Weekend Recap 11.11.19

Valencia Flyers vs. Utah Outliers 

Valencia Flyers 0, Utah Outliers 13

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The Valencia Flyers were stifled by the Utah Outliers at the Accord Ice Center and suffered their worst defeat of the season. A hat-trick by Nikita Andrusenko (3G-2A) and a shutout by Oscar Wahlgren pulled Utah through the stretch.

12 Outliers registered points including Andrei Shmakov (2G-3A), and Ethan Knudsen (2G-2A). A five-goal start got Utah rolling but Valencia couldn’t capitalize with shots despite generating zone-time of their own.

Utah netted five more goals in the second period and added three more in the third to reach the final 13-0 score.

Valencia Flyers 0, Utah Outliers 8

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The Utah Outliers worked to a shutout victory for the second time in as many nights against the Valencia Flyers. Oscar Wahlgren backstopped the Outliers to a clean sheet, earning his fourth consecutive shutout. Jett Arminen (2G) scored twice among six other goal scorers.

Utah was latent in their first period scoring, though, they turned it up with four third period goals after steadily building a 4-0 lead already. Valencia couldn’t find a spark as they were drastically held from the shot column.

Valencia Flyers 1, Utah Outliers 9

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The Outliers stumbled in the first minutes of the game as they let the Flyers take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tristan Warr at 12:43. Utah’s night was defined by their response just 18 seconds later.

Dawson Armstrong (2G-2A) scored four points and Andrei Shmakov (2G) scored twice to lead Utah to their ninth win in a row. Armstrong’s goal at 12:25 of the first turned into a nine-goal frenzy for Utah.

It was 3-1 in favor of Utah when the second period began and the Outliers pushed on with two more goals in the second and added four more in the third.

Seattle Totems vs. West Sound Admirals 

Seattle Totems 4, West Sound Admirals 3

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After being overwhelmed by the Utah Outliers last week, the West Sound Admirals showed up with a different mindset and competed to a much closer finish in this game against Seattle. The Totems earned the win with a come-from-behind effort and a big second period.

Adam Lindarv, Spencer Warren, Steven Brachert, and Ricky Bredberg all scored a goal for Seattle to complete the rally at the Bremerton Ice Center. Cory Kane, Karlen Slater, and Martin Koval scored for West Sound who almost had the upset win.

Seattle was stunned as Kane scored first for West Sound at 12:05 of the first period. The Admirals did well in making the most of the little opportunity they had being outshot 15-6. It was the only goal in the opening frame until Slater made it 2-0 for the Admirals one minute into the second.

Lindarv’s goal at 8:53 of the middle stanza inspired further offensive production for Seattle who then tied the game 2-2 on a goal by Spencer Warren at 3:36. West Sound later regained the lead but couldn’t hold on as Seattle tied it and won it with Brachert’s goal at 17:27 of the third.

Seattle Totems 6, West Sound Admirals 2

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Meadow Lake Mustangs vs. Cold Lake Hornets 

Meadow Lake Mustangs 7, Cold Lake Hornets 4

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 A middle frame push lifted the Mustangs over the Hornets who resisted with a better first period.

Jimi Belleom-Weiis (2G) led all skaters in goals and five other Mustangs scored to uproot the Hornets who found goals from four individuals. The visiting Hornets scored two goals in the first to claim the hot start. Riley Smith and Stanley Morning Bull kicked it off at 11:15 and 8:07.

Though the Hornets had their legs in the first period, Meadow Lake matched their effort with two goals by Lindon Bird (1G-1A) and Belleom-Weiis. The two-goal response from the Mustangs later morphed into three straight goals in the second period to make it 5-2 and tilt the game in their favor.

Late in the second frame, the Hornets tried to recapture the lead by rallying on a two-goal spurt started by Yauheni Lavrov (1G). Trey Beck (1G) continued to chip away with a goal at 10:03 of the third period and cut Meadow Lake’s lead to 5-4. The Mustangs took the blows just fine and added another two tallies to take the 7-4 win.

Meadow Lake Mustangs 5, Cold Lake Hornets 2

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The Cold Lake Hornets were able to enjoy a lead yet again but could not hold onto it as the Mustangs pushed hard in the third frame to take another victory.

Shane Hounsell (3G-2A) scored a hat-trick to force the Mustang win and Erik Ehrmantraut (1G-3A) had four points to supplement the effort. Dawson Nelson (1G) and Caleb Day (1G) each scored a goal for Cold Lake whose offense lacked the punch from Game 1.  

Meadow Lake lit the lamp first on a goal by Ehrmantraut in the first, and kept the game to one goal the remainder of the period. Cold Lake didn’t falter, yet, as they proceeded to level the game at 8:45 of the second. Again, only a single goal came in the period before Day gave the Hornets the lead 2-1 at 18:31 of the third.

Hounsell scored two power play goals and one even strength goal in the third and Geordie Janvier (1G-1A) added a goal to see the Mustangs to victory.

Bellingham Blazers vs. Southern Oregon Spartans 

Bellingham Blazers 7, Southern Oregon Spartans 4

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The Bellingham Blazers found their first win since their season-opening series against the West Sound Admirals in early October. The Blazers lost seven straight but added their third win of the season in Medford on Friday.

The Spartans also haven’t won since their meeting against West Sound a couple weeks ago but unfortunately will have to wait longer to pick up another ‘W.’ It was ultimately two individual hat-tricks from Milo Schneidmiller (3G-3A) and Seth Hebert (3G) that overpowered the Spartans.

Marom Avraham (2G), Mark Phillips (1G-1A), and Yuval Halpert (1G-2A) each scored for Southern Oregon attempting to mitigate a dreadful second period by their team.

Bellingham didn’t face much adversity as they had built the 2-0 lead in the first period to cushion their four-goal effort in the second period.

Bellingham Blazers 5, Southern Oregon Spartans 0

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The Bellingham Blazers earned their first shutout victory of the season with the effort made possible by five different goal scorers. Three opening period goals, plus two insurance goals in the second and third, put Bellingham ahead of the Spartans.

Saahil Mann stopped all 34 shots to secure his first shutout of the season.

Daniel Hebert (1G-2A), Milo Schneidmiller (1G-2A), Seth Hebert (1G-1A), and Mitchell Trzebiatowski (1G-1A) all had multiple points. 

Seth Hebert ignited the goal scoring at 13:39 of the first period which held for the game-winner through 60-minutes.      

Bellingham Blazers 4, Southern Oregon Spartans 3

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 The Blazers went on to complete their first sweep of a three game set and are gaining ground on the top three Northwest Division teams. The Blazers needed the nine points to regain their confidence, as they hadn’t really found their game prior to this series. 

 Southern Oregon diligently played from behind but lacked the scoring power to overcome an initial two-goal deficit. Seth Hebert (2G-1A), Milo Schneidmiller (1G-2A) and Daniel Hebert (1G-2A) stood out for the Blazers; Southern Oregon received goal scoring performances from Jeffrey Gula, Andrew Rothmeier, and Jeremy Vant Geloof. 

 It took one full period for the Bellingham Blazers to get one past the goal line as they opened with the first goal within the first 20-seconds. Seth Hebert scored first and was followed by Schniedmiller at 15:22. 

 Southern Oregon converted on a 4-on-3 power play goal to cut the Blazers lead 1-2 at 9:57 of the second period. The Spartans could only get within a goal’s distance for the remainder of the game and Seth Hebert’s second goal of the night was credited as the game-winner.   

Fresno Monsters vs. San Diego Sabers 

Fresno Monsters 5, San Diego Sabers 6(OT)

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The San Diego Sabers expanded on their winning ways from last weekend as they persisted to an exciting overtime victory at home against the Fresno Monsters. It was a true battle of attrition as both teams traded goals and opportunities all night. William Baird’s overtime winner at 3:47 turned him the hero in the Sabers’ first meeting with the Monsters.

Ondrej Vaculik (3G) registered a hat-trick while three more Sabers had multiple point nights. For the Monsters, Petr Philippov (2G-1A), Narek Aleksanyan (1G-3A), and Zackory Turpin (3A) cashed-in several points. 

The Monsters started the way they needed to netting the game’s first goal at 10:01 of the first. It didn’t stun the Saber’s who responded in the ensuing action, two minutes later. The trend continued for the length of the game as Fresno had three different leads, although, the Sabers always found a way to beat Max Karlenzig.  

The Icoplex faithful was treated to a five goal third period to set up the intense overtime period.

Fresno Monsters 3, San Diego Sabers 6

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With a better defensive effort, the following night, and the same offensive punch, San Diego was able to capture their fourth win in a row. The Sabers withstood a higher volume of shots this time around, but Calijah Hunter stopped 46 of 49 shots.

Quinn Patenaude (2G) and Trevor Wittkopf (2G-1A) each had two goals and nine more Sabers tallied points. On the other side, The Monsters received contribution from William Markstedt (1G-2A), Ty Woodard (1G-1A), Tristan Baker (1G-1A), and Mikhail Gavrilenko (2A).

Fresno got on the board first but, again, didn’t have enough defensively to prevent the Sabers from putting together consecutive goals. With the game 2-1 in favor of Fresno, the Sabers scored three straight goals to end the first period 4-2. The second period was deadlocked and the feeling of a comeback lingered going into the third when Fresno’s Markstedt made it 4-3.

San Diego didn’t give up their lead and continued with two goals at 9:39 and 2:34 of the third to end the game 6-3.

Fresno Monsters 4, San Diego Sabers 1

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The Fresno Monsters stole one on the road and avenged themselves with a 4-1 win thanks to a late game push.

Four different goal scorers showed up for Fresno including Petr Philippov, Zackory Turpin, Tristan Baker and Ty Woodard (1G-1A). Max Karlenzig made 37 of 38 saves in the backstopping effort.

San Diego’s Ondrej Vaculik scored the lone goal from an assist by Samuel Kapusta.

The Monsters scored first in all three games during the weekend except they were able to outmuscle the Sabers on Sunday. Woodard was able to break the deadlock at 12:24 of the second period before San Diego’s Vaculik tied it at 10:51 just shortly after.

Fresno regained the lead to closeout the second period and then netted two goals in under thirty seconds in the third period to secure the win.    

El Paso Rhinos vs. Oklahoma City Blazers 

Oklahoma City Blazers 4, El Paso Rhinos 1

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Oklahoma City dealt the El Paso Rhinos their first loss of the season putting an end to their undefeated streak. The Blazers were able to defeat the Rhinos last year in a similar situation that saw El Paso to a very rare loss.

The winning effort was distributed among four goal scorers including Andrei Vasile, Matej Hajek, Dylan Koch, and Brigham Neuhold. Dominc Loubert (3A) led with three points. El Paso is seldom held to one goal but Easton Easterson netted the only one for El Paso.

El Paso outshot the Blazers in the first and held them to four shots, although, OKC managed a goal in those four shots, at 16:41 of the first. The Blazers were largely in their own zone but as they broke out they facilitated great chances and converted to make it 2-0 at 15:34 of the second period.

Down but not out, the Rhinos took one back at 11:37 but couldn’t break through a second time as Joel Svensson kept his net on lock with 31 of 32 saves. 

In total, the Rhinos outshot OKC 32-22.

El Paso Rhinos 6, Oklahoma City Blazers 1

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The Rhinos looked more like their dominant selves in Game 2 after dropping their first game of the season on Friday. Special teams proved to be the difference this night, giving the Texas side a road win.

Sebastian Jovicic (2G), Niklas Ornmarker (2A), and Noah Janisch (1G-1A) all had multiple points and nine more Rhinos tallied a point. Benjamin St. Onge highlighted his presence with the only goal for the Blazers.

The Rhinos special teams were excellent this night essentially winning the game on four power plays. El Paso upended the Blazers starting with a 3-0 lead by 2:02 of the second period. The Blazers converted on a PP as well but couldn’t stay out of the penalty box to keep El Paso’s PP unit off the ice.

El Paso scored three quick goals in under a minute to end the game, blowing up the score to 6-1.

El Paso Rhinos 5, Oklahoma City Blazers 4

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Oklahoma City had their second win over the Rhinos in the bag but a slow third period sunk them as the Rhinos pulled off an impressive come-from-behind win.

The valiant attempt was sparked by four OKC players in Benjamin St. Onge (1G-3A), Matej Hajek (1gG-2A), Brigham Neuhold, and Noah Henslee (1G). As much as OKC was able to score first and score consecutively, nothing can be done when the team completely breaks down in the latter half of a game.

Easton Easterson (2G-2A) and Noah Janisch (2A) scored multiple points leaving seven more Rhinos with a point each.

In this case, the Rhinos attempted an early rally at the two minute mark of the first, but were shutdown with two goals from OKC, until the Rhinos finally woke up in the third to take advantage of poor mistakes.

Heath Drye’s goal at 13:09 of the third period triggered the rally, for El Paso, that was completed with 15 seconds left in the game.

Barrhead Bombers vs. Hinton Timberwolves 

Hinton Timberwolves 5, Barrhead Bombers 3

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Hinton Timberwolves improve their record to 6-0 against the Barrhead Bombers and win their 10th game in a row since losing to the Edson Aeros on Oct. 13. The Timberwolves are experiencing a stellar start to their season and remain No. 1 in their division after the weekend.

Jamahl Eakett led both teams with three points; five other Hinton skaters scored goals to ensure the victory. Shots were 44-40 in favor of the Timberwolves whose volume of shots was greatest in the third.

Tyler Kulczycki (1G), Austin Strathdee (1G), and Tyrone Potts (1G)  found goals for the Bombers and four more players registered points.

The Bombers have been improving in every game against the Timberwolves leaving positives to look at. This time, the Bombers were able to get on the board first but still fell to the concerted Timberwolves. Hinton’s three goals from 14:38 of the first to 8:41 of the second seemingly put the game to bed, or at least that’s what the season series has indicated.

Each time Hinton takes a two goal lead, they win the game. But with an improving Bombers team trying to figure out the T-Wolves, they leveled it 3-3 at 12:19 of the third. Barrhead was at the brink of another lead before Hinton added two additional goals to end it.

Barrhead now dropped their last six games.

Pueblo Bulls vs. Dallas Snipers 

Pueblo Bulls 3(SO) vs. Dallas Snipers 2

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It couldn’t have been more evenly matched between the two teams as their last series in late September required overtime to determine the winner each night. Pueblo’s Milan Breczko and Nic Pedersen scored in the shootout to skate off with the win.

Dixson Root and Wyatt Andres scored for the Bulls and four other players for Pueblo had an assist in regulation. Alexsey Syrotenko (1G-1A) and Dmitri Khalin (1G) scored the two goals for Dallas who was forced to tie it at the end.

Khalin’s goal at 5:42 of the third tied the game 2-2 after the Snipers scored twice in the second period.

Dallas Snipers 4, Pueblo Bulls 1

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 As it has been the trend all season with Dallas, they avoid the sweep by stealing one game. The Snipers tended to struggle in two out of three games in any prior series so far, but always posted a convincing win.

The Snipers were suppressed in the first and third periods but got the job done in the second period with four goals to snag the three points.

Four different scorers capitalized for the Snipers including Leo Selitaj, Alexsey Syrotenko, Karsten Portell, and Jesper Lundqvist. Ryan Wirth had the single Bulls goals.

Portell and Wirth kicked off the scoring at 18:37 and 9:13 as the Bulls were fast on the game tying goal. Dallas regained the lead moments later but the game remained ever so tight until Dallas opened it up with two late-game goals to ice it.

 Pueblo Bulls 4(SO), Dallas Snipers 3

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The overtime theme persisted as the Bull’s Henry Denee stopped 48 of 51 shots, and backstopped his team to a win in the shootout.

Of note, this marks the fifth overtime and fourth shootout game in six meetings between the two.

Milan Breczko (1G-2A), Wyatt Andres (2G), and Brock McQuistan (2A) had multi point efforts while Dane Whittet registered a helper for the Bulls. Dallas’ Leo Selitaj (1G-1A), Bradley Richardson (1G), and Ilnur Madiarov (1G) scored the three goals for the Snipers who worked to tie the game.

Pueblo took ownership of the opening frame as Andres scored twice at 15:05 and 13:34. Dallas had to work for the extra point at least, and started the comeback at 4:16 of the second. There was no additional scoring in the second but the Snipers kept poking at their objective and eventually tied it 2-2 at 12:31 of the third stanza.

The Bulls thought taking the 3-2 lead at 2:52 of the third was going to be enough for the win but the Snipers were aiming for overtime. They leveled it at 2:29 to send it to overtime where neither team could solve the opponent’s net minder.

Northern Colorado Eagles vs. Steamboat Wranglers 

Northern Colorado Eagles 7, Steamboat Wranglers 0

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The Northern Colorado Eagles claimed their second shutout victory in a row over the Steamboat Wranglers as the two sides played last weekend. The Eagles continued their domination of their instate rival who’s still searching for a point this season.

Seven different players for the Eagles found twine with Jacob Elik (1G-3A) and Dawson Grebinski (1G-2A) leading all players. In Total, 11 different players for Northern Colorado captured points.

Eagles goalie, Marshall Murphy, secured his third shutout of the season with a light workload on Friday making 13 saves.

Northern Colorado Eagles 4, Steamboat Wranglers 1

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Despite the scoreboard indicating a much closer game by the Wranglers, it wasn’t necessarily so as they were limited to just 12 shots on net compared to the Eagles, who forced Ondra Patha to make 64 saves.

Four distinct players scored for Colorado including Banks Burkart (1G-1A), Jeremy Landers Jr., Zack Zaitsoff, and Brennan McFarland. The Wranglers offensive number was produced by Quinn Dorris, with 26 seconds remaining in the first.

Northern Colorado managed a goal in every period but as mentioned before, essentially had to answer to Patha who kept the Wranglers within punching distance. The Eagles were up 2-0 after Landers Jr. scored at 2:13 of the first prior to the Wrangler’s Dorris goal.

With the score 2-1 for the majority of the game, Burkhart and McFarland decided it was time to peel away with two extra goals and finished it at 4-1.

Northern Colorado Eagles 5, Steamboat Wranglers 1

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For the third consecutive game, the Eagles built a lead and forced the Wranglers to play keep up. Three opening frame goals put Northern Colorado on top 3-0.

Banks Burkhart was the star yet again with two goals and one assist along with three more players who had multiple point efforts for the Eagles. Chad Storey (1G) appeared for Steamboat scoring a neat top shelf goal to give the home fans something to cheer for.

The Eagles got it rolling at 11:01 of the first period with a goal from Grebinski and later followed by McMahon at the nine-minute mark, then Liam Emery less than a minute later. The two quick goals proved to be the daggers, as Steamboats single goal response did not spark a comeback.  

Ogden Mustangs vs. Ontario Avalanche 

Ogden Mustangs 4, Ontario Avalanche 3

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Romi Huunonen had an incredible debut performance and was responsible for keeping the Avalanche from a total blowout. The Avalanche can rest assured they have a strong goalie in Huunonen after he made 67 out of 71 stops against the No. 1 team in the league.

The Ontario Avalanche welcomed the Ogden Mustangs to Anaheim Ice after enduring a season opening sweep in Ogden earlier this year. The score line was within reason but the Avalanche were severely outshot only producing 18 shots.

The Mustangs found their scoring from Zach Pires (1G-1A), Aidan Mcaleer (1G-1A), Lucas Vacin (1G), and Nico Hemming (1G-1A), plus three more skaters with points. Ontario’s offensive standouts are in Jesse Tkach (1G), Tanner Turcotte (1G), and Charles Riordon (1G).

Scoring the first goal wasn’t all that for Ontario when they did so on Oct. 4 in Ogden. Then, they were buried with a five-goal response. This time around, they were able to count on Huunonen to keep them in it.

The Mustangs were ultimately able to crack Huunonen’s guard at 5:22 of the first and later at 16:22 of the second. The two responses did little in dissuading a motivated Ontario team that retook the lead at 1:38. Although the fans at Anaheim Ice were feeling the potential upset, Ogden’s experience pulled them through with a defensively sound third period, bolstered by two goals from Mcaleer and Pires.

Ogden Mustangs 4, Ontario Avalanche 1

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The Ogden Mustangs returned for Game 2 in a refined manner being able to perform much to what their used to. It still wasn’t the 8-0 score they found in their series earlier this season. For this game, Huunonen wasn’t in net but the Mustangs still failed in reproducing that statement of a score line.

Having said that, Ontario was never able to recover from Ogden’s two goals in the second period. Johan Zollner, Gleb Krivoshapkin, Zach Pires and Caleb Dolman showed out for the Mustangs, as Pires is present for the second night in a row.

Gabel Longshore scored the only goal for Ontario in his WSHL debut at 14:57 of the third.

Pires and Dolman made it 2-0 at 10:08 and 4:47 of the second stanza. Ontario generated a mere six shots per period and the slow producing effort got them into further trouble when Krivoshapkin made it 3-0 at 14:57 of the third.

Ogden Mustangs 2, Ontario Avalanche 1

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 Romi Huunonen was in net for the Avalanche and again faced a heaping shot count with 65 of 67 saves, holding the Mustangs to their third, 2-1, victory of the season. The Mustangs did earn the victory but may not be satisfied with their performance against a team they previously scored on 23 times in three games.

This is the second time this season that Ogden’s scoring was limited to just one period. Bryson Bartell and Shane Gilbert scored for Ogden and Jesse Tkach scored for Ontario.

Bartell opened the scoring at 18:43 of the first and Gilbert scored the game-winner at 7:40 as the Avalanche could only score once.

The Mustang’s undefeated record is the only unblemished record remaining across the league at 17-0-0-0. Only the Utah Outliers, Southern Oregon Spartans, and Ontario Avalanche have been close to reaching an upset, largely due to stalwart goaltending against Ogden.