Saturday Scores: Bighorns stay undefeated with another win
Butte 2 @ Helena 6 – The Bighorns improved to 3-0 thanks to a 6-2 win in their home opener over the Cobras. Tylor Greene had a hat-trick and an assist in the win. The teams were even at 1-1 after the 1st period as Gavyn Galloway scored for the Bighorns, with Cade Wessman answering for Butte. The Bighorns put the game away with four goals in the 2nd period, which included two from Greene and others from Tyler Bloom and Liam Bland. Greene would add his hat-trick in the 3rd period. Jonah Gilbert had the other goal for Butte. Eric Buchholz made 30 saves in the win, while Caleb Cross made 43 saves in the loss.
Great Falls 3 @ Bozeman 4 (SO) – The Icedogs improved to 2-0-1 thanks to a shootout win over the Americans. Things looked good early for Bozeman as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Ian Bowman, Luke Hartmark, and Luke Busher. The Americans stormed back with goals from Henry Fusco, Hunter Maschke, and Dawson Bunch to tie the game at 3-3 and send the game to a shootout after a scoreless OT. In the shootout, goals from Ian Bowman and Nick Stevens secured the win for Bozeman. Icedogs goalie Collin Soderholm made 26 saves in the win, while Will Simpson made 31 saves in the loss.
Bay State 6 @ Long Beach 4 – Ian Skinner had two goals and an assist to lead the Bobcats to a 6-4 win in both team’s season opener. The Bobcats got off to a strong start, jumping out to a 4-1 lead on goals from Jace Desmarais, Landon Boothe, Reid Murray, and Skinner. Skinner would add another goal in the 2nd period and Michael Montague would add a third period goal. For the Sharks, goals came from Ryo Yamamoto, Tyler Zembrzycki (2), and Jake Weikel. Cameron Schnopp made 57 saves in the win, while Greyson Skirpan made 43 saves in the loss.
New Jersey 5 @ Danbury 4 – Brian Lupo had a hat-trick to pace the Titans to a 5-4 win over Danbury in their season opener. Lupo scored his three goals consecutively in the 1st and 2nd periods, which went along with a goal from Ryan Kenna to put the Titans ahead 4-0. Danbury got a lift from Daniel Khatib, who recorded a hat-trick of his own, but it would not be enough as the Titans got a goal from Samuel Senft, which would stand as the game-winner. Grant Hanifen had the other goal for Danbury. New Jersey goalie Logan Hensley made 29 saves in the win, while Sean Bolduc made 20 saves in the loss.
Mid Cities 3 @ TX RoadRunners 6 – Tyler Love scored twice to lead the RoadRunners to their second straight win over the Stars. The RoadRunners scored twice in each period, including two goals in the 1st period from Love, goals from Ty Neckar and Eitan Geralnik in the 2nd period, and goals from Spencer Platt and Derek Boutin in the 3rd period. Mid Cities got two goals from Ilnur Madiarov and another from Ty Neckar in the loss. Nash Wilson made 15 saves in the win, while Adler Hoagland made 61 saves in the loss.
Willmar 4 @ New Ulm 1 – WarHawks goalie Cooper Olson made 27 saves to help his team to a 4-1 win on opening night for both teams. Willmar opened up a 3-0 lead thanks to two goals from Jeremiah Konkel and another from Max Cohen. The Steel made it 3-1 on a goal from Zach Maillette, but a goal late from Collin Kerchoff made it 4-1. Zach Foster made 39 saves in the loss.
Minnesota 0 @ Granite City 4 – Quentin Sigurdson stopped all 17 shots that came his way as the Lumberjacks blanked the Loons, 4-0. The Lumberjacks took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Nolan Widman and Tory Lund. The lead swelled to 4-0 in the 2nd period as Hayden Hennen and Bjorn Jorgenson scored. Loons goalie Payton West played well in the loss, making 63 saves.
Rochester 5 @ Oregon 2 – Five different players scored and Kaleb Bents made 32 saves as the Grizzlies completed a weekend road sweep of the Trademen. Oregon scored both their goals in the 1st period as Henry Slager and Amir Velikhanov lit the lamp, but the Grizzlies had an answer with three goals from Kyle Bauer, Ian Vannelli, and Per Waage to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. Jake Laurila would add a 2nd period goal and Austin Meers would score in the 3rd period to secure the win. Aidan Wright took the loss in goal, making 38 saves.
Sheridan 5 @ Badlands 7 – The Sabres jumped out to a big lead and held on for a 7-5 win and weekend sweep of the Hawks. Badlands opened up a 5-1 lead with goals from Carter Johnson, Brady Ridnour, Rhodes Buffalo, Mason Martin, and Derek Brown, while Teejay Torgrimson scored for Sheridan. In the 3rd period, the Hawks tied the game at 5-5 with four straight goals from Makhai Sparks, Nathan Gilleshammer, and two goals from McCaffrey Billings. Late in the 3rd period, two goals from Badlands forward Kael Delzer secured the 7-5 win. Brooks McLean made 44 saves in the win, while Patric Loeffler made 44 saves in the loss.
Yellowstone 2 @ Gillette 7 – The Wild scored the final six goals of the game to erase a 2-1 Quake lead and win going away, 7-2. Gillette scored first thanks to a 1st period goal from Tristan Baker. The Quake had an answer to make it 2-1 as Cameron Deforest and Keegan Ferguson scored. The Wild would then rattle off six straight goals including a 2nd period goal from Brock Trboyevich and five more goals in the 3rd period from Declan Young, Tristan Baker, Saizha Norwegian and two from Isaac Young. Jake Turek made 19 saves in the win and Jarret Perino made 65 saves in the loss.