Competition remains high on Day 2 of NA3HL Showcase
The NA3HL Showcase continued with its second day of action at the Super Rink in Blaine, MN on Monday, December 19th. Over 100 NAHL, NCAA, and ACHA scouts checked in and enjoyed some hockey during the second day of the event.
The storyline of Day 2 was similar to Day 1 with several close games, several outstanding offensive performances, and another great day for the Central Division.
Nine of the 17 games were decided by two goals or less. The Central Division led the way on Day 2 followed by the West.
Divisional Records through Day 2
The NA3HL Showcase runs from December 18-20, 2022, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
This season marks the 12th year the NA3HL will hold a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States. The event will be played in cooperation with the seventh NAPHL event of the season, which will take place from December 16-19, 2022, at the Super Rink and feature teams from the NAPHL’s SHOW League.
All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the great talent the league has to offer.
The NA3HL Showcase was built to pair up evenly matched teams against one another based on the current standings and is also designed to have cross-divisional games with balanced competition. Not only does the showcase see a large presence of NCAA and ACHA scouts, but all the NAHL teams in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.
For more details on the 2022 NA3HL Showcase, including hotel, rental car, scouting, venue, and schedule information, visit: na3hl.com/showcase. All the games at the NA3HL Showcase will be broadcast live on HockeyTV.
There will be no admission fee for the 2022 NA3HL Showcase. Scouts will also receive complimentary admission to the NA3HL Showcase. Proper identification and team/league affiliation must be presented at the admission counter in order to receive a scout pass. Scout packet includes a pass for entrance into the Super Rink for all three days of the event, access to the scout room, which will include catered food and beverage throughout the event, a tournament program, scout gift, and line charts for each game.
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Day 2 Recaps
Helena 3 vs. TX Brahmas 0 – Marek Andres stopped all 17 shots that came his way to lead the Bighorns to a 3-0 shutout of the Brahmas. Helena opened the scoring in the 1st period with a goal from Tyler Bloom. In the 3rd period, the Bighorns put the game on ice with a goal from Andrew Deskin and another from Bloom. Brahmas goalie Brendan Forden made 21 saves in the loss.
Louisiana 3 vs. Peoria 2 – John Moriarty made 28 saves to lead the Drillers to a 3-2 win over the Mustangs. After Peoria scored first thanks to a goal from Massimo Polistina, the Drillers struck back with goals from Kody Genz and Frank Steinway to make it 2-1. The Drillers went up 3-1 in the 2nd period with a goal from Aron Lundgren. Peoria made it 3-2 in the 3rd period with a goal from Jaycob Bland. Mustangs goalie Cam Pendleton made 24 saves in the loss.
Milwaukee 6 vs. Butte 2 – Patrick Toomey scored twice to lead the Power to their second win at the Showcase as they beat Butte, 6-2. Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead with goals from Owen Drake and Jack Wojnowski. Butte cut the lead to 2-1 as Carter Large scored, but it was all Power after that as Toomey scored twice and Blake Keller and Michael Dalaly. Jonathan O’Brien had the other goal for the Cobras. Brett Holmer made 56 saves in the win.
Wausau 6 vs. Atlanta 2 – The Cyclones got two goals from Gabe Randel in a 6-2 win over Atlanta. Wausau jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 1st period thanks to goals from Randel, Ricky Nelson, and Eaton Plachetka, while Anthony O’Neal scored for Atlanta. The Cyclones put the game on ice with three more goals in the 2nd period including tallies from Josh Christofferson, Zac Maupin, and another from Randel. O’Neal would add his second goal of the game in the 3rd period to complete the scoring. Ryan Burke made 21 saves in the win.
Sheridan 4 vs. Long Beach 2 – Hawks defenseman Makhai Sparks was the star of the game, recording a hat-trick and adding an assist as Sheridan beat Long Beach, 4-2. Sheridan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Parker Norling and Sparks. Long Beach tied the game at 2-2 early in the 3rd period with goals from Jack Fitzpatrick and Gabe Hopkins. Later in the 3rd period, Sparks would add two more goals for his hat-trick and the Sheridan win. Patric Loeffler made 22 saves in the win, while Ryo Murakami made 29 saves in the loss.
Mason City 7 vs. New Mexico 5 – Dakota Lenz had two goals to lead the Toros to a 7-5 win over the Ice Wolves. Mason City got a goal from Lenz in the 1st period, four goals in the 2nd period from David Loahr, Jordan Newpower, Cal Levis III, and Nolan Christy, and goals from Dylan Duckson and another from Lenz in the 3rd period. Five different players scored for New Mexico including Landon Kusuno, Ethan Secord, Jo Kawagishi, and two from Evan Axell. Will Kunka made 24 saves in the win.
Bozeman 6 vs. Mid Cities 2 – Bodie Shepardson had a hat-trick to lead the Icedogs to a 6-2 win over the Stars. Bozeman took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Magnus Lowham and Max Byers. Mid Cities cut the lead to 2-1 in the 2nd period thanks to a goal from Andrew Kolka. In the 3rd period, Shepardson scored three straight goals and Sam Ingram also scored as Bozeman pulled away. Michael Kennedy had the other goal for Mid Cities. Axel Rosenlund made 12 saves in the win, while Aaron Palos made 59 saves in the loss.
New Ulm 2 vs. Great Falls 0 – Steel goalie Nolan Lacosse stopped all 19 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as New Ulm blanked Great Falls, 2-0. New Ulm opened the scoring late in the 2nd period thanks to a power play goal from Gus Cantwell. In the 3rd period, Vladislav Ostapenko added an insurance goal for the 2-0 win. Americans goalie Josh Koziol made 35 saves in the loss.
New Jersey 4 vs. Willmar 3 (OT) – George Hinds scored twice and Jake Agoglia made 53 saves as the Titans beat the WarHawks in overtime, 4-3. New Jersey led 1-0 early with a goal from Jacob Gray. Willmar responded with a pair of goals from Michael Sweetland and Braydon Buckingham to take a 2-1 lead. The Titans regained their lead at 3-2 with two goals from Hinds. Willmar tied the game at 3-3 with a power play goal from Gunnar Sibley. In the overtime, the Titans scored the game-winner on a 2-on-1, which was started by Agoglia.
Austin 6 vs. Badlands 1 – Jack Hanson had a five-point game and Bryson Frazee made 45 saves as the Ice Bats beat the Sabres, 6-1. The Sabres scored first with their lone goal from Peyton Wilson early in the 1st period. It was all Austin after that as Hanson and Ben Allen answered back in the 1st period to make it 2-1. Enzo Kornum and Sebastian Hale scored in the 2nd period to make it 4-1 and more goals from Hanson and Hale in the 3rd period make it a 6-1 final. Zach Broxterman made 54 saves in the loss.
Rochester 6 vs. Gillette 1 – Spencer Klotz had two goals and an assist to lead the Grizzlies to a 6-1 win over the Wild. It was all Rochester in the first two periods as they opened up a 4-0 lead with goals from Klotz, Owen Van Tassel, Logan Kroyman, and Marco Sandelgard. Gillette’s lone goal came early in the 3rd period from Jace Johnson, but Rochester responded with goals from Austin Meers and Klotz to secure the 6-1 win. Lucas Henderson made 18 saves in the win, while Cole Wheaton made 22 saves in the loss.
Oregon 2 vs. TX RoadRunners 1 – In a battle of division powerhouses, it was the Oregon Tradesmen outlasting the Texas RoadRunners in a defensive battle, 2-1. Oregon opened the scoring in the 2nd period with a goal from Dillon Schmidt. Nathan Walker would make it 2-0 in the 3rd period with a power play goal. The RoadRunners pulled to within one later in the 3rd period with a power play goal from Tyler Love. Walker Berner made 18 saves in the win, while Nash Wilson made 43 saves in the loss.
Northeast 3 vs. Granite City 1 – General goalie D’Mar McCoy was the star of the show as he turned aside 37 shots to help his team topple Granite City, 3-1. Offensively, the Generals were led by Gabe Coppo, who scored two goals in the 3rd period. Granite City held a 1-0 lead through two periods on a goal from Jacob McPartland. Coppo’s two goals and another from Henry Wilson secure the win for Northeast. Lumberjacks goalie Ryan Lehet made 31 saves in the loss.
Alexandria 10 vs. Norwich 0 – Defenseman Karsten Senden had four points and the Blizzard outshot the Sea Captains 69-7 in a 10-0 shutout. The Blizzard dominated for the full 60 minutes. Basl Cook and Antonio Gomez scored in the 1st period. Senden, Cook, Matt McIntyre, Wyatt Johnson, Ashton Collings, Joe Gronholz, and Justin Wasvick all scored in the 2nd period, and then Wasvick would add a 3rd period goal. Alex Lamont made 7 saves in the win, while Brendan Pellerito made 59 saves in the loss.
El Paso 3 vs. Danbury 2 – El Paso goalie Phillip O’Neill made 49 saves to lead his team to a 3-2 win on Monday. El Paso struck for a goal in each period with Zachary Ware scoring in th 1st period, Mike Sobaski scoring in the 2nd period and Trey Erramouspe finding the game-winner early in the 3rd period. Danbury goals came from Brody Trew and Roman Winicki. Braden Henderson made 25 saves in the loss.
St. Louis 6 vs. Bay State 1 – Six different players scored for the Jr. Blues as they erupted for five goals in the 3rd period in a 6-1 win. A power play goal from Tyler Williams had St. Louis ahead 1-0 after two periods. 3rd period goals from Aidan Besedic, Sean Boehm, Connor McCaffrey, Jacob Heuerman, and Brady Ernst sealed the win. Paul Johnson scored the lone goal for Bay State. Ian Zeumer made 13 saves in the win, while AJ Cooper made 32 saves in the loss.
Minnesota 3 vs. Yellowstone 2 – Matthew Ryynanen made 28 saves to lead the Loons to a close 3-2 win over Yellowstone. Teagan Scheurer put Yellowstone ahead early. The Loons then took command with three straight goals from Landon Thiessen, Kyler Couture, and Jamison Allen for a 3-1 lead. The Quake pulled to within one with a power play goal in the 3rd period from Blake Mitchell. Quake goalie Edvin Falkenstrom made 43 saves in the loss.