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Saturday Scores: Sweep puts Black Bears back into 1st place

January 7, 2024

Minot leading scorer Jack OHanisain had six points in a weekend sweep of St. Cloud as Minot extended their winning streak to nine straight games with the best record in the NAHL.

Saturday Box Scores

Maine 0 @ Maryland 4 - The Maryland Black Bears picked up their second win on the weekend in a weekend sweep over the Maine Nordiques in shutout fashion winning 4-0, which moved the Black Bears back into 1st place. Samuel Stitz and Riley Ruh both scored in the opening period for a 2-0 Maryland lead. In the second, Ryder Nienhuis found the back of the net to add to the Maryland score, 3-0. In the third, Luke Janus scored to solidify the win for Maryland, 4-0. Goalie Owen Lepak was perfect in net after stopping all 18 shots he faced in the shutout win.  

Minot 6 @ St. Cloud 3 - The Minotauros continue to stay hot as they took down St. Cloud 6-3 for their ninth consecutive victory. Niklas Ketonen, Nicholas Sewecke, and Jack O’Hanisain all lit the lamp in the 1st for the visitors. Braden Panzer kept St. Cloud in the game with a goal in the first 20. Chad Muller and Ketonen extended the lead in the middle frame while Tyler Dysart scored the Norsemen’s 2nd goal. O’Hanisain found the back of the net again before Michael Coleman deposited the final goal of the contest. Brady James picked up the win making 26 saves on 29 shots. Max Weilandt made 20 stops in the loss. 

New Jersey 1 @ Johnstown 5 - The Johnstown Tomahawks completed a weekend sweep over the New Jersey Titans in a 5-1 statement win. Cade Baker got the Tomahawks on the scoresheet in the first period with his sixth goal of the year for a 1-0 lead. In the second, Johnstown kept up the offensive momentum with back-to-back goals from Will Lawerance and Isaac Holt to extend the lead, 3-0. Dominick Rivelli posted the lone New Jersey goal to cut the lead down to 3-1. Soon after, Johnstown went back on the offensive side of the puck adding another set of back-to-back goals with Zach Aben and Justin Gibson for a 5-1 lead to end the period and the game. Netminder Jacob Osborn picked up his second win of the weekend stopping 41 of 42 shots. 

New Hampshire 2 @ Rochester 4 - The Rochester Jr. Americans picked up their second win of the weekend against the New Hampshire Mountain Kings in a 4-2 final. In the first period, Luca Leighton and Massimo Gentile both scored for a 2-0 Rochester lead. Joseph Arnold added a late goal to get New Hampshire on the board to end the period with a 2-1 score. In the third, Matteo Disipio and Luca Leighton added to the Rochester lead, 4-1. Kim Hilmersson netted a goal late in the game for New Hampshire for a 4-2 final. Rochester goalie Florian Wade stopped 27 shots in the win. 

Lone Star 3 @ Oklahoma 4 – The Warriors picked up a weekend sweep of the Brahmas as they scored four goals in the 2nd period en route to a 4-3 win. Justin Kerr opened the scoring for Lone Star, which was met by four straight goals from the Warriors as Owen Carlile, Landon Fleming, Kaden Nelson, and William Ahlrik all found the back of the net. In the 3rd period, the Brahmas made it a 4-3 contest with two goals in the 3rd period from Ivan Zadvernyuk and another from Kerr, but could find the equalizer. Daniel Duris made 23 saves in the win. 

Anchorage 3 @ Minnesota 4 – The Wilderness jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off a Wolverines rally to complete a weekend sweep with a 4-3 win over Anchorage. The Wilderness led 3-0 after the 1st period thanks to goals from Connor Farren, Oliver Band, and Daniel Astapovich. The Wolverines made it a 3-2 contest in the 2nd period with goals from Bryce Monrean and Cole Christian. In the 3rd period, a goal from Oliver Stumpel proved to be the game-winner. Monread would add his second of the game late in the contest to make it 4-3. Nick Erickson made 44 saves in the win. 

Kenai River 4 @ Wisconsin 7 – The Windigo won their fourth straight game as NAHL leading scorer Max Martin had four goals and Jacob Jastrzebski had five points in a 7-4 win. The Windigo exploded for five goals in the 1st period, including three from Martin and others from Ethan DeKay and Jastrzebski. Owen Hanson and Landon MacDonald scored for Kenai River to make it 5-2. Nicholas Stevens had the lone goal in the 2nd period for the Brown Bears to make it 5-3. The Windigo pulled away in the 3rd period with Martins fourth goal and one from Erick Comstock, while Stevens scored again for the Brown Bears. Linards Lipskis made 21 saves in the win.  

El Paso 4 @ New Mexico 2 – The Rhinos won their eighth straight game as they picked up a 4-2 win in New Mexico on Saturday. Eddie Shepler started the scoring for El Paso with the lone goal of the 1st period. The Rhinos would score three more times in the 2nd period with tallies from Medrick Bolduc, Camden Bajzer, and Bradley Walker, while Rasmus Leijonhielm and Michael Schermerhorn had the goals for New Mexico. Michael Manzi picked up the win in goal, making 24 saves. 

Amarillo 4 @ Colorado 1 – The Wranglers got two goals and an assist from Topi Puikkonen as they picked up their second straight win over the Grit on the weekend thanks to a 4-1 win. The Grit held a 1-0 lead after one period thanks to a goal from Brayden Fryfogle. It was all Amarillo the rest of the way as Jack Ivey tied the game at 1-1 in the second period and then Puikkonen scored twice in the 3rd period and Ben Ivey also added a goal. Andrew Peterson made 18 saves in the win, while Jack Erickson made 22 saves in the loss. 

Fairbanks 2 @ Springfield 1 – The Ice Dogs got 29 saves from Tyler Krivtsov in a 2-1 win in Springfield in the second game of a three-game series. Fairbanks jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a 1st period goal from Kole Altergott and a 2nd period goal from Nik Gudmundson. The Jr. Blues netted their lone goal in the 3rd period from Jagur McClelland. Springfield goalie JJ Cataldo made 39 saves in the loss. 

Corpus Christi 5 @ Shreveport 2 – IceRays goalie Vilgot Holm made 32 saves as Corpus Christi snapped Shreveport’s 8-game winning streak thanks to a 5-2 win on Saturday. Five different players scored for the IceRays, which included the opening two goals from Pierson Sobush and Luca Fasciano. The Mudbugs tied the game at 2-2 later in the 1st period with goals from Logan Heroux and Nick Marino. In the 2nd period, the IceRays took a 3-2 lead on a goal from Ryan Hintz, which would stand as the game-winner. Billy Biedermann and Cole Semeniuk would add goals in the 3rd period. 

Philadelphia 3 @ Northeast 6 - The Northeast Generals split their weekend series against the Philadelphia Rebels after picking up a 6-3 win. Late in the first period, Matthew DeSprit scored for the Generals to get a 1-0 lead. In the second period, the Rebels scored back-to-back goals with Billy Sheridan and Charles Panchisin for a 2-1 score. The Generals answered back by scoring three goals with Joseph McGraw, who scored twice, and Matthew DeSpirit netting his second of the night for a 4-2 score. In the third, Brendan Kimball got another goal in favor of Northeast for a 5-2 score. Charles Panchisn netted a goal for the Rebels making the score 5-3. Nearing the midway point, Jacob Wilson netted the final goal of the game which sealed the win for the Generals, 6-3. Northeast goaltender Peter Wickstrom Stumer stopped 23 shots in the win. 

Bismarck 4 @ Austin 0 - The Bobcats buried in all three periods en route to a dominant 4-0 shutout win on the road. Chase Beacom tickled twine late in the opening period to give Bismarck a lead through 20. Julian Beaumont scored his 13th of the season in the 2nd to double the lead. That lead was increased further in the 3rd as Bismarck’s Evan Hunter and Kade Kohanski both scored. Klayton Knapp picked up his 5th shutout of the season making 31 saves. Trent Wiemken kept out 34 of 38 in the loss for the Bruins.  

Aberdeen 7 @ North Iowa 2 - The Wings bounced back from Friday night’s loss and dominated the Bulls 7-2. The scores were level through the 1st period as Nikolai Tishkevich buried for the Wings while North Iowa’s Blake Ulve also found the back of the net. Drew Mackie regained the lead for Aberdeen with the lone goal in the 2nd period. The floodgates opened in the 3rd as Simon Pollock, Logan Gravink, Weston Turner, Jackson Anderson, and Tishkevich tallied consecutive goals for the Wings. North Iowa’s 2nd goal was scored late by Hayden Siegel. Adam Dybal kept out 18 of 20 in the victory while Dylan Johnson stopped 34 for North Iowa.

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