Day One Of The NAHL Showcase

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Day One of the NAHL Showcase

Corpus Christi 4 vs. Soo Eagles 3 (OT) – The Corpus Christi IceRays scored three goals in the 3rd period and then got the overtime winner from veteran forward Perry D’Arrisso as they defeated the Soo Eagles, 4-3 in the opening game of the NAHL Showcase. Eric Rivard and Jayce Douskey scored to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead, but three straight goals from Ian McGilvrey, Tommy Telesca and Rudy Sulmonte gave the IceRays a 3-2 lead. Jared VanWormer scored his third point of the game to tie the score at 3-3, before D’Arrisso’s overtime heroics. Tyler Marble took the loss with 39 saves, while Jett Salinas posted the win with 28 saves. Boxscore

Bismarck Bobcats 3 vs. Jamestown Ironmen 1 – After a scoreless 1st period, the Bobcats took control of the game in the 2nd period, scoring all three of their goals en route to a 3-1 win over the Jamestown Ironmen. Elliot Tisdale scored the first goal of the game for Jamestown, but that was answered by three straight goals from Bismarck’s Adam Knochenmus, Shane Omdahl and Patrick Moore in the 2nd period. Bismarck goalie Bryan Nies made the lead stand with 20 saves, while Tim Shaughnessy made 25 saves in the Ironmen loss. Boxscore

Janesville Jets 5 vs. Minot Minotauros 3 – The Jets never trailed as five different players scored in their 5-3 win over the Minot Minotauros on Wednesday. Matt Salituro and Eric Carlson gave the Jets a 2-0 lead, but that was answered by a by a power play goal from Minot’s Ryan Doner. Rookie Kyle Halladay scored on the power play to increase the Jets lead to 3-1 early in the 2nd period. Lucas Oliver scored for the Minotauros to make it 3-2 after two periods. However, Janesville put the game out of reach with two more power play goals in the 3rd period from Austin Vieth and Jason Ford. Denis Dalidovich added the third goal for Minot. Brock Kautz made 21 saves in the Jets win, while Ryan Ruck took the loss with 17 saves. Boxscore

Wenatchee Wild 6 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues 4 – Two 1st period goals proved to be the difference as the Wenatchee Wild defeated the Springfield Jr. Blues, 6-4. Dylan Abood and Chris Jones scored the opening two goals for the Wild. Springfield answered in the 2nd period to make it 2-1 with a goal from Mike Fazio. The Wild increased the lead back to two goals as David Mead made it 3-1. In the 3rd period, the Wild’s Josh Hartley scored twice along with a goal from Jacob Barber, while Trevor Stone , Theo Tydingco and Brett Skibba scored for Springfield. Robert Nichols picked up the win with 21 saves, while Ryan Kellenberger made 24 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Fresno Monsters 3 vs. Port Huron Fighting Falcons 2 – Fresno netminder Macauley Haight made 38 saves as the Monsters gave the Fighting Falcons their first loss of the season with a 3-2 win. Rick DeRosa put the Falcons on the board first in the 1st period, but that was answered by back-to-back goals from Fresno’s Kyle Buffardi and James Mathias. Fresno increased the lead to 3-1 as Jordan Haskell scored on the power play early in the 2nd period. Nick Horne answered back for Port Huron, but the rest of the game would be controlled by Haight, who made 32 saves in the final two periods of the game. Alex Blackenburg took the loss in goal for Port Huron, making 21 saves. Boxscore

Amarillo Bulls 5 vs. Austin Bruins 2 – It took until the 3rd period, but the Amarillo Bulls eventually wore down the Austin Bruins with a 5-2 win on Wednesday. The Bulls outshot the Bruins 43-15, but the score was tied at 2-2 after two periods. After a scoreless 1st period, Brandon Wahlin and AJ Reid scored for the Bruins in the 2nd period, while Mike Davis and Connor Frey added goals for the Bulls. The 3rd period was all Amarillo as they got goals from Richie Marenis, Clint Carlisle and Ryan Cole. TJ Sarcona chipped in with three assists for the Bulls. Paul Berrafato got the win for the Bulls, making 13 saves, while Nick Lehr took the loss for the Bruins making 38 saves. Boxscore

Brookings Blizzard 4 vs. Johnstown Tomahawks 2 – In a battle of new NAHL teams in new cities, the Brookings Blizzard doubled up the Johnstown Tomahawks, 4-2. Although the Tomahawks outshot the Blizzard 31-25, it was the Blizzard who scored first with the only goal of the 1st period as Grant Eichstadt lit the lamp. Johnstown answered back early in the 2nd period as Jordan Watt got a great pass on a 2 on 1 from Brandon Brossoit and tied the game at 1-1. Thomas Williams got the Blizzard the lead back at 2-1 with a goal late in the second frame. Justin Moody and Nick DeCenzo added goals for the Blizzard in the 3rd period, while Cody Gilling scored for Johnstown. Drew Weigman made 29 saves in the win, while Bodhi Engum took the loss making 21 saves. Boxscore

Aberdeen Wings 3 vs. Wichita Falls Wildcats 2 (SO) – Marcus Zelzer made 40 saves and stopped all four Wildcats shooters in the shootout to help Aberdeen defeat Wichita Falls 3-2 in a shootout. After a scoreless 1st period, Aberdeen’s Peter Krieger scored the lone goal of the 2nd period on the power play to give the Wings their first lead. Kyle Bauman answered back early in the 3rd period for the Wildcats to tie the game at 1-1. Late in the period, Aberdeen regained a one goal lead as Joe Sullivan scored to make it 2-1. With less than three minutes to go in regulation, Ryan Dau tied the game and sent it to overtime. After a scoreless extra frame it was Zelzer who shined in the shootout, while the Wings got goals from Krieger and Erik Baskin. The Wildcats Evan Cowley took the loss, making 28 saves. Boxscore

Texas Tornado 7 vs. Michigan Warriors 1 – The defending Robertson Cup Champion Tornado picked up right where they left off from last season as they scored seven unanswered goals on their way to a convincing 7-1 win over the Warriors. Michigan scored the game’s first goal, but it was all Tornado after that as they outshot the Warriors 44-27. Mitchell McPherson answered to tie the game at 1-1 with a power play goal and CJ Reuschlein made it 2-1 Tornado at the end of one period. The Tornado blew the game open with four goals in the 2nd period from Nick Neville, Jason Eddy, Cameron Brown and Ryan Tinsley. Michael Hoy added the 7th Tornado goal in the 3rd period. Tornado forward Jackson Leef led all scorers with three assists and Tornado goalie Hunter Leisner made 26 saves in the win. Trevor Gorsuch and Michael Pesendorfer split time in goal for the Warriors, each facing 22 shots in the loss. Boxscore

Topeka RoadRunners 2 vs. Kenai River Brown Bears 1 – Newly acquired goaltender Spencer Viele made 32 saves as Topeka edged Kenai River, 2-1. The Brown Bears jumped on the scoreboard first as Zac Lazzaro scored with an assist from Vincent Stefan. Topeka answered back twice in the 2nd period as Tyler Andrew scored to tie the game at 1-1, and then veteran Sean Gaffney scored the eventual game-winner with an assist to Kyle Sharkey. Brown Bears goaltender Sean Healy made 18 saves in the loss. The teams went a combined 0 for 14 on the power play. Boxscore

Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3 vs. Odessa Jackalopes 0 – Veteran Ice Dogs goaltender Steve Perry stopped all 20 shots to post the only shutout of the first day of the NAHL Showcase as Fairbanks blanked the Odessa Jackalopes, 3-0. Fairbanks took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period with a goal from Devin Loe with an assist to Jordan Freberg. There was no scoring in the 2nd period, which was Odessa’s best offensively as they fired 11 shots on Perry, but could not equalize. Fairbanks salted the game away in the 3rd period with two more goals, one from Jayson Angus, the other from Ryan McNeely. Odessa goaltender Blake Wojtala made 22 saves in the loss. Boxscore

Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings 5 vs. Coulee Region Chill 2 – Each team fired 32 shots on goal, but it was the K-Wings that had the more effective scoring as they outdueled the Chill, 5-2. The two teams exchanged goals in the 1st period as Trevor Boyd scored for Kalamazoo and James Hughes answered for Coulee Region. Kalamazoo took control of the game in the 2nd period with two goals, one from Taylor Burden, the other from Josh Dangel. Travis Underwood scored on the power play early in the 3rd period to cut the lead to 3-2, but then came the Robbie Payne show as the veteran forward scored back-to-back goals for Kalamazoo to seal the 5-2 win. Nicholas Stuart got the win in goal for Kalamazoo, making 30 saves, while Blake Cates made 27 saves in the Chill loss. Boxscore

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