RoadRunners, Lumberjacks complete three-win weekends
Atlanta 2 @ TX RoadRunners 8: Eitan Geralnik scored a hat trick in the RoadRunners dominant 8-2 win over Atlanta. Geralnik, Derek Boutin, and Tim Marsico all found the back of the net in the 1st to give Texas an early lead. Dominic Mangiapane, Zach Giblin, and Geralnik added more goals to extend the lead in the 2nd. In the final period, Samuel Bourdon and Geralnik both potted a goal for good measure. Atlanta’s goals both came in the 2nd period, each scored by forward Anthony O'Neal. Hunter Hein secured the victory with 32 saves in net. Paul Jarvis and Coleman Garnier shared time in net for Atlanta, Garnier taking the loss with 26 saves on 31 shots.
Granite City 5 @ Willmar 1: The Lumberjacks held Willmar to just one goal Sunday to continue their win streak and take the series sweep on the road. Brock Masseth, Zak Kennett, and Ben Anderson all found the back of the net in the first for Granite City, Anderson’s goal coming on the powerplay. Jeremiah Konkel put the WarHawks on the board in the 2nd, assists coming from Brady O'Brien and Ethan Hawes. Brett Reed and Nicholas Richert each lit the lamp to extend the lead and put a seal on the victory. Quentin Sigurdson took the win making 23 saves. Will Kunka made 41 saves in the loss.
New Jersey 1 @ Long Beach 7: The Sharks scored 5 goals in the 2nd period in their emphatic victory over the Titans. After a scoreless opening period, Tyler Zembrzycki and Jake Weikel both potted a pair of goals in the 2nd. Ryo Yamamoto added another tally for Long Beach to add on to the lead. Zembrzycki found his hat trick in the 3rd with another bury. Jace Koenigsmark scored 7:50 into the 2nd period for New Jersey’s lone goal. Ryo Murakami secured the victory between the pipes with only 10 saves. Logan Hensley and Donovan Alfama shared time in net for the Titans, Alfama being credited with the loss making 21 saves on 24 shots.
Peoria 3 @ St. Louis 0: Peoria blanked the Jr. Blues Sunday to cap off the series sweep on the road. After a scoreless opening period Perry Lagatuz, Massimo Polistina, and Hubert Guzy all put one past the netminder to give Peoria a comfortable lead. No more goals were scored in the contest, Joe Ambroffi securing the shutout stopping all 28 shots he faced. Brendan Cobb had a strong performance in net for St. Louis, making 49 saves.
El Paso 12 @ Austin 1: The Rhinos continued their weekend dominance over Austin, scoring twelve goals while holding the Ice Bats to a single goal. Thirteen skaters found the points sheet for El Paso, Caden Butler burying a hat trick while Noah Easterson potted a pair of goals and dished three assists. Matthew Gross also had four assists in the victory. Dustin Smith scored the lone Austin goal to break the shutout. Camden Pendleton made 22 saves in the win while Sebastian Skarzenski stopped 71 of 83.
Danbury 4 @ Bay State 1 – Three goals in just under four minutes helped paced the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks to a 4-1 victory over the Bay State Bobcats. After Will Stone scored his first goal of the season to give Bay State the early lead, the Jr. Hat Tricks responded with goals from Dylan Walker, Antonioo Felidi and Ivan Kovalev to take a 3-1 lead after the opening frame. Seth Beagle chipped in a goal late in the win while Lorenzo Rossi finished the night with 49 saves. Bay State goaltenders Cameron Schnopp stopped 28 shots.
Louisiana 4 @ Oklahoma City 6 – Robby Rabroker led the Ice Hawks with two goals and an assist as Oklahoma City beat Louisiana 6-4. Avery Pittman, Richard Indermill and Ben Mullen each tallied a goal and an assist in the win while. Noah Henslee also found the back of the net in the victory. Jack Lambert had a goal and two helpers for the Drillers while Mason Wilbur, Josh Hrip, Thomas Mougin all lit the lamp for Louisiana. Blake Sprow earned the win making 25 saves while Brandon Keeney took the loss as he made 37 stops.
Great Falls 3 @ Bozeman 1 – Micah Serino scored with just over three minutes left to give the Great Falls Americans a 3-1 win over the Bozeman Icedogs. Thomas Gazich got Great Falls on the board first with his 14th of the season but Liam Massie tied things up in the second with a power play tally. Then came Serino’s heroics before Gazich added his second of the night, an empty netter. Will Simpson was nearly perfect as he turned aside 25 of 26 shots he faced while Collin Soderholm finished with 36 saves in the loss for Bozeman.