Saturday Scores: Bruins, Ice Dogs take over division leads
Austin 4 @ North Iowa 1 – It was the Austin offense that put together a three-goal run to give the Bruins the 4-1 advantage over Central division leading North Iowa. Jack Malinski, Braidan Simmons-Fischer, and Carson Riddle gave Austin three consecutive tallies before the close of the second period. Carter Rapalje netted the lone North Iowa goal for his fifteenth of the season off the pass from Logan Dombrowsky and Sean Vlasich after 22 seconds of play in the final frame. Carson Riddle closed out the game as he lit the lamp for the Bruins just 1:32 later. Klayton Knapp made 27 saves from the crease in the Austin victory. On the other end of the ice, North Iowa goalie Hunter Garvey skated away with the loss after going 24 for 28.
Anchorage 3 @ Fairbanks 9 – Dakota MacIntosh exploded for four goals as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated the Anchorage Wolverines 9-3. Alexander Malinowski, Billy Renfrew and Owen Neuharth all had a goal and two assists each. Jack Ring and and Tyler Stewart also found the back of the net for Fairbanks. Jackson Reineke , Cameron Morris and Talon Sigurdson all lit the lamp for the Wolverines. Tyler Krivtsov made 24 saves to earn the win in between the pipes while Shane Soderwall made 20 saves in the loss.
MN Magicians 0 @ Janesville 4 – Mack Keryluk doubled up on scoring to lift Janesville over the Magicians by a score of 4-0, picking up the weekend sweep on home ice. Mack Keryluk picked up his first of the game just 14:59 into the tilt assisted by Jack Ford and Cal Mell. James Duerr and Jan Lasak found the back of the net for Janesville just 1:50 apart in the second frame. Keryluk struck again 6:28 into the final period with help from Grayden Daul to record his seventh goal of the season. Owen Millward was dominant in front of the net for the Jets getting the shutout with on a 26 for 26 outing. Kyle Kozma and Henry Levy teamed up for 34 stops for the Magicians.
Amarillo 3 @ El Paso 2 (OT) – Jakob Peterson scored just 1:58 into overtime as the Amarillo Wranglers defeated the El Paso Rhinos 3-2. Kristaps Skrastins popped a pair of power play goals to give him 16 on the season to lead the Amarillo offense. Matt Johnson and Frank Tafelski scored the goals for El Paso in the loss. Max Gutjahr continued his strong play by stopped 42 of 44 while Lassi Lehti made 21 saves.
Chippewa 6 @ MN Wilderness 1 – Chippewa completed the weekend sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness by way of a 6-1 win. Ethan Janda broke the ice with the first tally for the Steel 3:06 into the game. Jax Schauer found the back of the net to open the middle twenty minutes of play to widen the lead, but Gunnar Thoreson scored for the Wilderness to keep Chippewa to one. The Steel ended play with an offensive push fueled by four goals in just 4:14 off the sticks of Ethan Benz, Joe Kelly, Jack Brown, and Matthew Brille. Criox Kochendorfer was stellar between the pipes making 39 saves for his seventh win of the season for Chippewa. Wilderness tender Jacob Zacharewicz stopped 22 shots in the loss.
New Mexico 3 @ Corpus Christi 4 – Stepan Kuznetsov came up big for the IceRays with a tally that broke the draw with 1:46 left in regulation to give Corpus Christi the 4-3 win over New Mexico on Saturday evening. In a game of exchanges, Dylan Contreras scored the first IceRays goal but was soon matched by a New Mexico score off the stick of Nicholas Haviar who struck again later in the game. Stephan Kuznetsov scored his first of the night for Corpus Christi to close out the first period. IceRays skater Charlie Merkley tickled the twine with seven seconds to go in the second, but was met with the equalizer from JD Metz of the Ice Wolves early in the third frame. Stefan Carney picked up the win in goal for Corpus Christi as he stopped 30 pucks fired his direction from the opposition.
St. Cloud 3 @ Bismarck 6 – The Bismarck Bobcats jumped out to a big lead and never looked back as they finished the sweep of the St. Cloud Norsemen with a 6-3 win on Saturday night. Paul Huglen and Nico Chmelevski each had a goal and an assist for the Bobcats. Jake Mclean, Jon Ziskie, Adam Pietila and Eddie Shepler all lit the lamp for Bismarck in the victory. Brandon Lajoie, Peyton Hanson and Duke Kiffin netted goals for the Norsemen in the loss. Ben Behrens picked up the win in goal as he made 35 saves. Josh Langford and Ethan Dahlmeir teamed up to make 22 saves for St. Cloud.
Shreveport 1 @ Odessa 5 – William Proctor was nearly perfect as he stopped 29 of 30 shots as the Odessa Jackalopes swept the Shreveport Mudbugs with a 5-1 win. Emerson Goode had a goal and an assist to lead the Jackalopes offense. William Marshall, Mike Manzo, Conner Couet and Chris Duclair all lit the lamp for Odessa. Logan Valkama netted the only goal for Shreveport in the loss while Devon Bobak made 22 saves.
Maine 2 @ New Jersey 8 – Seven different Titans found the back of the net on Saturday evening to complete the weekend sweep of the Maine via a 8-2 final, keeping them atop the East division. Stephen Willey picked up a pair of tallies in the opening 6:37 of the contest for New Jersey. David Posma, Anthony Calafiore, and Anthony Mollica followed suit with goals at the start of the second frame to widen the Titans lead. Jonny Meiers answered with back-to-back scores to put Maine on the board. New Jersey closed out play with three insurance goals off the sticks of Michael Young, Ryan Coughlin, and Brandon Avezov. Titans tender Andrew Takacs secured his second win of the weekend from the blue paint collecting 36 of 38 while Avery Sturtz took the loss in net for Maine despite making 46 saves.
Jamestown 2 @ Johnstown 6 – Johnstown was backed by a two goal performance from Sean Ramsay that gave them the 6-2 advantage as they fought back after Friday’s loss to split the weekend series with Jamestown. Cole Bianchin scooped up his first of the season for the Tomahawks 44 seconds after puck drop. Reid Lune of Jamestown and Frank Jenkins of Johnstown also exchanged goals in the first period. Zachary Murray and Ryan Vellucci posted tallies for Johnstown while both Jake Black and David Matousek claimed a pair of assists to help the offensive efforts. Marcus Kivela Carlzon continued his strong play as he was credited with the second Rebels tally. Salvatore Evola got the win in net for Johnstown saving 25 of 27 Jamestown chances. Jamestown keeper Nolan Suggs made 33 stops in the loss.
Danbury 0 @ Maryland 5 – Luca Di Pasquo stopped all 15 shots he encountered to lead the Black Bears to a 5-0 shutout victory against the visiting Jr. Hat Tricks. Elliot Lareau lit the lamp for the fifth time this season at the 7:19 mark of the opening period with help from Branden Piku and Philip Tornqvist to ignite the Maryland offense. Kevin Scott and Conor Cole capitalized on chances in the middle twenty minutes of play, and Miles Gunty and Branden Piku both tickled the twine in the third period to secure the Black Bears win. Josh Seeley did all he could between the pipes for Danbury with 38 saves but was ultimately faced with the loss.
Minot 2 @ Aberdeen 4 – Cade Neilson had a goal and two assists as the Aberdeen Wings doubled up the Minotauros 4-2. Ronan Walsh and Will Gilson also scored for the Wings in the victory. Braden Panzer and Colby Joseph provided the offense for Minot. Greg Orosz grabbed the win in goal as he made 27 saves while Zach Sandy was given the loss after making 34 saves.
Wichita Falls 2 @ Lone Star 3 (SO) – Connor Gallagher and Blake Benson both scored in the shootout to give the Lone Star Brahmas a 3-2 win over the Wichita Falls Warriors. After William Lawson-Body broke the scoreless deadlock in the first, Artur Turansky tied the game for Lone Star just two minutes into the second period. Adisen Brueck would give the Warriors the lead again with his first of the season late in the middle frame. Tyler Nasca would score with just 2:13 remaining in the third period to force overtime and the eventual shootout. Arthur Smith made 21 saves in 65 minutes of action while Matthew O’Donnell stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced.