Shutouts the story on Day 1 of NA3HL Showcase
The 2021 North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Showcase got underway on Monday and takes place from December 20-22, 2021, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. This season marks the 11th year the NA3HL will hold a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States.
Monday's story line was shutouts. Seven of thr 17 games played featured a shutout as goalies and teams turned in some big defensive performances. Other Day 1 story lines incuded the Northeast Generals winning in overtime to stay undefeated, and the Helena Bighorns and Texas Brahmas both dropping their first games of the season.
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Dambury 1 vs. Butte 0 – Danbury goalie Brennan Churchhill stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the month as the Jr. Hat Tricks blanked the Butte Cobras in the opening game of the NA3HL Showcase, 1-0. The lone goal of the game was scored early in the 2nd period as Danbury’s Nikita Kovalev tapped home a back door pass for the eventual game-winner. Butte’s Caleb Cross made 28 saves in the loss.
Yellowstone 7 vs. Norwich 1 – It was a dominant performance for Yellowstone in a 7-1 win over Norwich. Gustav Ostman scored twice in the Quake win. The Quake jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Tyler Hanson, Keegan Ferguson, and Jack Harris. Norwich made it 3-1 with a 2nd period goal from Caden Wurzbacher. Ostman then scored twice later in the 2nd period to make it 5-1. Logan Brown and Gabe Coppo added 3rd period goal to make it a 7-1 final. Edvin Falkenstrom made 24 saves in the win, while Brendan Pellerito made 39 saves in the loss.
Oklahoma City 6 vs. Bozeman 5 (SO) – Noah Henslee and Jakob Holley had two goals apiece to lead Oklahoma City to a 6-5 shootout win. The Ice Hawks scored twice in the 1st period on goals from Henslee and Gavin Spears and three times in the 3rd period, which included another from Henslee and two from Holley. Meanwhile, the Icedogs got goals in the 1st period from Nolan Conrad and Nick Stevens, one in the 2nd period from Bentley Simcox and two in the 3rd period from Ian Bowman. Holley also ended up with the shootout winner. Garrett Johnson made 28 saves in the win, while Collin Soderholm made 33 saves in the loss.
Willmar 6 vs. Great Falls 0 – Will Kunka stopped all 14 shots that came his way for his third straight shutout as the WarHawks handled the Americans with a 6-0 win. Willmar opened the scoring with a 1st period goal from Elbridge Dekraai. The WarHawks blew the game open in the 2nd period with three more goals from Ben Luedtke, Michael Sweetland, and Marcus Mack. In the 2nd period a second goal from Luedtke and one from Mikhail Kukareka completed the scoring. Americans goalie Zac Hattan made 41 saves in the loss.
Sheridan 5 vs. Atlanta 4 (OT) – The return of forward Blake Billings paid dividends for the Hawks as they beat Atlanta, 5-4 in overtime. Sheridan got goals in regulation from McCaffrey Billings and Derek Humphrey in the 1st period, another from Humphrey in the 2nd period and Caden McDonald in the 3rd period. Anthony O’Neal scored twice for Atlanta and Carson Holliday and Kirill Nikulichev also added goals. Billings scored the OT-winner with :19 seconds remaining in the extra frame. Patric Loeffler made 25 saves in the win, while Paul Jarvis made 29 saves in the loss.
Northeast 3 vs. Rochester 2 (OT) – The Generals kept their perfect record intact thanks to an overtime win over Rochester. The Grizzlies got on the board early in the game with a goal from Austin Meers. The Generals answered later in the period on a goal from Tyler Ramm. Northeast took their first lead of the game in the 2nd period with a goal from Cody Lambert. In the 3rd period, Rochester tied the game on a goal from Layten Liffrig. In overtime, it took just over a minute for Braeden Kennedy to net the game-winner. D’Mar McCoy made 30 saves in the win, while Kaleb Bents made 27 saves in the loss.
Minnesota 8 vs. Mid Cities 2 – Caiden Kjelstrom had four points to lead the Loons to an 8-2 win over the Stars. It was all Loons from the start as they scored six times in the 1st period to open up a 6-0 lead, which included goals from Josef Slepica, Adam Brown, Blake Keller, Jackson Dodds, Jack Keranen, and Kjelstrom. Fox Dodds added the 7th goal in the 2nd period, and Brown scored again in the 3rd period. Mid Cities goals came later in the 3rd period from Isaac Fuller and Kayd Peterson. Matthew Ryynanen made 19 saves in the win. Adler Hoagland made 7 saves in the loss.
Granite City 3 vs. Helena 0 – Lumberjacks goalie Matthew Smith posted his 4th shutout of the season as he stopped all 17 shots that came his way to lead Granite City to a 3-0 win over Helena, handing the Bighorns their first loss of the season. After a scoreless 1st period, the Lumberjacs got on the board in the 2nd period with a power play goal from Andrew Butler. In the 3rd period, goals from Carson Van Zuilen and another from Butler secured the win. Bighorns goalie Eric Buchholz made 21 saves in the loss.
St. Louis 7 vs. Louisiana 1 – Tyler Williams and Carter Eifert had two goals and an assist apiece as the Jr. Blues cruised to a 7-1 win over the Drillers. St. Louis opened up a 3-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Brayden Wilson, Jack Dapron, and Williams and never looked back. Eifert added a goal in the 2nd period to make it 4-0 and Eifert and Williams both added their second goals in the 3rd period along with a goal from Michael Kennedy to complete the scoring. Cody Compton had the lone goal for Louisiana. Brendan Cobb made 28 saves in the win, while Pavel Grishin and Brandon Keeney both played in the loss.
El Paso 8 vs. Wausau 2 – Noah Easterson had a game-high five points as the Rhinos cruised to an 8-2 win over the Cyclones. The teams were tied at 1-1 after one period with Caden Butler scoring for El Paso and Hayden Shoemake answering for Wausau. The Rhinos then exploded for six goals in the 2nd period to put the game out of reach as Jaxon Penner scored twice and Riley Hunt-Bahn, Matthew Gross, Payne Pent and Easterson also adding goals. Matthew Barnes would complete the scoring in the 3rd period, while Gage Vierzba had the other Cyclones goal. Camden Pendleton made 33 saves in the win, while Zach Dosan made 22 saves in the loss.
New Ulm 2 vs. Austin 1 – Connor Souza scored both goals for the Steel and goalie Alex Benson made 14 saves to lead New Ulm to a 2-1 win over the Ice Bats. Austin opened the scoring early in the 2nd period with a goal from Dustin Smith. New Ulm responded less than four minutes later on Souza’s first of the night. The game-winner from Souza came early in the 3rd period. Austin goalie Brandon Shantz played well in the loss, making 31 saves.
Milwaukee 5 vs New Jersey 0 - Spencer Northway had a spectacular goaltending performance, securing a 41 save shutout in Milwaukee’s 5-0 victory over the Titans. Michael Dalaly breached the deadlock in the 1st period and Ben Cremers would follow up with another goal in the 2nd. The Power would tally three more in the final period as Nate Stone, Tommy Cassel, and Riley Planey all put one past the netminder. Cassel recorded his 1st goal of the season for Milwaukee. Colin Freitas completed the game with 11 saves in the losing effort for New Jersey
Mason City 4 vs Gillette 0 - The Mason City Toros handed Gillette just their 3rd loss of the season, blanking the Wild in a 4-0 victory. Nathan Gilleshammer potted a pair of goals in the opening period to set the tone for Mason City. Later on, Carter Newpower scored his 24th goal of the season and brought his season point total to fourth place across the league. Sota Isogai added another goal to extend the lead further early in the 3rd. Owen Carlson remained sturdy between the pipes for Mason City, stopping all 27 shots in the shutout effort. Jake Turek took the loss, keeping out 36 shots.
Alexandria 4 vs Long Beach 0 - Ryan Hadland and Sean Kenny each buried a pair of goals for Alexandria in their 4-0 victory over Long Beach. Hadland scored his 1st of the night midway through the opening period, eventually being the only goal through the first 40 minutes. Kenny and Hadland would trade goals in the 3rd period, Kenny scoring twice on the powerplay and Hadland finding his 2nd of the night shorthanded. Alexandria’s Bailey Rosch had a relatively quiet night in net, completing the shutout with 13 saves. Greyson Skirpan finished the contest with 46 saves for the Sharks.
TX Brahmas 1 vs Oregon 4 - The Brahmas’ undefeated record this season would come to an end Monday night as Oregon outplayed them early in the 1st period and finished by a final score of 4-1. After just 7 minutes had passed in the 1st, Oregon had a 3-0 lead thanks to two goals from San VanderHoeven and one from Jason Tenezaca. VanderHoeven opened the scoring just 13 seconds into the contest. The Tradesmen extended their lead to four in the 2nd period as Carter Watters found the back of the net. Texas’ lone goal came in the 3rd period, Michael Imala scoring his 16th of the season on the powerplay. Anthony Adleman secured the victory between the pipes with 32 saves. Dolan Gilbert was dealt the loss making 23 stops.
Badlands 3 vs Bay State 1 - The Badlands Sabres were able to carry momentum from last week’s overtime victory into their first showcase matchup, outlasting Bay State by a final score of 3-1. The Sabres started up their offense in the 2nd period, thanks to two powerplay goals from Zach Vockler and Brady Ridnour. Midway through the final period, Bay State’s Landon Boothe lit the lamp to cut the deficit in half. Just three minutes later Derrick Brown answered Boothe’s score with another powerplay goal, as Badlands would go 3 for 4 on extra man opportunities throughout the game. Zach Broxterman secured the win between the pipes, making 20 saves. Cameron Schnopp was dealt the loss with 33 saves.
TX RoadRunners 0 vs Peoria 2 - Nahuel Veyan kept out all 19 shots that he faced to record a shutout and victory for the Mustangs against Texas. After a scoreless 1st period, Peoria’s Tristan Trudel scored on the powerplay just 32 seconds into the middle period. Later in the period Jared Wisely followed up Trudel with a goal and his 2nd point of the night, scoring from Jake Ratner and Jackson Gram. Texas netminder Hunter Hein kept the contest close as he recorded 44 saves on 46 shots in the loss.