Saturday Scores: WarHawks complete sweep to stay hot
New Ulm 3 @ Willmar 4 (OT): Braydon Buckingham put home the game winner 2:09 into the extra period to give his WarHawks a series sweep over New Ulm. A wild opening period saw five goals and Willmar held a 3-2 lead. Luke McCarthy, Sam Holm, and Michael Sweetland scored for the WarHawks while Gus Cantwell and Landen Schwantes buried for the Steel. The Steel didn’t waste time to tie it in the middle frame as Zach Maret netted a powerplay goal 1:09 into the period. A scoreless 3rd led to Buckingham’s game winner in overtime. Michael D’Orazio made 31 saves on 34 shots in the win while Dixon Ehlers kept out 45 shots for New Ulm.
Milwaukee 5 @ Oregon 4 (OT) - Michael Dalaly’s goal was the difference as the Milwaukee Power snapped the Oregon Tradesmen’s winning streak with a 5-4 overtime victory. Blake Keller had a goal and an assist for Milwaukee while Riley Planey, Matthew Ebersole and Bryce Garber all lit the lamp for the Power. Isaac Nett led the way for Oregon with a goal and three assists. Max Rotsaert and Carter Watters each had a goal and an assist while Bryce Stensrud also found the back of the net for Oregon. Adam Prokop got the win in goal as he made 39 saves. Tyler Fromolz was stuck with the loss as he made 33 saves.
Wausau 2 @ St. Louis 4: The Jr. Blues picked up a big win Saturday night, taking down Wausau 4-2 to snap their 12 game losing streak. Gus Immken got St. Louis on the board early, scoring his 6th of the season just 2:13 into the game. Jacob Horrall buried another 1st period goal for St. Louis, his first of the season, while Hayden Shoemake and Dylan Chapman kept the game tied with scores for the Cyclones. In the 2nd, Immken found the back of the net again to give St. Louis momentum heading into the 3rd. Connor Westbrock sealed the victory with a score with 25 seconds remaining in regulation. Jordan Behnen picked up the win making 31 saves on 33 shots. Mitch Miscevich kept out 34 shots in the loss.
Norwich 4 @ Long Beach 1: The Sea Captains took down Long Beach 4-1 in their only game of the weekend thanks to a pair of goals in the 2nd and 3rd period. The game remained scoreless until Shane Mazur found the back of the net 5:15 into the middle frame on the powerplay. Tyler Fisher answered for the Sharks shortly after with a powerplay goal himself but Jacob Begich gave the Sea Captains the lead back before the end of the period. In the 3rd, Sava Makarenko provided some insurance after lighting the lamp just 19 seconds in. Andry Guy sealed the deal with another goal 9:21 into the period. Brendan Pellerito came away with the win between the pipes, stopping all but one of 35 shots faced. Ryo Murakami made 44 saves for Long Beach.
New Jersey 1 @ Northeast 8: The Generals bounced back after falling the Titans Friday night, dominating New Jersey on both ends of the ice to win 8-1. Northeast’s offense got rolling early as Gabe Coppo, Caiden Hess, and Nolan Zotter each tickled twine before the halfway mark of the 1st period. Coppo buried his second shortly after the halfway mark to give the Generals a 4-0 lead through 20 minutes. In the 2nd, McCarthy Reed’s pair of goals and Cody Lambert’s score helped extend the lead. Lambert added another in the 3rd to further the lead. George Hinds scored the lone goal for the Titans to break up the shutout. D’Mar McCoy kept out 14 of 15 shots in the victory while Daniel Antal and Antonio Vaccaro combined for 62 saves for New Jersey.
El Paso 4 @ Atlanta 2: A three-point from Liam Sbrocca powered the Rhinos past Atlanta 4-2 on the road. The two clubs were knotted at 1-1 through 20 minutes as Mike Sobaski buried for El Paso and Anthony O’Neal found twine for the Capitals. Payne Pent gave El Paso the lead through two periods with his 15th goal of the season. James Mallette and Sbrocca both tallied scores in the final frame to extend the lead. Jazek Terrell found the back of the net late in the game for Atlanta but it wasn’t enough to challenge for a comeback. Phillip O’Neill made an impressive 47 saves in the win for the Rhinos. Aleks Sumoski kept out 26 shots in the loss.
Louisiana 5 @ Austin 1: The Drillers once again held the Ice Bats to one goal in their 5-1 victory Saturday night. Louisiana’s Colton Sebastian opened up the scoring 9:14 into the 1st period. Ben Allen tied the game up with a powerplay goal before the period break. In the 2nd, Hampus Ohlsson-Ornelius and Mason Wilbur both lit the lamp for the Drillers. 3rd period goals from Daniel Crutcher and Sebastian furthered the lead and sealed the victory. John Moriarty made 18 saves on 19 shots in the win. Gavin Morris had a busy night in net for Austin, keeping out 52 shots on 57 faced.
TX RoadRunners 8 @ Mid Cities 0: The RoadRunners defeated and shutout Mid Cities 8-0 thanks to a 38 save performance from their netminder Nash Wilson. In the opening period, Derek Boutin tallied a pair of goals while Jake Sherry, Tyler Love, and TJ Lipsky also found the back of the net. Porter Wolk extended the lead with a score in the 2nd period. Jack Herron and Love buried more goals in the final frame to extend the lead even further. Garrett Johnson made 56 saves for Mid Cities.
Peoria 3 @ Rochester 4 (SO): Erik Hernborn and Spencer Klotz both buried in the shootout to lift the Grizzlies past Peoria 4-3. In the 1st, Peoria’s Joseph Rancillo and Rochester’s Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth buried goals to keep the scores level through 20 minutes. Massimo Polistina put the visitors ahead with the only goal in the 2nd period. Bielenberg-Howarth scored his 2nd of the game early in the final frame to cut the deficit and Marco Sandelgard tied it just 20 seconds later 8:30 into the period. Ethan Chesney’s goal (12:47) tied the game and sent it to an eventual shootout. Chris Brown made 24 saves in net for the Grizzlies while Cam Pendleton put up a strong effort making 44 saves in the loss.
Minnesota 2 @ Mason City 6: Jordan and Carter Newpower dominated on the offensive end for the Toros, combining for 6 points in the Toros’ 6-2 victory over Minnesota. In the 1st, Carter potted a pair of goals while Jordan added another to provide early offense. Sebastian Schuehle’s goal late in the period got the Loons on the board. Dylan Duckson, Cullen Hogan, and Mason Friedrichs extended Mason City’s lead with scores in the middle frame. Minnesota’s 2nd goal was scored by Jamison St. Clair, his 4th of the season. Aaro Pesola kept out 25 of 27 shots faced for the Toros while Janic Kennedy and Matthew Ryynanen combined for 28 saves for the Loons.
TX Brahmas 2 @ New Mexico 5: The Ice Wolves bounced back after a Friday night overtime loss to take down the Brahmas 5-2. Michael Imala gave the visitors a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes with his 21st goal of the season. New Mexico’s offense got hot quickly in the middle frame as Edmond O’Connell, Ethan Secord, Liam Mooney, and Jameson Klein all found the back of the net. Cameron Colberg got Texas their 2nd goal midway through the period. 23 seconds into the 3rd period, Jaden Stiller extended the lead to three with his 13th goal of the season. Krzysztof Jakubowski picked up the win between the pipes, making 18 stops on 20 shots faced. Riley Gorman kept out 31 for the Brahmas.
Alexandria 3 @ Granite City 4 - A goal in the third period helped the Granite City Lumberjacks edge the Alexandria Blizzard by a score of 4-3. Coby Where and Jacob McPartland scored in the opening frame for Granite City. Reed Hanus would score in the second period while Joe Greniuk’s sixth of the season would prove to be the game winner in the third and final frame. Sean Kenny, Cole Klingbeil and Joe Gronholz would net the Blizzard goals. Xander Roberts needed 19 saves to earn the win in goal while Kyle Abrahamson took the loss, stopping 23 shots.
Gillette 2 @ Helena 1 - Isaac Young’s power play goal in the final minutes of the third period was the difference as the Gillette Wild overcame the Helena Bighorns by a score of 2-1. Zack Slinger got Gillette on the board first as he netted his eighth of the year. Lyndon Orr went to work on the power play and his sixth of the season knotted things up at one. Young notched his 12th of the season, being set up by Johan Palmqvist and Jace Johnson. Cole Wheaton was sensational as he made 50 saves to pick up the win. Marek Andres stopped 36 shots in a losing effort for Helena.
Great Falls 6 @ Badlands 4 - Dawson Bunch had two goals and an assist to lead the Great Falls Americans to a 6-4 win over the Badlands Sabres. Garrett Weisenburger also scored twice for Great Falls while Silas Hughs had a goal and two helpers. Baden Powell also got on the scoresheet with a goal. Zach Vockler led the Sabres with two goals and an assist while AJ Petrotto had a goal and a helper and Carter Johnson also tickled the twine. Josh Koziol denied 29 shots to pick up the win in the blue paint. Zach Broxterman and Brady Devries combined to make 32 saves.
Butte 4 @ Yellowstone 3 - The Butte Cobras staged another come from behind win, this time defeating Yellowstone by a score of 4-3. The Cobras came back three different times before finally taking the lead with just over a minute remaining. Micah Williamson and Patrick Crooks each scored in the second period to erase one goal deficits. Jonathan O’Brien scored his first goal of the season with just over five minutes left in regulation to tie the game again. Cade Wessman scored with 1:16 remaining to put the Cobras ahead for good and give them two points. Joshua Horacek scored the win in goal by making 32 saves. Steven Kelley was dealt the loss as he made 49 saves.
Sheridan 4 @ Bozeman 7 - Bodie Shepardson had a hat trick to lead the Bozeman Icedogs to a 7-4 victory over the Sheridan Hawks on Saturday night. Spencer Wilkinson and Sam Ingram each potted a pair of goals for Bozeman as well. Axel Rosenlund was good in goal as he stopped 30 of 34 shots fired in his direction. Ryan McKenna had two goals and an assist for the Hawks. Wyatt Noble had two points while Teejay Thompson also got on the scoreboard for Sheridan. Patric Loeffler was given the loss as he made 38 saves.