by Scott Harrington

Games of December 19:

DALLAS 7, WEST SOUND 5—For the first eight minutes or so of the game it looked like the West Sound Admirals were the only team that set their alarm for Wednesday’s 7:45 a.m. start.  The Ads scored four times in a span of three minutes early in the game—two each from Artem Popov and Vladislav Polyashov—but the Dallas Snipers eventually did wake up.  Two second-half goals from Alexander Heiskanen sparked the Snipers to a 7-5 comeback win.  Heiskanen also assisted on both of Leo Selitaj’s first-half goals for Dallas. 

WICHITA 4, CPJHL RED 2—Marcus Ohlsson-Ornelius scored the game-winning goal and added a pair of assists to lead the Wichita Jr. Thunder to a 4-2 win over the CPJHL Red team.  Erik Back scored twice for the Jr. Thunder and Bronson Sudberry stopped 30 of 32 shots—including all 15 he faced in the second period to preserve the second win of the showcase for Wichita.  Malcolm Gamelin and Daniel Spannar scored the CPJHL goals :38 apart in the first half.

SOUTHERN OREGON 5, STEAMBOAT 3—Logan Emery dished out three assists and Christopher O’Shaughnessy made 27 saves to lead the Southern Oregon Spartans to a 5-3 win over the Steamboat Wranglers. 

NORTHERN COLORADO 8, HINTON 2—Northern Colorado out-scored Hinton 4-1 in each half to pick up their second win of the showcase.  The Eagles were led by Nikita Sheberov (1-3-4), Jarret Marks (2-1-3) and Jacob Elik (0-3-3).  Wildcats netminder Justin Dupuis made 28 of his 34 saves in the first half.  Riley Keyes and Cameron Hunt scored the goals for Hinton.

LONG BEACH 4, EDSON 3—Emil Johansson’s three goals for Edson were not enough as the Long Beach Bombers defeated the Aeros, 4-3.  Tomas Urbanec scored two goals and assisted on another for the Bombers, who were playing their first game of the showcase.  He scored with just under 10 minutes to go to give Long Beach a two-goal lead.  Twice the Aeros scored to get within a goal, but they were not able to get the equalizer after Johansson completed his hat trick with :16 left on the clock.  Edson played very well for stretches for the second straight game, but dropped to 0-2-0.

CPJHL BLACK 5, VALENCIA 4 (SO)—The Valencia Flyers battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to lead, 4-3, in the final minute, only to see CPJHL Black tie it up with :34 left in the second half and win it in a shootout, 5-4.  Danylo Moroz, who assisted on the first two Valencia goals, scored twice in the second half to give the Flyers the lead, but Filip Soderstrom completed a hat trick with an extra-attacker goal in the final minute of play to force a five-minute overtime, which did not produce a winner.  Paul Holzheuer was the only shooter to cash in during the shootout as Matthew Server, who made 33 saves during the game, turned back all three Valencia shooters.

OGDEN 5, EL PASO 3—The Ogden Mustangs built a three-goal lead in the first half and Artur Ogandzhanyan (28 saves) kicked out 12 of 13 shots in the second half to preserve a 5-3 win over the El Paso Rhinos in a battle of division leaders.  Ammon Anderson scored one goal in each half for Ogden. 

OKLAHOMA CITY 5, BELLINGHAM 3—Second half goals by Jamahl Eakett and Thomas Steven got Bellingham within a goal with 2:52 left in the game, but Oklahoma City’s Vitalii Mikhailov scored his second goal of the game into an empty net as OKC won the Battle of the Blazers, 5-3.  Kolter Pawlick (28 saves) kept Bellingham in the game as long as he could.

ONTARIO 12, MEADOW LAKE 0—In a rare lopsided score at the Western States Shootout, Declan Curtis had a hat trick and Connor Duffy posted a 19-save shutout as the Ontario Avalanche defeated the Meadow Lake Mustangs, 12-0.  Ontario scored eight goals in the second half—three of them in a span of 4:32 early in the period to open up a seven-goal lead and put the game away. 

SAN DIEGO 4, UTAH 2—San Diego scored three times in a span of 2:57 early the game and held on for a 4-2 win over the Utah Outliers.  Jakub Vesely, Riley Cryan, then Vesely again, spotted the Sabers to the early lead and Marshall McKallip stopped all 19 shots he faced in the second half to stymie Utah comeback attempts.  He made 28 saves in all.

CASPER 4, COLD LAKE 1—Dennis Matic scored twice in the second period and Kayne Pasquet stopped 18 of 19 shots to spark the Casper Bobcats to a 4-1 win over the Cold Lake Wings.  Nigel Cardinal scored the Cold Lake goal and Max Gaudet made 36 saves for the Wings.

FRESNO 4, SEATTLE 0—Max Karlenzig repelled all 30 shots the Seattle Totems sent his way, and Cole Beckman scored two goals as the Fresno Monsters evened their showcase record at 1-1-0 with a 4-0 win over the Seattle Totems.  Rory Scott assisted on both Beckman goals—the first of which came just :46 after Logan Domagala broke the ice for Fresno.  Seattle fell to 0-2-0 at the showcase.

CHEYENNE 3, WICHITA 2 (OT)—Bryan Watters set up Logan Syrup :48 into sudden-death overtime to give the Cheyenne Stampede a 3-2 win over the Wichita Jr. Thunder, who were playing their second game of the day.   Cheyenne netminder Brendan Carew made 19 of his 30 saves in the first half.


For Tuesday, Dec. 18

 #1 STAR

 D Alexander Heiskanen

Dallas Snipers

6’2”, 183 pounds

Stockholm, SWE / 1999

2 goals + 2 assists

7-5 win vs. West Sound

3-8-11 in 14 GP


 F Danylo Moroz

Valencia Flyers

6’2”, 165 pounds

Kiev, Ukraine / 1999

2 goals + 2 assists

5-4 SOL to CPJHL Black

19-20-39 in 20 GP


 G Max Karlenzig

Fresno Monsters

6’3”, 185 pounds

Chicago, IL / 1999

30-save shutout

4-0 win over Seattle

12-6-0, 2.83, .918