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West Division success highlights final day of NA3HL Showcase

December 23, 2021

Justin Wasvick had five points during the NA3HL Showcase to lead Alexandria to three wins.

The 2021 NA3HL Showcase concluded on Wednesday, December 22nd with the final 17 games of the event.

The success of the West Division was one of the main stories at this year's Showcase. There were also three more shutouts on Wednesday, brining the event total to 15 shutouts out of 51 games. Wednesday also saw over half the games decided by three goals or less.

Over 100 scouts from the NCAA, NAHL, and ACHA checked in throughout the three days.

Final Division Records

West: 17-1-0

Frontier: 12-10-2

Central: 9-8-1

South: 8-15-1

East: 5-11-2

Wednesday Box Scores

Day 3 Recaps

Texas 2 vs Helena 4: Helena handed the Brahmas their 3rd consecutive loss of the showcase, coming out on top in a final score of 4-2. Bighorn forward Tyler Bloom scored twice in the contest, including the game-tying goal in the 2nd period. Corbin Skinner and Taber Gutschick also lit the lamp for Helena. Texas’ goals were scored by Aleksandr Gamzatov and Joey Carollo, Carollo also contributing a primary assist. Eric Buchholz secured the victory between the pipes with 20 saves. Dolan Gilbert was dealt the loss with 25 stops. 

Norwich 3 vs Mid Cities 4: Jr. Stars forward Ilnur Madiarov found the back of the net 30 seconds into the overtime period to win it for Mid Cities 4-3. Norwich had the lead through the first 20 minutes as Caden Wurzbacher scored 16 minutes in. Late in the middle period Colton Sebastian lit the lamp to tie things up through two. The teams scored two a piece in the 3rd to carry the contest into overtime. Norwich’s final period goals came from Drew Schemmel and Wilkie Cook. For the Jr. Stars William Wood and Josh Field each tickled the twine, Field scoring his first of the season. In net, Quillon Bowman took the victory with 39 saves. Alex Tsymbalyuk was handed the overtime loss with 30 stops. 

Sheridan 5 vs Bay State 2: Blake Billings potted a pair of goals and added an assist to help the Hawks take down Bay State 5-2. Sheridan Forwards Mason Friedricks and Derek Humphrey also provided multiple points in the victory,  Friedricks contributing a goal and three assists and Humphrey adding a goal and two helpers. Bay State’s goals came twice from forward Tima Basarab, both unassisted and one shorthanded. In the blue paint, Thomas Kuriscak took the victory, making 36 saves in the process. Ben Di Fiore was dealt the loss with 35 saves on 40 shots. 

Danbury 4 vs Oklahoma City 0: Netminder Brennan Churchill stopped all 32 shots he faced to secure a shutout victory over Oklahoma City. On the other end Danbury’s offense could not be slowed down, scoring goals in all three periods. Dylan Walker broke the deadlock just under 8 minutes into the 1st, Danil Khatib following him up with a goal early in the 2nd. Jacob Deitsch and Nick Rogers scored a pair of goals to extend the lead and put the finishing touches on the Ice Hawks. Nathan Hadley was in net for Oklahoma City, stopping 25 shots in the losing effort. 

Badlands 2 vs Louisiana 1: Trailing by a goal after 40 minutes of play, the Sabres’ Kael Delzer potted a pair of goals exactly a minute apart to provide a 2-1 comeback victory for Badlands. Louisiana’s Timothy Miller scored on the powerplay 4:13 into the 2nd period to provide the Drillers their only lead. Shots were 24 to 14 in favor of Louisiana, as Brooks McLean took the win with 23 saves. Pavel Grishin stopped 12 in the loss. 

Gillette 3 vs Long Beach 1: The Gillette Wild took down Long Beach to get their first win of the showcase, highlighted by a two goal performance from Isaac Young. Young scored the first of the contest midway through the opening period, with Long Beach’s Ryo Yamamoto answering him with a goal two seconds before period break. From then on it was all Gillette, Nate Fanning scoring in the 2nd period and Young scoring his second of the game in the final period. In net, Jake Turek secured the victory with 24 stops. Greyson Skirpan was handed the loss making 31 saves. 

Northeast 2 vs TX RoadRunners 6: The Texas RoadRunners got their first victory in the showcase, taking down Northeast by a final score of 6-2. The pinnacles of the RoadRunners offense were Jaron Ketterman and Eitan Geralnik who each recorded three points in the win. Matthew Edestrand and Jack Herron each recorded their 10th goal of the season in the game against Northeast. For the Generals, both goals came in the middle period scored by Tyler Ramm and Payton Felix. Hunter Hein stood tall in net for Texas, making 35 saves in the contest. D’Mar McCoy took the loss, completing the afternoon with 25 saves. 

Bozeman 1 vs El Paso 5: The Rhinos held Bozeman to just one goal in their dominant 5-1 victory. Five different skaters lit the lamp for El Paso, Caden Butler opening up the scores in the 1st with a goal. Connor Thompson and Riley Hunt-Bahn both potted a goal in the 2nd; Payne Pent and Noah Easterson found more insurance goals in the 3rd. Thompson and Pent also dished a helper for the Rhinos. Wesley Rees scored the lone Bozeman goal midway through the 2nd period. Camden Pendleton was sturdy between the pipes for El Paso, stopping 32 shots in the victory. Bozeman netminder Collin Soderholm made 39 saves. 

New Jersey 2 vs Great Falls 6: Jackson Henningsgard buried a pair of goals in Great Falls’ victory over New Jersey. Henningsgard, Thomas Gazich, Tyler Sunagel, and Jay Alford each recorded points in back to back showcase games for the Americans, using momentum from Tuesday’s victory over Mid Cities. Silas Hughes also recorded a goal in the victory. For the Titans, Roland Ponechal and Joey Mataviesko each found the back of the net to give New Jersey hope. Ben Winkler was the victor between the pipes, stopping 18 shots in the contest. Tyrus Pratley and Colin Freitas each spent time in net for New Jersey, Pratley credited with the loss making 58 saves on 63 shots. 

Atlanta 5 vs Yellowstone 2: Nick Jameus recorded a goal and three assists in Atlanta’s victory over the Quake. Eight skaters recorded points in the Capitals victory with Nick Mumford and Dylan Zier also having multiple point performances. Yellowstone found a way past Atlanta’s netminder Paul Jarvis twice, with Gabe Coppo and Jack Harris being credited with the goals. Jarvis made 42 saves against the Quake whilst taking home the victory. In the other net, Cole Eastman completed the contest with 38 stops. 

Butte 6 vs Austin 2: Luke Schleusner recorded a hat trick and dished a helper in Butte’s dominant win over the Bruins. Butte’s offensive surge started early, scoring three in the 1st period with two from Schleusner and another from Nick Bradshaw. Bradshaw found another goal early in the 2nd and Mario Mendez who would put Austin on the board minutes later in the middle period. Austin’s Maddox Hoff scored early in the 3rd to close the deficit but Schleusner would score his third and Tamer Billman added another for Butte to close out the contest. Nikolai Wallery took the victory in the blue paint, making 22 saves. Trace Wiles and Brandon Shantz spent time in net for Austin, Wiles being credited with the loss with 18 saves on 22 shots. 

New Ulm 4 vs Milwaukee 1: New Ulm held the Milwaukee offense to just one goal and had four skaters found the twine in their last game of the showcase. Charlie Olson scored the lone goal in the 1st to put the Steel up through 20 minutes. Conner Souza scored another for New Ulm in the 2nd but on the powerplay Milwaukee would draw closer with a goal from Nate Stone. Less than two minutes into the final period, Landen Schwantes extended the New Ulm lead on the powerplay and Ryler Schelle sealed the game late with an empty netter. Nolan Lacosse made 23 saves for New Ulm and Milwaukee’s Anthony Maiorca kept out 20 shots in the loss. 

Mason City 4 vs Oregon 1: Carter Newpower scored on a penalty shot and the eventual game winning goal for Mason City. The Toros’ Jack Campion broke the deadlock in the 1st period with his 22nd goal of the season. Oregon’s Abe Laggis answered with a goal 42 seconds into the middle period. Newpower, Rex Staudacher, and Nik Howell would score three consecutive in Mason City’s favor to take down the Tradesmen. Owen Carlson was nearly perfect, recording 29 saves in the victory. Ian Hedican made 34 stops for Oregon. 

Alexandria 5 vs Wausau 3: Tied through 58 minutes of regulation play, Alexandria’s Sean Kenny scored on the powerplay to help the Blizzard edge past Wausau before extra time. The Blizzard scored three unanswered to begin the game with goals from Ethan Moerke, Justin Wasvick, and Kaden Peterson. The Cyclones rallied back with three goals of their own as Cullen Moehring, CJ Zins, and Gage Vierzba each lit the lamp. Following Kenny’s go-ahead goal, Zachary DeMarce would score another with 40 seconds left in regulation to seal the victory. Bailey Rosch kept out 25 shots for Alexandria while Mitch Miscevich made 39 saves for Wausau. 

Willmar 2 vs Peoria 0: Will Pinney stopped all 29 shots fired in his direction as the Willmar WarHawks completed the showcase sweep by defeating the Peoria Mustangs 2-0. It was the third consecutive shutout for the WarHawks. Ben Luedtke and Anthony Foster each had a goal and an assist for Willmar. Joe Ambroffi stopped 27 of 29 shots for the Mustangs in the loss.

Granite City 3 vs Rochester 2: In maybe the most anticipated matchup of the entire NA3HL Showcase, the Granite City Lumberjacks and Rochester Grizzlies did not disappoint. Tal Halliday gave the Jacks the first lead of the game as he netted his eighth goal of the season. Cole Gibson tied the game at one goal apiece in the early minutes of the second period but Ben Anderson gave the Lumberjacks the lead back midway through the second. Luke Morrisette got Rochester even again but it was Halliday who scored his second of the night on the power play and eventually gave the Lumberjacks a 3-2 win. With the victory, Granite City increased their winning streak to 22 games. Matthew Smith remained perfect on the season by turning aside 23 shots while Zach Wiese stopped 22 of 25 shots.

Minnesota 2 vs St. Louis 0: The Minnesota Loons won their third consecutive game of the showcase as they blanked the St. Louis Jr. Blues by a score of 2-0. Fox Dodds netted his third goal of the season while Adam Brown continued his hot week with his seventh goal of the event. Owen Reeve notched his first shutout of the season as he denied all 35 shots fired in his direction. Brendan Cobb was fantastic in his own right for the Jr. Blues, he finished with 48 saves on the afternoon.

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