Weekend Recap 11.04.19
Southern Oregon Spartans
Southern Oregon Spartans 7, West Sound Admirals 1
The West Sound Admirals approached the first period in the right manner as they outshot the Spartans 17-12. The teams played to a scoreless opening period but a high scoring third put the Spartans over West Sound. Yuval Halpert’s goal with seconds remaining in the middle period ended up being the game-winning goal.
Five different Spartans registered multiple points with a total of 11 lending a hand in points. Pavel Bykov (2G-1A) led all scorers with two goals and three points. Bykov got the first goal of the night at 8:15 of the second period and Cory Kane responded for the Admirals at 8:09. Stefan Takac (1A) was the only other Admiral to have a point.
After Kane tied the game 1-1, Southern Oregon’s Halpert buried a late frame goal to make it 2-1 and sparked five straight goals by the 6:10 mark of the third. After having a strong first, the Admirals were held to six shots in the second period to be outshot 52 to 36 by the end.
West Sound Admirals vs. Utah Outliers
Utah Outliers 17, West Sound Admirals 0
Oscar Wahlgren earned his second shutout of the season as the Outliers blanked the Admirals at the Bremerton Ice Center. Nikita Andrusenko (3G) scored a hat-trick and 12 Outliers cashed in multiple points. Miroslav Hradecky (2G-2A) led with four points.
Admirals Yuto Yamasuda faced 87 shots but didn’t have the support from his team who could only muster 22 shots in the game.
Utah Outliers 21, West Sound Admirals 3
For the second night in a row, the Admirals faced a lopsided defeat to the Outliers who scored eight goals in the second period alone. Jakub Lelek (2G-8A) scored 10 points in the night while Jett Arminen (2G-2A), Dawson Armstrong (2G), Joshua Harrell (2G-2A), and Andrei Shmakov (2G) all had two goals.
Cory Kane scored two goals for West Sound while #27 (Unidentified in scoresheet) had the other goal. Yuto Yamasuda faced 90 shots in the game.
Southern Oregon Spartans vs. Seattle Totems
Seattle Totems 5, Southern Oregon Spartans 1
After getting past the Admirals, Southern Oregon faced their division’s top team, Seattle Totems, at Olympicview Arena. Two straight goals in the first frame sufficed for the Totems to hold on for the win.
The effort was backed by multiple points from Steven Brachert (1G-1A) and former Ogden Mustang, Cannon Rogers (2A) along with nine other Totems on the score sheet with a point.
Brachert and Henry Waite (1G) connected in the first to make it 2-0 for Seattle.
Andrew Rothmeier (1G), Mark Phillips (1A), and Bjoern Asbach (1A) were the point producers for the Spartans who could only get four shots on goal in the first. Southern Oregon started to press as the game progressed but to not avail.
Rothmeier cut the lead at 18:38 of the middle frame but Southern Oregon fell short of leveling the score. Seattle’s Cameron Waisman (1G) scored the first insurance goal for Seattle at 12:31.
Seattle Totems 6, Southern Oregon Spartans 2
The Spartans slow first period start cost them a game for the second night in a row at Olympicview Arena. The Spartans were limited to their own zone for a good portion of the match as the Totems outshot them 50-17 and holding them to only three in the second.
Six different players for Seattle scored goals and Michele Vignoli found the game-winner at 4:56 of the first period when he made it 3-0. Yuval Halpert (1G) scored his second goal in as many nights and Stepan Nosar (1G) is the second Spartan with a goal.
Nosar chipped away at the Totem’s lead scoring a goal at 15:57 of the second but Seattle answered with two. Then it was Bykov at 7:55 of the second who closed out the scoring for Southern Oregon.
El Paso Rhinos vs. Pueblo Bulls
El Paso Rhinos 4, Pueblo Bulls 1
Both teams are continuing their series from last week but the Bulls weren’t able to redeem themselves and fall to the Rhinos at the Pueblo Ice Arena.
Four goal scorers did it for El Paso including Jonathan Gullstedt (1G-1A). Dominc Erdt (3A) led all players with three points. It was a physical opening to the weekend series with both sides combining for 73 PIMs, however, the two goals by Gullstedt and Fontain at 18:31 and 9:06 of the second period widened the gap enough for a comfortable third period.
Pueblo’s only goal came on the two-man advantage at 4:07 of the second as Milan Breczko netted the power play tally.
El Paso Rhinos 5, Pueblo Bulls 2
Another concerted effort by the Rhinos moved them past the Bulls for their fifth win over Pueblo. The first period gave off the impression that it would be a closer game than the first night. Although the Bulls let in more goals, they were able to score more and upped their shot count.
Five different players for El Paso scored goals with Easton Easterson (1G-2A) and Jonathan Gullstedt (2A) banking multiple points to lead the way. The Rhino’s Noah Janisch (1G) kicked off the scoring at 6:40 of the first before Pueblo’s, Dallas Hainley (1G), got the Bulls on the board at 5:10 in a quick response.
El Paso’s Sam Robinson gave the Rhinos their second lead of the night just under two minutes into the middle period. They went on to convert two power play goals and a shorthanded goal to take the 5-1 lead into the third period. Pueblo’s Wyatt Andres (1G) capped off the scoring at 10:57 of the third.
El Paso Rhinos 3, Pueblo Bulls 1
The Rhinos remain undefeated and the Bulls suffer their second sweep in a row having lost three to El Paso last week. Six losses in a row for Pueblo drops them to third in the Midwest-Mountain Division, just ahead of the Blazers. The Rhinos have taken over the top seed in the division with 35 points.
The two teams played to a scoreless first period but converted three times in the second and once in the third. El Paso’s Sam Sykes (2G) scored two goals and Niklas Ormarker had a goal and an assist. Ondrej Blaha was the only Bull to find twine with Milan Breczko and Connor Whittington assisting.
Ornmarker and Sykes scored at 16:59 and 13:58 of the second period but Pueblo was able to respond at 4:58 on Blaha’s accord. The Bulls pressed and ultimately posted over 35 shots making Sawyer Schmidt work for his fifth win of the season.
Ogden Mustangs vs. Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Ogden Mustangs 5, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 0
It was always going to be a nail-biting weekend for these teams as they both put their undefeated records to the test. The Ogden Mustangs remained perfect after shutting out the Thunderbirds and handing them their first loss of the season. The Thunderbirds faced their first cross division opponent of the season whereas the Mustangs completed their second sweep of a Western Division opponent.
Mason Palmer made 24 saves to secure his second shutout of the season and fourth consecutive win.
Three, second period goals and two insurance goals in the third wrote the story in Game 1. The Thunderbirds haven’t been outshot this season but finally met their match, as they were limited to 24 shots.
Lukas Vacin (2G), Shane Gilbert (1G-1A), and Bryson Bartell (2A) each had two points and five more players for Ogden contributed with a point. Vacin’s opening goal at 10:06 of the second period stands as the game-winner and it was quickly followed by Gilbert’s goal about a minute after.
Ogden Mustangs 6, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 2
The Mustangs found themselves down by two goals for the first time all season but their ability to stay the course saw them navigate through adversity. A pair of goals in each period served as a steady flow of goals to spark a come-from-behind win and preserve their undefeated record.
Johan Zollner (1G-4A) scored five points and Zach Pires (2G-1A) had two goals for the Mustangs. Tomas Urbanec (1G-1A) and Emil Svartbro (1G) had the two goals for Las Vegas who lost their way after the first.
Nico Hemming (1G) tied the game 2-2 at 4:53 of the opening period after the Thunderbirds had them on their heels. The Mustangs weren’t able to pour it on as they have in previous games but they steadily added two power play goals late in the second before Gilbert and Pires completed the scoring in the third.
Ogden Mustangs 6, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4
The Ogden Mustangs improve their record to 14-0-0-0 after sweeping the Las Vegas Thunderbirds at Sobe Ice Arena. The Thunderbirds nearly completed a four-goal rally in their best effort of the weekend, but third period mistakes caused the game to slip.
Zach Pires (3G) persisted for the Mustangs with a hat-trick and Gleb Krivoshapkin (1G-1A) scored the game-winning goal at 6:26 of the third period. Four goal scorers for Las Vegas, including Joseph Terrana (1G), Emil Svartbro (1G-1A), Joseph Wheeler (1G), and Filip Nordin (1G) attempted the rally.
Ogden started with a three goal lead by 9:56 of the first period, but didn’t expect a Las Vegas response to exert them the way it did. Svartbro started the rally at the eight minute mark of the second, then Nordin and Wheeler tied it 3-3. Ogden made it 4-3 at 17:04 of the third but Vegas, again, tied the game for the second time with a goal from Terrana.
The magic ran out as Ogden netted two more goals at 6:26 and 1:11 of the third to accomplish the sweep.
Hinton Timberwolves vs. Barrhead Bombers
Hinton Timberwolves 3, Barrhead Bombers 0
It was the Bomber’s closest effort to a win over the Hinton Timberwolves despite not even getting a goal. Barrhead has had trouble trying to contain the Timberwolves who have scored at least five goals against them in all their previous games. This time around, the Bombers kept them to three goals and limited Jamahl Eakett to one assist.
Connor Kowalchuk (1G), Dorian Hall (1G-1A), and Brendan Auger (1G-1A) scored the goals for Hinton with three other skaters reflecting on the sheet. The Timberwolves netted a goal in the first period at 4:27 and added two goals to open the second period.
Kolter Pawlick earned the shutout in his first game back in the WSHL and first start for the Timberwolves.
Hinton remains perfect against Barrhead and the two will split a home-and-home series next week to continue the season series. This was the first time that the Bombers were shutout in the season as they have scored a goal in every game.
Hinton Timberwolves vs. Meadow Lake Mustangs
Hinton Timberwolves 6, Meadow Lake Mustangs 0
After shutting out the Bombers, the Hinton Timberwolves shutout the Meadow Lake Mustangs at the District Rec. Center, completing a perfect road weekend. Three special team goals saw Hinton to the win.
11 different Hinton skaters found points including Jamahl Eakett (1G-3A), Logan Arsenault (2G), Dimitri Buttazzoni (2G), and Alim Darmenov (2A).
This time it was Carter Wickson posting the shutout performance in net with 24 stops. Hinton was held to one goal in the first but then upped the anti with a three goal second period and a strong closing effort in the third.
Edson Aeros vs. Cold Lake Hornets
Edson Aeros 4, Cold Lake Hornets 2
Yauheni Lavrov (1G-1A) was insisting on the Cold Lake Hornet’s to upset the Edson Aeros when he scored to tie the game 2-2- at 17:39 of the third period. The Hornets nearly completed a rally after coming back from two-goals.
This was the first meeting between the two sides and four different Edson Aeros players scored to give their team the victory including Kevin Lundin, Mathew Rathbone, Quentin Stempfel, and Brian Bailer.
Cold Lake’s Johan Crowchild and Lavrov scored in the second and third respectively while Terrell Hood scored two points as well.
Lundin found the game-winner at 14:36 of the third period and later assisted on Stempfel's insurance goal at 2:32.
Edson Aeros 6, Cold Lake Hornets 1
The Cold Lake Hornets didn’t come out with the same stride as the night before as they were overwhelmed on the scoreboard by the end of the first.
Tyler Villeneuve (2G) scored two goals while Brian Bailer (2A) and Samuel Pollock (2A) complemented with two assists each. Four more Edson players scored goals to oust the Hornets on the road.
Cold Lake's Johan Crowchild had a second goal in as many nights with Anson Smith and Stanley Morning Bull inking helpers.
The Aeros scored six unanswered goals to give themselves a mighty cushion before the Hornets converted on their only goal at 4:27 of the third. The Hornets have dropped their last two games since finding their first win of the season against Meadow Lake, last week.
Of note, Cold Lake's Riley Tucker faced 71 shots in the game.
Oklahoma City Blazers vs. Dallas Snipers
Oklahoma City Blazers 3, Dallas Snipers 1
The Blazers started the season with six games against Wichita and finally met a new opponent in the Dallas Snipers. Coming off two sweeps, the Blazers were able to stay undefeated at least for one more game.
Brigham Neuhold (1G-1A), Dylan Koch (1G), and Andrei Vasile (1G) each scored goals for Oklahoma City while three other skaters registered helpers. Bradley Richardson of Dallas, had their lone goal.
Joel Svensson stopped 32 of 33 shots to sustain the lead at the StarCenter in Plano.
No goals were scored through the first two frames but the Blazers pushed for three goals in the third to take control of the game. Dallas was held off the scoresheet until the final minute of the game when Richarsdson scored at 1:07 to avoid the shutout.
Dallas Snipers 5, Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers 2
The two-game series shifted scenes to the Allen Event Center on Saturday, when the Snipers and Blazers opened for the ECHL’s Allen Americans. The Snipers forced a split of the series taking home the five-goal victory on professional ice.
Karsten Portell (2G) led with two goals while Bradley Richardson (1G-2A), Leo Selitaj (1G-1A), and Alexsey Syrotenko all registered multiple points. The Blazers were restricted to Noah Henslee and Andrei Vasile as the only goal scorers.
Arvidas Domeika (1G) lit the lamp first 11:49 of the opening period, but the Snipers didn’t score in quick succession. Despite outshooting the Blazers in the first, the next two goals were found in the second. Selitaj and Portell made it 3-0 by 6:22 and the three goal lead was enough to extinguish the Blazers.
Henslee got one back for Oklahoma at 3:30 of the second and Vasile at 11:07 of the third, though it wasn’t enough to inspire further scoring.
Of note, the Snipers were playing with Ryan Nicks in mind, who suffered the tragic loss of his mother and only parent, Lori Nicks, just hours before the game. Please help Nicks by clicking here and donating to his GoFundMe as he endures the weight of the world at this time.
Ontario Avalanche vs. Valencia Flyers
Valencia Flyers 0, Ontario Avalanche 6
The Ontario Avalanche found their first shutout win of the season and it came against the fellow Valencia Flyers at Anaheim Ice. The Avalanche scored three goals in the first period to get them well ahead and all they needed to do was defend from there.
Randy Smith (2G) scored twice and Eric Moran (3A) had three assists to lead the team in points and four more Ontario skaters scored goals. Jacob Okihara got his first shutout of the season making 29 saves.
Valencia Flyers 3, Ontario Avalanche 4
The Flyers tied it twice and nearly sent it to overtime before the Avalanche found a late goal with 11 seconds left in the third period.
Four players registered goals making Kyle Barrett (1G-1A) and Joshua Hodroff (1G-1A) point leaders for the Avs in this game. Evgenii Semeniuk (1G-2A) and Nikita Garin (3A) both had three points for the Flyers.
Ontario’s Moran got on the board first this night but the Flyers didn’t falter coming back in the second period with a Leon Biller goal at 12:59. The game was tied until 2:18 when Riley Cryan made it 2-1 to end the second. Barrett made it 3-1 at 14:56 of the third but the Flyers still had gas in the tank.
They returned the two-goal favor to tie it a second time and the game was ready to head into overtime. Hodroff finessed his way to the Valencia crease and snuck the puck past DiMarino to make it 4-3 and deny overtime.
Ontario Avalanche vs. San Diego Sabers
Ontario Avalanche 1, San Diego Sabers 2
San Diego was finally able to defeat the Avalanche at Anaheim Ice and cleared the road hurdle. A very tight game started with a scoreless first frame and San Diego taking initiative with 11 shots compared to Ontario’s seven.
San Diego’s William Baird buried the game-winner at 10:16 of the third; just 32 seconds after Ontario tied it on Quinn Deshler’s goal.
Cole Rorick ignited the scoring at 1:15 of the second period allowing San Diego to break the seal. The Sabers had lost three games in a row at Anaheim Ice going into this game and will have to play there four more times this season.
Steamboat Wranglers vs. Northern Colorado Eagles
Northern Colorado Eagles 10, Steamboat Wranglers 2
The Steamboat Wranglers still haven’t found their first win dropping their last 11 games since the inception of the season. It wasn’t pretty for Steamboat again who had to undergo another impactful loss. A total of 10 Eagles tallied multiple points in the winning effort while Sean McMahon (2G-1A) and Zack Zaitsoff (2G-1A) both had two goals and three points.
Andre Elmaleh (1G) and Oliver Diasabeygunawardena (1G) had the goals for Steamboat whose best period was a nine shot second frame. The Eagles scored six times from 14:43 of the first to 12:34 of the second. The Wranglers quickly scored after that but the fatigued squad was running on empty being with a short bench.
Northern Colorado Eagles 9, Steamboat Wranglers 0
The Northern Colorado Eagles found their third shutout victory of the season after this weekend against the Wranglers. The nine-goal triumph was supported by Tanner Ames who stopped 22 shots.
Jacob Elik (2G-3A) scored five points to lead all skaters and six more registered multiple point efforts. It was ultimately the five goals that Northern Colorado scored in the first period that demoralized the Wranglers.
Of the nine, Sean McMahon’s goal was shorthanded at 15:17 of the second.