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Published: Saturday, 22 Sep 2018  
By: Stephen Heisler,

Day three of the 16th annual North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase is in the books, and will continue through today, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.

All 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of the league’s most prominent events of the entire season.

Aside from the report from NAHL Director of Communications Alex Kyrias, you will get an abbreviated Dish from me each day.

Amarillo 9 vs. Jamestown 0 – Alex Peterson (’98, Lansdale PA) and Logan Jenuwine (’98, Romeo MI) scored two each to lead the Bulls to a lopsided win over the Rebels. Jason Grande (’99, West Chester PA) stopped all 22 shots he faced to get the shutout.  I believe this was the most lopsided loss in Rebels/Killer Bees/Wild franchise history. Ironically enough, the previous worst was when Bulls’ coach Rocky Russo was the Amarillo assistant, under Dennis Williams, when the Bulls pounded the Wenatchee Wild to take the Robertson Cup back in 2013. Amarillo moves to 3-1-0-0 while the Rebels drop to 1-2-0-0.

Minot 4 vs. Corpus Christi 0 – Marty Murray’s Tauros lit the lamp in each of the first two period and never looked back. Reid Waszczenko (’99, Plymouth MI) stopped all 30 shots faced to earn the shutout victory. Minot climbs to 2-1-0-0 and the IceRays drop to 1-4-0-0. 

Topeka 2 vs. Austin 1(SO) – Sam Metcalf (’99, Waterloo IA) stopped 41 of 42 Austin shots faced in the game, stopped two more in the shootout, to give the Pilots another big win. Steve Howard’s Bruins outshot Topeka 42-22 in the loss. Topeka improves to a division leading 5-1-0-0 on the season. Austin falls to 2-0-0-1.

Aberdeen 4 vs. Janesville 1 – Scott Langer’s Wings scored two goals in each of the first two periods and never looked back as Aberdeen shutdown Janesville 4-1. Matt Vernon (’98 San Jose CA) stopped 29 of 30 Janesville shots to pick up his second win of the early season. In those two games played, the California product has stopped 53 of 54 (.981 SV%) shots. With the result the Wings improve to 2-1-0-0. Janesville drops to 2-3-0-0.

Springfield 3 vs. Odessa 2 – The Blues struck twice in the first period and never looked back in their win over Odessa. Nikita Kozyrev (’98 Tallinn ESTONIA) assisted on two of the three Springfield goals. The Blues jump to 2-1-0-0 for the season. Odessa falls to 2-3-0-1.

Kenai River 3 vs. Shreveport 1– Yep, these Brownies have turned into a stingy pack. Dennis Westergard (’99 Umea SWE) stopped 45 0f 46 to earn the win over the defending Robertson Cup champions. Kenai River leads the Midwest Division with a 3-2-0-0 record. The Mudbugs drop to 3-2-0-0.

Maryland 1 vs. Brookings 0 – Luke Posner (’99 Mahtomedi MN) lit the lamp in overtime to give Black Bears’ Head Coach Clint Mylymok his second NAHL win the hard way. Moe Mantha’s Blizzard worked hard to get 25 shots at Maryland netminder David Tomeo (’99 West Caldwell NJ) who stopped all but one. Maryland moves to 2-2-1-0 on the season, Brookings slides to 1-1-1-0.

New Jersey 4 vs. MN Wilderness 2 – Would the real Minnesota Wilderness team please stand up?  Michael Outzen (’99 Highlands Ranch CO) scored twice to lead the Titans past the Wilderness. Minnesota again often displayed a high level of disorganization with a lack of discipline. New Jersey improves to 4-1-0-0 while the Wilderness find themselves at the bottom of the Central Division standings at 1-2-0-0.

MN Magicians 6 vs. Bismarck 3 – The Magicians rode two-goal performances, from three different players, to double up on the Bobcats. Matthew Stanton (’98 Stillwater MN), John Keranen (’98 Delano MN, and Valentino Passarelli (’00 Macomb MI) consecutively scored back-to-back goals. The Magicians move to 2-1-0-0. Bismarck lost for the first time this season and drops to 2-1-0-0.

Chippewa 4 vs. Lone Star 1 – Camden Thiesing (’01 Franklin TN) scored twice and led Chippewa to a rock-solid win over the Brahmas. Owen Zdunski (’98 Rochester NY) did a great job between the pipes for the Steel, stopping 26 of 27 Lone Star shots on goal. Lone Star team owner Frank Trazzera’s son, also named Frank (’98 Keller TX), scored the lone goal for the Brahmas.

Fairbanks 4 vs. Johnstown 3 – The Ice Dogs once again looked like the Ice Dogs in their 4-2 win over Johnstown.  Fairbanks turned in a gem of a performance that reminding a lot of folks that Trevor Stewart’s club is for real. 

USNTDP 4 vs. Northeast 3 – The Generals proved once again that they are a team that won’t back down from anything. Joe Lovell’s crew fought back from an early two-goal deficit to tie the game in the first period, only to find themselves in that same hole again by the end of the period. The storied coach made some adjustments and the team responded with another goal in the second to pull within one. That difference held on to the end in a hard-fought battle. NTDP goalie Noah Grannan (’02 Germantown WI) turned away all 16 shots he faced to deny the Generals.

Author: Stephen Heisler from
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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