Weekend Recap 10.28.19

by WSHL Staff

Dallas Snipers vs. Northern Colorado Eagles

(Photo by Michelle Holcomb, Dallas Snipers)

Northern Colorado 3, Dallas Snipers 0


 The Northern Colorado Eagles earned their first shutout since blanking the Utah Outliers in their first game of the season. This was an important road series for the Eagles who were looking to overtake the top spot in the Midwest-Mountain Division. They started off on the right track in blanking the Snipers.

Three different goal scorers lit the lamp for the Eagles with a goal in each period. Tyler Trombly (1G-1G), Brennan McFarland (1G), and Jeremy Landers Jr. (1G-1A) found twine in respective order and four other skaters had a point to open the series.

Marshall Murphy secured his second shutout of the season making 34 saves.   

Northern Colorado 3, Dallas Snipers 1


This time it was the Snipers who scored first but they could not overcome the great work of Marshal Murphy for the second time in as many nights. Murphy stopped 32 of 33 shots to barely let the second shutout of the weekend slip. Two goals in the third period sealed the come-from-behind win for Northern Colorado.

Jacob Elik (1G-2A) scored three points and led all skaters while five other Eagles had points. Jesper Lundqvist (1G) scored the only goal for Dallas with Karsten Portell (1A) and Todd Thompson (1A) registering helpers.

Dallas implemented their game well in the first period after Lundqvist opened the scoring at 9:11 of the first frame. The teams went to the locker rooms with Dallas up 1-0 but the Eagles were able to respond at 8:24 of the second period rendering the game a stalemate. 

Brennan McFarland (1G) and Cameroon Braun (1G) inspired the late game rally to push the Eagles to victory and overtake the top spot in the division.

Dallas Snipers 6, Northern Colorado Eagles 1


Alexander Aleshkin played phenomenally making 52 of 53 saves to backstop the Snipers, and registered an assist to avoid the sweep. Though the Eagle’s took two of three from them, Dallas had the final word in the last game of the season series with the biggest victory by margin.

Dallas rose to the occasion in the third period scoring four goals in the last frame. Arvidas Domeika (3A), Alexsey Syrotenko (2G), Bradley Richardson (2A), Leo Selitaj (2A), and Dmitri Khalin (1G-1A) all had multiple point efforts and four more Snipers totaled points in the win.

Reilly Quinn (1G) scored the single goal for the Eagle’s who was assisted by Cameron Braun (1A) and Eric Hildebrand (1A), the two additional scorers.

The first period always seems to be the battle of attrition when these two teams play and this night it was no different with Dallas opening on Syrotenko’s goal. Northern Colorado was able to dish out a response when Quinn found twine but could not find a spark despite putting 17 shots on net in the second. The Eagle’s continued to press and out chanced the Snipers who were more efficient in their scoring.

Utah Outliers vs. Steamboat Wranglers 

Utah Outliers 15, Steamboat Wranglers 1


 The Utah Outliers had no mercy on the Wranglers putting 15 goals past them and generating 80 shots. Utah had built a 7-0 lead by the end of the first period and essentially needed to hold on the rest of the way.

The Wranglers could not buy a goal until the 6:03 mark of the second period but by then Utah already had 12.

18 players scored for the Outliers with Austin Heinrich (2G-4A) heading the list with six points. Eric Thompson (2) and Ethan Knudsen (2G) also scored two goals. Andre Elmaleh (1G) and Adam Albert were the only point getters for Steamboat who’s Hunter Raye put up 47 saves in two periods as relief.  

Utah Outliers 8, Steamboat Wranglers 0 


The Wranglers had a stronger defensive night but still weren’t able to get on the board despite generating a little more offense than the previous night. Utah’s scoring was back-ended with five goals coming in the third stanza.

Helvis Rudzajs (2G) and Trent Gephart (2G-1A) both scored twice also leaving 11 more skaters with points in the effort. Oscar Wahlgren earned his first clean sheet stopping 15 shots. Ondra Patha made a whopping 59 of 67 saves for Steamboat to keep the score from erupting even more.

Utah Outliers 17, Steamboat Wranglers 3


Steamboat was heavily outgunned and couldn’t seem the find a balance between defense and offense against the potent Outliers side. When the Wranglers defended best in Game 2, they were shutout, but they also conceded more goals in their highest scoring game of the series.

Trent Gephart scored a hat-trick and had points in every game. Five other Outliers including Ben Doherty (2G-4A) scored two goals and nine additional skaters had a point to suppress the Wranglers. Steamboat’s point getters were led by Frankie Megan (2G), who scored twice, and Maximillian Riebe who had one goal.

This was the only series between the Wranglers and Outliers in 2019-2020 and will likely not play each other at the Showcase.

Fresno Monsters vs. West Sound Admirals       

Fresno Monsters 4, West Sound Admirals 0


 The Fresno Monsters came into the Bremerton Ice Center and secured a quick shutout to start the series. Four goals evenly dispersed through out the game were supported by Max Karlenzig’s 21 stops and single assist.

William Markstedt (2G-1A) led the Monsters on three points; six more point getters showed up on the sheet.  West Sound started slow but the Admirals were able to pick up the urgency in the third period when they put up a higher volume of shots after being outshot through the first two.

Tristan Baker initiated the scoring at 3:18 of the first period before Markstedt could connect for his two goals in the second and third. Narek Aleksanyan scored short-handed to add to the insurance. Admiral’s netminder, Yuto Yamasuda, saved 48 of 52 shots but did as much as he could for the team that needed a little more gas to respond.

Fresno Monsters 12, West Sound Admirals 2


A second look at the Monsters didn’t fare so well for the Admirals who were peppered by Fresno to a steep defeat. The game was riddled with fights but that didn’t help West Sound to find a spark.

Narek Aleksanyan (3G-3A) potted the most points in the game but Zackory Turpin (2G-2A) and returning Petr Philippov (2G-2A) scored four points to follow up. In total, 12 Monsters registered points to concertedly overpower West Sound who only had three point getters.

Randy Yeakley (1G-1A), Cory Kane (1G-1A), and Sarp Demirezen (1A) scored for the Admirals.

Fresno Monsters 16 , West Sound Admirals 2


The Monsters completed the sweep on a 16-2 beating of the Admirals in a game where Fresno had three hat-trick scorers. Zackory Turpin (4G-2A) lead all players with goals and Petr Philippov (3G-4A) lead all players in points. Tristan Baker (3G) had the remaining hat-trick and a total of 15 players put up points.

West Sound’s Randy Yeakley (2G) had their two goals while Sarp Demirezen (2A), Stefan Takac (1A), and Cory Kane (1A) had contributions.

Fresno got off to the 6-0 lead before the Admirals could generate their first goal at 15:28 of the second frame.     

Las Vegas Thunderbirds vs. Valencia Flyers 

(Photo by Manny Brizuela, WSHL)

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 7, Valencia Flyers 4


 The Las Vegas Thunderbirds met the Valencia Flyers for the first time only facing adversity for a brief period of the series. The Thunderbirds skated to the 7-4 victory and broke a record while doing it. T-Bird’s, Tomas Urbanec became the WSHL All-Time Goals Leader on his 136th regular season career goal on Thursday.  

RELEVANT STORY: Urbanec Becomes New All-Time Goals Leader

Seven different players had goals for the Thunderbirds while eight of nine point scorers had multiple point efforts. Urbanec (1G-2A), Nikolas Sitirou (1G-2A), and Emil Svartbro (1G-2A) tied with the same stat lines. Leon Biller (2G-1A) is at the top of the list for the Flyer and led all goal scorers in the game with two. Evgenii Semeniuk (1G) and Yannick Vollenweider (1G) had the other two goals for Valencia.

Both teams traded goals as the game was tied 2-2 at 17:58 of the second due to Biller’s first of the night. The Flyers started off up just up to pace but the decisive factor was in going down by two goals late in the second. Svartbro and Sitirou made it 4-2 at 16:04 and 11:37 of the second and the Flyers expended the entirety of their offensive energy in trying to tie the game back up.

They were quickly able to turn things around and accomplish the comeback with Biller’s second and Semeniuk’s only goal but ended up gassed;  Las Vegas continued with three more goals of their own to break away from Valencia.

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 8, Valencia Flyers 2


The Thunderbirds expanded on previous night’s efforts to light up the Flyers at the Ice Station. Another five T-Birds found multiple points with puck moving defenseman, Christoffer Juvas (1G-4A) and Emil Svartbro (2G-3A) both registering five point efforts. 

Evgenii Semeniuk (1G) and Yannick Vollenweider (1G) replicated their points from Thursday for Valencia.   

This time Valencia opened the scoring, though it didn’t do much to hold off Las Vegas who came back with three goals. It was a power play goal by Joseph Terrana at 10:20 of the first that got Vegas rolling. The Flyers found life when they narrowed the gap on a goal by Semeniuk at 8:06 of the second period to make it 3-2. Each time the Flyers were about to get something going, the Thunderbirds found exactly what they needed to extinguish it.

On this night, the Flyers were managing a potential comeback but Juvas pushed Vegas to victory finding four of five points in the latter half of the game, starting with a goal at 7:34 of the second—Three more goals by Vegas would follow.

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 6, San Diego Sabers 5


The Las Vegas Thunderbirds remain perfect in the season after playing in their closest game of the year in San Diego. Two goals in 43 seconds made all the difference for Las Vegas who was staring at their first loss of the season.

Vegas Captain, Anthony Rodriguez, scored a hat-trick while Joseph Terrana (1G), Owen Webster (1G-2A), and Tomas Urbanec (1G-1A) all scored a goal. Five different Sabers aided in the near upset with Cole Rorick (1G-1A) and Trevor Wittkopf (1G-1A) having multi point nights. 

San Diego played a good game and had the Thunderbirds on their heels despite still being outshot. San Diego won the first and second periods but Vegas’s strong third period ultimately did more for them, as they were able to successfully blank the Sabers in that period. Owen Webster nailed the game-winner on his only goal at 5:25 of the third. 

He concluded the Thunderbird’s 3-0 run that includes two goals in 43 seconds by Urbanec and Rodriguez to swing the tide entirely. A stunned Sabers team wasn’t able to recover from the rally and Vegas held on for the final five minutes to secure all nine points this weekend.     

Seattle Totems vs. Bellingham Blazers

Seattle Totems 4 (OT), Bellingham Blazers 3


This time around the matchup was a lot more tight and even, forcing both teams to be wary of mistakes as they were magnified in this one. The Seattle Totems maintained their dominance over the Bellingham Blazers this year but needed overtime to keep the streak against them alive.

Daniel Modin (2G), Garret Powers (1G), and former Spartan Michele Vignoli (1G) also had goals to supplement the winning effort. Only two players for the Blazers scored including Milo Schneidmiller (2G) who led with two, and Jovan Budial (1G).

One goal was scored in the opening frame and it belonged to the Totems at 13:40 on Modin’s first of the game. The Totems were able to build on the good start opening the middle period with a second goal by Powers. The game worked itself to be 3-3 thanks to two goals from Schneidmiller at 19:07 and 10:13 of the third.

Michele Vignoli netted the game-winner at 2:40 of the overtime period.

Seattle Totems 8, Bellingham Blazers 3


Seattle and Bellingham played the back-end of their series at Olympicview Arena but the Blazers couldn’t bring the same edge to put up another competitive outing. The Totems scored three goals in the second and three goals in the third to put themselves well ahead of the Blazers who got off 18 shots compared to Seattle’s 54.

Adam Lindarv (2G) scored two goals and six additional Totems fond a goal to evenly spread the scoring. In summation, 12 players for Seattle contributed with points. Milo Schniedmiller (1G-1A), Riley Keyes (1G-1A), and Javin Billings (1G) had the tallies for Bellingham.

Seattle got it going with two goals but Bellingham’s reaction didn’t indicate what the final score would be as they came back to tie it at 2 at 14:54 of the second. With the game at a stand-still, Seattle shifted into overdrive and peeled away from Bellingham at that point. Lindarv got the 6-0 run started with a goal at 11:47 of the second.

Ogden Mustangs vs. Southern Oregon Spartans 

Ogden Mustangs 2, Southern Oregon Spartans 1


For a good portion of the game the Southern Oregon Spartans were looking like the team that would deal Ogden its first loss of the season in what would have been a monster upset. The Mustangs kept their undefeated record intact after three games in Medford that started off frantically.

Oliver Wieringa (1G) had a goal and Gleb Krivoshapkin (1G) scored the game-winning goal at 13:34 of the third frame. Yuval Halpert (1G) had the goal for Southern Oregon and Jeffrey Gula registered the helper.      

The Spartans did all they could to keep the game this close, but the effort reflects more on Christopher O’Shaughnessy’s goaltending who stopped 61 of 63 shots. O’Shaughnessy made 19 saves in the first, 20 in the second, and 22 in the third.

Halpert opened the scoring late in the first and ignited the Madhouse who witnessed the Spartans play to the pace of the Mustangs, unfortunately, for only one game in the series.

Ogden Mustangs 16, Southern Oregon Spartans 1


It is likely that the Spartans were still out of gas from the stellar showing the night before as every game against Ogden comes with a price. By the standards of Game 1, this match was highly anticipated since the ending whistle on Friday. The complete opposite happened in Medford where Ogden felt like making a statement after not performing to their own standards.

The Spartans were limited to seven shots in the first and four shots in the second; They couldn’t amass a single shot in the late frame.

Two Mustangs scored hat-tricks to lead in goals including Bobby Mckinley (3G-1A) and Bryson Bartell (3G). 17 different Mustangs tallied points with Lucas Vacin (2G-3A) leading all players with five points.

Andrew Rothmeier scored the only goal for Southern Oregon with assists credited to Stepan Nosar (1A) and Joshua Boneta (1A).

Ogden had built a 6-0 lead by the 6:46 mark of the first period. 

Ogden Mustangs 11, Southern Oregon Spartans 1


 The nightmare continued to play out in Medford on Sunday night as the Spartans were held to only four shots in the first period and severely outscored through out the night. 

Again, the Spartans were strangled to the point where they could only find room to get off four shots in the first and 14 more between the second and third. 

It was less skaters with contributing hands on the sheet this night, but still, 11 Mustangs registered points. Bryson Bartell (2G-1A) and Gleb Krivoshapkin were the x-factors yet again. Seven more Mustangs scored goals.

Andrew Rothmeier was the only Spartan to find a goal and scored his second in as many nights.

Ontario Avalanche vs. San Diego Sabers

Ontario Avalanche 5, San Diego Sabers 3


 The two Western squads split a home-and-home series where the home team won both nights. The Avalanche’s strong play from 12:27 of the first to 18:57 of the second reflected in three goals that ended up being the difference. The Avs reached the final score with five different players scoring and six more with points.

The Saber’s Andrew Olson (2G-1A) netted two goals to lead all skaters and Cole Rorick scored a goal but the objective couldn’t be met.

Rorick lit the lamp first at 12:52 of the first frame and it went downhill from there after Ontario connected for three goals for a 3-1 lead that was reached to open the second. Olsen attempted the comeback at 14:16 of the second when he cut it down to 3-2 but it motivated the wrong team. Ontario dealt two more blows at 18:34 and 14:36 of the third. The Sabers had one more in them but Ontario held on for the victory.

San Diego Sabers 3, Ontario Avalanche 1


Four goals in the third period were divided unequally as the Sabers put home three to secure the victory and three points. Charles Riordon made 32 of 33 saves to keep Ontario to only a single goal.

Trevor Wittkopf scored two goals and Bradyn Barone had one to lift San Diego over the Avalanche and split the weekend series. San Diego gets their second win over the Avalanche and improves their record against them to 2W-4L. They will play eight more times this season.

Wittkopf found his first of two goals at 18:47 of the third and then followed up at 12:57 with his second. San Diego outshot Ontario 16-9 in the pivotal third period of this game. Ben Buium scored the single goal for the Avalanche at 11:45 and had plenty of time to tie and take the lead. San Diego did well in holding them off and actually converted on the insurance goal with under 10 seconds to go in the third stanza.

Ontario Avalanche vs. Valencia Flyers

Valencia Flyers 5(OT), Ontario Avalanche 4


 After dropping eight straight games at home, the Valencia Flyers finally found their second win of the season in the final game of their home stand this past weekend—Both wins this season were in overtime.

Unfortunately, the Flyers could have used the extra point but they will take what they can get as they sit at the bottom of the Western Division with four points. Evgenii Semeniuk (2G-1A), Kiriil Hordiichuk (1G-1A), Tristan Warr (2A), Nikita Garin (1G-1A), Michael Onda (2A) had multiple points for Valencia. Jesse Cusick (1A) and Leon Biller (1A) had one point each.

Ontario featured Liam Massie (2G), Nicholas Abernathy (1G-1A), and Riley Cryan (1G) as the goal scorers with seven others claiming points.

Semeniuk scored the unassisted game-winner in overtime at 1:29 after Ontario worked on multiple occasions to level the game. Although Ontario started the scoring barely a minute into the game, Valencia was able to respond with two goals at 1:15 of the period and a 12:31 of the second from Hordiichuk and Garin respectively.

The second and third saw both teams trade goals with the pattern culminating on Semeniuks OT winner.

Wichita Jr. Thunder vs. Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers

(Photo by Sheryl Gowin, OKC Jr. Blazers)

Wichita Jr. Thunder 1, Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers 10


 This was only the Jr. Blazers second series of the season who had the least amount of games played going into the series. Their first opponent of the year was none other than the Jr. Thunder, who they swept in Wichita.

It was more of the same for OKC and the scoring woes of the Jr. Thunder who still struggle to find consistent rhythm. In just six games against Wichita, OKC has positioned themselves as one of the top scoring teams with 52 goals in favor.

Nine different Blazers scored in the game with Benjamin St. Onge scoring twice to lead all skaters. Dylan Koch (1G-3A) registered the most points. A four-goal start in the first period got the Blazers to a cushioning lead and the Jr. Thunder lost their agency. OKC had the 8-0 lead early in the third before Cortin Knapp scored the only goal for Wichita at 8:23 of the third.

Wichita Jr. Thunder 1, Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers 11


 A very slow start for the Jr. Blazers exploded into an eight goal second period to put away the Jr. Thunder early. Benjamin St. Onge (3G-1A) and Andrei Vasile (3G-2A) both scored hat-tricks and 10 other Blazers secured points in the outing.

The Jr. Thunder only saw scoring from Quinn O’Reilly who was assisted by Braeden Thomas and Marcus Ohlsson-Ornelius.

St. Onge and Vasile both started the scoring but St. Onge completed his hat-trick at 6:21 of the second period and Vasile completed his in the final goal at 7:40 of the third.

Wichita Jr. Thunder 0, Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers 10


Three goals in the first, three more in the second, and four in the third was all she wrote.

 The OKC Jr. Blazers finished the job with 10-goals and a shutout of the Jr. Thunder who only had six shots all game and nothing in the first two frames. The Jr. Thunder put stronger efforts against the Northern Colorado Eagles but it’s almost as if OKC has figured out exactly how to play against Wichita.

Joel Svensson earned his first shutout of the season stopping all 24 shots he faced.

Benjamin St. Onge (3G-1A) scored another hat-trick, Andrei Vasile (2G-3A) scored five points along with veteran Dominic Loubert (5G), who tied his career high five assists in a game. 10 Blazers earned points in the shutout.

  Barrhead Bombers vs. Hinton Timberwolves 

Barrhead Bombers 2, Hinton Timberwolves 5


 The Barrhead Bombers dropped their second game in a row since defeating the Cold Lake Hornets last weekend. Of note, the Bombers only have wins against the Hornets.

The Bombers opened their weekend in Hinton at the Murray Rec. Center and were hoping to get back in the win column with this home-and-home series. The Bomber’s troubles against Hinton persisted dropping the 5-2 game as five different T-Wolves registered goals and four more had points.

A strong close out effort and three goals in the final frame gave Hinton the win. Jamahl Eakett was awarded the game-winner on his goal at 10:34 of the third after the Bombers converted two goals to level the game. 

Dmitro Kobylnyk (1G) and Raf Lambert Dodginghorse (1G) scored for Barrhead who actually out-chanced Hinton in this game.

Barrhead Bombers 2, Hinton Timberwolves 7


With the second and final game of the weekend at the Barrhead Agrena, a closer effort by the Bombers was expected but it wasn’t so. Four consecutive special teams goals stand out in this game as the Timberwolves take advantage of open space and man advantages to remain perfect against Barrhead.

Jamahl Eakett (3G-3A) scored a hat-trick paving the way for four other goal scorers to defeat the Bombers. Brendan Auger (3A), Dorian Hall (1G-3A), and Logan Arsenault boasted multiple point nights.

Goaltender Adam Robertson backstopped 33 of 35 shots to keep the Bombers from scoring.

Hall started the scoring at 14:21 of the first and Eakett had back-to-back goals at 12:32 and 11:41 of the second period. After conceding two more after that, Bomber’s Serhii Poimanov (1G) scored Barrhead’s second goal.

Stran Backfat Redcrow (1G) delivered the Bomber’s first goal and four additional players found points.

Meadow Lake Mustangs vs. Edson Aeros 

Edson Aeros 17, Meadow Lake Mustangs 0 


 The Edson Aeros flew past the Meadow Lake Mustangs in a lopsided win that was highlighted by former Rhino, Niklas Froden’s (4G-3A) four-goal night and two other hat-tricks by Sebastian Heden (3G-5A) and Kevin Lundin (3G-3A). A total of 15 Aeros registered points with seven other goal scorers. 

Edson scored seven goals in the first and split 10 goals between the second and third periods. Gregory Smith goaltended to a clean sheet with 24 saves.

This was the first meeting between Meadow Lake and Edson. The Mustangs started the season on the right track but themes from last year’s fate with Edson continued to haunt them over the weekend.

Pueblo Bulls vs. El Paso Rhinos 

(Photo via El Paso Rhinos)

El Paso Rhinos 4, Pueblo Bulls 1


 Although the Pueblo Bulls didn’t pick up a win over the weekend they played well against the defending champions. The first game on Friday was more of a struggle for the Bulls but was able to adjust and generate a little more offense for games two and three.

Two, second period goals lifted the Rhinos over Pueblo who could only score a single goal in the middle frame. Four different Rhinos had points, among them was Dominic Erdt (1G-2A) who kicked off the scoring at 14:19 and followed by Sam Robinson (1G).

Pueblo’s only goal cut El Paso’s lead in half at 3:07 on a goal from Ryan Wirth (1G). The Rhinos scored two power plays in the third period as Noah Janisch (1G) and Jonathan Gullstedt (1G) got on the board making it a total of three PP goals for the Rhinos in the night.

Pueblo Bulls 3, El Paso Rhinos 6


The Rhinos were able to break the seal in the first period on a goal from Noah Janisch (3G) at 16:35 who was en route to a hat-trick. Three additional Rhinos scored including Sebastian Jovicic (1G-1A), Niklas Ornamarker (1G), and Bobby Hathcock (1G).

With the first period being such a low scoring frame the County Events Center was treated to a flurry of goals in the second starting with Pueblo’s tying bid at 10:06 that was scored by Wyatt Andres. El Paso kicked back right away with three straight goals to build a 4-1 lead by the end of the frame.

Pueblo fell behind too far, but insisted with a goal 19:05 of the third on Andres’s second of the night. A goal by each team would ensue that worked against Pueblo’s hopes of a rally whose highest volume of shots came in the late frame.

Pueblo Bulls 3, El Paso Rhinos 5


It was Pueblo’s best effort of the three game swing and despite the lose, they should be happy in knowing they can rattle the Rhinos. Specifically, a third period press showed glimpses of a well put together Bulls team.

Five different goal scorers showed for the Rhinos with Sam Robinson (1G-1A) reeling in two points. Niclas Krarup (2A) and Sebastian Jovicic (2A) also had multiple points. Pueblo tied the game two times but never fully cleared the hurdle eventually falling to a deficit.

Brock McQuistan (1G), Zechariah Wills (1G), and Connor Whittington (1G) all scored a goal with three more Bulls inking points. Wills tied the game first at 16:46 of the first and then McQuistan tied it again at 9:45 of the second. The Bulls outshot the Rhinos in the third period 11 to 8 but it was El Paso who went on a 3-0 run taking the string of goals into the third frame. 

Whittington’s goal came too late with 35 seconds remaining in the game.

The Rhinos are back on top of the division with 26 points followed by the Eagles (25) and the Bulls in third place with 22.