Day 3 of 3HL games at the NAHL Showcase may have been the best yet, as all four games were decided by a goal. Not only that, but because of the record number of scouts at the event, competition was high and excitement echoed in the rinks of the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. Here is a look at Day 3 results:
Minnesota Flying Aces 5 – Peoria Mustangs 4
Minnesota scored twice in the 3rd period to edge out Peoria, 5-4. Stephen Langford had a goal and two assists for Minnesota who also got multi-point nights from Kyle Bonstrom and Paul Sorenson in the win. Josh Wentz scored twice for Peoria and Byron Lomow and Cameron Brown also had goals for the Mustangs, who suffered their first loss of the season.
Chicago Hitmen 4 – Twin City Steel 3 (OT)
Chicago’s Brien Thompson scored two minutes into the overtime as Chicago topped Twin City, 4-3. Jeremy Edwards had two assists and Jeff Salzbrunn, Kyle Gonzalez and Nick Gnagni had the other goals for the Hitmen. For the Steel, Shane Fabian, Brandon Busse and Adam Slagle had goals. Joe Olen got the win for Chicago while Vladimir Kramar suffered the OT loss for Twin City.
St. Louis Jr. Blues 3 – North Iowa Bulls 2
Adam Otten scored two goals including the game-winner late in the 2nd period as St. Louis beat North Iowa, 3-2. Kevin Mansolill gave North Iowa an early lead thanks to a power play goal, but that was answered back by a power play goal from the Jr. Blues Patrick Gregory. Andrew Halama scored for the Bulls late on the 3rd period, but it would be too little too late as North Iowa stayed winless on the season. The Bulls got a great game from goaltender Jackson Steltmann, who made 50 saves.
Granite City Lumberjacks 5 – Quad City Jr. Flames 4
The Lumberjacks erased a 4-1 deficit in the 3rd period with four goals to comeback and beat Quad City, 5-4. Taylor Portner and Zac Sikich both scored two goals apiece in the 3rd period to lead the comeback charge. Quad City was seemingly on cruise control after taking a 4-1 lead with goals from Shane Piggot, Luke McCarthy, Tony Buchal and Jared Fielden before the Lumberjacks mounted their 3rd period comeback. Granite City moved their record to 3-0-1, while Quad City fell to 1-1-2.