Weekend Recap 02.06.20 – 02.10.20

FRESNO MONSTERS VS. SAN DIEGO SABERS

(Photo by Aaron Provencio, Monsters)

Fresno Monsters 4, San Diego Sabers 1:https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8310

Fresno Monsters 5, San Diego Sabers 1:https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8316

Fresno Monsters 5, San Diego Sabers 2:https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8326

Western Division leaders, Fresno Monsters, cruised to three comfortable wins over rivals San Diego Sabers, and put 12-points between them in the standings. The Sabers are stifled after winning eight of their previous nine games heading into the weekend versus Fresno. 

San Diego dropped to third place after suffering the sweep and concludes its season series with the Monsters winning three and losing six. With the win, the Monsters find themselves in a seven game win streak

 Mikhail Gavrilenko had four goals in the first two games of the weekend, but it was Petr Philippov who stood out with multiple points in all three games good for 2G-5A-7P. You can also look to Bjorn Gabrielsson as a key player in the series registering 1G-3A-4P in Game 1, and 2G-1A in Game 3. 

Sebastian Nilsson was in net Friday and Saturday making 58 saves to reach seven wins in the season. Max Karlenzig stopped 29 shots in Game 3 to earn his 13th win. 

PUEBLO BULLS VS. WICHITA JR. THUNDER

(Photo by Michelle Holcomb, Snipers)

Pueblo Bulls 9, Wichita Jr. Thunder 3: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8320

Pueblo Bulls 15, Wichita Jr. Thunder 1: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8329

Pueblo Bulls 10, Wichita Jr. Thunder 0: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8335

Pueblo didn’t see much resistance and improves to 9-0-0 against the Wichita Jr. Thunder this season. Wichita has now dropped its last 15 meetings. The Bulls will close out the regular season in Wichita still facing the Jr. Thunder three more times. 

The three wins should improve Pueblo’s home record to above. 500 as it now stands at 10-7-2. Ethan Knudsen led the weekend with 7G-3A-10P including a hat trick in two of three games. Former Oklahoma City Blazer, Matej Hajek also enjoyed a hat trick in Game 2. 

Above all, Saturday’s effort was much too heavy for Wichita to handle and Milan Breczko and Kalen Lone both registered 2G-2A to push the production. Goaltender Henry Dennee backstopped Pueblo for the first two wins making 33 saves; Robert Allen blocked 18 on Sunday.  

Talon Thomas and Hunter Warner were the only two skaters for Wichita to appear on the scoresheet in back-to-back games. 

LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS VS. VALENCIA FLYERS

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 9, Valencia Flyers 2: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8311

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 12, Valencia Flyers 3: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8321

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 12, Valencia Flyers 2: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8331

Las Vegas Thunderbirds can find themselves back in second place in the Western Division thanks to a sweep of the Valencia Flyers at Sobe Arena. Valencia extends its losing streak to 15 games and have yet to secure a road win this season. 

Thunderbirds opened a four-goal lead on Friday and a five-goal lead on Sunday, before Valencia could score its first goal of the tilt. The Flyers were able to keep it competitive in Game 2 when Nikhil Pool and Leon Biller combined to tie the game 2-2 in the first period. 

But after that, Las Vegas persisted with six unanswered. Three different goalies can get credit for the wins as Rhett Bruckner, Owen Kennedy, and Blade Taylor all earned wins. Of note, Blade Taylor made his season debut for Las Vegas on Sunday. 

EL PASO RHINOS VS. NORTHERN COLORADO EAGLES

(Photo via El Paso Rhinos Facebook)

El Paso Rhinos 8, Northern Colorado Eagles 0: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8312

El Paso Rhinos 2, Northern Colorado Eagles 3(SO): https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8323

El Paso Rhinos 5(OT), Northern Colorado Eagles 4: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8338

Although the Eagles suffered a confidence-wrecking shutout loss on Friday, they were able to recover some swagger in ending the Rhinos 17-game win streak with their shootout win on Saturday. Northern Colorado becomes only the second team this season to defeat the Rhinos twice, and also deliver the Rhinos’ second loss at home. 

Tomas Urbanec batted Jakob Kranabetter’s All-Time Points Record when he scored his 352nd career point on the opening goal in Game 1. Marcus Ohlsson-Ornelius performed to a hat trick and two assists and Sawyer Schmidt collected 16 saves to reach his fifth shutout of the season. 

But in Game 2, the Eagles had the hot start and took a rare 2-0 lead at the El Paso County Events Center. El Paso came out strong in the third period and mitigated the score with a pair of third period goals by Albin Lingebrand and Sebastian Jovicic. 

Eric Hildebrand was the hero of the night when—after five Rhinos failed in the shootout— he beat Schmidt to seal the victory. 

SOUTHERN OREGON SPARTANS VS. SEATTLE TOTEMS

(Photo by Cheyenne Mingo, Totems) 

Southern Oregon Spartans 1, Seattle Totems 6: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8318

Southern Oregon Spartans 1, Seattle Totems 9: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8328

Seattle Totems steamrolled the Southern Oregon Spartans in two games as the Medford side only amassed one goal per game in the weekend. Cameron Waisman reached 100 career points in the Seattle uniform with his hat trick on Saturday. 

Rustam Kulizade made 64 saves in the back-to-back effort reaching seven wins in the season.  

After facing each other outdoors in Klamath Falls, Ore. the Totems picked up right where they left off. Seattle invaded Medford and six different players scored to reach the 6-1 final in Game 1. 

In Game 2, the Totems built a 9-0 lead and Waisman had goal No. 2, 6, and 7 in the night. 

OGDEN MUSTANGS VS. BELLINGHAM BLAZERS

(Photo by Tim Broussard, Ogden Mustangs)

Ogden Mustangs 8, Bellingham Blazers 1: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8317

Ogden Mustangs 10, Bellingham Blazers 1: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8327

Ogden Mustangs 9, Bellingham Blazers 1: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8333

Top ranked Ogden Mustangs capped off its season series against the Bellingham Blazers going a perfect 6-0-0 with the sweep this past weekend. Mustangs scored 56 times in six games and conceded 10. For Ogden, it was easy to focus on the task at hand as they did in fact play them six straight times. But the Blazers saw another opponent in between the three-game sets. 

Ogden’s scoring was widespread in Game 1 as eight different players got on the board. Bryson Bartell and Patrik Tuma each led with three points; Travis Allen picked up his 13th win. 

But in Game 2, eight different players had multiple points including Lucas Vacin who led with a hat trick. Ogden suffocated the Blazers who couldn’t test Mathew Genter enough to negate his undefeated streak. Genter improves to 12-0-0 in the season. 

David Sudbrink had a hat trick in Game 3, but it was Harry Gulliver and Vacin who led with four points each. The Mustangs utilized all three of their netminders this series leaving Titan Anderson with Sunday’s win. He made 19 saves for his ninth win of the season. 

OKLAHOMA CITY BLAZERS VS. DALLAS SNIPERS

(Photo by Michelle Holcomb, Snipers)

Oklahoma City Blazers 3, Dallas Snipers 5: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8313

Oklahoma City Blazers 5, Dallas Snipers 2: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8324

Oklahoma City Blazers 3, Dallas Snipers 5: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8336

Dallas Snipers overtake the fourth spot in the Midwest-Mountain Division having won two of three road games against the Oklahoma City Blazers. Oklahoma City can’t seem to shake off the late-season slump losing 10 out of its previous 12, since Showcase. 

The Snipers are looking quite accurate as they continue to shoot for higher seeding. They are still within six points of third place and can potentially steal the three spot depending on how Pueblo deals with the Eagles over the next six games. 

Alexander Aleshkin secured two wins reaching 15 in the season, as he made 29 saves on Friday and 32 on Sunday. Joel Svensson stopped 42 on Saturday to give OKC its only win of the weekend. 

Dallas didn’t take it easy opening the weekend series with a 4-0 lead at Arctic Edge Ice Arena, effectively stunning the home side. Leo Selitaj had a goal and an assist in each of the Snipers’ win while Alexander Heiskanen and Dominik Hajas scored the only two on Saturday. 

Oklahoma City was forced to erase a 1-0 Dallas lead on Saturday, doing so with five straight tallies to deny the sweep. 

EDSON AEROS VS. HINTON TIMBERWOLVES/BARRHEAD BOMBERS

Edson Aeros 2, Hinton Timberwolves 1: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8319

Edson Aeros 7, Barrhead Bombers 0: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8334

The No. 1 team in the Provincial Division, Edson Aeros, had a successful weekend against two fellow divisional rivals. Edson extends its unblemished home record to 16-0-0, overall win streak back up to 10 wins. 

Logan Arsenault capitalized on a short handed bid to tie the game 1-1 at the 5:30 mark of the third period. It started to look as if Hinton might deliver Edson’s first home loss, but then Hinton was assessed another penalty as Jakob Arsenault was called for tripping. 

Edson’s league-leading power-play did what it was supposed to do in ensuring Joshua Stypka of the game-winning goal at 2:47. 

The Aeros enjoyed a comfortable shutout victory the following night, at the Barrhead Agrena. They started off with a humble 2-0 lead before lighting it up with five, third period goals. Filip Myrskog made 27 saves to reach eight wins, remain undefeated, and secure his fourth shutout of the year.    

HINTON TIMBERWOLVES VS. BARRHEAD BOMBERS/COLD LAKE HORNETS

Hinton Timberwolves 7, Barrhead Bombers 1: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8325

Hinton Timberwolves 7, Cold Lake Hornets 6: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8332

Though Hinton hadn’t any trouble against the Barrhead Bombers, they required more than usual to get past the Cold Lake Hornets who looked better than ever. Timberwolves Bryant Joseph scored five goals and one assist in two games. 

The Hornets erased two different leads before Hinton was able to get the go-ahead goal on a Max Sturcko tally at the 13:00 minute mark of the third frame. After that, Wassim Saidani could only bring the score to within one goal for Cold Lake. 

Saidani had two goals and five points and Yauheni Lavrov scored twice in the Sunday effort. 

COLD LAKE HORNETS VS. BARRHEAD BOMBERS

Barrhead Bombers 5, Cold Lake Hornets 3: https://stats.wshl.timetoscore.com/generate-scorecard.php?game_id=8315

The Barrhead Bombers reached an ever-important win over the Cold Lake Hornets, taking back their third place position in the Provincial Division. Bombers reel in their fourth win at the Cold Lake Energy Centre this season. 

The two clubs are tied with 26-points though the Bombers own the season series   

Five individual players found the back of the net for Barrhead who needed to tie the game three times before finally edging the Hornets. Riley Smith tied with Serhii Poimanov for most points with Smith registering three helpers and Poimanov two goals, one assist. 

Cold Lake’s Trey Beck pushed for the lead twice with the initial 1-0 score, and finding the answer to make it 2-1. Only Terrell Hood could find twine after that.