Saturday Scores: Bulls widen lead in West with win
Willmar 3 @ North Iowa 5 - Buoyed by Campbell Cichosz' two tallies, the Bulls broke open a tight game with three goals in the third period to take a 5-3 win over the Warhawks on Saturday. Garrett Freeman, Gavin Wendorf and Caden Smith also found the goal column for North Iowa, while Alex Kupka, Lewis Rowan and Cole Wigestrand put Willmar on the board. Joe Daninger posted 26 saves for the win, outdueling Will Pinney of Willmar, who stopped 20 pucks at the other end of the rink.
Peoria 0 @ Rochester 2 - Shane Soderwall stopped all 20 shots that came his way to backstop the Grizzlies to a 2-0 shutout of the Mustangs on Saturday. Peyton Hart grabbed the game's first goal in the opening frame, then assisted on Rochester's empty-net tally, scored by Joey Fodstad, to cap things off in the third. Peoria's Cole Walter was stellar in net as well, stopping 41 of 42 shots in a tough loss.
Alexandria 4 @ New Ulm 3 (OT) - A thrilling, back-and-forth affair between the Blizzard and the Steel required overtime on Saturday, when Cole Jacobs came to Alexandria's rescue with an OT goal to seal the 4-3 victory. New Ulm got off to a hot start with a 2-0 lead through two periods in this one, thanks to two Teddy Lillico tallies. But Blizzard goals from Caleb Strong, Austin McNeil and Carter Rieland gave them the lead midway through the third, before James Spaargaren again knotted things up with a New Ulm goal late in the game, setting the stage for Jacobs' winner in the extra stanza. Bailey Rosch and Joey Greilich combined for 25 saves in Alexandria's win, while Zach Foster turned aside 33 pucks for New Ulm.
St. Louis 5 @ Wausau 0 - The Jr. Blues flexed their muscles on Saturday, riding a 24-save shutout from Owen Carlson and a pair of Zach DeMarce goals to a 5-0 rout of the RiverWolves. Jared Bratton, Mike Deeba and Jackson Henningsgard also scored for St. Louis, as Wausau goaltender Caleb Sauer turned away 26 of 31 shots in the loss.
Mid Cities 0 @ El Paso 13 - The Rhinos were in full stampede form on Saturday, knocking off the Jr. Stars by a 13-0 final score, including a stunning seven-goal second period. Ten different skaters got on the board for El Paso, highlighted by Trey Erramouspe's hat-trick and John Mulvihill's pair of goals. Joining them on the scoresheet were Nolan Conrad, Ian Carpenter, Noah Decker, Noah Easterson, Cole Schneider, Jacob Robinson, Cooper Anderson and Tristin Maestas. Max Hetman picked up the shutout with four saves on four shots for El Paso, while Mid Cities' goaltender Nahuel Veyan put in a strong shift despite the scoreline, facing down a whopping 48 shots for the Stars.
Great Falls 3 @ Butte 2 (SO) - After trading goals for three periods and resolving nothing after a fourth, the Americans and Cobras battled it out in a four round shootout that was eventually decided by Great Falls' Alex Jackson to give them the 3-2 win on the road. Lucas Gudz struck first late in the opening frame to put Great Falls up by one, but Kyler Garsjo leveled the score just over two minutes later. And after Jackson netted a goal in the second period ahead of his shootout heroics, Nick Decarlo responded once more for Butte with a third-period strike to force overtime. Trever Mellen earned the win with 32 saves, and stopped Zane Cluphf to confirm Jackson's strike as the game-winner in the shootout. Tommy Near of Butte was much busier, stopping an impressive 48 of 50 shots in the loss.
Missoula 1 @ Gillette 4 - After a scoreless first period, the Wild erupted for four in the final two periods to take a 4-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday. Declan Young, Caleb Sanborn and Tristan Baker each chipped in during the second period when Gillette really ran away with things, before Missoula's Cayce Balk and Gillette's Austin Newson traded goals in the third. Cole Wheaton took the win between the pipes with 30 saves on the night, while Maxim Currie was impressive for Missoula with 44 saves on 47 shots in the loss.
Bozeman 2 @ Helena 5 - Alex Bailey scored twice, Anthony Adleman stopped 49 of 51 shots and the Bighorns cruised past the Icedogs at home for a 5-2 win. Andrew Deskin, Isaac Ellingson and Gavyn Galloway also scored for Helena, while Landon Frost and Kamden Sengheiser nabbed Bozeman's goals. Evan Wittchow of Bozeman stopped 37 pucks in the loss.
Sheridan 4 @ Yellowstone 3 (OT) - After seeing their two-goal lead dissipate in the third period, the Hawks' Justin Schwartzmiller found twine 4:50 into OT to earn Sheridan a 4-3 win over the Quake, keeping their remarkable winning streak alive at 21 consecutive games and counting. Early in the game, Yellowstone got on the board first behind Keegan Ferguson's strike, but Jacob Cummings responded for Sheridan before the end of the period. Luke Desmarais then struck for two goals in four minutes in the second period, putting the Hawks ahead 3-1, but a quick Quake goal from Jack Luttringer and another from Ferguson again evened the score in the final frame. Luke Fundator was unflappable in the Hawks' cage, stopping 32 of 35 shots in the win, while Matt Schoer put in an equally impressive showing with 40 saves on 44 shots in the loss.
Milwaukee 2 @ Oregon 1 - Branwen Pollett put Oregon ahead in the first period, but the Power stormed back with two goals in the third to steal a 2-1 win over the Tradesmen on the road. Tyler Nelson and Mason Ausmus fueled the Milwaukee comeback, as Ewan McDevitt stopped 33 pucks to backstop the win. Hunter Adams faced down 24 of 26 shots for Oregon in the loss.