelli made 26 saves on 31 shots for the Wild, before Shane Phillips was called in to relieve him of 15 additional shots, in which Phillips stopped 13. Viktor Wennberg had an outstanding performance for Great Falls and turned away 39 of 40 shots, leading the Americans to their 7-1 victory.
Helena 4 @ Yellowstone 3 – The Bighorns were able to hold off the Quake’s third period comeback attempt in their 4-3 victory. Helena’s offense was led by Darren Donovan and his three-point performance, while Isaac Ellingson, Ty Niskanen, and Blaine Krona all found the back of the net as well. Although falling short, Yellowstone players Jack Harris, Damion Williams, and Jon Green tallied goals in the matchup, while their goalie Michael Allman made 34 saves on 38 shots. Helena’s Garrett Dryden made 17 saves on 20 shots, which was enough to capture the win for the Bighorns.
New England Stars 0 @ Northeast Generals 6 – After a scoreless first period, Kolye Bankauskas opened the flood gates for the Generals a minute and a half into the second with a goal. The Generals went on to score five more unanswered goals, defeating the Stars 6-0. Northeast’s players shared the wealth with Grigori Zemzer, Preston Phelps, Nicholas Wracker, Stephen Gerbis, and Carson Asper each scoring one of the Generals’ last five goals. Coupled with a high-powered offense, the Stars faced an unbeatable goaltender Friday night. New England’s Matt Marini did all he could for his team and turned down 52 of 58 shots. However, nobody could find their way past John Driscoll, who had a 31 save shutout for the Generals.
Atlanta 5 @ Texas 2 – A quick start by the Capitals gave way to rampant offense and a 2-0 lead that the RoadRunners found themselves chasing all night. Gunner Moore started the Capitals’ offensive attack by finding the back of the net just two and a half minutes into the game and was followed by another Capitals goal from Nikita Pecheritcyn. Garrett Wilderman and Brenden Fehlig found twine for the RoundRunners in an effort to make a comeback, but the Capital’s offense couldn’t be stopped. Jake Pisarcik, Sam Stepanek, and Cole Thomas Johnson all lit the lamp in the third period for Atlanta, finalizing their win with a score of 5-2. Patrick Egdorf also helped take the win with 35 saves on 37 shots for the Capitals, countering Jaeger Reed’s 40 saves for Texas.
North Iowa 9 @ Breezy Point 0 – North Iowa blew out Breezy Point 9-0 on Friday night. The Bulls offense was led by Mason Enright, who recorded two goals and an assist in the game. Lucas Wahlin also found the back of the net twice, and Cam Fagerlee, Zachary Simon, Dalton Saltness, Nick Bowlin, and Ryan Hempel all recorded goals for the Bulls too. Evan Babekuhl took home a twelve-save shutout, while the North Stars’ Griffin Foster faced a barrage of 71 shots between the pipes, turning aside 62.
Rochester 3 @ Milwaukee 5 – In what was a back and forth battle, the Grizzlies struck first with a goal by Teejay Torgrimson, but fell short to the Power in the end by losing with a score of 5-3. Garrett Alton led the Power’s offensive strike with a hat trick, while Nathan Walker and Nico Piehl also helped seal the win with goals. Clayton Shultz and Lucas Newman fought to maintain the Grizzlies’ lead by finding the back of the net, but they ultimately fell short to the performance of the Power’s goalie, Joey Greilich. Greilich made 49 saves on 52 shots, clinching the win over the Grizzlies and Sean Guerin’s 29 saves on 33 shots.