Saturday Scores: Drillers stay alive for playoff spot
Mid Cities 0 @ Louisiana 8: Louisiana blanked the Jr. Stars 3-0 and took them down in consecutive nights without allowing a goal. Ten different skaters found the points sheet in the victory, highlighted by a hat trick and four point performance from Josh Hrip. Mark Kurliandchyk found a goal and dished four assists and Frank Steinway added a goal and three assists. Tyler Walker, Michael Harrel and Ian McGrath were the other goal scorers. Pavel Grishin picked up the shutout keeping out all 16 shots that he faced. Quillon Bowman made 44 saves for the Jr. Stars.
Yellowstone 2 @ Badlands 0: Edvin Falkenstrom stopped all 57 shots that came at him to record an impressive shutout and give Yellowstone the victory. After a scoreless 1st period, Tyler Hanson broke the deadlock on the powerplay 2:12 into the middle period. Gustov Ostman followed him up with his 18th of the season to double the lead. Gabe Coppo recorded assists on both of the goals. Maxim Currie made 16 saves in the loss.
Oregon 6 @ St. Louis 4: Defenseman Gunnar Schiffman scored a pair of goals in the 2nd period and tallied three points to help the Tradesmen take down St. Louis and grab the weekend series sweep. St. Louis took the 1st lead as Cameron Gillen scored early in the opening period. Jason Tenezaca and Jack Summer both found the back of the net for Oregon, giving them a one-goal lead after 20 minutes. Schiffman’s pair of goals in the 2nd helped extend the lead but the Jr. Blues fought back to tie the game in the 3rd. Gus Immken lit the lamp and John Dapron buried a pair to bring those scores even. With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Carter Watters and Carter Stobb both scored crucial goals to seal the win. Anthony Adleman made 37 saves for the Tradesmen while Ethan Jourden made 31 saves in the loss.
Northeast 3 @ Long Beach 1: The Generals secured the weekend sweep over Long Beach, holding them to just one goal Saturday night on the road. Nathan Gilleshammer and Tyler Ramm each tickled twine in the 1st period to provide a quick lead for Northeast. Jake Weikel cut the lead in the half with a powerplay goal early in the 2nd period but Gilleshammer would answer him with another goal before the end of the period. Mason Joseph was stellar in between the pipes for Northeast, keeping out all but one of 35 shots that came at him. Ryo Murakami made 26 saves in the loss.
Austin 1 @ TX RoadRunners 9: Six RoadRunners skaters found the back of the net and Tyler Singpradith got himself a hat trick in their convincing victory over the Ice Bats. Eitan Geralnik, Kyle Portlock, Singpradith, and Tyler Love all had scores in the opening period to extend the lead early. In the middle frame, Singpradith found a pair to secure the hat trick and Samuel Bourdon added another to further the lead. Derek Boutin, and Geralnik were the goal scorers for Texas in the 3rd. Austin’s lone goal came in the 3rd period as Jaylen Mendez scored his fourth of the year to break up the shutout. Hunter Hein made 16 stops for the RoadRunners while Elias Kyrola and Trace Wiles shared net time for Austin, combining for 65 saves.
TX Brahmas 6 @ Atlanta 1: Brandon Shantz was nearly perfect in net for the Brahmas, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced and powering the Brahmas past Atlanta. Carson Holliday scored for the Capitals and Aleksandr Gamzatov buried one for the Brahmas to keep the score even through one period. Cameron Colberg and Gion Coray both buried in the 2nd to take over the lead. In the 3rd, it was all Texas’ offense as Gamzatov, Gion Coray, and Blake Rothstein all tickled twine. Paul Jarvis saved 27 of 33 in the loss.
Rochester 3 @ Peoria 2 (OT): Ben Oakland found his 3rd goal of the year 2:01 into the extra period to lift the Grizzlies past Peoria in thrilling fashion. After a scoreless 1st, Jared Wisely gave the Mustangs the opening lead late in the middle frame. Luke Morrisette evened the scores on the powerplay in the 3rd period, Jackson Gram retook the lead for Peoria, and Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth re-tied the game with 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Nikola Goich secured the victory with 18 saves. Nahuel Veyan took the shootout loss stopping 20 of 23 shots.
New Jersey 1 @ Bay State 4: Forward Brian Woak potted a pair of goals and dished an assist to help push the Bobcats past New Jersey and grab the series sweep. Landon Boothe gave Bay State a quick lead with the lone goal scored in the 1st period. Woak scored his pair of goals in the middle period but New Jersey’s Brian Lupo kept it a two goal game with his 8th of the season. In the final frame, Jace Desmarais found the back of the net six minutes in to add the insurance goal and help seal the victory. Ben Di Fiore had a fantastic goaltending performance, keeping out all but one of 36 shots faced in the victory. Colin Freitas made 31 saves for the Titans.
Mason City 7 @ Alexandria 2: Mason City powered past the Blizzard on the road Saturday night, highlighted by a hat trick performance from Cullen Hogan. Luke Robertson and Hogan both buried goals in the 1st period for the visitors. Hogan added a pair in the 2nd to secure the hat trick and Ryan Kaspar added another to widen the gap. Ethan Moerke gave Alexandria life with a 2nd period goal. In the final period, Ethan Peterson and Andrew Ralston each scored for the victors while Alexandria’s Matt McIntyre buried his 19th of the year to increase their tally to two goals. Owen Carlson saved 37 for the Toros while Bailey Rosch stopped 23 of 30 for the Blizzard.
Minnesota 0 @ Willmar 5: The WarHawks found the back of the net four times in the 1st period in their convincing victory over Minnesota. Blake Keller, Ben Luedtke, Michael Sweetland, and Anthony Foster were the opening period goal scorers. After a scoreless 2nd, Patrick Wyers gave Willmar their 5th goal of the night with his 21st of the season. Jeremiah Konkel and Nickita Moiseev also added a pair of assists en route to victory. Will Kunka snagged the shutout, stopping a mere 11 shots. Matthew Ryynanen was dealt the loss keeping out 52 of 57 shots that came at him.
Milwaukee 4 @ Wausau 5: Dominick Bourdon’s goal 13:01 into the final period helped Wausau see past the Power in a close battle on home ice. The game remained tied after one period as Easton Stick and Luke Anderson each scored for their respective squads. Zac Maupin added a pair of goals and Anderson buried another in the middle frame for the Cyclones. Milwaukee tallied three goals in the 2nd as well to keep things tied, goals coming from Max Erstad, Matthew Ebersole, and Connor O’Neal. Zach Dosan was the victor between the pipes, finishing the night with 28 saves. Spencer Northway made 40 saves for the Power.
New Ulm 3 @ Granite City 7: Forward Brett Reed recorded a hat trick and four point performance to lift the Lumberjacks past New Ulm and keep their impressive win streak alive. Lahoussine Salama buried early in the 1st to give the Steel the first lead. Reed answered before period break with his 1st of the game. In the middle frame, Tal Halliday, Bjorn Jorgenson, and Reed all lit the lamp to give Granite City a strong lead. Gus Cantwell kept the deficit at two with a goal in the 2nd for New Ulm. Andrew Butler, Reed, and Joe Greniuk helped seal the victory with 3rd period goals while Salama added his second of the contest for the visitors. Xander Roberts grabbed the win making 11 saves. Nolan Lacosse completed the night keeping out 31 of 38 shots he faced.
Gillette 4 @ Butte 1: The Wild improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games after holding Butte to a goal and defeating them on the road. Isaac Young broke the deadlock early in the 1st period with his 21st of the season. Brock Trboyevich and Tucker Lien tallied goals in the 2nd period for Gillete, but Jonathan Schoof kept the deficit to just two goals heading into the 3rd with his 1st of the season for the Cobras. Declan Young added an insurance goal in the 3rd to help near him closer to the 50 goal mark. Jake Turek made an impressive 48 saves on 49 shots in the win. Caleb Cross stopped 71 shots for Butte.
Great Falls 2 @ Helena 7: A dominant four goal 3rd period by the Bighorns helped Helena power past Great Falls and grab the weekend sweep. Helena held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes thanks to a goal from Gavyn Galloway. Thomas Gazich tied the game but TJ Norris and Samuel Feamster each lit the lamp for the Bighorns to retain the lead. In the final frame, Adam Harvey and Feamster both tickled twine while TJ Norris added a pair to put the game out of rreach. Micah Serino brought Great Falls’ goal tally to two midway through the period. Eric Buccholz made 36 saves for the Bighorns while Zac Hattan completed the night with 53 saves.
Sheridan 4 @ Bozeman 5: Wesley Rees scored the decisive goal 19:23 into the 3rd period to help Bozeman edge past the Hawks. Bozeman held a lead through one period as Liam Massie opened the scoring. Parker Norling evened the scores midway through the middle frame, a 1-1 score that would carry into the 3rd. Norling, Nathan Awoyemi, and Mason Friedrichs all scored for the visitors in the 3rd. Williamson potted a pair of goals while Clayton Brown tallied another, leading to Rees’ late game winner. Cameron Milewski made 17 saves for Bozeman. Patric Loeffler was dealt the loss keeping out 37 of 42 shots faced.