Saturday scores: Wild, Bighorns cruise to sweep openers | North American Tier III Hockey League

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September 11, 2022



Helena striker Andrew Deskin scored the winning goal in both wins last weekend.

Saturday Box Scores

Bozeman 1 @ Gillette 6 – Anthony Foster and Jace Johnson each scored a pair of goals as the Gillette Wild took care of the Bozeman Icedogs 6-1. Adam Severson had a three-pointer himself, scoring one goal and assisting two more. Connor Wendell also tickled the string for the Wild in the win. Dominic Hite was almost perfect as he made 35 saves. Braden Koiha had the only goal for Bozeman. Cam Milewski and Branigann Stalder combined for 89 saves for the Icedogs.

Helena 4 @ Badlands 0 – The Helena Bighorns finished sweeping the Badlands Sabers with a big 4-0 win. Gabe Swanson picked up the shutout by refusing all 11 opportunities thrown his way. Andrew Reskin and Logan Powers scored in the opening frame for the Bighorns. Braden Cunningham notched his first of the season in the second period before Harlen Wojtusik appeared on the scoresheet for the first time this year in the third period. Zach Broxterman was sensational for the Sabers as he made 56 saves in the loss.

Rochester 7 @ St. Louis 2 – Austin Meers lit the lamp twice and added an assist as the Rochester Grizzlies beat the St. Louis Jr. Blues 7-2. Spencer Klotz had a goal and two assists in Rochester’s victory. Zachary Sweitzer, Erik Hernborn and Brady Strand all found the back of the net for the Grizzlies. Kaleb Bents stopped 31 shots for his first win of the season. Jacob Heuerman and Brady Burke scored for St. Louis in a losing effort. Ian Zeumer stopped 49 shots for the Jr. Blues.

Milwaukee 1 @ Peoria 2 – James Dunewald’s power play goal in the third period was the difference as the Peoria Mustangs outlasted the Milwaukee Power 2-1. Ethan Chesney scored his third goal of the season in the Mustangs’ win. Bryce Garber scored the Power’s only goal in the loss. Cam Pendleton earned his first victory as a Mustang, stopping 23 of the 24 he faced. Connor Carroll was really good in goal for Milwaukee turning down 29 of Peoria’s 31 opportunities.

Northeast 3 @ New Jersey 2 (OT) – Matthew Nuzzolilo’s second goal of the game came in overtime as the Northeast Generals beat the New Jersey Titans 3-2. Braeden Kennedy had a shorthanded goal for the Generals, it was his fourth goal of the season. Antonio Vidal and George Hinds scored the goals for New Jersey. Ian Kangas took the win in the blue paint for Northeast making 36 saves. Antonio Vaccaro suffered the heavy defeat despite making 57 saves.

New Ulm 4 @ Minnesota 3 – The New Ulm Steel overcame a 2-0 deficit to eliminate the Minnesota Loons 4-3. Zach Dalzell, Gus Cantrell and Conner Souza all scored goals midway through the period for New Ulm. Macrae Gordon’s power play goal in the third period proved to be the game winner. Holden Pratt scored a pair of goals for the Loons while Dmitri Kuleshov netted his third goal of the weekend. Dixon Ehlers claimed the win in net for New Ulm by making 32 saves. Keaton French was stuck with the Minnesota loss as he made 25 saves.

Sheridan 1 @ Yellowstone 4 – The Yellowstone Quake earned their first win of the season by beating the Sheridan Hawks 4-1. Brayson Bennett led all skaters with three points on the night, all on assists. Benjamin Kluza and Teagan Scheurer each had a goal and an assist on the night for the Quake. Wyatt O’Donoghue and Sebe Perez also scored for Yellowstone. Sheridan’s only goal came off Ryan McKenna’s stick. Edvin Falkenstrom took the win between the posts making 22 saves. Jack Wood took the loss in front of Sheridan’s goal, stopping 30 shots.

Butte 2 @ Great Falls 3 – The Great Falls Americans picked up a narrow victory in their first game of the season as they squeezed past the Butte Cobras with a 3-2 win. Jace Thompson opened the scoring for Great Falls just three minutes into the game. Ben Cremers followed it up with a power play goal early in the second period. Tamer Billman would bring Butte back to within a goal with his first of the season, but it was Noah Osiowy who answered for Great Falls to restore their two-goal lead. Patrick Crooks would score for Butte in the third, but it’s as close as it gets as Josh Koziol made 65 saves to preserve the victory for Great Falls. Caleb Cross stopped 45 shots in a tough loss.

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