Saturday Scores: Sweep moves Granite City closer to title
Mason City 2 @ Granite City 5 - Forward Nicholas Richert scored two goals and added an assist in Granite City’s victory over the Toros. The game remained knotted at one through the 1st period as Sota Isogai found the back of the net for Mason City and Ben Anderson tied it up for the Lumberjacks. Richert added his pair of goals and Jacob Hicks buried another for three 2nd period goals for Granite City. Mat Kochanowski scored his 3rd of the season to keep the Toros with a pair. Zak Kennett sealed it with an empty netter late in the 3rd. Xander Roberts made 15 saves between the pipes for Granite City while Erik Chaffe was dealt the loss keeping out 36.
Milwaukee 2 @ Peoria 9 - Mustangs players Jared Wisely and Jaycob Bland both potted a pair of goals to help their squad take down the Power in consecutive games. Five Peoria goals came in the opening period as Wisely scored his pair, Bland added his first, while Ryan Callahan and Jackson Gram also lit the lamp. In the final 40 minutes, the Mustangs stacked on four more as Bland found his second of the night and Justin Hubble, Ethan Chesney, and Massimo Polistina all put one past the netminder. Both Milwaukee goals came in the 1st period, Max Erstad and Michael Dalaly both buried one, Dalaly’s coming on the powerplay. Nahuel Veyan kept out 23 shots in the win while Austin Bartell and Kaden Grant shared the net for Milwaukee, Grant credited with the loss making 22 saves on 28 shots.
Long Beach 2 @ Northeast 3 (SO) - The Northeast Generals and Long Beach Sharks decided the winner of their contest in a shootout. In the first period, the Generals took a 1-0 lead with Braeden Kennedy scoring at 7:43. Long Beach answered back with Jake Weikel at 16:05. Soon after, Tyler Zembryzcki netted a goal for a Sharks 2-1 lead to end the first. In the second period Nolan Murphy scored to tie the game 2-2. After a scoreless third and overtime period, the game went into a shootout where Caiden Hess scored to win it for the Generals, 3-2.
El Paso 6 - Mid Cities 4 - The El Paso Rhinos topped the Mid Cities Jr. Stars by a final score of 6-4. In the first period, Jaxon Penner scored to get the Rhinos ahead 1-0. Soon after, Mid Cities Diego Pitzer scored to even the game 1-1. El Paso took the lead back after scoring back to back goals as the first came from Zachary Ware and Matthew Barnes. Nearing the end of the period, Blake Lind scored to get the score 3-2. Rhinos netted a goal early in the 2nd from Matthew Banres to make the score 4-2. After that, Blake Lind scored for a 4-3 score. In the final frame, Mid Cities Michael Kennedy scored a minute in for a 5-3 score. After that, Matthew Gross scored to make the game 5-4. The Rhinos would get a late goal to seal the win, 6-4 with Riley Hunt-Bahn.
Norwich 2 @ Bay State 3 (OT) - The Bay State Bobcats and Norwich Sea Captains went to overtime for a game deciding winner. In the first period, Norwich scored for a 1-0 lead after Brian Essing scored at 10:51. In the second Bay State evened it up 1-1 with Will Cormie assisted by Landon Boothe and Matt Schirm. The Bobcats added another goal to take the lead at 15:06 with Ryan Janik. The Sea Captains evened the game in the third with Cam Hutlin scoring his third of the year. In the overtime period, Will Cornie of Bay State netted the goal just 32-seconds in for the 3-2 win.
New Jersey 0 @ Danbury 8 - The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks shutout the New Jersey Titans by a final score of 8-0. In the first the Hat Tricks took a 2-0 lead after Nikitia Kovalev scored twice. In the second, Jacob Deitsch, Dylan Walker and Daniel Khatib all scored. In the third, Nikita Kovalev netted the hat-trick goal plus another for four on the night, and Nick Rogers scored. Brennan Churchill earned the win between the pipes stopping all 30 shots he faced.
Austin 3 @ Atlanta 5 - The Atlanta Capitals topped the Austin Ice Bats by a final score of 5-3. Austin came out of the first period with a 2-1 lead, but Madison evened the game up in the second period 2-2. In the third period, Kaleb Miller and Anthony O’Neal scored to get the Capitals aehad 4-2. Austin answered back with a goal from Dominic Towes, but it was not enough as Kaleb Miller scored gain for a final score of 5-3.
St. Louis 1 @ Rochester 5 - The game remained tied at one a piece but Rochester poured on three goals in the 2nd to beat the Jr. Blues and take the weekend sweep. 1:15 into the 1st period, Michael Gakhutishvili scored for St. Louis to take the early lead. Cole Gibson answered for the Grizzlies halfway through the 1st with his 10th of the season. Luke Morrisette, Kyle Bauer, and Noah Roitman all found the back of the net to give Rochester a comfortable lead heading into the 3rd. Just 36 seconds into the final period, Noah Roitman buried his 6th of the year to seal up the victory. Nikola Goich was nearly perfect in net for Rochester, keeping out 25 of 26. Ethan Jouden made 56 saves in the loss.
Louisiana 3 @ TX Brahmas 4 (OT) - The Brahmas snagged the victory at home as Andrew Kungle found the overtime winner 1:53 into the extra period. Louisiana took a two goal lead early in the contest as Frank Steinway and Bobby Hoskins found 1st period goals. Jungle found the back of the net in the 2nd period to draw within one and Blake Rothstein tied things up midway through the 3rd. Cody Compton scored his 1st of the season to retake the lead for Louisiana but Erik Vrkoc brought the game back to even with just 1:39 remaining in regulation. Dolan Gilbert grabbed the victory in net with 27 saves. Brandon Keeney took the overtime loss making 45 stops.
Willmar 2 @ Wausau 1 (OT) - Max Cohen scored his 5th of the season 2:46 into overtime to help Willmar take down the Cyclones and even the weekend series. Will Anderson scored early in the 1st period from netminder Cooper Olson to give the WarHawks a lead after one. Late in the middle period, Cullen Moehring tied the game with assists by Gage Vierzba and CJ Zins. Cooper Olson kept out 30 shots in the win while Zach Dosan stopped 31 shots.
Alexandria 5 @ New Ulm 2 - Alex Heidenreich had an outstanding performance for the Blizzard, scoring four goals to lead Alexandria past the Steel 5-2. Heidenreich scored half of his goals in the 1st to give the visitors a 2-1 lead after one. Gus Cantwell scored on the powerplay for New Ulm to keep the deficit at one. Ryan Hadland and Heidenrich both found 2nd period goals to extend the lead to two. Zach Dalzell scored a 2nd period goal for the Steel. Heidenreich sealed the victory in the 3rd with a powerplay goal. Bailey Rosch stopped 17 shots in the victory while Nolan Lacosse took the loss making 44 saves.
Minnesota 1 @ Oregon 3 - Sam VanderHoeven potted a pair of goals for Oregon to give them the win and weekend sweep over the Loons. VanderHoeven opened the scoring with a goal late in the 1st but Blake Keller would answer 45 seconds later for the Loons to keep the game tied through one period. Dillon Schmidt scored early into the middle period to retake the Oregon lead. VanderHoeven scored his second goal in the 3rd and his 35th of the season to provide insurance for the Tradesmen. Fred Roufs kept out 26 of 27 in the blue paint for Oregon. Matthew Ryynanen had a great effort for the Loons, saving 71 of 74 in the loss.
Yellowstone 1@ Gillette 9 - Declan Young scored himself a hat trick for the Wild in their 9-1 dominant victory over Yellowstone. Nine Gillette skaters had multiple points in the victory, highlighted by Tucker Lien who tucked two goals and dished a pair and Caleb Sanborn who scored and assisted on three goals. Yellowstone’s goal came six minutes into the 2nd on the powerplay, scored by Jack Harris. Jake Turek made 14 saves between the pipes for Gillette. Cole Eastman and Edvin Falkenstrom shared time in Yellowstone’s crease, Falkenstrom taking the loss stopping 40 of 45 shots.
Bozeman 0 @ Helena 7 - Aidan Wright stopped all 27 shots he faced in Helena’s convincing Saturday night win over Bozeman. Bighorns forwards Liam Bland and Tylor Greene each scored and dished a pair of assists. Tyler Bloom also buried two goals in the victory. Samuel Feamster contributed assists on three goals. Collin Soderholm and Cameron Milewski shared time between the pipes for Bozeman combining for 54 saves.
Badlands 3 @ Great Falls 7 - The Americans grabbed their 3rd straight victory with a high-scoring take down of the Sabres. Thomas Gazich and Bryson Fletcher both scored two goals and dished two assists. Blake Nerney also added a goal and two assists in the contest. Five other Great Falls skaters found the points sheet. Badlands goals came twice from Teddy Wilebski and Brady Ridnour also buried one. Ben Winkler made 48 saves on 51 shots for the Americans while Brooks McLean took the loss stopping 73 shots.