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Saturday Scores: Steel Within Striking Distance After Sweep

February 4, 2024

Will Moore had two points in the Tomahawks fourth straight victory. (Photo courtesy Phil Andraychak)

Kenai River 2 @ Chippewa 5: The Chippewa Steel topped the Kenai River Brown Bears in a 5-2 final. In the second period the Steel got ahead 3-0 with Peyton Platter, Jacob Ligi and Tomas Trunda scoring. In the third, Carter McCormick and Joseph Yoon scored to get the Brown Bears on the board for a 3-2 score. The Steel answered back with Tomas Tundra and Matt Grannan for a final of 5-2. Chippewa goalie Carter Wishart stopped 29 of the shots on net. 

Bismarck 2 @ North Iowa 0: Stephen Peck needed just 12 saves to earn the shutout as the Bismarck Bobcats blanked North Iowa by a score of 2-0. Jake Peterson netted his first of the season in the opening frame. Landon Fandel put home the empty net tally to secure the win for Bismarck in the third. Connor Graham was spectacular in the loss for the Bulls, he made 38 saves.

Oklahoma 4 @ Amarillo 2: Four different Warriors got on to the scoresheet as Oklahoma doubled up Amarillo by a score of 4-2. Louie Kamienski broke the scoreless tie with just under three and a half minutes remaining in the first. Roman Zap scored his 13th of the season just 63 seconds later to even the game at one at the break. Geno McEnery would give Oklahoma the lead again in the second period and Anthony Cafarelli added insurance early in the third. Jack Ivery would bring the Wranglers within one but Max Vig would stymie the comeback with his sixth of the season in the final minutes. Daniel Duris stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced while Connor McDonough ended the evening with 30 saves.

Lone Star 2 @ Odessa 1 (OT): This game was scoreless for over 50 minutes before Odessa’s Nick Metelkin found the back of the net for his second of the year. Then it was Justin Kerr would just over two minutes remaining in regulation forcing overtime. It only took 27 seconds of overtime before David Skuhrovec found Ivan Zadvernyuk for the game winning goal to give Lone Star the series sweep. Deivs Rolovs was a perfect 17 for 17 before Jack Wieneke was forced to come in, he made seven stops. Quentin Sigurdson denied 35 of the 37 shots he saw.

Shreveport 3 @ New Mexico 2 (SO): The Shreveport Mudbugs picked up another two points, this time dispatching the New Mexico Ice Wolves 3-2 in a shootout. Bryce Johnson and Kyan Haldenby traded goals in the opening minutes. After things settled down, Hayden Nichol scored his 15th of the year to give the Mudbugs the lead late in the second. Then in the dying seconds of regulation, Ryan Johnson potted his 24th of the season to even the game at two and force overtime. After a scoreless five minutes, we went to a shootout where Nichol and Ryan Burke deposited goals and Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau stopped both shooters he faced. Seguin-Lescarbeau finished the game with 24 stops. Andy Vlaha took the loss for the Ice Wolves, he made 31 saves.

Colorado 3 @ El Paso 6: Jakub Jerman scored twice and added an assist as the El Paso Rhinos beat the Colorado Grit 6-3. Paavo Hiltunen had a goal and an assist while Frank Tafelski and Tory Lund each had two helpers. James Hooley III, Jake Cameron and Cade DeWolf all netted tallies for the Rhinos in the victory. Alexander German led the Colorado offense with a goal and an assist. George Poirier and Christian Carter also scored for the Grit. Joey LoVullo was the winner in the blue paint with 14 saves. Aden Gariepy and Jack Erickson combined to make 21 stops.

Springfield 2 @ Janesville 7: A huge first period propelled the Janesville Jets to a decisive 7-2 victory over the Springfield Jr. Blues. Trey Fechko led the way with two goals and an assist while Noah Gibbs had two goals of his own and Conner Brown notched four assists on the evening. Haden Kruse potted a goal and an assist while Christian Venticinque and Nick Sajevic found the back of the net. Niko Laus and Anthony Ruklic scored for Springfield in the loss. Jan Kasal was the winner in the crease for Janesville, he made 33 stops. Schoephoerster was given the loss after making 30 saves.

Aberdeen 1 @ Austin 5: Damon Furuseth had a goal and an assist as the Austin Bruins downed the Aberdeen Wings 5-1. Austin Salani, Ashton Bynum, Jackson Luther and Dylan Cook all got on the scoresheet for Austin in the win. Luke Backel provided the lone goal for the Wings in a losing effort. Trent Wiemken earned the win in goal as he was nearly perfect, making 30 saves. Adam Dybal and Croix Kochendorfer teamed up to make 25 saves.

Danbury 1 @ Johnstown 4: The Tomahawks scored a pair of goals in both of the final two periods en route to a 4-1 victory and weekend sweep over Danbury. Alexios Georgaklis netted his 6th goal of the season to give the visitors a lead through 20 minutes. Cade Baker and Will Moore both scored in the middle frame to flip the tides. Will Lawrence and Lukas Klemm added to the lead and sealed the win with goals in the 3rd. Zack Ferris kept out all but one of 26 shots faced in the win while Thomas Kiesewetter made 26 saves for Danbury. 

Rochester 3 @ Philadelphia 2: Despite a late push from the Rebels, Rochester’s initial 3-0 lead was enough to edge past Philadelphia 3-2. Thomas Rockey and Adam Gionta both tickled twine in the opening frame to get the visitors buzzing early. Luca Leighton buried 41 seconds into the 3rd to provide some insurance for Rochester. Philadelphia’s Charles Panchisin and Sonny Dinubile scored consecutive goals but they were unable to inspire the full comeback. Florian Wade made 14 saves in the win while Owen Crudale kept out 28 of 31 for the Rebels. 

Northeast 1 @ Maryland 4: The Black Bears bounced back from a Friday night loss, picking up a convincing 4-1 win over the Generals. Samuel Stitz and Dylan Gordon both lit the lamp in the 1st to get the home crowd rowdy early on. Magnus Gadowsky extended the lead midway through the 2nd with his 4th of the season. Jake Gutwirth drew the Generals within two goals quickly in the final period but Ryder Nienhuis deposited the dagger later on to make it 4-1. Owen Lepak kept out 26 of 27 for the Black Bears while Toby Hopp made 28 saves for the Generals. 

New Jersey 5 @ New Hampshire 2: The New Jersey Titans nearly replicated Friday night’s performance, once again scoring five goals against the Mountain Kings, this time ending with a 5-2 final score. Arhip Sidarovich buried twice in the first while Dominick Rivelli added another for the Titans while Brett Wall got New Hampshire on the board. Nick Reif brought the lead down to one score thanks to a goal midway through the middle frame. Nikita Meshcheryakov and Ethan Wongus put the game out of reach with goals for New Jersey in the 3rd. Zakari Brice kept out 27 of 29 shots for New Jersey while Carson Dorfman and Stefan Carney combined for 45 saves in New Hampshire’s crease.

Anchorage 2 @ Wisconsin 5: The Wisconsin Windigo swept the Anchorage Wolverines after a 5-2 win on home ice. In the opening frame both teams netted two goals with Jackson Stimple and Taisetsu Ushio both scoring for the Wolverines while  Luke Baker and Quinn Disher scored fot the Wolverines for a 2-2 score. In the second period, Jacob Jastrzebski and Bryadon Beahm scored to extend the lead 4-2 for the Windigo. In the third, Logan Nickolaus scored to finalize the score 5-2 for the Windigo. Goalie Linards Lipskis was amazing in net stopping 20 shots.

Minot 5 @ St. Cloud 4 (OT): The Minot MInotauros went to overtime to take the full two points against the St. Cloud Norsemen, 5-4.  In the second period, the Norsemen ended the first with a 3-1 lead with Andrew Cumming, Wes Berg and Gavin Gunderson scoring, while Minot’s Ian Spencer scored for a 3-1 score. In the third period, John Emmons, Will Dawson and Joel Lehtinen scored for Minot while Peyton Mithmuangneua scored for St. Cloud for a score of 4-4 going into the third. In the extra period, John Emmons called game scoring for Minot to win, 5-4.

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