Battle Creek wins again on Day 2 of NA3HL Showcase
Day 2 of the NA3HL Showcase came to a close on Monday as all three leagues, the NA3HL, NAHL and NAPHL were in action at the Troy Sports Center. Most of the favored teams took care of business on Monday, but one of the stories continues to be the Battle Creek Jr. Revolution, who picked up another win, their second straight, at the Showcase.
Here is a recap of Day 2 of the NA3HL Showcase:
Granite City 7 vs. Toledo 1 – This game was all but over in the 1st period after the Lumberjacks scored four goals in a four minute span to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Drew Otto had two goals and an assist and Eric Miller, Aidan Verbeke and Mitch Humphries also had multi-point games. Austin Wilson made 30 saves in the win.
Battle Creek 2 vs. Peoria 1 – Matt Hughes was spectacular in goal making 40 saves as Battle Creek moved to within one point of a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over Peoria on Monday. Battle Creek took a 2-0 lead with back-to-back power play goals in the 2nd period from Trevor Clark and Zach Rees. Cory Kettler scored the lone Peoria goal.
North Iowa 6 vs. Three Rivers 1 – The Bulls kept rolling as they jumped out a 4-0 lead and never looked back in a 6-1 win over the Vengeance. James Hughes scored twice and Taylor Brown, Andrew Halama, Patrick Sivets and Matt Kroska also scored for North Iowa. Kevin Kenny scored the lone Vengeance goal late in the 3rd period to spoil the shutout bid of North Iowa’s Matthew Bartels.
Cleveland 7 vs. Quad City 0 – David Heflin made 16 saves as the Jr. Lumberjacks shutout the Jr. Flames, 7-0. Nick Balavich scored twice in the win and Louis Sawchik, Dallas Szustak, Mike Palasics, Dominic Valencia and Scott Cuthrell added the other Cleveland goals as the Lumberjacks outshot the Flames, 48-16.
Queen City 5 vs. Twin City 4 (SO) – Scoring was plentiful, especially in the shootout as the Steam edged the Steel, 5-4. The Steam jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Jonah Hoover, Paul McAvoy and Zach Newman. The Steel responded with goals from Chase Myers-Beck, Colin Fenelon and Trey Hughes. After goals in the 2nd period from Queen City’s Trevor Voelker and Twin City’s Isaac Hale, the game would go to a shootout where Queen City scored five times.
Alexandria 5 vs. Michigan 2 – The Blizzard scored three goals in the 3rd period to break open a tie game and defeat the Mountain Cats, 5-2. Danny Pelzer, Sergey Erileev, Tanner Duffney, Austin Rudnick and Mick Dhein scored for the Blizzard, while Marshall Helton and Austin Sartorius added goals for Michigan.
Flint 7 vs. Minnesota 2 – The Jr. Generals jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back in a 7-2 win over the Flying Aces. Ed Osowski had a hat-trick and Nick Goettel, Nick Gnagni, Jacob Peacock and and Jake Howie all scored for Flint. Payton Trammel and Dylan Nelson had the goals for the Flying Aces.
St. Louis 3 vs. Breezy Point 0 – The North Stars and goaltender Walker Enstad played well, but the Jr. Blues were just too much in their 3-0 shutout on Monday. Jr. Blues goaltender Mikael Broliden made 29 saves in the shutout and Simon Koscielski, Lukas Daniels and Kerry McGlynn scored for the Jr. Blues. Enstad made 42 saves in the loss.