Sunday Wrap-Up: Generals lock up league's best record
New Jersey 1 @ Northeast 2 – Despite 48 saves from Titans goalie Daniel Antal, the Generals were able to edge the Titans 2-1. The loss prevented the Titans from gaining ground on the 4th and final playoff spot with Long Beach, whom they are tied with. The Generals goals came in the 2nd period from Phil Feinberg and Caiden Hess. New Jersey had a 1-0 lead after the 1st period thanks to a goal from Antonio Vidal. D’Mar McCoy made 22 saves in the win. The win clinched the best regular season record in the NA3HL for the 2022-23 season for the Generals.
New Ulm 6 @ Alexandria 3 – The Steel moved into a tie for the 4th and final playoff spot in the West as they went on the road and beat Alexandria, 5-3. Jackson Heim had two goals and Lahoussine Salama had three points in the win. After the team’s were tied at 1-1 after the 1st period with Harrison Albrecht scoring for New Ulm and Bazl Cook answering for Alexandria, New Ulm seized control of the game in the 2nd period with three goals from Heim, Landen Schwantes, and Griffin Lennes. Heim and Salama would add 3rd period goals. Aidan Prochaska and Calvin Knight had the other goals in the Blizzard loss. Dixon Ehlers made 51 saves in the win.
El Paso 4 @ Mid Cities 5 (SO) – The Stars got two goals in regulation and the shootout winner from Michael Kennedy as they snapped a 29-game losing streak with a 5-4 shootout win over El Paso. El Paso had two goals from Payne Pent and others from Trey Erramouspe and Landon Cain. Kennedy scored twice in regulation for the Stars and Brendon Zeis and Brody Dejong also scored for Mid Cities. Garrett Johnson made 52 saves in the win, while Christopher Burns made 43 saves in the loss.
Peoria 11 @ St. Louis 1 – The Mustangs got a hat-trick and an assist from Ethan Chesney in an 11-1 win against St. Louis. Peoria controlled play from the opening face-off, getting three goals in the 1st period from Caleb Bross, Addy Powell, and Chesney. In the 2nd period, Chesney scored twice more and Robin Kuusik also scored to make it 6-0. St. Louis scored their lone goal late in the 2nd period from Carter Eifert. In the 3rd period, the Mustangs scored five more times as JD Duenwald, Justin Hubble, Tristan Trudel, Joseph Rancilio, and Edvards Bergmanis all found the back of the net. Joseph Ambroffi made 13 saves in the win.
Norwich 2 @ Bay State 1 – The Sea Captains moved closer to clinching home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs thanks to a 2-1 win over Bay State. Andry Guy scored to give Norwich an early lead in the 1st period. Late in the opening frame, Bay State tied the game on a goal from Brian Woak. Early in the 3rd period, the Sea Captains game-winner came from Tim Hayden. Brendan Pellerito made 15 saves in the win, while Aiden McGraw made 36 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 3 @ Atlanta 5 – The Capitals erased a 3-1 deficit by scoring the final four goals of the game as they completed their season with a 5-3 win over New Mexico. Nick Mumford opened the scoring in the 1st period for Atlanta. That was answered by three straight goals from the Ice Wolves as Braeden Whitesell, Jo Kawagishi, and Jaden Stiller all scored. The Capitals came back with four straight goals to win 5-3, including another from Mumford late in the 2nd period and three in the 3rd period from Robbie Aranos, Marcus Glenn, and Brett Phillips. Alex Croy made 47 saves in the win, while Krzysztof Jakubowski made 42 saves in the loss.
Danbury 3 @ Long Beach 1 – Danbury won their third straight game and prevented the Sharks from gaining valuable ground on the 4th and final playoff spot thanks to a 3-1 win on Sunday. Danbury took a 1-0 lead thanks to a 1st period goal from Sam Levin. Nick Rogers and Oleg Egorov both scored in the 2nd period to make it 3-0. Nate Mastrony scored the lone goal for the Bobcats in the 3rd period to make it a 3-1 final. Ryan Maguire made 30 saves in the win, while Ryo Murakami made 30 saves in the loss.
Willmar 4 @ Mason City 9 – Cal Levis III had four goals and an assist as the Toros put the WarHawks playoff hopes on hold with a 9-4 win. Levis scored three times in the opening period along with goals from Dylan Duckson and Zachary Laurila to put Mason City ahead 5-2. Gunnar Sibley and Jordan Field had the 1st period goals for Willmar. Mason City blew the game open in the 2nd period, which included another goal from Levis and others from Colten Gerken and Dominic Thomas. David Loahr would add a 3rd period goal for the Toros, while Spencer Bergman and Chandler Dennis had the other WarHawks goals. Will Kunka made 28 saves in the win.
Louisiana 1 @ TX Brahmas 6 – The Brahmas moved to the brink of cliching the South Division regular season title as six different players scored in a 6-1 win. Micah Maldonado gave the Drillers an early 1-0 lead, but it was all Brahmas after that as Adam Goldstein answered back in the 1st period with a power play goal. Aaron Best, Benjamin Mondou, and Wyatt Witham scored in the 2nd period and George Keeley and Zac Maupin added 3rd period goals. Brendan Forden made 29 saves in the win.