Saturday Scores: Gross has big night in Rhinos win
New Ulm 0 @ Mason City 6: After a postponed Friday night matchup between the two teams, the Toros kept New Ulm scoreless to capture their 3rd straight victory. Shota Kaneko buried a goal and dished three assists while Nik Howell, Jett Arminen, and Rex Staudacher also found the back of the net. Owen Carlson kept out all 26 in the shutout. Zach Foster stopped 27 in net for New Ulm.
El Paso 16 @ Austin 0: Matthew Gross had an outstanding five goals in El Paso’s victory over the Ice Bats. Matthew Barnes scored twice and recorded five points in the win. Zachary Ware buried a hat trick. Caden Butler also tallied a goal and seven assists. Twelve skaters combined for a total of 47 points. In the blue paint, Camden Pendleton had a quiet 13 save shutout. On the other end, Sebastian Skarzenski kept out 74 of 90 shots faced for Austin.
Wausau 6 @ Milwaukee 5: Wesley Coquet buried the game winner with 60 seconds left in regulation to give Wausau the edge over the Power. A busy 1st period saw the Cyclones coming on top 3-1 with a goal from Hayden Shoemake and a pair of goals from Gage Vierzba. Milwaukee’s Ben Cremers kept it within reach with a shortie halfway through the period. In the 2nd Milwaukee powered back with three goals of their own as Konrad Clements, Michael Dalaly, and Easton Nick. Nolan Gifford and Cullen Moehring buried goals to retain the lead for Wausau. Mason Ausmus would tally the tying goal early, but Coquet’s goal put Wausau in the driver’s seat. Zach Dosan took home the victory with 36 saves. Spencer Northway and Austin Bartell each spent time in net for Milwaukee, Bartell taking the relief loss with 9 saves on 10 shots.
Danbury 3 @ Long Beach 2 (SO): Nick Rogers and Nikita Kovalev both capitalized on their shootout attempts to give Danbury the extra time victory. Danbury’s Nick Rogers broke the deadlock 11:39 into the 1st, his 15th of the season. Dylan Harbour answered for the Sharks in the 2nd from Tyler Zembrzycki. The teams traded goals again in the 3rd, Reese Tamburo scoring for the Jr. Hat Tricks and Ryo Yamamoto burying for the visitors. Brennan Churchill secured the win with 28 stops. Greyson Skirpan took the shootout loss with 36 saves.
Louisiana 5 @ Oklahoma City 8: Noah Henslee and Robby Rabroker both scored hat tricks Saturday night, combining for 7 goals in Oklahoma’s offensive bout vs the Drillers. The Ice Hawks held a lead the entire contest, opening with five consecutive goals. Avery Pittman scored the other goal for OKC. For Louisiana, goals came from Chris Littlefield, Martins Leps, Jack Lambert, Anderson O'Connor, and Timothy Miller. Nathan Hadley made 15 saves for the Ice Hawks, while Pavel Grishin and Brandon Keeney combined for 26 in the loss.
Atlanta 2 @ TX RoadRunners 5: The RoadRunners scored a goal in all three periods to beat Atlanta and inch closer to the Brahmas in the South Division. Matthew Edestrand, Samuel Bourdon, and Jaron Ketterman each lit the lamp, Ketterman potting one shorthanded. Nico Corsaro and Ethan Sodoma also scored their first goals of the season to contribute to the victory. The Capitals’ goals came from Anthony O'Neal and Kaleb Miller, both their 15th of the season. Alexander Opalacz recorded 33 saves for Texas, Hudgel Selk taking the loss while keeping out 45.
Oregon 2 @ Rochester 6: The Grizzlies continue their dominance in the Central division, holding Oregon to just two goals in the convincing victory. After Sam VanderHoeven scored the first of the game for the Tradesmen, Rochester scored four unanswered with goals from Austin Meers, Noah Roitman, Justin Wright, and Luke Morrisette. Jason Tenezaca broke the streak with a goal in the 3rd but Max Breon and Cole Gibson would answer with goals to seal the game. Between the pipes, Nikola Goich was victorious with 21 saves while Ian Hedican and Anthony Adleman combined for 23 stops for Oregon.
Minnesota 1 @ Willmar 8: Patrick Wyers scored four to contribute to Willmar’s dominant victory over the Loons at home. Twelve Willmar skaters found the points sheet while holding Minnesota to just a goal. Notable performances came from Collin Kerchoff who dished three helpers as well as Elbridge Dekraai and Anthony Foster who buried a goal and assisted twice. Cooper Olson’s shutout was broken up by Kyler Couture who scored late in the middle period. Olson had 12 saves, while Owen Reeve kept out 47 in the loss.
Alexandria 2 @ Granite City 5: The Lumberjacks continued their win streak across the league, thanks to a two goal performance from Zak Kennett and two point performances from Cory Warner and Tucker Skime. Granite City scored three times in the opening period after dropping the first goal and wouldn’t allow the Blizzard to come back. Ben Anderson was the other goal scorer. The pair of goals scored by Alexandria were from Kaden Peterson and Ryan Hadland. Xander Roberts made 19 saves in the win. Andrew Tuttle kept out 44 shots in the loss
Yellowstone 4 @ Butte 3: After dropping a three goal lead to the Cobras, Keegan Ferguson scored with 18 seconds remaining in regulation to give Yellowstone a bounceback victory in the weekend series. Cameron Deforest opened the contest with a pair of goals in the 1st period and Jaxon Call added another one in the final minute before 1st intermission. David Hanny scored Butte’s 1st of the game in the middle period and Nick Bradshaw and Fabian Vik both tallied 3rd period goals to tie the game. Edvin Falkenstrom snagged the victory in net with 54 saves. Braylon Rogers and Dale Pfannenstein combined for 48 saves for the Cobras.
Helena 3 @ Gillette 4 (OT): The Gillette Wild were able to take the overtime victory over Helena thanks to Tristan Baker’s goal 4:29 into the period. After Tylor Greene provided an early lead for the Bighorns in the 1st period, Gillette scored three consecutive from Declan Young, Zack Slinger, and Carson Kuche, Kuche scoring shorthanded. Helena scored twice in the 3rd period to even the scores as Branwen Pollett and Johnathan Peterson each tickled the twine. Jack Orchard took the victory with 37 saves while Eric Buchholz made 51 stops in the overtime loss.
Sheridan 3 @ Badlands 7: The Sabres completed a series sweep over Sheridan thanks to four unanswered goals in the 3rd period. The two teams traded goals back and forth all the way up to Badlands’ four consecutive. McCaffrey Billings, Caden McDonald, and Parker Norling all put one past the goaltender for Sheridan. Brady Ridnour, Carter Merritt, and Derrick Brown had answers for the Sabres. The four consecutive goals came from Seth Stock, Zach Vockler, Ridnour, and Rhodes Buffalo. Maxim Currie kept out 30 shots in the win while Thomas Kursicak was credited with the loss making 36 saves on 43 shots. Patric Loeffler also spent time between the pipes for Sheridan, stopping all five shots faced.
Bozeman 5 @ Great Falls 4 (SO): Bozeman’s Bentley Simcox succeeded on his shootout attempt in the 5th round to give them the victory over Great Falls on the road. The game was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, Makhai Sparks scoring for the Icedogs and Daniel Crutcher finding a goal for Great Falls. Six goals were scored between the two teams in the 2nd period to bring the game to 4-4 before extra time. Thomas Gazich potted a pair of goals and Hunter Maschke lit the lamp for the Americans. Sparks scored his 2nd of the game while Nate Brunelle and Cole Busher also found the back of the net for Bozeman. Cameron Milewski kept out 38 shots in regulation and stopped all shootout attempts to take the victory. Zac Hattan and Will Simpson combined for 42 saves in net for the Americans, Simpson being dealt the shootout loss.
Peoria 4 @ St. Louis 1: The Mustangs took the first game of two this weekend over St. Louis, largely contributed by two powerplay goals from Tristan Trudel. Trudel broke the deadlock with the only goal in the opening period. Thomas Kayner and Perry Lagatuz added goals in the 2nd period to extend the lead. Trudel found his 2nd five minutes into the 2nd and St. Louis’ Jack Sumner scored late in the 3rd to get the Jr. Blues on the board. Nahuel Veyan secured the victory with 20 saves. Espen Reager made a valiant effort, stopping 43 shots for St. Louis.