Seattle Totems 10, Valencia Flyers 5
The highest scoring game of the day included 15 goals as the Seattle Totems bested the Valencia Flyers. Daniel Modin scored a hat trick , Ricky Bredberg registered five points. Eight total players for Seattle had multiple points.
Daniel Modin opened what became a seven goal lead starting at 24:33 and reaching seven by 22:24. A seven-goal lead is certainly an insurmountable one but the Flyers garnered the motivation to pot five goals in the second half.
Evgenii Semeniuk netted a hat trick and Leon Biller registered five points for the Flyers.
Seattle persisted with three more goals in the second and reached the double digit score.
El Paso Rhinos 3, Ogden Mustangs 1 The Thorne Cup rematch everyone wanted to see didn’t disappoint although the Mustangs would have liked to take the thorn out of their backs. Marcus Ohlsson-Ornelius scored two goals and had a helper to facilitate the win.
Sawyer Schmidt made 24 saves handing the Mustangs their second loss of the season. The Mustangs couldn’t quite find their winning stride and looked to be out of synchrony.
Ohlsson-Ornelius opened the scoring at 18:20 of the first and then Jacob Robinson scored at 21:06 of the second. Ogden cut the lead in half with a Shane Gilbert goal at 5:06 but never cleared the three-goal hump.
El Paso added a late insurance goal with 1:39 left in the game and took a three game sweep of their opponents.
San Diego Sabers 5, CPJHL 0
Ondrej Vaculik scored a hat-trick while Caleb Travis and Samuel Kapusta each had one goal. Calijah Hunter made 22 saves to gain his eight win and first shutout of the season.
Kapusta sparked the five goal outing at 23:30 of the first before Ondrej Vaculik scored twice to make it 3-0.
Travis and Vaculik added two more goals, one early in the second and the final goal with 2:10 remaining.
Pueblo Bulls 4, Ontario Avalanche 2
The Pueblo Bulls got on the board twice while on the power play to overcome the Avalanche. The Bulls gained a sweep of their competition making for the ideal conclusion to their first appearances at Showcase.
Ondrej Blaja scored the game winning goal at 12:22 of the second half and is now two points shy of the 50-point mark.
Ontario’s Eric Moran forced a tie at 17:27 with his only goal of the night while Kay Maunula got the Avs on the board first. The Bull’s John Henderson and Milan Breczko took an initial 2-0 lead when they scored in the first at 18:42 and 9:25 of respectively.
Lane Skon made 27 saves winning his third game of the season, as Ontario’s Aidan Harding couldn’t facilitate a win with 21 saves.
Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Oklahoma City Blazers 4
Unlike the other expansion team, Pueblo Bulls, the Thunderbirds were only able to win one of three and dropped this final decision to the Blazers. For the second game in as many nights, Vegas was held to a single goal.
Joel Svensson was the protagonist in the game as he lifted the Blazers with 32 saves although they were outshot 33-18. Benjamin St. Onge led with two goals and one assist and Andrei Vasile had a goal and an assist.
Tomas Urbanec has the Thunderbird’s only goal coming as a response to Oklahoma’s Vasile who opened the scoring 1-0 at 20:13 with an unassisted shorthanded goal.
Hajek sunk the game-winner at 7:38 of the first prior to St. Onge’s two goal effort. Las Vegas drops to third place in the Western Division following San Diego’s two wins at Showcase.