Saturday Scores: Rhinos climb standings with sweep
Austin 2 @ El Paso 12: The El Paso Rhinos defeated the Austin Ice Bats earning the weekend sweep in a 12-2 final. In each period the Rhinos scored four goals. In the first period Zachary Ware (8), Noah Easterson (13), Connor Thompson (13) all scored within the first five minutes for a 3-0 lead. Austin got on the board with Brody Beahan at 7:26 to make it a 3-1 score. El Paso added another goal from Jaxon Penner making it a 4-1 score, and then Austin’s Colin March scored late in the period. In the second period it was all El Paso as they added four goals with Tristen Elmhurst, Zachary Ware, Reno Paker and Zachary Ware adding another making the score 8-2. In the final period the Rhinos stayed on the offensive front adding four more goals as Jaxon Penner, Caden Butler, Jack Olson and Sebe Perez all scored for a 12-2 final. El Paso netminder Peyton Brendel picked up the win stopping 17 of the 19 shots he faced.
Granite City 3 @ New Ulm 0: The Granite City Lumberjacks pulled off a weekend sweep over the New Ulm Steel in a shutout winning 3-0, which gave Lumberjacks head coach Brad Willner his 600th career win. After a silent first period, Bjorn Jorgenson broke the ice to score at 14:11. Minutes later, Hayden Walters scored to get Granite City ahead 2-0 going into the third. In the final frame, 3HL Defender of the Month, Tal Halliday scored his 9th goal of the season for a 3-0 final. Xander Roberts was perfect in net stopping all 15 shots he faced.
Rochester 0 @ Peoria 1: The Peoria Mustangs swept the Rochester Grizzlies in the weekend series with a 1-0 shutout. At the halfway mark of the first period, the game saw its one and only goal coming from Ethan Chesney. Chesney was assisted by Jake Ratner and Sean Patrick. Mustangs goaltender Andrew Doran earned the shutout stopping all 27 shots that he faced in the game.
Gillette 4 @ Sheridan 2: The Gillette Wild topped the Sheridan Hawks in a 4-2 final score. The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the first period with Parker Norling scoring his second of the season. In the second period, Saizha Norwegian netted his 15th goal of the year and then Declan Young would score his 36th goal for a 2-1 score. In the final period, Hawks forward Mason Friedricks scored to even the game 2-2. Gillette got their offensive momentum moving and scored twice with Sky Solig and Isaac Young to take a 4-2 win. Jake Orchard earned the win stopping 20 of the 22 shots he faced.
Atlanta 2 @ Mid Cities 7: The Mid Cities Jr. Stars defeated the Atlanta Capitals in a 7-2 final. The Jr. Stars added three goals in the first period with Preston Jones, Austin MacDonald, and Dante Petrini. Atlanta got on the board late in the opening frame with Jake Huska to make it a 3-1 score going into the first intermission. Mid Cities added to their lead in the second with Anfrernee Machado and Ilnur Madiarov. In the final period, Braden Balgemann scored his first of the year for a 5-1. Less than a minute later, Blake Lind netted a goal for a 5-1 score. Atlanta would score late in the game with Nick Jameus for a 5-2 final. Mid Cities goaltender Quillon Bowman stopped 30 of the 32 shots he saw in the win.
Minnesota 2 @ Alexandria 9: The Alexandria Blizzard defeated the Minnesota Loons by a wide margin in a 9-2 final. The Blizzard added three goals per period as Minnesota scored once in the second and third. In the opening frame, Cole Klingbeil scored his 11th point of the year assisted by Matt McIntryre and Alex Heidenreich. Erick Sanborn scored at 9:06, then moments later, Kyle Mishke scored at 9:34 for a 3-0 lead. In the middle frame, Cole Klingbleil added his second of the game just 34-seconds in. Justin Wasvick, and Ethan Moerke would round out the scoring in the period for a 6-0 lead. Minnesota scored late in the period with Blake Keller. In the third period, Sean Kenny and Ryan Hadland both scored for a 8-1 lead. The Loons Adam Brown added a goal nearing the end of the period for a 8-2 score. Ryan Hadland would add another goal to cap off the win in a 9-2 final. Andrew Tuttle picked up the win between the pipes stopping 20 of 22.
St. Louis 3 @ Wausau 4: The Wausau pulled off the weekend sweep over St. Louis after winning 4-3 in a shootout. St. Louis came out of the gates fast in the first period to get a 2-0 lead with Brayden Wilson and Gianluca Boccardi scoring. In the middle frame, the Blues took a 3-0 lead with Jack Sumner scoring his first goal of the season. The Cyclones rallied back in the third period scoring three unanswered goals with CJ Zins, Hayden Shoemake, and Domnick Bourdon. Neither team found the back of the net in the extra frame so the game went to a shootout where Gage Vierzba would win it for Wausau.
Willmar 1 @ Mason City 3: The Mason City Toros ended the weekend with a split against the Mason City Toros in a 3-1 final as the Toros added a goal in each period. In the first frame, forward Matt Kochonowski netted his first goal of the season while Carter Newpower and Sota Isogai added on the assists. In the second period, Colin Hedland scored his fifth of the year assisted by Derek Humphery and Carter Newpower adding his second assist of the game. In the final period, the Warhawks got on the board with Patrick Wyers adding his 13th goal of the year. Minutes later, Sota Isogai Netted his 20th goal of the season with Colin Hedland adding his second assist in the game and Newpower adding his third point of the game. Will Pinney was between the pipes for the Warhawks as he stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced. On the other end of the night, and picking up the win was Erik Chaffe only allowing one goal on the 30 shots he faced.
Oklahoma City 4 @ Louisiana 1: The Oklahoma City Ice Hawks defeated the Louisiana drillers for the second night in a 4-1 final score. OKC opened up the scoring nearing the end of the first period with Garrett Connor scoring his sixth of the year with Noah Henslee getting his 21st assist. In the second period, it was all Ice Hawks with Avery Pittman scoring and then Robby Rabroker to make it a 3-0 score. In the final frame, Richard Indermill netted his seventh goal of the year for a 4-0 score. Louisiana answered back with a goal from Mason Wilbur nearing the end of regulation. OKC would take the win, 4-1 as Nathan Hadley stood tall between the pipes stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced.
Bay State 4 @ Norwich 2: The Bay State Bobcats picked up a win in a 4-2 final score over the Norwich Sea Captains. The Bobcats took the lead in the first period when Brian Woak picked up his fifth goal of the year. Norwich tied the game 1-1 with Drew Schemmel scoring at 5:57. Ian Skinner got the Bobcats ahead again scoring his fourth goal of the year for a 2-1 score. Bay State added another goal with Tima Basarab at 9:01 for a 3-1 score. Norwich answered back nearing the end of the middle frame with Evan Tower to make it 3-2 going into the third. In the final frame, Brian Woak netted his sixth goal of the year for a 4-2 final score. Bobcats netminder Ben Di Fiore stopped 32 of the 34 shots that came his way in the win.
TX Brahmas 6 @ TX RoadRunners 2: The Texas Brahmas completed a road sweep over the Texas RoadRunners in a 6-2 final. The Brahmas scored first with Ethan Kochanny assisted by Luc Yorkison for a 1-0 lead. The RoadRunners answered back to even the game 1-1 with Eitan Geralnik. The Brahmas took the lead back with Erik Vrkoc scoring his 25th of the year, and then the RoadRunners tied it up nearing the end of the opening frame with Jaron Ketterman for a 2-2 score. In the middle frame, Michael Imala scored, getting the Brahmas ahead 3-2. In the third period it was all Brahmas as Aleksanr Gamzatov, Mical Imala and Gion Coray all scored to get a 6-2 win for the Brahmas. Dolan Gilbert picked up the win for the Brahmas stopping 40 of the 42 shots he faced.
Milwaukee 2 @ Oregon 6: The Oregon Tradesmen opened up the scoring in the first period with Jason Tenezaca scoring twice for a 2-0 lead. It was all Oregon in the second period as Riley VanderHoeven, Henry Slager and Josh Christofferson all scored for a 5-0 lead. In the third, the Tradesmen added their final goal of the night from Abe Laggis. Milwaukee scored twice in the third period with Ben Cremers and Connor O’Neal. The Tradesmen picked up the win in a 6-2 final with goaltender Anthony Adlemen stopping 42 of the 44 shots he faced.
Bozeman 3 @ Butte 1: The Bozeman Icedogs picked up a win over the Butte Cobras, 3-1. After a scoreless first period, the Icedogs got on the board with Ian Bown and Cole Busher to make the game 2-0. In the third period, 3HL Forward of the Month, Luke Schleusner scored his 27th of the season to make the game 2-1. The Icedogs added a goal with Luke Busher late in the game for a 3-1 win. Cameron Milewski was near perfect between the pipes stopping 58 of the 59 shots.