Saturday Scores: Frontier race starting to heat up
Great Falls 1 @ Helena 2 - Deadlocked at one through 40 minutes, Dylan Ferriera's game-winner came just before the five-minute mark of the third period to help the Bighorns knock off the top-ranked Americans 2-1 in a goalie duel on Saturday. Both goaltenders were impressive in this tilt, as Helena's Anthony Adleman took the win with 48 saves over Vincent Marroni's 44 stops for Great Falls. Bryson Fletcher put the Americans up first, but Wyatt Hanson equalized for Helena just over two minutes later in the opening frame. A scoreless second period then set the scene for Ferriera's heroics early in the third.
Yellowstone 0 @ Sheridan 9 - The Hawks continued their early-season dominance on Saturday, riding a four-goal effort from Zach Brydges and a 20-save shutout by Luke Fundator to a whopping 9-0 romp past the Quake. Blake Billings, Jonathon Teasdale, Jacob Cummings, Justin Schwartzmiller and Joe Teasdale also scored for Sheridan, as Dakota Kott (3a) and Taylor Frerichs (2a) put their playmaking skills on display. Connor Carroll played the full 60 minutes for Yellowstone on Saturday and put in an admirable effort, stopping a stout 77 of 86 shots against in the loss.
Gillette 8 @ Butte 2 - Two goals apiece from Tristan Baker, Declan Young and Isaac Young alongside a 45-save outing from Jack Orchard carried the Wild to an 8-2 road win over the Cobras on Saturday. Caleb Sanborn and Ethan Becker rounded out Gillette's offense, while Robin Bagley and Kyler Garsjo put Butte on the board. Joey Wilson (43 saves) and Nikolai Waller (three saves) hung in between the pipes for the Cobras in the tough loss.
Oregon 2 @ St. Louis 4 - Buoyed by a two-goal effort from Vinny Servizzi and 32 saves from Owen Carlson, the Jr. Blues launched a three-goal third-period to oust the Tradesmen 4-2 at home on Saturday. Tony Andrews and Ike Zeier also scored for St. Louis, while Sam VanderHoeven and Drew Robertson lit the lamp for Oregon in front of 26 saves from Hunter Adams.
Atlanta 1 @ TX Brahmas 5 - The high-flying Brahmas were on their game early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes en route to a comfortable 5-1 victory over the Capitals. Blake Rothstein, Jack Cooper and Leevi Selanne built up Texas' lead, then Padraig McEnery and Jacob Kalandyk finished things off for the Brahmas after Vyacheslav Nilov's strike for Atlanta early in the third. Logan Gorbitz picked up the win with 25 saves for Texas, outdueling Greg Smith of Atlanta, who finished with 23 stops of his own.
Northeast 3 @ Bay State 7 - Zack Roncarati stole the show between the Bay State pipes with a stunning 53 saves on 56 shots as the Bobcats ran wild at the other end of the rink, dropping the Generals 7-3 on Saturday. Nick Ramm and Sean Gorman each struck for Northeast to cancel out Bay State's goal from Thomas Hoffman in the first period, but a five-goal barrage by the Bobcats -- featuring goals from JayVon Fogelgren, John Kosa, Troy Harwell, Jerzy Gus and another from Hoffman -- gave them a comfortable advantage. Gabe Stoner of Northeast and Caden Hart of Bay State each added another goal for their respective teams in the third after the decisive sandwich stanza. Generals netminders Espen Reager and Timothy Pesek were busy in their net as well, combining for 33 saves in the loss.
El Paso 6 @ TX RoadRunners 1 - Out to avenge Friday night's tough loss, the Rhinos rolled over the RoadRunners 6-1 thanks to standout efforts from John Mulvihill (1g, 3a), Cole Schneider (2g, 2a) and Tristin Maestas (2g) up front, and a brick-wall 36-save performance from Jordan Belley in goal. Easton Easterson nabbed the remaining El Paso tally, while Logan Bellar put Texas on the board. Jaxon Taylor was stellar in the RoadRunners net despite the scoreline, facing down 48 of 54 shots that came his way.
Peoria 3 @ Milwaukee 1 - A pair of first-period goals helped the Mustangs out to what proved to be an insurmountable lead, as they toppled the Power 4-1 in Milwaukee on Saturday. Tony Campise and Connor Bennett put Peoria up early, before Jackson Terpstra responded for the Power in the second period. A third-period insurance marker from Chrisopher Kondiles put this one away, though, and Peoria took home a key road win. Joe Ambroffi was stellar with 35 saves in the win, while Cole Shane turned aside a respectable 38 of 41 pucks for the Power.