West Division Star of the Week: Dylan Mattson, F, Alexandria Blizzard

NA3HL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey

JANUARY 9, 2019

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending January 6, 2019. The divisional stars of the week are awards given each week of the regular season to the top-performing players in each of the six divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.

 

Central Division Star of the Week: Justin Schwartzmiller, F, Wisconsin Whalers

The Whalers bolstered their playoff hopes last weekend with a pair of wins over third-ranked Peoria to move within six points of the fourth spot in the Central Division. Schwartzmiller was at the center of Wisconsin’s refocused attack, posting four goals across the two contests, including a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-3 win. Two of his three tallies in that game came while shorthanded – his first markers of that kind this season. Schwartzmiller now boasts goals in four of his last five games, and his 17 goals and 30 points are both second only to teammate Sam Hanson among Whalers skaters.

2nd Star: Brandon Ratzloff, F, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Aslan Akervik, F, Coulee Region Chill – Mikael Foucher, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Caleb Sauer, G, Wisconsin Whalers – Jacob Wiethaupt, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Coastal Division Star of the Week: Zack Mullen, F, L/A Nordiques

Mullen took the ice twice last weekend in a pair of L/A victories over Long Beach. The Parkside, PA native was in fine form after going pointless in the prior contest, logging a total of 1-6—7 on the weekend to lead all Coastal Division Star of the Week nominees. Friday saw him take up the playermaker mantle with four helpers, while Saturday featured a balanced approach from Mullen with a goal and two assists. Mullen’s marker was just his second PPG of the season.

2nd Star: Cade Lambdin, F, Long Beach Sharks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Valeri Rykov, F, L/A Nordiques

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week: Mikael Levokari, G, Bozeman Icedogs

Levokari’s remarkable season went full steam ahead in last week’s play, as the Finnish netminder took a pair of wins over Missoula, 3-2 and 5-2 on Friday and Saturday. Levokari turned aside 62 of 66 total shots across the two games – good for a .939 save percentage – and allowed just two goals in each contest to stretch his current 2.00 GAA or lower streak to four games. Subsequently, his personal winning streak also hit four games with his two wins last week.

2nd Star: Darren Donovan, F, Helena Bighorns

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Davis, D, Bozeman Icedogs – Cody Dearing, F, Great Falls Americans – Jack Harris, F, Yellowstone Quake – Luke Hartge, F, Yellowstone Quake – Garrett Peters, F, Great Falls Americans – Justin Sullivan, D, Helena Bighorns

 

Northeast Division Star of the Week: Markus Cook, F, Binghamton Jr. Senators

Cook led all Northeast Division Star of the Week nominees with seven points in just two games last week, breaking him out of a four-game funk that saw him put up a single assist, which came back on December 17th at the Showcase. Cook logged two goals and an assist on Friday in a win over Skylands, finding twine on a power-play in the contest. He then switched to setup duties on Saturday with four assists. Cook now boasts 59 points in 31 outings this season, good for 19th in the NA3HL.

2nd Star: Adam Morgan, F, Niagara Falls Powerhawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Cicalese, F, Skylands Kings – Tanner Coleman, D, Oswego Stampede – Manny Legace, G, Oswego Stampede – Jacob Robertson, D, Niagara Falls Powerhawks – Josh Sears, G, Skylands Kings

 

South Division Star of the Week: Mitch Dolese, D, Louisiana Drillers

Looking to keep pace with Texas atop the South Division, Dolese and the Drillers topped a scrappy Spirit side twice over the weekend in a back-to-back that featured five total points from the blueliner. Dolese posted a pair of assists in Friday’s win before scoring twice and assisting another on Saturday. The second win marked Dolese’s fourth multi-goal game of the season, and featured his second PPG of the campaign. Dolese currently ranks fourth among all NA3HL defensemen with 15-19—44 on the year.

2nd Star: Quinn Yeager, G, Atlanta Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alejandro Apud, F, Louisiana Drillers – Blake Forystek, G, College Station Spirit – Jason Ladzinksi, F, Atlanta Capitals

 

West Division Star of the Week: Dylan Mattson, F, Alexandria Blizzard

Entering the weekend on a two-game pointless skid, Mattson set a few season firsts as he broke out in a big way with two goals and a helper on Friday to help the Blizzard to a 4-1 win over Breezy Point. The occasion marked Mattson’s first multi-goal game and first with three or more points in a single game this season. Saturday saw him post two assists, signaling his first back-to-back set of games with multiple points in 2018-19 as well.

2nd Star: Peter Verstegen, F, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Junker, D, North Iowa Bulls – Blake Spetz, F, Granite City Lumberjacks Lumberjacks – Grant Troumbly, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

Blizzard go 1-2 in NA3HL Showcase

Blizzard go 1-2 in NA3HL Showcase

The Alexandria Blizzard was stymied offensively at the NA3HL Showcase in two of three games in Blaine this week.

The first Blizzard game took place Sunday December 16, in which Alexandria lost 3-0 against the Atlanta Capitals (16-14-3-0). Even though the Blizzard was unable to score, Alexandria outshot the Capitals 28-19.

On December 17, the Blizzard found a way to put the puck in the net in securing its only win of the showcase. Alexandria took down the Missoula Junior Bruins (14-12-0-0) 4-1.

The Bruins got the first goal of the game midway through the first period. The Blizzard got its first goal of the showcase off the stick of Dylan Mattson while shorthanded. Right before the end of the first period, Brett Meister gave the Blizzard the go-head goal with 18 seconds left in the frame.

The second period remained scoreless until the last minute when Alexandria took a two-goal lead with 30 seconds left. Tanner Frerichs got his first goal of the week on the power play.

The Blizzard put the cap on the win in the third period when Carter Rieland scored an unassisted goal. The Blizzard outshot the Bruins 47-17.

Alexandria went into the third day of the Showcase looking to end on the right note against the Coulee Region Chill (13-6-1-1). The Chill dominated the first period and scored three goals. Alexandria was able to get its second shorthanded goal of the showcase from Riley Scanlon. The Chill tacked on two more goals in the second period and took a 5-1 lead into the last frame. With just over 13 minutes left in the game, Brandon Connett gave the Blizzard some hope, scoring Alexandria’s second goal of the game. Five minutes later, the Chill put the icing on the cake and scored their sixth goal of the game.

Connett and Meister led the Blizzard with three points in the three games. Alexandria goaltender Kyle Haden had a showcase total of 32 saves on 37 shots. Ville Hyttinen got the start in net in the third game and stopped 36-of-42 shots.

Alexandria has a record of 14-13-0-1 and will play their next game at home on December 31, against the division-leading Granite City Lumberjacks.

ATLANTA CAPITALS 1 1 1 – 3

ALEXANDRIA BLIZZARD 0 0 0 – 0

SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Atlanta- McKenna Cooper (Brody Nelson) 6:31

SECOND PERIOD- Atlanta- Vito Carlo (Christopher Linde, Jesse Keicher) 11:07

THIRD PERIOD- Atlanta- Brody Nelson (Cole Thomas Johnson

GOALTENDING- Atlanta- Quinn yager- W, 28 saves, 0 goals allowed; Alexandria- Kyle Hayden- L, 16 saves, 3 goals allowed

MISSOULA JUNIOR BRUINS 1 0 0 – 1

ALEXANDRIA BLIZZARD 2 1 1 – 4

SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Missoula- Misha Akatnov (Trevor Prince, Vadim Zubkov) 7:24; Alexandria- Dylan Mattson (Brandon Connett) SHG 15:37; Alexandria- Brett Meister (Carter Rieland, Jared Sanborn) 19:42

SECOND PERIOD- Alexandria- Tanner Frerichs (Brett Meister, Brandon Connett) PPG 19:30

THIRD PERIOD- Alexandria- Carter Rieland (Unassisted) 5:04

GOALTENDING- Missoula- Evan Williams- L, 43 saves, 4 goals allowed, Alexandria- Kyle Hayden- W, 16 saves, 1 goal allowed

COULEE REGION CHILL 3 2 1 – 6

ALEXANDRIA BLIZZARD 0 1 1 – 2

SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Coulee Region- Thomas Magnative (Brady Lindauer) 0:00; Coulee Region- Brady Lindauer (Toon De Schepper, Matt Janke) 8:12; Coulee Region- Donny Schultz (Unassisted) PPG 15:16

SECOND PERIOD: Alexandria- Riley Scanlon- (Tucker Kruse) SHG 1:09; Coulee Region- Brady Lindauer (Unassisted) 10:38; Coulee Region- Brandon Ratzloff (Blake Holmes, Brady Lindauer) 17:44

THIRD PERIOD- Alexandria- Brandon Connett (Brett Meister, Tanner Frerichs) PPG 6:14; Coulee Region- Brock Zukowski (Aslan Akervik, Toon De Schepper) 11:45

GOALTENDING- Coulee Region- Michael Janke- W, 25 saves, 2 goals allowed; Alexandria- Ville Hyttinen- L, 36 saves, 6 goals allowed

Record-breaking Showcase comes to a close on Tuesday

Record-breaking Showcase comes to a close on Tuesday

DECEMBER 19, 2018

Cooper Hoheisel led the Breezy Point North Stars to a 7-3 win on Tuesday and a perfect record at the 2018 NA3HL Showcase.

The 2018 NA3HL came to a close on Tuesday at the Super Rink in Blaine and it certainly set a new standard for NA3HL Showcase events.
“We were very pleased with the scout turnout and they were treated to some great competion by our teams and players,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “It was a great opportunity for them to Showcase their skills and celebrate the league.”
The teams from the West Division fared the best, going 18-3-0 at the event. In total, 9 of the 38 teams went undefeated at the event with a perfect 3-0-0 record.  Congratulations go out to the St. Louis Jr. Blues, Peoria Mustangs, Coulee Region Chill, Texas Brahmas, Granite City Lumberjacks, North Iowa Bulls, New Ulm Steel, Breezy Point North Stars and Willmar WarHawks for going undefeated.
Over 120 scouts, including over 90 college coaches were in attendance at the event, which set a new record for the NA3HL Showcase. There was representation from all 24 of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) teams, which featured the head or assistant coach of all of the teams. Five of the league’s head coaches were in attendance.
In addition, two NA3HL players signed NAHL tenders during the event, with more to follow in the upcoming weeks.
Day 3 recaps
 
Louisiana 7 @ Skylands 0 – The Drillers capped off their Showcase set with a fiery 7-0 victory over the Kings on Tuesday as they look to keep pace with first-place Texas. Grady Reis turned aside all 17 shots he faced as Drew Wotta and Gunner Morgan stole the show with two goals apiece. Hayden Watzka, Josh Jorajuria and Ivan Matveev potted individual goals as well for the Drillers, who fired 41 shots towards Skylands’ Tom Fornabia.
Great Falls 3 @ Northeast 5 – Kolye Bankauskas’ hat-trick paced a rampant Northeast offense as the Generals topped the Americans 5-3 on day three of the Showcase. Thaddeus Marcola and Deacon More scored as well for Northeast, who notched their first win of the Showcase in the contest. Great Falls received goals from Cody Dearing, Jack Olson and Payton McSharry, as well as 30 saves from Drew Scites in the loss. Devun Schneider picked up the victory with 34 stops in the Generals’ cage.
Bozeman 1 @ New England 5 – Sterling Morin put the Icedogs on the board first, but the Stars responded with a rampage of five unanswered markers to snatch a 5-1 win over Bozeman on Tuesday. Zachary Cormier, Corey Tumenas, Zachary Burnham, Henry Beguelin and Michael Cooprider bagged the goals, while Burnham and Connor Barter posted two-point efforts. New England’s Timothy Pesek posted 23 saves for the win, outdueling Bozeman’s Mikael Levokari, who stopped 31 of 36.
Missoula 7 @ Long Beach 4 – Misha Akatnov lit the lamp thrice as Seth Daniel and Evan Williams combined for 40 saves in the Bruins cage to guide Missoula to a 7-4 win over the Sharks to conclude their play at the Showcase. Bill Lucas, Trevor Prince, Kyler Fullerton and Jim Seielstad also found twine for Missoula, who went 2-1 in Blaine. Cade Lambdin starred with two goals for Long Beach, complementing markers by Noah Carlock and Dino Mukovoz and 43 saves by Ryan Cortez.
Butte 6 @ Niagara Falls 5 (OT) – Charles Blandin netted his second strike of the contest just under a minute into overtime to help the Cobras top the Powerhawks 5-4 on Tuesday. Ben Dirks logged a hat-trick for Butte, while Tyson Stovin added a goal to the Cobras’ tally and netminder Sean Leonard picked up the win. Raymond Conroy posted a pair of goals for Niagara Falls as Manny Sigal, Spencer Hrynczak and Matthew Stewart each found twine as well. Conroy, Sigal and Hrynczak also recorded three points apiece on the night. Josh Mitchell took the loss between the pipes for the ‘Hawks.
Yellowstone 3 @ Maine 5 – Down 3-1 through 36 minutes, the Wild exploded for four unanswered goals in the final 24 minutes to notch a 5-3 win over Yellowstone. Chandler Bilodeau posted two goals in the final frame, Luke Church, Kadin Mason and Anthony Albanese lit the lamp as well and Daniel Sprague turned aside 18 shots in the win. Tyler Cramer led the way for Yellowstone, scoring twice alongside Jon Green’s lone strike and a combined 53 saves from Michael Allman and Logan Cooksy.
Texas 4 @ Binghamton 1 – The Brahmas jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back in this one, featuring two goals from Michael Redmon in a 4-1 victory over Binghamton to stay atop the South Division. Seth Cushing and Kyle Welch provided offense as well for Texas, while Thomas Held and Bryce Runyan combined for 28 saves in the Brahmas net, allowing just a single goal to the Senators’ Mike Padgeon. Jeff Zero took the loss in the Binghamton cage despite an outstanding 54-save showing.
Gillette 6 @ Cape Cod 1 – Gillette rode a four-goal outburst in the second period and a Gage Thompson hat-trick to a 6-1 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. George Stilson, Austin Newson and Tyler Kaminski tallied as well, easily eclipsing Cole Therrien’s individual goal for Cape Cod. Aaron LaChance picked up the win in Gillette’s crease, outdueling Cape Cod’s Parker Orchard at the opposite end of the rink.
Mid Cities 4 @ Oswego 3 (OT) – Nick Snyder struck on the power-play two minutes into overtime to help the Jr. Stars take the 4-3 win over the Stampede in a game that featured three different tying goals in regulation time. Brandon Speights led the Stars’ efforts through 60, posting the two Mid Cities tying efforts to help force OT. Ryan Muckensturm scored as well for Mid Cities, while Dylan Candleana, Joey Gallo and Nick Snyder of Oswego countered for the Stampede. Noah Kinsinger and Francisco Clark-Silva combined for the win with 22 saves, while Colin Burgess stared down 21 of 25 shots for Oswego.
Helena 2 @ North Iowa 6 – Four different Bulls found twine to ruin a strong 38-save showing from Helena’s Alexander Rogers as North Iowa blitzed the Bighorns 6-2 to go 3-0 at the Showcase. Marco Escobar scored twice, Nick Johnson, Konnor Carlson, Jarod Blackowiak and Jimmy McDermott found twine once apiece and Evan Babekuhl stopped 14 pucks in the Bulls’ victory. Meanwhile, Luc Cross and Darren Donovan struck for the Bighorns to keep it close through 40 before the Bulls logged three third-period tallies to put the game out of reach.
Atlanta 5 @ NAPHL Selects 1 – Nicholas DeGrazia put the Selects on the board just under three minutes into the game, but the Capitals overwhelmed the NAPHL stars with five goals in the remaining 57 minutes to take a 5-1 win on Tuesday. Nicholas Sleeper, Brett Dougherty, Gunner Moore, Brody Nielsen and Christopher Walker all scored to lift the Caps to victory, backstopped by Patrick Egdorf’s 21 saves. Noah Altman and Luke Newell posted a shared 29 stops for the Selects.
Willmar 10 @ Eugene 1 – Four different skaters potted two or more goals as the Warhawks lit up the scoreboard in a 10-1 win over the Generals — doubling their next-highest single-game goal output this season. Marquez Ginger set the tone with a hat-trick, alongside two-goal efforts by Elijah Slagter, Ian Zaleski and Brandon Holt and Andrew Pitleck’s individual strike. Broc Friesen scored for Eugene, who received a solid 35 stops from netminder Carson Roisum. Jake Sumner and Lucas Ehrlich stopped seven pucks in Willmar’s win.
 
L/A 0 @ St. Louis 6 – Matt Monreal recorded a hat-trick and Mikael Foucher posted his third shutout of the season as the Jr. Blues blanked the Nordiques 6-0 to post a perfect 3-0 record at the event and move into a 1st place tie in the Central Division. Two goals from Monreal and another from Hunter Muzzillo put the Jr. Blues ahead 3-0 after one period. Monreal added another for his hat-trick in the 2nd period and Jack Moore and Ivan Galaguzov also added goals to make it a 6-0 final. Owen Liskiewicz took the loss in goal for the Nordiques.
College Station 10 @ Evansville 3 – The Spirit won their second straight game and went 2-1 at the Showcase thanks to a convincing 10-3 win over Evansvile. Matt McBride and Garrett Schnorr each scored twice in the win. Other goals for the Spirit came from Jack Giddings and Ryan Wolf in the 1st period, and Trevor Borlace, Jeremy Brodeur, Eli Gould, and Jared Slay in the 2nd period. Evansville got their goals from Deric Richison, Brent Clemmer, and Anthony Caserta. Blake Forystek picked up the win in goal, while Noah Brandau took the loss.
Breezy Point 7 @ Wausau 3 – The North Stars completed a perfect run at the Showcase, which was capped off by a 7-3 win over Wausau on Tuesday. North Stars forward Cooper Hoheisel had a hat-trick in the win. All of Hoheisel’s goals came in a four-goal 1st period, which also included a goal from James Curran. Jordan Linder added a 2nd period goal and Dylan Borseth and Jacob Berkowitz scored in the 3rd period for the North Stars. The RiverWolves got goals from Cody Squillace in the 1st period, Tanner Eskro in the 2nd period and Mitchel Idalski in the 3rd period. Dan Fielding picked up the win in goal, while Micah Hershey took the loss.
Rochester 1 @ Peoria 2 – Luke Weberg was solid between the pipes as he led the Mustangs to a 2-1 win over Rochester on the final day of the Showcase. Peoria jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal late in the 1st period from Brandon Hay. The lead would swell to 2-0 when Zach Eddington scored early in the 3rd period. The Grizzlies showed signs of a comeback when later in the 3rd period Vladislav Sorokin scored his 26th goal of the season, but Weberg shut the door the rest of the game. Nick Bucklin took the loss in goal for the Grizzlies.
Granite City 3 @ Milwaukee 2 – The Lumberjacks completed a perfect run through the Showcase, which was capped off by a 3-2 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday. The Power led 2-1 after one period thanks to goals from Jack Berry and Ethan Dabbs. Bailey Sommers scored for the Lumberjacks. Then Matt Moran put the team on his back as the Granite City forward scored in the 2nd period to tie the game and then again in the 3rd period for the game-winner to complete the win. Bryce Crowley made 19 saves in the win, while Aaron Dickstein took the loss, making 18 saves.
New Ulm 7 @ Wisconsin 1 – Seven different players scored and Henry Baribeau made 15 saves as the New Ulm Steel completed a perfect 3-0 Showcase with a 7-1 win against the Whalers.  The Steel jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Jarrett Cammarata, Michael Savelkoul, and Sam Ayd. Hunter Johnson, Jordan Cooper, and Keegan Bauman added 2nd period goals and Jake Ford scored in the 3rd period. The lone Wiscosin goal came from Steven Delikat. Caleb Sauer took the loss in goal with 17 saves.
Alexandria 2 @ Coulee Region 6 – Brady Lindauer had two goals and two assists to help the Chill to a 6-2 win over the Blizzard, which completed a perfect 3-0 run through the Showcase for Coulee Region. The Chill jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Lindauer, Thomas Magnavite, and Matt Janke. Lindauer scored again in the 2nd period and Brandon Ratzloff also added a goal and Aslan Akervik added a 3rd period goal. The Blizzard got their goals from Riley Scanlon and Brandon Connett. Michael Janke picked up the win in goal, while Ville Hyttinen took the loss.

Day 2 of NA3HL Showcase full of storylines and scouts

Day 2 of NA3HL Showcase full of storylines and scouts

DECEMBER 17, 2018

Trevor Borlace led the College Station Spirit to their first win of the 2018-19 season as they broke out for 9 goals in a win on Day 2 of the NA3HL Showcase.

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Showcase had its most competitive day on Monday at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. With over 100+ college and NAHL  scouts checking in through Day 2, the action they witnessed was very competitive with some very close games.
This season marks the ninth straight year the NA3HL is holding a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States.
The action continues on Tuesday, December 18th with the final Day 3 of the event with games beginning at 9am.
All the games at the NA3HL Showcase will be broadcast live on HockeyTV.
All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the great talent the league has to offer. Not only does the showcase see a large presence of NCAA scouts but NAHL Central Scouting is also in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.
For more details on the 2018 NA3HL Showcase, including ticket, hotel, rental car, scouting and schedule information, visit: na3hl.com/showcase.
Day 2 Recaps
Oswego 3 @ Bozeman 2 – Tommy Kilway and Rich Hart struck in the final frame to help the Stampede complete a 3-2 comeback victory over the Icedogs on day two of the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine. Dominic Canic and Sterling Morin provided a pair of second-period tallies for Bozeman, sandwiching Dmitri Christou’s opening marker for Oswego. Colin Burgess earned the win with 14 stops, while Mikael Levokari suffered the loss with a nine-save showing.
Evansville 3 @ Maine 4 – The Wild used a three-goal second period to leap ahead of the Thunderbolts 4-2, then held off Evansville’s late comeback attempt to ultimately win 4-3 on Monday. Jeff Murphy, William Godbout, Luke Church and Chandler Bilodeau lofted Maine to victory, while Nathan Cole, Alec Marshall and Deric Richison helped Evansville put up a steady fight in the contest. Ben Feldman and Nick Vardon combined for a 34-save performance in the Maine cage, while Stephen Friedland kept the Thunderbolts in it with 45 stops.
Coulee Region 6 @ Atlanta 4 – Atlanta mounted a late comeback, but the Chill’s six-goal outburst proved too tall a mountain to climb as Coulee Region topped the Capitals 6-4 on day three of action at the Super Rink. Coulee Region’s Matt Janke and Aslan Akervik bagged a pair apice, complementing individual goals from Blake Holmes and Thomas Magnavite. Brody Nielsen paced Atlanta’s efforts with two goals, while Andrei Rusakov and Jason Ladzinski lit the lamp as well. Devin Naidow turned aside 19 pucks in the win, countering 27 saves by Atlanta’s Quinn Yeager.
Eugene 2 @ Cape Cod 4 – Tanner Little and Nevin Davialut potted a goal apiece in the third period to help the Islanders break a 2-2 dead lock and top the Generals 4-2 on Monday. Cole Therrien and Leevi Kervinen found twine as well in Cape Cod’s win, eclipsing Generals goals by Jared Coday and Broc Friesen. Parker Orchard took the win with 25 stops between the Cape Cod pipes, while Carson Roisum faced down 33 for Eugene.
Milwaukee 1 @ Texas 5 – Andrue Trelstad tallied twice to pace a Brahmas blitz as they toppled the Power 5-1 in Blaine on Monday. Seth Cushing, Matej Palfy and Tyler Blanchard netted as well, while Jacob Peterson nabbed the lone goal for Milwaukee. Thomas Held took the win with 24 saves on 25 shots in the Texas crease, outdueling Milwaukee standout Aaron Dickstein, who stopped 30 of 35
St. Louis 4 @ Louisiana 2 – Down 2-1 late in the second period, the Blues rattled off three unanswered tallies in the final 23 minutes, dropping the Drillers 4-2 on Monday. Ivan Galaguzov, Sean Hofstetter, Jacob Wiethaupt and Tom Yurisich provided the attack, while Zach Smith and Grant Griffin lit the lamp for Louisiana. Both goaltenders stood tall; St. Louis’ Jack Regan earned the win with 35 stops, while Griffin Varricchio turned aside 30 in the Drillers’ cage.
New Ulm 3 @ NAPHL Selects 2 – Carson Sandwick played hero for the Steel, bagging the game-winning goal just under a minute after the Selects potted a tying effort to help New Ulm stay perfect in Showcase play with a 3-2 decision over the NAPHL team. Keegan Bauman and Jacob Halvorson helped the Steel build up a 2-0 advantage through 40, before Nikolas Campbell and Peter Hannula erased the deficit and leveled scores for the Selects just before Sandwick’s winner. Henry Baribeau stood tall in the Steel cage with 26 saves, while Noah Altman and Luke Newell combined for 35 saves for the NAPHL.
Wausau 1 @ Long Beach 0 – Tanner Eskro’s strike at 11:53 of the middle frame stood as the game-winner thanks to 35 saves by Wausau’s Alexandr Gilev between the pipes as the Riverwolves scraped past the Sharks 1-0 on Monday. Darren Nathan was a rock in goal for Long Beach as well, facing down 37 pucks — including 18 in the first period alone.
Peoria 4 @ Mid-Cities 2 – The Mustangs moved to 2-0 at the Showcase thanks to a 4-2 win as forward Austin Keil continued his hot play with two more goals. After a scoreless 1st period, the Msutangs opened the scoring in the 2nd period as Jack Radley netted his 21st goal of the season. The Jr. Stars bounced back with goals from Josh Linn and Brandon Speights to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd intermission. In the 3rd period, the Mustangs scored three times, including two goals from Keil and another from Jaycob Bland to win 4-2. Jaden Gardner picked up the win in goal, making 23 saves, while Noah Kinsinger took the loss with 22 saves.
Rochester 4 @ New England 1 – The Grizzlies moved their wining streak to four straight games and 2-0 at the Showcase with a 4-1 win over the Stars. Vladislav Sorokin was the star of the game with a hat-trick for the Grizzlies. It took almost two full periods for someone to get on the board, but Sorokin scored late in the 2nd period to put Rochester ahead 1-0. The Stars tied the game briefly at 1-1 midway through the 3rd period on a goal from Connor Barter, but it was short-lived as Sorokin would add two more goals later in the 3rd period and Bryar Flanders added an insurance goal to make the final score 4-1. Grizzlies goalie Nick Bucklin made 20 saves in the win, while Matthew Marini made 27 saves in the loss.
Skylands 1 @ Great Falls 2 (SO) – It took a 14-man shootout, but the Great Falls Americans finally won the extra point as they edged the Skylands Kings, 2-1. In regulation, the Americans took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period with a goal from Brandon Peterson. Skylands would answer in the 3rd period to tie the game at 1-1 thanks to a power play goal from Trevor Christopher. After a scoreless overtime, Americans goalie Viktor Wennberg stopped all seven Kings shooters in the shootout, while George Nuutinen netted the shootout winner for Great Falls. Kings goalie Kavan Johnson made 40 saves in the loss.
North Iowa 5 @ Northeast 1 – The Bulls moved to 2-0 at the Showcase with another convincing win, this time a 5-1 victory over the Generals. Five different players scored for the Bulls, which included 1st period goals from Harrison Stewart and Justin Callahan. Two more goals in the 2nd period from Jarod Blackowiak and Matt Dahlseide, and a 3rd period goal from Brendan Studioso. The lone Generals goal came with just a few minutes remaining in regulation as Koyle Bankauskas netted his 23rd goal of the season. Bulls goalie Dysen Skinner made 24 saves in the win, while Generals goalie Jeb Barrett made 34 saves in the loss.
Breezy Point 4 @ Yellowstone 2 – The North Stars jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 4-2 win over the Quake as Breezy Point moved to 2-0 at the Showcase. Carson Simon and Lukas Brockman scored 1st period goals to put the North Stars ahead 2-0. The Quake cut into the lead to make it 2-1 as Dylan Rumpke scored in the 2nd period, but Breezy Point would regain their two-goal edge later in the period with a goal from Cooper Hoheisel. The Quake would again cut the lead to one goal late in the 3rd period on Rumpke’s second of the night, but Braeden Zaste added the insurance goal the North Stars would need in the 4-2 win. Lane Fox made 7 saves in the win, while Michael Allman made 40 saves in the loss.
Willmar 2 @ Butte 1 (OT) – In a goaltending battle, the Willmar WarHawks came out on top in extra time to edge the Butte Cobras, 2-1. Butte was led by goaltender Karl Zodda, who made 46 saves in the overtime loss. Butte led 1-0 after a 1st period goal from Ben Dirks. Willmar tied the game in the 2nd period with a goal from Ian Zaleski. In the overtime period, a one-timer from Campbell Jackson would prove to be the game-winner. WarHawks goalie Jake Sumner made 7 saves in the win.
Binghamton 3 @ Helena 5 – Five different players lit the lamp as the Frontier Division-leading Helena Bighorns picked up their first win of the Showcase, beating the Binghamton Junior Senators, 5-3. The Bighorns jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Ricards Groskops and Henry Kipper. Binghamton stormed back with three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead early in the 3rd period thanks to two goals from Thomas Liebold and another from Zach Bell. However, the Bighorns scored three unanswered goals later in the 3rd period to secure the win, which included goals from Elliot Plourde, Justin Sullivan, and Luc Cross. Eric Berglund made 16 saves in the win, while Thomas Sullivan made 15 saves in the loss.
Alexandria 4 @ Missoula 1 – Kyle Hayden made 16 saves to lead the Blizzard to their first win of the NA3HL Showcase with a 4-1 triumph over Missoula. The Jr. Bruins were the first to get on the board as early in the 1st period Misha Akatnov recorded his 34th goal of the season. After that it was all Blizzard as Alexandria would answer back twice in the late stages of the 1st period to take a 2-1 lead to the lockerroom with goals from Dylan Mattson and Brett Meister. Tanner Frerichs would score in the 2nd period to make it 3-1 and Carter Rieland would add a 3rd period goal to make the final 4-1. Jr. Bruins goalie Evan Williams made 43 saves in the loss.
Niagara Falls 2 @ College Station 9 – It was an offensive catharsis for the Spirit, who logged their first win of the season in a 9-2 romp past the Powerhawks thanks to goals from seven different skaters. Trevor Borlace and Garrett Schnorr set the pace with two goals apiece, with Matt McBride, Daniel Mandelbaum, Jared Slay, Logan Maki and Jack Giddings lighting the lamp as well. Brandon Fehlig also starred for the Spirit with three helpers on the night. The Powerhawks featured goals by Adam Morgan and Mateo Mercado, alongside a combined 21 saves from Jonathan Sebastiano and Noah Spiesz. Gio Podalinski took the win for College Station with 16 saves between the pipes.
Granite City 2 @ L/A 1 – A battle of two NA3HL heavyweights lived up to its billing, as the perennial power Lumberjacks topped the surging Nordiques 2-1 on Monday night. Zack DeBoom netted Granite City’s game-winner late in the second period, after his teammate Ryan Pogue and L/A’s Zack Mullen traded first-period tallies. Both netminders were solid between the pipes, with Granite City’s David Mulligan earning the win with 20 saves and L/A’s Daniel Miller turning aside 37 in the loss.
Wisconsin 4 @ Gillette 2 – Tyler and Jacob Kaminski put the Wild ahead early, but the Whalers rattled off four unanswered to ultimately take a 4-2 win as day two of the NA3HL Showcase came to a close. Tanner Mros, Luke Hefty, Austin Burgener and Justin Schwartzmiller each found twine for Wisconsin, as Kai Tomita picked up the win with 24 saves. Gillette’s Shane Phillips turned aside 30 pucks in the loss.

Plenty of action and scouts on Day 1 of NA3HL Showcase

Plenty of action and scouts on Day 1 of NA3HL Showcase

DECEMBER 16, 2018

Coulee Region forward Brady Lindauer tied an NA3HL season-high with seven goals in a win on Sunday.

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Showcase officially got underway on Sunday at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. With over 75 college and junior scouts checking in on Day 1, the action they witnessed was fast and furious.
This season marks the ninth straight year the NA3HL will hold a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States.
The action continues on Monday, December 17th with Day 2 of the event with games beginning at 10am.
All the games at the NA3HL Showcase will be broadcast live on HockeyTV.
All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the great talent the league has to offer. Not only does the showcase see a large presence of NCAA scouts but NAHL Central Scouting is also in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.
For more details on the 2018 NA3HL Showcase, including ticket, hotel, rental car, scouting and schedule information, visit: na3hl.com/showcase.
Day 1 Recaps
Peoria 3 vs. New England 2 (OT) – Austin Keil scored twice, including the overtime-winner to lead the Peoria Mustangs to a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over the New England Stars in the opening game of the NA3HL Showcase. After Keil had given the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the 1st period, the Stars responded with goals from Michael Lempiainen and Connor Barter to take a 2-1 lead midway through the 3rd period. Late in the 3rd period, the Mustangs tied the game at 2-2 on a goal from Ian McHenrey. In the overtime, Keil beat Stars goalie Cedric Joubert on a breakaway for the win. Jaden Gardner made 20 saves in the win, while Joubert made 29 saves in the loss.
Yellowstone 5 vs. Niagara Falls 0 – Logan Cooksy stopped all 23 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Quake blanked the PowerHawks thanks to five goals from five different players. The Quake led 1-0 after a 1st period goal from Dylan Rumpke. The Quake then put the game out of reach in the 3rd period with four goals from Nick Castro, Kitrwin Johnson, Mason Merager, and Jack Harris to secure the win. PowerHawks goaltender Noah Spiesz made 35 saves in the loss.
Butte 5 vs. Evansville 3 – Cobras forward Tyson Stovin was a one-man wrecking crew as he recorded a hat-trick and added two assists in a 5-3 win over the Jr. Thunderbolts. Butte jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to two goals from Stovin and others from Daniel Liner and Joe Erickson. Evansville put up a furious fight to the end, which included two goals goal from Deric Richison and a 3rd period goal from Matthew Jordan, but another goal from Stovin, his 3rd of the game, late in the 2nd period secured the win. Cobras goalie Karl Zodda made 24 saves in the win and Evansville goalie Noah Brandau made 24 saves in the loss.
Missoula 4 vs. Cape Cod 2 – Josh Sample made 28 saves and Austin Leadbetter had three points as the Jr. Bruins doubled up the Islanders on Day 1, 4-2. The Islanders opened the scoring early in the 1st period on a goal from Mike Goroshko, but the Jr. Bruins responded with three straight goals from Kyler Fullerton, Ty Dittman, and Leadbetter to take a 3-1 lead. The Islanders drew to within one goal on a late 2nd period tally from Leevi Kervinen, but the Jr. Bruins put the game on ice late in the game with a goal from Trevor Prince. Parker Orchard made 26 saves in the Islanders loss.
Texas 4 vs. Helena 0 – In a battle of 1st place teams, the South’s Texas Brahmas got two goals from Andrue Trelstad and 19 saves by goalie Bryce Runyan in a shutout of the Helena Bighorns, who suffere just their third loss of the season. After a scoreless 1st period, the Brahmas seized control of the game in the 2nd period with three goals, including two from Trelstad and another from Stuwart Pearson. Jack Cooper would add the 4th goal of the game for the Brahmas late in the 3rd period on the power play. Garrett Dryden made 36 saves in the loss for the Bighorns.
 
Louisiana 3 vs. Great Falls 0 – Drillers goalie Samuli Aarinen stopped all 22 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as Louisiana blanked Great Falls on Day 1 of the Showcase, 3-0. The Drillers went ahead 1-0 midway through the 1st period on Blake Siewertsen’s 18th goal of the season. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Drillers put the game away in the 3rd period with goals from Josh Jorajuria and Viacheslav Nilov. Americans goalie Drew Scites made 21 saves in the loss.
Bozeman 5 vs. Skylands 1 – Fox Dodds scored twice to lead the Bozeman Icedogs to a 5-1 win over the Skylands Kings on Sunday. Bozeman scored two goals just :25 seconds apart in the 1st period as Dodds and Nash Pine lit the lamp. Skylands cut into the lead to make it 2-1 early in the 2nd period with a goal from Trevor Christopher, but it was all Icedogs after that as Duncan McGarrah, Hazen McKay, and Dodds added three more goals to make it a 5-1 final. Bozeman goalie Mikael Levokari made 22 saves in the win, while Josh Sears made 25 saves in the loss.
Coulee Region 17 vs. Long Beach 1 – Chill forward Brady Lindauer tied an NA3HL season-high with seven goals in a 17-1 win over the Long Beach Sharks. The game was over early as the Chill scored seven goals in the 1st period, which included four goals from Lindauer two from Flavien Fondadouze, and another from Donny Schultz. Lindauer added two more goals in the 2nd period, Chase McLaughlin also scored a pair of goals, and the Chill added others from Thomas Magnavite, Christopher Drews, and Gadel Khismatullin. Magnavite and Lindauer would then add two more goals in the 3rd period to give the Chill a season-high 17 goals. Jackson Wellmeyer scored the lone goal for the Sharks in the loss. Gunnar Snyder picked up the win in goal for the Chill, while Ryan Cortez took the loss.
Granite City 6 vs. Binghamton 0 – In a much-anticipated match-up of 1st place teams, the Lumberjacks showed that they are one of the Fraser Cup favorites with a convincing 6-0 shutout of the Junior Sens. Goaltender Matt Fitzgerald stopped all 21 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season. Granite City jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with a pair of goals from Grant Troumbly. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Lumberjacks blew the game open in the 3rd period with four more goals, including two from Trevor Dummer and others from Hunter Schwehr and Brad Amundson. Jeff Zero took the loss in goal for the Junior Sens making 33 saves.
Gillette 3 vs. Wausau 2 – The Wild came from behind to score two goals in the 3rd period to edge the Wausau RiverWolves, 3-2. Wausau got off to a great start, taking a 2-0 lead less than nine minutes into the game with goals from Sean Johnston and Tanner Eskro. Gillette would net their first goal of the contest later in the 1st period with a goal from Tyler Kaminski to make it 2-1. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Wild took the lead in the 3rd period with goals from Austin Newson and Dominic Ermi to secure the win. Wild goalie Aaron LaChance made 25 saves in the win, while RiverWolves goalie Alexandr Gilev made 23 saves in the loss.
Atlanta 3 vs. Alexandria 0 – Capitals goalie Quinn Yeager stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as the Capitals blanked the Blizzard, 3-0. The Capitals scored a goal in each period in a balanced scoring attack. Jason Ladzinski netted his 19th goal of the season in the 1st period, Vito Carlo scored in the 2nd period and Brody Nielsen added an empty-net goal in the 3rd period. Blizzard goalie Kyle Hayden took the loss making 16 saves.
North Iowa 6 vs. Mid Cities 3 – Jarod Blackowiak scored twice to lead the North Iowa Bulls to a 6-3 win over the Mid Cities Jr. Stars on Sunday. The Bulls were propelled by a hot start as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Brendan Studioso, Nick Johnson, and Blackowiak. The Jr. Stars made a game of things with the next two goals, which both came from Josh Linn to make the score 3-2. North Iowa would then add three more goals in the 3rd period, including another from Blackowiak and others from Cam Fagerlee and Evan Junker. Ryan Muckensturm had the other goal for the Stars. Bulls goalie Connor Poczos made 11 saves in the win, while Mid-Cities goalie Francisco Clark-Silva made 21 saves in the loss.
 
New Ulm 3 vs. Maine 0 – Steel goaltender James Royce stopped all 21 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season as the New Ulm Steel blanked the Maine Wild, 3-0. The Steel went up 1-0 with a 1st period goal from Valters Midegs. The Steel then padded their lead with two more goals in the 2nd period to complete the scoring as Michael Savelkoul and Carson Sandwick lit the lamp. Maine Wild goalie Andrew Ghimpeteanu made 42 saves in the loss.
Rochester 5 vs. Oswego 1 – Grizzlies forward Matthew DeRosa had two goals and an assist as Rochester kept pace with the West Division leaders thanks to a 5-1 win over Oswego. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to 1st period goal from Lucas Newman and three more goals in the 2nd period including two from DeRosa and another from Peyton Hart. Late in the 2nd period the Stampede would notch their lone goal, which came from Nick Snyder. Seth Bacon would add a 3rd period goal for the Grizzlies. Rochester goalie Liam Kelly made 14 saves in the win, while Stampede goalie Ben White made 29 saves in the loss.
St. Louis 6 vs. Northeast 1 – Five different skaters logged multi-point efforts and Mikael Foucher stopped 17 of 18 shots between the pipes as the Blues topped the Generals 6-1 on day one of the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine, MN. Matthew Monreal, Zach Lodes, Ivan Galaguzov and Jacob Wiethaupt each posted a goal and an assist apiece, with Colton Markiewicz bagging a pair of assists. Joe Papa and Blake Dangos also posted individual tallies for St. Louis, while Tyler Rudek potted Northeast’s lone tally. John Driscoll took the loss with 31 stops in the Generals’ cage.
L/A 3 vs. Milwaukee 2 – Joshua Sanchez and Cole Ouellette scored in the final 11 minutes to help the Nordiques erase a 2-1 deficit and take a 3-2 victory over the Power on day one of action in Blaine. Donovan Tehan also scored for L/A, countering markers from Logan Geisness and Caleb Beversdorf for Milwaukee. Owen Liskiewicz took the win with 24 stops for L/A, facing down Milwaukee’s Aaron Dickstein, who made 30 saves at the other end of the rink.
Breezy Point 3 vs. NAPHL Selects 1 – Nick Eddens tallied his second goal of the game just under five minutes into the third period to put the North Stars ahead 2-1 and on their way to a 3-1 win over the NAPHL Selects. Dustin Sadler added an insurance marker later to seal Breezy Point’s win, after Eddens and NAPHL’s Nikolas Campbell traded goals in the first forty. Jacob MacLennan answered the bell between the pipes for Breezy Point, turning aside 15 of 16 pucks to outshine a combined 17 stops from Noah Altman and Luke Newell for the Selects.
Wisconsin 6 vs. Eugene 3 – A 3-3 affair through forty minutes quickly tilted in Wisconsin’s favor, as Trevor Timm, James Lowry and Stepan Ruta each found twine to lift the Whalers to a 6-3 decision over the visiting Eugene Generals in Blaine on Saturday. Ruta’s goal was his second of the night, joining Sam Hanson and Justin Schwartzmiller with first-period goals. Jared Coday, Cody Arbelovsky and Calvin Hennon provided the offense for Eugene, who featured a strong 43 saves from Carson Roisum. Ryan Hooks picked up the win with 11 saves for the Whalers.
Willmar 7 vs. College Station 1 – A late Matt McBride power-play strike for College Station couldn’t tarnish a banner evening for the Warhawks, who featured seven different scorers in a 7-1 win over the Spirit as they opened NA3HL Showcase action. Brandon Holt, Chase VanDeVere, Elijah Slagter, Hunter Hall, Jacob May, Campbell Jackson and Connor Rollo were Willmar’s scorers, who scored in front of 22 saves from Lucas Ehrlich in goal. Calder Evans stopped 24 pucks for the Spirit.