Saturday Scores: Hawks machine rolls to 26th straight win
Sheridan 7 @ Gillette 2 – Seven different players scored as the Hawks rolled to their 26th straight win thanks to a 7-2 win on Saturday, completing a weekend road sweep of the Wiid. Sheridan got a 1st period goal from Nathan Gilleshammer, three goals in the 2nd period from Logan Syrup, Justin Schwartzmiller, and Nick Wieben, and then three more goals in the 3rd period from Jacob Cummings, Blake Billings, and Jack Harris. Declan Young and Tristan Baker scored for the Wild in the loss. Christian Wong-Ramos made 35 saves in the win, while Cole Wheaton made 43 saves in the loss.
Mid Cities 0 @ Oklahoma City 6 – The Blazers cruised to a weekend home sweep of the Stars thanks to a 6-0 win on Saturday. Patrick Wyers led the way with two goals. The Blazers jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 1st period goals from Carter Eha, Tommy Duren, and Noah Henslee. Wyers added both of his goals in the 2nd period to make it a 5-0 game, and Tristan Rand added a 3rd period goal to make it a 6-0 final. Oliver Charbonneau had to make just 9 saves in the shutout win, while Nahuel Veyan made 52 saves in the loss.
Alexandria 0 @ Willmar 6 – Thanks to a 33-save shutout from Will Pinney, the Willmar WarHawks kept climbing the West standings thanks to a 6-0 win over the Blizzard. Ethan Light scored twice in the win, which included the game’s first goal. Cole Wigestrand also scored in the 1st period to make it 2-0. Light added his second goal of the game early in the 2nd period and Isaiah Thomas and Michael Sweetland also scored to make a 5-0 game after two periods. Lewis Rowan would add a 3rd period goal. Blizzard goalies Joey Greilich (11 saves) and Bailey Rosch (25 saves) both appeared in the loss.
Oregon 2 @ Milwaukee 7 – Nate Stone and Ben Cope each scored twice as the Power picked up a 7-2 win over the Tradesmen. It was all Milwaukee from the start as they opened up a 3-0 lead in the 1st period which included goals from Cope, Stone, and Teddy Marion. In the 2nd period, Maxwell Erstad and Michael Dalaly scored to make it a 5-0 game. In the 3rd period, both Cope and Stone would score on the power play to make it a 7-0 game. Oregon scored two goals late in the 3rd period from Parker Severson and Branwen Pollett to make it a 7-2 final. Cole Shane made 23 saves in the win, Cole Garver and Hunter Adams made a combined 21 saves in the loss.
Jr. Hat Tricks 4 @ Sharks 2 – Four different players scored for the Jr. Hat Tricks in a 4-2 road win over the Sharks. The Jr. Hat Tricks got off to a great start with three goals in the 1st period, including tallies from Carson Holliday, Matti Tauriainen, and Brandon Cope. Nikita Kovalev would add a 2nd period goal to complete the scoring. Scoring both goals for the Sharks was Zan Mojzer. Landon Palmer picked up the win in goal, while Greyson Skirpan took the loss.
TX RoadRunners 3 @ Lousiana 4 – Chris Branch made 42 saves to lead the Drillers to their 4th straight win as they edged out the RoadRunners on Saturday, 4-3. After an opening goal from Louisiana’s Mark Phillips, the RoadRunners took control the remainder of the period with three goals to take a 3-1 lead, which included a pair from Mason Evans and another from Jaron Ketterman. The Drillers mounted their comeback with a 2nd period goal from Brandon Morgan to make it 3-2, and then two goals in the 3rd period, including a power play tally from Jack Lambert to tie the game, and the game-winner from Josh Hrip with under five minutes remaining. RoadRunners goalie Jaxon Taylor made 38 saves in the loss.
El Paso 8 @ Atlanta 0 – Thanks to a hat-trick from defenseman Ian Carpenter and a 40-save shutout from Rustam Kulizade, the Rhinos cruised to an 8-0 win over the Capitals on Saturday. The game was close for two periods as the Rhinos led 3-0 after two periods with goals from Carpenter, Noah Decker, and John Mulvihill. The Rhinos poured it on in the 3rd period with five more goals, including two more from Carpenter and others from Cole Schneider, Colin Kerchoff, and Jonathan Clement. Capitals goalie Matthew Genter made 50 saves in the loss.
Peoria 2 @ Wausau 5 – The RiverWolves pulled the upset thanks to 32 saves from Caleb Sauer in a 5-2 win over Peoria. After a scoreless 1st period, the RiverWolves took a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Tommy Raith, Nolan Gifford, and Griffin Lehet. The Mustangs tried to mount a 3rd period comeback with goals from Thomas Kayner and Ibriham Arifi, but two goals from Wausau’s Kasey Couture secured the 5-2 win. Mustangs goalie Joe Ambroffi made 24 saves in the losing effort.
New Ulm 1 @ North Iowa 8 – Behind two goals from Carson Jones, the Bulls rolled to an 8-1 win over the Steel. Jones and Carter Newpower both scored in the 1st period to put the Bulls ahead 2-0. North Iowa then erupted for six more goals in the 2nd period, which included another goal from Jones and others from Shota Kaneko, Kyle Heffron, Nick Mohs-Messerli, Max Savaloja, and Sota Isogai. James Spaargaren would score the lone goal for the Steel late in the 2nd period. Bulls goalie Max Gutjahr made 17 saves in the win, while AJ Cohen and Griffin Foster combined for 36 saves in the loss.
Yellowstone 2 @ Butte 3 – Cobras goalie Tommy Near was again the star of the night as he made 56 saves in a 3-2 win over the Quake. The Quake took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Cade Rosansky. The Cobras responded with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead, which included two goals in the 2nd period from Kyler Garsjo and Robin Bagley and a 3rd period goal from Luke Schlensner. Tyler Cramer would add the other goal for the Quake in the 3rd period, but they could not get the equalizer past Near. Quake goalie Connor Carroll played well in the loss, making 53 saves.
Missoula 5 @ Bozeman 3 – Five different players scored for the Jr. Bruins in a 5-3 win over the Icedogs. The game was even until late in the 3rd period as Mason Mowat, Sam Skillestad, and Shano Dotto scored for Missoula, while Luke McKay, Sam Bourdon, and Dylan Fontaine answered for Bozeman. With under five minutes remaining in regulation, Pablo Frank found the back of the net for the game-winner and Trevor Prince then added an empty-net goal. Maxim Currie made 19 saves and Will Hays made 18 saves in the win. Evan Wittchow made 32 saves in the loss.