Sunday Wrap-Up: Steel upset of Bulls caps wild weekend
North Iowa 5 @ New Ulm 6 – Josh Delange and James Spaargaren each had three-point night’s as the Steel pulled the upset of the division-leading Bulls thanks to a 6-5 win on Sunday. The Steel scored three times in the 1st period, which included one from Delange and others from Jake Saver and Joey Gimberlin, and then three more times in the 2nd period, including another from Delange, one from Nate Looft, and the game-winner from Spaargaren. North Iowa got two goals from Cal Nauss, two goals from Carson Jones and another goal from Jack Campion. Griffin Foster picked up the win, while Max Gutjahr took the loss.
Sharks 5 @ Bobcats 8 – Bobcats forward Zakary Justice had his best career game in a Bobcat uniform, scoring four goals and adding two helpers in an 8-5 win on Sunday. Justice scored twice in the 1st period, once in the 2nd period, and added an empty-net goal in the 3rd period. Troy Harwell added two goals for the Bobcats and Gordon Ogden and Karl Nordin also scored. The Sharks got two goals from both Anderson O’Connor and Aleksandr Gamzatov, along with a goal from Stephen Conklin. Nathan Moffitt made 33 saves in the win, while Sebastian Couturier made 35 saves in the loss.
Jr. Hat Tricks 6 @ Generals 8 – Payton Felix and Sean Gorman each scored twice to lead the Generals to their second straight 8-6 win over the Jr. Hat Tricks. The Jr. Hat Tricks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Misha Mshar, Nikita Kovalev, and Nick Cullinan. The Generals tied the game at 3-3 later in the period thanks to three goals from Felix, Nick Wracker, and Ben Pizzimenti. The Jr. Hat Tricks then went back up by a goal before the period was over on a goal from Matti Tauriainen. The Generals then stormed out to a 7-4 lead thanks to four straight goals in the 2nd period, including two from Gorman, another from Felix, and one from Jason Gratz. The Jr. Hat Tricks pulled to within a goal thanks to another goal from Mshar and one from Nicholas Rogers, but an empty-net goal from James Clarke secure the win. Generals goalie Patrick Colburn made 19 saves in the win, while Nathan Hadley made 27 saves in the loss.
Mid Cities 0 @ Atlanta 11 – The Capitals completed a three-game weekend sweep thanks to 22 saves from Joe Pearson in an 11-0 shutout of the Mid Cities Jr. Stars. Atlanta got three goals in the 1st period from Eddie Slack, Ryan Berke, and Nick Mumford. In the 2nd period, the Capitals lit the lamp seven more times, which included another goal for both Slack and Berke and others from Kirill Nikulichev, Gunner Moore, Yevgeni Govorushko, Nicholas Cyprian, and Jesse Kittay. Lou Decola added a goal in the 3rd period to complete the scoring. Nahuel Veyan made 63 saves in the loss.
Wausau 0 @ St. Louis 4 – Jr. Blues goalie Owen Carlson stopped all 21 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season as the Jr. Blues completed a three-game weekend sweep of the RiverWolves thanks to a 4-0 win on Sunday. Trey Walton scored twice for the Jr. Blues, including the game’s first goal early in the 1st period. Mike Deeba had a 1st period goal and Riley Howse scored the 3rd period to complete the scoring. Wausau goalie Dylan Baker made 32 saves in the loss.
El Paso 3 @ Louisiana 2 (SO) – The Rhinos moved back into sole possession of 1st place in the South as they won their 9th straight game thanks to a 3-2 shootout win on Sunday in Louisiana. The Drillers played well, never trailing throughout regulation and OT. Jack Lambert scored both goals in regulation for the Drillers, while Jacob Robinson and Ian Carpenter scored for the Rhinos. In the shootout, Preston Hazleton was the only one of six shooters to score. Rhinos goalie Rustam Kulizade made 26 saves in the win, while Drillers goalie Chris Branch made 59 saves in the shootout loss.
Granite City 4 @ Willmar 3 – The Lumberjacks got 49 saves from goalie Josh Weyandt as they crept closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 4-3 win in Willmar on Sunday. Granite City was bolstered by a three-goal 1st period, which included tallies from Zach Kilen, Nicholas Richert, and Braeden Bartoo. Hanson O’Leary would add a goal in the 3rd period. The WarHawks got goals from Jack Willis, Isaiah Thomas, and Gavin Uckele. Will Pinney made 7 saves in the loss and Lukas Haugen made 9 saves in the loss.