By Jim den Hollander Editor/Publisher Midwesthockey.info Teams hit the halfway mark of the four-day NAHL Showcase Tournament Thursday (Sept. 15) at the National Sports Center Super Rinks in Blaine, MN.
Below are results for the Midwest-based teams on Day two of the event in the order they were played.
Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 1 Minot Minotauros 8 The Minotauros hit the win column in a big way Thursday morning and evened its season record with an 8-1 pounding of the Hat Tricks from the Eastern Division. After allowing seven in their opener, the Tauros outshot the Tricks 43-17, grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, adding four more in the second before Danbury finally hit the board with its only goal early in the third. Nick O’Hanisain (’02/Troy, MI) and Justin Dauphinais (’02/Val Caron, ON) scored two each, Dauphinais adding an assist to pace the Bulls with single goals added by Jack O’Hanisain (’04/Troy, MI); Max Martin (’03/Tawas, MI); Hunter Longhi (’02/Collinsville, IL) and Trevor Stachowiak (’03/Santa Barbara, CA). Lawton Zacher (’03/Buffalo, NY) made a fine debut in goal for the Minot crew, stopping 16 of 17 to open the season with a win. Two games into the young season, the Tauros have 14 different scoresheet contributors already.
Oklahoma Warriors 7 Bismarck Bobcats 2 The Cats fell to 0-2 on the season with a tough second day loss against the Warrors Vertti Jantunen (’02/Finland) opened the scoring 7:04 into the contest but a promising start disappeared 29 seconds later when the Warriors notched their first and by the end of the opening 20, the Tabbies were looking up at a 4-1 deficit. Jantunen scored the other Bobcats’ goal as well in the second period and CJ Kier (’04/Parker, CO) stopped 30 shots in goal.
New Jersey Titans 1 Janesville Jets 4 The Jets boosted its record to 2-0 with a 4-1 win, all but one of the five goals scored in the opening period. Kyle Kudma (’03/Bartlet, IL) fired a pair, the second standing up as the game winner for the Jets, Jimmy Doyle (”02/Plainfield, IL) and Ryan Williams (’03/Pleasantville, Ohio) adding the others while Cody Menzel (’03/Sun Prairie, WI) set up a pair. Selby Warren (’02/Toronto, ON) got the call again in goal for the Jets, stopping all but one of 30 shots he faced and running his two-game totals to 53 saves on 56 shots.
Corpus Christi IceRays 0 Chippewa Steel 3 Despite a 41-17 edge in shots, the Steel was scoreless with the IceRays through 40 minutes. Third period goals from Hudson Zinda (’03/Andover, MN); Ryan Remick (’03/Sparta, NJ) and Joe Kelly (’03/Eau Claire, WI) lifted the Steel to the win. For Kelly it was his third goal of the young campaign. Carter Wishart (’05/Chaska, MN) collected the shutout with 17 saves for the Steel who moved to 2-0 with the win.
North Iowa Bulls 1 Shreveport Mudbugs 0 Logan Dombrowsky (’02/Stevens Point, WI) scored near the halfway mark of the second period and a 27-save shutout effort for Mitch Day (’02/St. Louis, MO) made it stand up as the game winner and enough to lift the Bulls to its second straight shutout win to open the season.
Philadelphia Rebels 1 Wisconsin Windigo 5 After failing to find the net through its first 60 minutes, Drew Fisher (’03/Woodbury, MN) notched the first goal in franchise history for the Windigo early against the Rebels and the team rolled from there. Up 2-0 after a period and 3-0 entering the third, Maxwell Beckford (’03/London, ON) evened his and the team’s record at 1-1, carrying a shutout into the final seven minutes of the game and ultimately stopping 27 of 28 Rebel shots. Joining Fisher on the goal sheet were Cameron Boche (’02/Lakeville, MN); Tyler Grahme (’04/Bloomington, MN); Patrick Isiguzo (’02/Finland) and Cashen Naeve (’04/Wayzata, MN).
Minnesota Wilderness 7 Northeast Generals 3 The Wilderness hit paydirt on its fourth try thanks to a huge game for Kevin Marx Noren (’02/Sweden). Down 2-0 by the halfway mark of the opening period, Marx Noren put the Wilderness on the board late in the frame with his first of four straight goals — the other three making it a 4-2 cushion by the end of the second period. He also added a set up on the sixth goal, scored by Joe Cesario (’03/Denver, CO) who finished with a goal and two helpers. Other goals came from Noah Griswold (’03/Apple Valley, MN) and Jack Seaverson (’04/Chaska, MN). Adam Johnson (’03/Mahtomedi, MN) added a couple assists and Konrad Kausch (’02/Duluth, MN) kicked out 33 of 36 to pick up the win in goal.
Austin Bruins 4 Springfield Jr. Blues 1 The Bruins climbed to 2-0 with the win against the Jr. Blues who sit at 0-2 now. After the Bruins went up 1-0 in the opening period, the Blues responded with the lone second period goal but a pair of goals 33 seconds apart in the third period sent the Bruins on its way to the win. Matys Brassard (’03/Montreal, QC) scored his second and third goals of the season to pace the Bruins and James Goffredo (’03/Mount Laurel, NJ) fired the game winner and added another later. Carson Galin (’03/Novi, MI) scored the lone Blues’ goal. Ethan Robertson (’02/Courtice, ON) stopped 40 shots to lift the Bruins to the win and Trevor Boschee (’03/Prior Lake, MN) stopped 36 for the Blues.
Odessa Jackalopes 2 Aberdeen Wings 5 Teams were even after the first (1-1) and second (2-2) and it wasn’t until the final 4:42 the Wings went ahead to stay, adding another a few minutes later and a third into an empty Jackalopes goal. Five different goal scorers: Ronan Walsh (’02/Andover, NH); Nikolai Tishkevich (’04/Belarus); Barron Stibbe (’03/Fargo, ND); Zachary Reim (’03/North Oaks, MN) and Alexander Gullichsen (’02/Finland) contributed to the Wings’s offense. In goal, Cole Moore (’03/Toronto, ON) who also contributed an assist, stopped 26 of 28 to pick up a win in his first game of the season. The Wings showed off a balanced attack with 14 players on the score sheet through two games.
Lone Star Brahmas 3 St. Cloud Norsemen 2 (so) The first Midwest-based team to go to extra time and a shootout this season, the Norsemen rallied with third period goals from Kade Peterson (’03/Fargo, ND) and Ryan Cutler (’03/Keswick, ON) to send the game to extra time and ultimately a shootout. Will Ingemann (’05/Plymouth, MN) stopped 17 of 19 including everything he saw in the final 26:14 of the game to help his team get to the shootout where two stops on three shots was not quite enough for the win. The Norsemen dropped its second consecutive game of the season but also collected its first point.
Born and raised in Ontario, Canada and moved to the state of Wisconsin in my late 30's. I worked at various newspapers and magazines in various sports positions for 25 years before changing careers five years ago. Now I am streamlining my focus on hockey only and in particular, all levels of hockey in the American Midwest.