Saturday Scores: Wild back on track with sweep
Sheridan 3 @ Gillette 6: A dominant first two periods from the Wild saw them come out on top 6-3 in their matchup against Sheridan. Jace Johnson, Adam Severson, and Anthony Foster all tickled twine for the Wild in the 1st to get them ahead early. Remington Richardson scored a pair of goals in the 2nd period and Jack Metcalfe scored his 1st of the season to bring their goal total to 6 before through 40 minutes of play. Jackson LeBrasseur tallied his 4th of the season to get Sheridan on the board in the 2nd. Teejay Torgrimson and Ryan McKenna tallied goals relatively early in the 3rd period but it was too late to spark a comeback. Dominic Hite kept out an impressive 46 shots in the win. Xuas Landry made 47 saves for the Hawks.
Northeast 5 @ New Jersey 2: The Northeast Generals completed a weekend sweep over the New Jersey Titans in a 5-3 final. New Jersey got the game going in the first period with a goal from George Hinds (3:45) for a 1-0 lead. Past the halfway mark of the opening frame, McCarthy Reed (11:24) evened the game on the power-play, 1-1. Soon after, Henry Wilson (12:33) took the lead for the Generals to close out the first period, 2-1. In the second, the Generals picked up where they left off with Wilson (2:33) netting his second of the night. McCarthy Reed (10:17) followed up with his second of the night for a 4-1 Generals lead. The Titans got back on the scoresheet when Ryan Talorico (14:08) scored for a 4-2 score. Later in the middle frame, Matthew Nuzzolilo (14:23) scored a short-handed goal for a final score of 5-3. D’Mar McCoy stood strong in net as he turned away 15 of the 17 shots he faced.
New Mexico 7 @ Mid Cities 1: The New Mexico Ice Wolves took a 7-1 win against the Mid Cities Stars after three multiple goal periods to take the sweep on the weekend series. The Ice Wolves ended the first period with a 2-0 lead after Evan Axell (11:49) and Max Chagovets (17:04) scored. In the second, New Mexico extended their lead to 5-0 with Stanley Hubbard (2:53), Fletcher Burnett (13:26) and then Evan Axell (16:44) with his second of the night. In the third, the Ice Wolves kept on the attack with Cali Clark (6:09) making the score 6-0. Ilnur Madiarov (10:04) scored the lone goal for the Stars making the score, 6-1. With time expiring and on the penalty kill, Landon Kusuno (19:08) added to the lead and closed out the game with a final score of 7-1. Krzystof Jakubowski stopped 13 of the Stars shots he faced in the win.
Norwich 2 @ Long Beach 1: The Norwich Sea Captains scored a late third period goal to take a 2-1 win over the Long Beach Sharks. In the first, Jacob Begich (17:42) scored the only goal of the period to get the Sea Captain's ahead 1-0. In the second, Henry Slager (8:20) evened the game 1-1 on the power-play for the Sharks. Late in the third, Quinten Olsahn (19:37) netted the game-winning goal for the Sea Captain’s, 2-1. Andrew Yocum earned the win in net after stopping 26 shots.
Wausau 2 @ Milwaukee 5: A strong second and third period sent the Milwaukee Power over the Wausau Cyclones in a 5-2 final. After a scoreless first period, Matthew Witt (6:35) scored on the Wausau power-play for a 1-0 lead. The Power answered back with three unanswered goals as Justin Lagrow (10:03), Patrick Toomey (14:23) and Matthew Ebersole (18:06) made the score 3-1. In the third, Milwaukee picked back up offensively with Max Mudge (3:34) and Jack Wojnowski (9:02) scoring. The Cyclones added a late goal from Zac Maupin (18:46) for a final score of 5-2. Adam Prokop continued to be elite in net as he turned away 35 of the 37 shots he faced.
Oregon 2 @ Peoria 5: The Peoria Mustangs opened up offensively in the third period to seal a 5-2 win over the Oregon Tradesmen. Sean Patrick Merck (16:52) scored the only goal of the first period for the Mustangs to take a 1-0 lead. In the second, Bryce Stensrud (8:14) evened the game 1-1 for the Tradesmen. Soon after, Joseph Rancillio (9:02) took back the lead for the Mustangs, 2-1. In the third period, Ethan Chesney (5:57) added to the Peoria lead for a 3-1 score. The Tradesmen answered back with an unassisted goal from Nathan Walker (9:25), 3-2. Peoria then scored back-to-back goals, including an empty net goal, with Caleb Bross (12:37) and Massimo Polistina (18:24) to take a 5-2 final. Cam Pendleton was great in net as he stopped 41 shots.
St. Louis 0 @ Rochester 8: The Rochester Grizzlies blanked the St. Louis Jr. Blues in a 8-0 final. After a silent first period, the Grizzlies took a 3-0 lead in the second with Luke Morrisette (0:52), Ryan Berglund (1:42) and Luke Jech (2:17). In the third period, the Grizzlies added 5 more goals as Maxell Clark (1:48 and 7:51), Owen Van Tassel (6:06 and 9:58) went back-to-back on the score sheet, followed by Luke Jech (14:56) for a 8-0 final. Lucas Henderson posted a 5 shot shutout win in net.
Willmar 1 @ New Ulm 5: The New Ulm Steel topped the Willmar WarHawks in a 5-1 final score. Charlie Sullivan (14:30) got the Steel on the board in the opening frame for a 1-0 score. In the second, Gus Cantwell (6:57) added to the lead for a 2-0 Steel lead. The WarHawks found the scoresheet with gunnar Sibley (9:07), for a 2-1 score. In the third it was all Steel as they added three goals with Charlie Kielty (1:35), Jack Laser (6:51) and Conner Souza (8:03) all scoring for a final score of 5-1. Nolan Lacrosse got the win in net as the stopped an outstanding 49 of 50 shots in the game.
Mason City 2 @ Alexandria 5: A three-point night from forward Sean Kenny fueled Alexandria to a 5-2 victory and helped snap their four-game losing streak. The two squads traded goals in the 1st period as Dakota Lenz and Cal Levis III buried for the Toros while Ryan Hadland and Ashton Collings found the back of the net for the Blizzard. From then on Alexandria took control of the game, starting with goals 45 seconds apart from each other in the 2nd period scored by Jackson Miller and Kenny. The game was sealed after Cole Klingbeil tallied an empty netter in the last minute of regulation. Kyle Abrahamson came away with the win making 20 saves while Will Kunka kept out 39 of 43 shots for Mason City.
Minnesota 3 @ Granite City 4 (OT): Kyle Mortenson found twine just 9 seconds into overtime to lift the Lumberjacks over Minnesota on home ice. Josiah Lambers got the visitors on the board first with a goal 15:09 into the opening period. Before the clock hit zero, Jacob McPartland tallied his 11th goal of the season to tie the scores. Andrew Butler scored the only goal in the 2nd period to give Granite City a lead through 40 minutes. Hayden Johnson doubled that lead early in the final frame before the Loons, thanks to Kyler Couture and George Moore, battled back to tie the game and send it to overtime. Ryan Lehet kept out 29 of 32 shots faced in the victory while Matthew Ryynanen made 47 saves for Minnesota.
Atlanta 0 @ TX RoadRunners 4: The RoadRunners bounced back from Friday night’s loss, shutting out Atlanta 4-0 even the best-of-three weekend series. Texas jumped out to a fiery start as Eitan Geralnik buried just 12 seconds into the contest. Jack Herron (9:47) and Geralnik (14:27) added to that lead with more scores before the intermission. After a scoreless 2nd, Porter Wolk added some more insurance for Texas with a goal on the powerplay. Nash Wilson was the backstop for the RoadRunners, stopping all 21 shots Atlanta sent his way to secure the shutout. Damian Vandanacker kept out 29 shots in the loss.
TX Brahmas 1 @ El Paso 2: Patrick Boyle was dominant in net Saturday night, stopping all but one of 34 shots to propel the Rhinos past Texas 2-1. Wyatt Witham scored the first of the game and only Brahmas goal just 32 seconds into the game. Noah Easterson evened the scores before intermission, scoring on the powerplay with just 6 seconds remaining in the period. Payne Pent scored the remaining goal in the contest 55 seconds into the middle frame, his 2nd game winning goal of the season. Brendan Forden made 22 saves in Texas’ crease.
Butte 1 @ Helena 5: The Bighorns continued to stay hot Saturday night, taking down the Cobras 5-1 and improving their win streak to 8 games. Helena’s Braden Cunningham and Butte’s Luke Schleusner traded goals in the opening frame to keep the score level through 20 minutes. Cunningham, Tyler Bloom, and Darby McCarthy all buried in the 2nd period to sway the momentum in Helena’s favor. Cunningham scored again in the 3rd period to seal away the win and secure the natural hat trick. Keaton Woolsey made 25 saves on 26 shots for Helena while Caleb Cross kept out a whopping 62 shots in the loss.
Yellowstone 3 @ Badlands 4 (OT): Brady Ridnour scored the only goal in the shootout to give Badlands the edge over Yellowstone 4-3. Jack Walters tallied the lone goal in the first 20 minutes to give the Sabres a lead through one period of play. Brayson Bennett and Zac Orwig battled back in the 2nd period to score consecutive goals and give the Quake their first lead. AJ Petrotto ended up tying the game late in the period with his 9th goal of the season. Bennett scored another for Yellowstone early in the 3rd period to give them back control but Peyton Wilson would end up tying it 11:28 into the period to send it to extra time. Zach Broxterman made 42 saves in the win while John Hughes kept out 30 shots for Yellowstone.
Bozeman 2 @ Great Falls 5: Great Falls picked up a big win on home ice, partially thanks to a dominant three-point performance from their forward Silas Hughes. Hughes, Seth Theriault, and Tyler Sunagel all lit the lamp in the opening frame to help Great Falls jump ahead early. Chris Porciuncula got Bozeman on the board in the period to keep them within striking distance. Owen House scored 18 seconds into the middle frame to draw closer but Great Falls’ Jace Thompson gave them back a two goal lead 7:52 into the period on the powerplay. Silas Hughes sealed it off with an empty netter in the 3rd period. Ryan Stowe picked up the win between the pipes, completing the night making an impressive 49 saves. Axel Rosenlund kept out 30 shots for Bozeman.