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Saturday Scores: Mustangs ring in 2023 with sweep

January 1, 2023

Justin Wasvick helped the Alexandria Blizzard win their 8th straight game on Saturday night.

Saturday Box Scores

Peoria 4 @ Rochester 1: The Mustangs continued their winning ways, taking down the defending champs in consecutive nights, this time in regulation. Justin Hubble got the visitors on the board 9:55 into the opening frame with his 3rd goal of the season. Owen Van Tassel evened the score line with a goal 11:37 into the 2nd period. It was all Peoria in the 3rd period as Jaycob Bland, Ethan Chesney, and Sean Patrick Merck all lit the lamp to seal the victory. Cam Pendleton kept out 25 of 26 shots in a strong performance for the Mustangs. Chris Brown kept out 20 of 22 for Rochester. 

Minnesota 4 @ Alexandria 6 - Two goals from Sean Kenny led the Alexandria Blizzard to a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Loons on Saturday night. Joe Gronholz had a goal and an assist while Charlie Larsen had three helpers. Matt McIntyre, Logan Lukasezck and Justin Wasvick all scored in the win for the Blizzard. For Minnesota Dmitri Kuleshov and Jacob Behnke scored in the second period of action while Phil Serbian-Boldyrev and Garrett Burroughs found the back of the net in the third period. Hunter Chubb stopped 22 shots to earn the win in goal for the Blizzard. Matthew Ryynanen and Keaton French combined to make 30 saves. 

Helena 4 @ Great Falls 0 - Jesse Schindel stopped all 18 shots he faced as the Helena Bighorns blanked the Great Falls Americans by a score of 4-0. Derek Russell broke the scoreless tie about midway through the second period to give Helena the lead. In the third they extended the advantage with a Tyler Bloom goal just a couple minutes into the action. Mason Eggen and TJ Norris would then go on to scored just 67 seconds apart to drive the Bighorns lead to four. Ryan Stowe was sensational for Great Falls and he made 58 saves in a losing effort.

Gillette 9 @ Sheridan 1 - Anthony Foster logged a hat trick and added an assist as the Gillette Wild ended 2022 with a bang in a 9-1 win over the Sheridan Hawks. Isaac Young had four points on the night with two goals and two assists. Sky Solid had a goal and an assist as well. Ryan Jordan, Ryan Hipsag and Leighton Weasler all lit the lamp in the win for the Wild. McCaffrey Billings provided the lone goal for the Hawks. Dominic Hite picked up the win in the blue paint by making 29 saves. Thomas Mellenthin was saddled with the loss after making 30 stops.

Bozeman 4 @ Badlands 1: The Icedogs scored a trio of goals in the opening frame to lead them to a 4-1 victory over Badlands. Duncan Needham, Bodie Shepardson, and Sam Ingram all found the back of the net in the opening frame to put Bozeman in the driver’s seat. Hunter Campbell extended the lead to four with his 1st goal of the season 10:25 into the middle frame. Dylan Woolstenhulme broke the shutout bid 16:44 into the final period with a powerplay score for the Sabres. Cam Milewski finished with a nearly perfect performance, stopping 31 of 32 shots in the win. Zach Broxterman kept out 34 of 38 for the Sabres. 

Butte 4 @ Yellowstone 1: Butte forward Patrick Crooks posted a goal and two assists to lead his squad past Yellowstone 4-1. Ben Carlson scored the lone goal in the 1st period to give the Quake a lead through 20 minutes of play. Nick Bradshaw (0:31) and Caelin Chinery (9:00) both lit the lamp in the middle frame to flip the script and give the Cobras a 2-1 lead. Crooks scored 4:06 into the final period to double the lead and Luke Schleusner sealed it with an empty netter with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. Caleb Cross was the star of the show, stopping 41 of 42 shots faced in Butte’s crease. Steven Kelley made an impressive 58 saves in the loss. 

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