Scouts flock on Day 2 of NAHL Showcase
Day 2 of the 2022 NAHL Showcase was a jam-packed one as close to 250 scouts and thousands of fans flocked to the Super Rink in Blaine for another day of watching all 29 NAHL teams and over 700+ players taking part in the four-day event.
The big story on Day 2 was some standout performances from some of the goaltenders and team defenses. There were three shutouts and six teams allowed just a single goal in their wins.
The South still leads the Showcase with an 11-5 record through two days. The Central had a good Day 2 and stand a 7-4-1. The Midwest stands at 8-8, and the East is at 2-10.
Day 3 of the event is on Friday, September 16th at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
All 29 NAHL teams will play between three and four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of hockey's most prominent and popular events of the entire season and has become the 'Greatest Show on Ice.'
All 58 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live and in HD through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
Day 2 Recaps
Minot 8 vs. Danbury 1 – The Minotauros picked up their first win of the season in convincing fashion as Justin Dauphinais and Nick O’Hanisain each scored twice and Colby Joseph added four assists in an 8-1 win over Danbury. It wall all Minot from the opening face-off as they led 2-0 after one period with goals from Nick O’Hanisain and Hunter Longhi. The Minotauros would add four more goals in the 2nd period from Max Martin, Jack O’Hanisain, Trevor Stachowiak, and Dauphinais. In the 3rd period, Dauphinais and O’Hanisain would each score their second goals of the game. Oto Theimer had the lone goal for Danbury in the loss. Minot goalie Lawton Zacher made 16 saves in the win, while Connor McDonough made 35 saves in the loss.
Oklahoma 7 vs. Bismarck 2 – For the second consecutive game, the Warriors put up seven goals, which included tallies from seven different players in a 7-2 win over Bismarck. The Bobcats opened the scoring thanks to a goal from Vertti Jantunen. The Warriors responded with five straight goals to take a 5-1 lead as Rylan Brady, Brendan Williams, Max Dronen, William Lawson-Body, and Hunter Jones all scored. In the 2nd period, Jantunen scored again for the Bobcats to make it 5-2, but the Warriors would add two more goals from Therien Thiesing and Drew Sutton to secure the 7-2 win. Warriors goalie Cameron Korpi made 17 saves in the win, while CJ Kier made 30 saves in the loss for the Bobcats.
Janesville 4 vs. New Jersey 1 – Selby Warren made 29 saves and Kyle Kudrna scored twice as the Jets improved to 2-0 on the season thanks to a 4-1 win over New Jersey as the Titans dropped to 0-4. Kudrna opened the scoring midway through the 1st period, but that was quickly answered by New Jersey’s Eric Charpentier, who made it 1-1. The Jets quickly regained the lead for good as Kudrna scored again to make it 2-1 and then Ryan Williams added a goal late in the 1st period to make it 3-1. In the 3rd period, Jimmy Doyle would add an insurance goal for the Jets to make it a 4-1 final. Titans goalie Ben Charette made 33 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 3 vs. Corpus Christi 0 – The Steel moved to 2-0 at the Showcase thanks to a 3-0 shutout win over the IceRays, who fell to 0-2. Carter Wishart stopped all 17 shots that came his way for his first career NAHL shutout. The game was scoreless for the first two periods, but the Steel turned up the heat in the 3rd period, getting goals from Hudson Zinda, Ryan Remick and Joe Kelly to secure the win. IceRays goalie Thomas Kiesewetter was busy in the loss, making 38 saves.
Maryland 5 vs. El Paso 1 – Dimitry Kebreau scored twice and added an assist as Maryland handled the El Paso Rhinos, 5-1. Kebreau opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game and Gabriel Westling also added a 1st period goal to make it 2-0 for Maryland after 20 minutes. Jesse Horacek would score his 2nd of the season in the 2nd period to make it 3-0 for the Black Bears. El Paso got on the board early in the 3rd period with their lone tally from Kolby Amici. Adam Schankula and Kebreau would add goals later in the 3rd period to make it a 5-1 final. Jack Wieneke made 18 saves in the win, while Hunter Garvey made 26 saves in the loss.
North Iowa 1 vs. Shreveport 0 – Mitch Day posted a 27-save shutout in his first NAHL start as the Bulls moved to 2-0 at the Showcase with a 1-0 win over Shreveport. The lone goal of the contest came midway through the game as Logan Dombrowsky converted on a nice 2-on-1 with linemate Eli Miller. Mudbugs goalie Tommy Aitken made 20 saves in the loss.
Wisconsin 5 vs. Philadelphia 1 – Wisconsin posted their first NAHL win thanks to 27 saves from goalie Maxwell Beckford in a 5-1 win over the Rebels. The Windigo led 2-0 after the 1st period thanks to goals from Drew Fisher and Cameron Boche. The lead swelled to 3-0 in the 2nd period as Tyler Grahme scored for Wisconsin. In the 3rd period, the Rebels made it 3-1 on a goal from Max Hamstan, but goals later in the period from Wisconsin’s Patrick Isiguzo and Cashen Naeve secured the 5-1 win. Rebels goalie Jakub Krbecek made 37 saves in the loss.
Anchorage 3 vs. Maine 0 – The Wolverines got a 33-save shutout from Shane Soderwall as they picked up their first win of the season in a 3-0 win over the Maine Nordiques. It took almost two full periods for someone to score, but the Wolverines finally found the back of the net late in the 2nd period as Leyten Liffrig netted the eventual game-winning goal. In the 3rd period goals from Kade Shea and David Tolan secured the 3-0 win. Nordiques goalie Thomas Heaney made 34 saves in the loss.
Minnesota 7 vs. Northeast 3 – In his first game in a Wilderness uniform, forward Kevin Marx Noren set a new team record with four goals and added an assist in a 7-3 win. It was the Generals who took the early 2-0 lead with goals from Paul Minnehan and Ryan Schelling. Marx Noren then took over with four straight goals, giving the Wilderness a 4-2 lead through two periods. In the 3rd period, Minnesota put the game away with three more goals from Noah Griswold, Joe Cesario, and Jack Seaverson. Joseph Schubert had the other tally for the Generals. Wilderness goalie Konrad Kaussch made 33 saves in the win, while Joey LoVullo made 18 saves in the loss.
Amarillo 5 vs. Kenai River 1 – Five different players scored for the Wranglers and Carter Clafton made 24 saves to lead Amarillo to a 5-1 win over Kenai River and a 2-0 record at the NAHL Showcase. Jack McDonald started the scoring in the 1st period for the Wranglers. Kenai River tied the game at 1-1 early in the 2nd period with their lone goal from Hayden Walters. After that it was all Wranglers as they scored four unanswered goals from Jase Sofo, Ryan Gingher, Roman Zap, and Trevor Faucher. Brown Bears goalie Nils Wallstrom took the loss with 33 saves.
Austin 4 vs. Springfield 1 – Bruins goalie Ethan Robertson made a career-high 40 saves against his old team and James Goffredo and Matys Brassard each had two goals as the Bruins stayed perfect on the season with a 4-1 win over the Jr. Blues. Austin took a 1-0 lead on a 1st period goal from Brassard. Springfield tied the game at 1-1 in the 2nd period with their lone goal from Carson Galin. In the 3rd period, Goffredo scored twice and Brassard added his second of the game to secure the win. Jr. Blues goalie Trevor Boschee made 36 saves in the loss.
Aberdeen 5 vs. Odessa 2 - Five different players scored and Cole Moore made 26 saves as the Wings moved to 2-0 at the NAHL Showcase with a 5-2 win over Odessa. The Jackalopes scored first on a goal from Dayne Hoyord. The Wings would respond before the end of the period as Ronan Walsh netted his first goal of the season. The Wings took their first lead of the game in the 2nd period as Nikolai Tishkevich scored on the power play. The Jackalopes responded with a goal later in the period from Ryan Mansfield to tie the game at 2-2. In the 3rd period, the Wings seized control late, scoring three goals in four minutes to put the game on ice as Barron Stibbe, Zachary Reim, and Alexander Gullichsen all scored. Kameron Ragon made 34 saves in the Jackalopes loss.
New Mexico 5 vs. Fairbanks 2 – The Ice Wolves got two goals and an assist from William Howard as they moved to 2-0 at the Showcase thanks to a 5-2 win over Fairbanks. William Craig made 29 saves in the win and JD Metz chipped in with three assists. Fairbanks scored first on a goal from Jake Cameron. The Ice Wolves the rattled off the next four straight goals as Nicolas Haviar scored to tie the game, then Howard scored twice to make it 3-1 and Tony Leahy scored to make it 4-1. Cole Burke would score for the Ice Dogs in the 3rd period to make it 4-2, but a power play goal from Hunter Hastings secured the 5-2 win. Fairbanks goalie Jack Olson made 30 saves in the loss.
Lone Star 3 vs. St. Cloud 2 (SO) – In the first game of the Showcase to go to overtime or a shootout, the Lone Star Brahmas moved their record to 2-0 as they picked up a 3-2 shootout win over the Norsemen. The Brahmas opened up a 2-0 lead through two periods behind goals from Dhillon Wilde and Bobby Barrasso. The Norsemen stormed back in the 3rd period with a pair of goals from Broten Sabo and Ryan Cutler to knot the game at 2-2. After a scoreless overtime, Matt MacDonald from the Brahmas was the only one of six shooters to shootout to claim the extra point. William Gramme made 29 saves in the win, while Will Ingemann made 17 saves in the loss.