Saturday Scores: Bighorns now 19-0 after another sweep
Helena 5 @ Yellowstone 1: Helena remained on top of the league with 19 consecutive victories in their win over Yellowstone Saturday night. After a scoreless 1st, Jack Harris gave the Quake their only lead of the night with his sixth goal of the season. Helena answered with three goals in the period and two more insurance goals in the 3rd to finish the contest 5-1. Samuel Feamster scored twice for the Bighorns, with Johnathan Peterson, Harlan Wojtusik, and Corbin Skinner credited with the remaining scores. Eric Buccholz remains undefeated in net, making 21 stops. Cole Eastman and Brandon Lakusta combined for 40 saves in the loss.
Badlands 5 @ Butte 7: A back-and-forth offensive bout saw Butte outlasted the Sabres 7-5 and take the series sweep. Nick Bradshaw scored an impressive four goals for the Cobras and also contributed an assist. Jonah Gilbert, Luke Schleusner, and Caleb Manson were the remaining Butte goalscorers. Special teams success kept Badlands in the game, scoring all five of their goals on the power play. Cole Skyes, Hunter Fischbach, and Mason Martin each finished with a goal and assist for the visitors. Caleb Cross took home the win for Butte with 49 saves. Brooks McLean spent all but 6 minutes in net for the Sabres, making 40 saves. Zach Broxterman’s short stint in net saw him making 2 saves on 3 shots.
Great Falls 2 @ Gillette 7: Gillette continued their weekend and season dominance on Saturday night, scoring seven goals in their victory over Great Falls. Declan Young had a solid performance for the Wild, scoring and assisting twice in their victory. Will Blake, Isaac Young, Caleb Sanborn, and Saizha Norwegian also contributed multiple point performances for Gillette. Great Falls’ lone goals came from forwards Tyler Sunagel and Aaron Leaf. Jack Orchard made 25 saves in net for Gillette as Ben Winkler and Wyatt Olsonawski combined for 63 saves between the pipes for Great Falls.
Bozeman 6 @ Sheridan 3: Bozeman’s four consecutive goals to open the game were enough to carry them past the Hawks 6-3. Cole Bushur found the back of the net twice for the Icedogs, Ian Bowman adding a goal and three assists in Bozeman’s victory. Luke Busher and Bentley Simcox each had multiple assists. Sheridan’s goals came twice from Caden McDonald, also completing the game with a helper. Makhai Sparks potted the other Sheridan goal, also contributed an assist on the night. Liam Scott secured the victory with 24 saves and Patric Loeffler completed the contest with a busy 53 saves.
Granite City 8 @ St Louis 0: Goaltender Matthew Smith stopped all 17 shots faced in Granite City’s convincing shutout 8-0 win over St. Louis. Eleven skaters helped out in the point column for the Lumberjacks, Wyatt Halvorson and Ben Anderson both picking up a pair of goals and an assist. Matthew DeLany, Cody Dias, and Tal Halliday also deposited a goal and provided an assist. St. Louis netminder had a busy evening, stopping 53 shots in the loss.
Bay State 3 @ Long Beach 4: Matt Carson’s score 14:42 into the 3rd period proved to be the decisive factor in Long Beach’s 4-3 win over the Bobcats. Bay State opened the scoring from Paul Johnson, scoring his first and eventual second goals of the season. Long Beach’s Tyler Fisher answered before the 1st intermission, also burying his first of the year. The Bobcats and Sharks traded blows in the 2nd, Will Morissette and Johnson scoring for Bay State and Hayden Doggett and Holden Witfong scoring for Long Beach. Greyson Skirpon had a solid night in net, making 24 saves in the win. Ben Di Fiore took the loss with 34 saves.
Mid Cities 1 @ Atlanta 5: The Atlanta Capitals took a bounceback win against Mid Cities, scoring five goals in back-to-back nights. Kaleb Miller was the star performer, scoring a hat trick for the Capitals, who picked up their first win of the 2021-22 season. Atlanta skaters Nick James and Carson Holliday also found the back of the net. Kirill Nikulichev and Harrison Flaacke both dished out multiple assists in the home squad’s victory. Mid Cities’ lone goal was scored by Michael Kennedy, netting his eighth of the season. Paul Jarvis took the win in net, keeping out 22 shots faced. Adler Hoagland took the loss with 26 stops.
New Ulm 0 @ Peoria 3: Peoria continued their weekend dominance over the Steel, not allowing a New Ulm goal across 6 periods and taking home a 3-0 Saturday night win. 15:51 into the 1st period, Ethan Chesney opened the scores with a powerplay goal. Christopher Kondiles found his seventh of the season on the powerplay early in the middle slate and Chesney struck again 10 minutes later to seal the game. Andrew Doran made 16 saves to secure his second straight shutout. Alex Benson did all he could in net for New Ulm, making an impressive 52 saves on 55 shots.
El Paso 1 @ Oklahoma City 3: Oklahoma’s 1st period goal production was enough to carry them past the Rhinos and capture their eighth consecutive victory. Samuel Miller and Garrett Conner scored 5 minutes apart in the 1st, that 2-0 lead eventually carrying through to the 3rd period. Ethan Marcola scored his first of the season just 1:07 into the 3rd for El Paso to keep the game a nail biter. Patrick Wyers found twine for his tenth goal of the season. Nathan Hadley kept out 24 shots in the blue paint for Oklahoma City. Camden Pendleton took the loss with 44 saves.
Milwaukee 1 @ Rochester 3: Rochester picked up their fifth consecutive win and the series sweep over Milwaukee. Rochester’s Luke Nemeth breached the deadlock late in the 1st, the Grizzlies remaining up one through 20 minutes. Justin Wright and Cole Gibson extended the lead, both scoring goals before the 5:00 mark in the middle slate. Milwaukee’s tallie would come from defenseman Noah Hope, scoring his first of the season just past the midway point in the 2nd period. Both goaltenders kept out the remaining shots, the final score finishing 3-1 in Rochester’s favor. Lucas Henderson kept out 15 shots in the victory. Spencer Northway did all he could between the pipes, stopping 56 of 59 shots.
Willmar 7 @ Alexandria 6: Trailing by one goal after two periods, Willmar found the net four straight times by the 11:00 of the 3rd to help outlast the Blizzard 7-6. Alex Heidenreich, Zachary DeMarce, Matt McIntyre, and Ryan Hadlands each found the back of the net for Alexandria before the 2nd intermission. Willmar’s Shawn Ohlenschlager van Coller, Michael Sweetland, and Marcus Mack kept it close with goals. Sweetland would find the net again in the 3rd for the WarHawks, complemented by goals from Anthony Foster, Jeremiah Konkel, and Elbridge Dekraai. Will Kunka secured the win between the pipes with 27 saves. Bailey Rosch took the loss with 36 stops.
Mason City 8 @ Minnesota 1: Mason City’s offense remained hot against Minnesota, scoring eight goals in consecutive nights to secure the weekend sweep. Cullen Hogan and Jack Campion both buried two goals for the Toros. Brendan Smith, Carter Newpower, Ryan Kaspar, Luke Robertson, and Erik Larsen all finished the contest with multiple assists for Mason City. The Loons were able to break up the shutout as Jackson Stiles scored his first of the season 7:39 into the final period. Erik Chaffe finished the win in net with 25 saves while Minnesota’s Matthew Ryynanen kept out 49 shots.
Northeast 8 @ New Jersey 0: The Generals took the first game of the series down in dominant fashion, scoring eight in a shutout victory over a depleted New Jersey lineup. Nolan Murphy had the marquee performance, scoring a hat trick and also dishing an assist. Tyler Ramm, Braeden Kennedy, Payton Felix, Owen McNamee, and Cedric Savoie were the other goal scorers, with Savoie potting his first of the season. Mason Joseph secured a quiet shutout victory with 14 savers. Colin Freitas and Donovan Alfama split the game in net for New Jersey, Freitas stopping 30 of 32 and Alfama taking the loss with 54 saves.
Wausau 3 @ Oregon 4: 16:27 into the 3rd period, Carter Watters scored his second of the game to put Oregon ahead and eventually give the Tradesmen their fifth straight victory. Luke Anderson put Wausau ahead 1-0 after the opening period. Amir Velikhanov’s goal and Watters’ first of the game put Oregon back in the lead after 40 minutes, and an early 3rd period goal by Sam VanderHoeven extended the lead. Two Wausau powerplay goals brought the game back to even, with Anderson scoring his second and Aidan MacDonell scoring the other. Cole Garver was credited with the win making 19 saves. Mitch Miscevich had a busy night in the blue paint, making 40 saves.