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Saturday Scores: Bulls off to hot start with sweep

September 15, 2019

Bailey Sommers led Granite City to a 7-4 win in their 2019-20 season opener.

Saturday's Box Scores

North Iowa 4 @ Breezy Point 3 – The Bulls had 3 unanswered goals in the third period, which clinched their comeback win with a 4-3 final.  Mario Mainetti scored first for Breezy Point, which was followed by two goals from Garrett Freemon.  After a slow start, Dalton Saltness found the back of the net for the Bulls in the second period, while Jordan Roo, Jac Triemert, and Mason Enright finished the comeback by each lighting the lamp in the third.  Conan Hayton had an outstanding 55 save performance, but it was not enough to bring home the win and beat North Iowa’s Joseph Daninger, who turned down 16 of 19 shots.

New Ulm 4 @ Granite City 7 – The Lumberjacks offense could not be controlled Saturday night, as they were able to score at will and seal a 7-4 victory.  Jacob Halvorson scored the first two goals for Granite City and Jack Parks and Stanislav Danaev followed with goals of their own in the third period.  Despite their four goals, the Steel could not keep up with the Lumberjacks’ offensive charge led by two goals from both Bailey Sommers and Kearby Larson.  Blake Spetz, Jonah Jangula, and Carson Simon also found the back of the net for Granite City.  Matt Fitzgerald sealed the win for Granite City with his 18 save performance, topping New Ulm and beating James Royce’s 25 saves on 32 shots.
 
Northeast 3 @ New England 5 – New England’s offense topped Northeast with a score of 5-3.  Anthony Viola led the way for the Stars’ offense with two goals on the night, while Joe Gagnon, Connor Barter, and Michael Lempiainen all lit the lamp as well.  The Generals tried fighting back but fell short despite the efforts of Jeffrey Sidoit, Grigori Zemzer, and John Musella to find the back of the net.   
 
Mid Cities 4 @ Louisiana 3 – The Jr. Stars launched a comeback attempt in the third period that led to their 4-3 victory.  The Drillers gained the lead with goals by Blake Siewertsen, Grant Griffin, and Alex Holt, but the Jr. Stars scored three unanswered goals in the third to come out with the win.  RJ Muckensturm, Zach Perez, Gibson Duhe, and Brady Nelson contributed to the win with goals for Mid Cities.  Noah Kinsinger sealed the deal by turning away 42 of 45 shots for Mid Cities, while James Downie stopped 29 of 33 shots for the Drillers.
 
Long Beach 0 @ L/A 10 – The Nordiques defeated the Sharks 10-0 in a lopsided game.  Both Joe Clark and Bryce Leger had hat tricks, while Sergei Anisimov scored two goals.  Peyton Hughes and Connor Kennedy were each able to find the back of the net once for L/A.  Long Beach’s Daniel Sprague stopped 11 of 16 shots before being relieved by Timothy Brillaud, who turned away 35 of 40 shots.  L/A’s Nick Beck had an 18 save shutout on the night to guarantee the win.
 
Atlanta 7 @ Texas 1 – The Capitals beat the RoadRunners 7-1.  Cole Thomas Johnson led the offense with two goals and received help from Will Boyer, Christopher Walker, David Helpap, Joey Allegrini, and Matthew Macumber, who scored for the Capitals too.  Riley Vertosnik put up the only goal for the RoadRunners, which kept Noah Ping from a twenty-save shutout.  The RoadRunners’ Cole Garver turned away 31 of 38 shots. 
 
Skylands 2 @ Elmira 4 – The Jr. Soaring Eagles made a third period comeback and defeated the Kings 4-2.  The Kings struck first with a goal by Khole Hibbert and then Nick Ferrari.  However, the Jr. Soaring Eagles’ flew away with the game in the third with two goals by Liam Murphy, and goals from Jayvon Fogelgren and Kawashima.  Skylands’ Tyler Robertson turned away 51 of 55 shots, while Elmira’s goalies Daniel McCarthy and Andrew Engel had a combined total of 46 saves on 48 shots for the win.
 
Rochester 5 @ Peoria 1 – The Grizzlies marched away with an easy 5-1 win over the Mustangs.  Zakary Justice, Jesper Hofling, and Andrejs Bogdanovs all scored for Rochester, while Michael Heitkamp found the back of the net twice.  Ian McHenry was the only player for Peoria who was able to get the puck past the Mustangs’ goalie, Shane Soderwall, in Saturday night’s 5-1 final.  Soderwall finished the night with 17 saves on 18 shots, countering the combined 19 save effort of Peoria’s goalies, Cole Walter and Jaden Gardner.  Gardner turned down all four shots he faced.
 
St. Louis 5 @ Milwaukee 0 – The Jr. Blues were victorious with an outstanding offensive and defensive performance on Saturday night with a 5-0 win over Milwaukee.  Sean Hofstetter scored two goals for the Jr. Blues and Jacob Wiethaupt, Lucas Gudz, and Joey Boccardi all tallied a goal in the win as well.  Trevor Smith had a monstrous thirty-save shutout, while Ty Barnhill turned away 41 of 46 shots for the Power.   
 
Bozeman 6 @ Missoula 2 – The Icedogs ran away with the win over Missoula 6-2 on Saturday night. Hazen McKay led the way with a hat trick and Caden Duggan was right with him scoring two goals and finding an assist of his own.  Zach Monaco also got in on the action with a goal and an assist on the night.  However, the Bruins didn’t let the Icedogs get away unmarked.  Chase Wilhelm and Tyler Prince each lit the lamp for Missoula.  Dylan Swanson made 33 saves on 39 shots, but AJ Ruskowski sealed the win for Bozeman stopping 22 of 24 shots.   
 
Sheridan 8 @ Butte 2 – Seven Sheridan players found the back of the net and Ty Stovin and Kyler Garsjo’s goals for Butte were unable to match the performance.  Jonathon Teasdale opened the flood gates for Sheridan’s offense midway through the first with a goal and found the back of the net again later in the night, with Blake Bilings, Justin Schwartzmiller, Kolten Wright, Logan Syrup, Steven Delikat, and Trevor Timm following along with goals of their own.  Colton Marcy turned away 47 of 55 shots for the Cobras, but Zach Hearn’s 10 save performance was able to seal the win for the Hawks.  
 
Gillette 2 @ Great Falls 1 – In a low-scoring, defensive battle, the Wild were able to break the silence in the third to win 2-1 over Great Falls.  Nathaniel Fanning scored first for Gillette and was quickly followed by a goal from Brody Boyce for Great Falls early in the first period.  Declan Young lit the lamp and won the game for the Wild in the third.  Both goalies, Anthony Seykora and Trever Mellon, had great 35 save performances. 
 
Helena 3 @ Yellowstone 5 – After an explosive, four-goal first period by Yellowstone, Helena could not catch back up, as the Quake won 5-3 over the Bighorns.  Cade Rosansky, Evan Snyder, Jon Green, and Damion Williams all found the back of the net in the first period for the Quake, and Ryan Lovelace found it again late in the third.  Johnny Baird, Hlib Tkach, and Darian Wilson lit the lamp for the Bighorns in a comeback effort but fell short.  Aaron Campbell made 9 saves on 13 shots for the Bighorns before being relieved by Garrett Dryden, who stopped 19 out of 20 shots.  Michael Allman had game winning performance and made 42 saves on 45 shots to secure the win for Yellowstone.
 
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