Saturday Scores: Weekend sweeps starting to separate standings
MN Wilderness @ Aberdeen 3 - Jake Sibell stopped 38 shots and completed a perfect weekend as the Aberdeen Wings once again shut out the Minnesota Wilderness 3-0. Sibell stopped all 69 shots he faced on the weekend to earn his ninth and 10th shutouts of the year. Spencer Schneider scored the game’s first goal, it came on the power play and was his 21st of the season. Thomas Manty netted his 24th goal just about two minutes later and that increased the Aberdeen lead to 2-0. Cullen Ferguson found the back of the net on a power play late in the third to put the game away for the Wings who improved to 39-2-1 on the year. Jacob Zacharewicz got no help on the offensive end and took the loss despite making 26 saves.
Maryland 5 @ New Jersey 2 - Hunter McCoy had a goal and two assists as the Maryland Black Bears completed the sweep of the New Jersey Titans with a 5-2 win on Saturday. Josh Nixon and Brad McNeil found the back of the net as well for the Black Bears. Quinn Kennedy and Sean Kilcullen both scored their first goals of the year for Maryland. Zach Nazzarett and Matthew Iasenza were the goal scorers for the Titans. Hannes Kollen earned the win in net as he made 19 saves while Louden Hogg was dealt the loss as he made 23 stops.
Johnstown 7 @ Maine 1 - Andrew Murphy scored twice as the Johnstown Tomahawks lit up the scoresheet again, this time beating the Maine Nordiques 7-1. Jay Ahearn, Brendan Clark and Holt Oliphant each tallied a goal and an assist in the win. Will Margel extended his point streak to 15 games with his 19th goal of the season while Anthony Mastromonica also scored. Cannon Green netted the lone goal for the Nordiques in the loss. Josh Graziano picked up his second win in as many nights as he denied 30 Maine shots. Tyriq Outen and Avery Sturtz teamed up to make 31 stops for the Nordiques.
Danbury 1 @ Northeast 5 - Five Generals found the back of the net as Northeast wrapped up the sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks by winning 5-1 on Saturday. Hunter Olson, Dalton Wright and Tyler Cooper all chipped in a goal and an assist. Johathan Young and Ricky Boysen both lit the lamp as well for the Generals. Hugo Haas grabbed the win in between the pipes as he made 34 saves on 35 chances. Alex Krause netted the only goal for Danbury while Andrew Pichora stopped 18 shots.
Shreveport 5 @ Amarillo 1 - The Mudbugs won their sixth consecutive game as five different players found the back of the net. Austin Brimmer and Griffen Sanom gave the Mudbugs a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Garrett Steele and Sean Bunting would score just 46 seconds apart to increase the Shreveport lead. Braiden Dorfman would put an Amarillo comeback bid in its place with his 16th goal of the season. Cole Hudson improved to 17-4-3 as he stopped 23 shots. Ty Black netted the only goal for Amarillo while Hunter Garvey and Andrew Takacs combined to make 36 stops.
Austin 1 @ Bismarck 2 (OT) - George Grannis was the overtime hero for Bismarck as his goal gave the Bobcats a 2-1 victory on Saturday night. Braidan Simmons-Fischer scored his first NAHL goal to break the ice and give the Bruins a 1-0 lead after one period of play. Nico Chmelevski’s fourth goal of the year came midway through the second period and that tied the game at one. After no scoring in the third and most of overtime, Grannis got the puck in his own zone and blew past the defenseman before roofing a shot for his 15th goal of the season. Tommy Aitken made 24 saves to boost his record to 7-4-3 while Hudson Hodges turned aside 34 saves in the loss.
MN Magicians 3 @ Fairbanks 5 - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs improved to 8-2 in their last 10 games as they topped the Minnesota Magicians 5-3. Austin Becker had a goal and an assist while Tyler Herzberg and Nathan Butler each had two assists. Jack Ring, Evan Junker, Bret Link and Mason Plante all lit the lamp for the Ice Dogs in the victory. Kayden Hargraves grabbed the win in the blue paint as he made 19 saves for Fairbanks. Devlin McCabe potted a pair of goals for Minnesota while Luc Laylin also found the back of the net. Andy Beran took the loss in goal despite making 30 saves.
Minot 3 @ St. Cloud 5 - Peyton Hanson scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist as the St. Cloud Norsemen beat the Minot Minotauros 5-3. Ryan O’Neill, Jack Suchy and Evan Murr all got on to the scoresheet for St. Cloud. Tyler Kostelecky led the Minot offense with a goal and two assists. Jack Westlund and Logan Anderson also tickled the twine for Minot. Josh Langford needed just 17 saves to earn his fifth win of the season. Keenan Rancier had the tough luck loss as he made 39 saves.
Chippewa 2 @ Kenai River 3 - Shayne Tomlinson’s late goal was the difference maker as the Kenai River Brown Bears avoided the sweep, defeating the Chippewa Steel 3-2. Tomlinson and Laudon Poellinger each finished with a goal and an assist. Lucas Wahlin continued his strong play with his 14th goal of the season. Luke Pavicich picked up the win in goal as he stopped 22 shots. Spencer Cox and Jack Brown got on the scoresheet for the Steel and Berk Berkeliev made 22 saves.
Wichita Falls 1 @ Odessa 2 (SO) - Fletcher Anderson scored the only goal in the shootout as the Odessa Jackalopes defeated the Wichita Falls Warriors 2-1. Liam O’Hare got on the scoresheet first as his third of the year gave Odessa the lead just 14:10 into the action. Wichita Falls would finally tie the game with a power play goal off the stick of Owen Baumgartner, set up by Cade Lemmer and Joseph Harguindeguy. Noah Rupprecht stole the game for Odessa as he made 31 saves in 65 minutes of play and stopped all three shooters in the skills competition. Owen Bartoszkiewicz didn’t see much rubber as he needed just 11 saves to help his team pick up a point in the standings.