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Saturday Scores: Sweeps start to shape playoff picture

March 12, 2023

North Iowa forward Max Scott had six points in a weekend road sweep of Minot.

Saturday Box Scores

Bismarck 0 @ St. Cloud 1: In a primarily defensive battle, the Norsemen battled and came out on top 1-0 in their home matchup against the Bobcats. The lone goal came 13:49 into the 2nd period when Kade Peterson picked up a bouncing puck in the slot and deposited the eventual game winner past Linards Lipskis. The Norsemen defense and netminder Ethan Dahlmeir were able to hold off Bismarck all 60 minutes, Dahlmeir making 23 saves and picking up his 3rd shutout of the season. Lipskis kept the Bobcats in the game, making 35 saves on 36 shots in the loss. 

North Iowa 5 @ Minot 4 - The Bulls scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Minot Minotauros 5-4 in a big road victory for North Iowa. Chase LaPinta had Minot up 1-0 after 20 minutes of action. Braden Fischer added a goal early in the second period to increase the lead. Logan Dombrowsky got North Iowa on the board with his 14th goal of the season. Bryce Howard and Weston Knox scored back to back goals to put Minot ahead midway through the middle frame. Max Scott got North Iowa within two with 18th of the year with just a few minutes remaining. Jack Mesic netted a power play tally to bring the Bulls within one before Simone Dadie also netted a power play goal to tie the game at four. Dadie scored his second of the night just about eight minutes later and it would prove to be the game winning goal. Mitch Day got the win in goal with Stefan Carney picking up the save in the final three minutes. Day made 35 saves while Carney stopped all five shots he saw. Lawton Zacher was saddled with the loss as he stopped 27 shots. 

Amarillo 1 @ Shreveport 5: The Mudbugs pleased the home fans after dominating the Wranglers 5-1 and bringing their season head-to-head matchup to 5-3  in Shreveport’s favor. Jake Mack and Tristan both buried in the opening frame to give Shreveport the early edge. Chase Davis drew the Wranglers within a goal early in the middle frame before Matthew Danziger and Sutton Murray deposited answers before the 2nd intermission. Zarsky found the back of the net again in the 3rd, this time coming on the powerplay, to put the game out of reach. Nikola Goich and Simon Bucheler combined for 16 saves in the win while Luca Ganz kept out 29 of 34 in the loss. 

Chippewa 4 @ Springfield 2: The Steel picked up another crucial set of points after taking down Springfield 4-2 on the road. Aidan Shirey broke the deadlock in Chippewa’s favor with his 2nd goal of the season 4:52 into the 1st. Matthew Granan doubled the lead five minutes into the middle frame. Chippewa’s Sam Rice extended the lead early in the 3rd before the Jr. Blues fired off two goals from Jake Peterson and James Callahan to make it a one-goal game. J.J. Grainda deposited the empty netter late in the 3rd to seal the victory. Adam Gajan picked up the win making a respectable 34 saves on 36 shots. Aksel Reid kept out 22 in the loss. 

Maine 3 @ Philadelphia 1: The Nordiques brought their win streak to three games after taking down Philadelphia 3-1 on the road. Nicholas Bernardo broke open the scoring 6:06 into the 1st period with his 9th of the season. Aidan Coupe added another goal before period break on the powerplay to extend the lead for Maine. Max Hamstad drew the Rebels within a goal 1:02 into the final frame but Kellen Murphy deposited the empty netter dagger with 35 seconds remaining in regulation. Kael Depape picked up the win stopping all but one of 35 shots faced. Jakub Krbecek kept out 24 of 26 in the loss. 

Odessa 1 @ El Paso 3 - Tory Lund led the Rhinos with a goal and an assist as they picked up the sweep after a 3-1 win on Saturday night over the Odessa Jackalopes. AJ Reed netted the eventual game winner while Jussi Malmi scored his first of the season to provide the insurance for El Paso. Josh Austin netted the only goal for Odessa, his second of the campaign. Nolan Suggs grabbed the win in the blue paint with 38 saves while Gergely Orosz was on the losing end despite making 28 saves.

Minnesota 6 @ Anchorage 2 - The Minnesota Wilderness kept their winning ways going as they defeated the Anchorage Wolverines 6-2. Sawyer Scholl and Kevin Marx Noren each potted a pair of goals for the Wilderness to lead the offensive attack. Adam Johnson and Reid Daavettila both got on the scoresheet for Minnesota as well. Kory DiPonio and Oliver Doran scored goals for the Wolverines. Isak Posch got the win in between the pipes as he made 20 saves. Eino Rissanen stopped 27 shots in the loss for Anchorage. 

Kenai River 4 @ Fairbanks 3 (OT) - Carson Triggs netted his second goal of the game to lift the Kenai River Brown Bears to a 4-3 overtime win over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Colin Goff scored in the opening seconds to give Fairbanks an early lead but Bryce Monrean evened the game at one just four minutes later. Tyler Herzberg picked up a power play tally to give the Ice Dogs a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Noah Holt scored the only goal of the middle frame to tie the game at two goals apiece. In the third, Fairbanks took the lead for a third time on Julian Recine’s 18th goal of the year. Triggs scored his first goal of the night with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. Triggs would break free in the extra period and score to give Kenai River the extra point. Nils Wallstrom made 21 saves in relief of Bryant Marks who made 10 stops in the opening period. Kayden Hargraves was dealt the loss as he made 26 stops. 

Corpus Christi 1 @ Oklahoma 6 - Therien Thiesing scored twice and added an assist as the Oklahoma Warriors knocked off the Corpus Christi IceRays by a score of 6-1. William Ahlrik picked up a goal and an assist while Domenick Evtimov, William Brenner and Brendan Williams all lit the lamp in the Warriors big win. Logan Neilson picked up the lone goal for the IceRays. Daniel Duris needed just 13 saves to pick up the win in goal while Patrik Jurcak stopped 34 shots in the loss. 

Maryland 4 @ New Jersey 3: The Black Bears bounced back and solidified their spot at the top of the East Division standings after taking down New Jersey 4-3 on the road. Hunter Ramos opened up the scoring with his 18th of the season 6:12 into the opening frame. The two squads traded goals in the 2nd period as Anthony Calafiore and Ben Muthersbaugh combined for three goals for the Titans while Luke Van Why and Gabriel Westling both tickled twine for the Nordiques. A tie game heading into the 3rd, Brayden Stannard buried the deciding goal 7:08 in with his 6th of the season. Jack Wieneke picked up the win making 35 saves on 38 shots. Zakari Brice kept out 28 in the loss. 

Danbury 5 @ Northeast 1: Danbury brought their long winless streak to an end as they knocked off the Northeast Generals 5-1. The Jr. Hat Tricks got ahead early as Nash Jacobsma, Luke Golisano, and Thomas Delfarno all tickled twine in the opening frame. Emerson Miller got the Generals on the board early in the 2nd period before Chase Sandhu and Logan Nickerson answered with goals for Danbury. Karlis Mezsargs picked up his first win in a Danbury sweater, making 29 saves on 30 shots faced. Cullen DeYoung and Toby Hopp combined for 23 saves for the Generals, DeYoung credited with the loss making 2 stops. 

Wisconsin 0 @ Janesville 2: The Jets picked up a much needed two points and series split with the Windigo thanks to a 28 save shutout from their netminder Selby Warren. The game remained scoreless through two periods of play and was tied until Gunnar Williams found the back of the net with 6:49 remaining in regulation with his 5th goal of the season. Connor Deturris put home the empty netter and dagger with two seconds remaining. Warren came away with the win stopping 28 shots as well as a Wisconsin penalty shot while the Windigo netminder Gavin Moffatt made 27 saves in the loss. 

Austin 0 @ Aberdeen 2 - Cole Moore turned aside all 35 shots he faced as the Aberdeen Wings blanked the Austin Bruins by a score of 2-0. All the scoring came in the opening minutes of the second period as first Dylan Wegner struck on the power play off the set up from Michael Casey and Owen Benoit. Exactly 60 seconds later Jackson Anderson notched his fourth goal of the season. Luke Backel and Patrick O’Connell picked up the helpers on that one. Trent Wiemken was stuck with the loss as he made 19 stops. 

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