Weekend Recap 11.18.19

by WSHL Staff


Valencia Flyers 5, West Sound Admirals 3


 The Valencia Flyers snapped a five game losing streak when defeating the West Sound Admirals 5-3 at the Ice Station-Valencia on Thursday. The Flyers faced their third cross division rival in the Admirals and this time had better luck despite nearly dropping a two-goal lead.

Valencia’s third period effort to close out bolstered them to victory. Nikita Garin scored two goals and led all Flyers. Michael Onda, Lucas Demsar, and Hunter Garant also found goals for the Flyers.

The Admirals started down by two but worked to level the game. Cory Kane scored twice and Randy Yeakley scored as well to force Valencia in the third period.

Garin initially opened the scoring at 18:08 of the first period and his second goal got Valencia back on top 3-2 after West Sound’s Yeakley, tied it at 14:30 of the second. 

Kane’s second goal tied it again although, Demsar and Onda, who scored at 11:03 and 00:25, shunned their aspirations for a road win.


Valencia Flyers 4, Ontario Avalanche 3


The Flyers won two games in a row for the first time this season,  against the Avalanche, who was the last team they beat prior to losing five-in-a-row going into this weekend.

The Flyers defeated Ontario 5-4 on Oct. 26 in overtime but this time only required a 60-minute effort for their second win against them.

Nikita Garin (1G-2A) was a major player for the second night while Evgenii Semeniuk (1G-1A), Kiriil Hordiichuk, and Michael Onda scored for Valencia as well. Ontario’s Ben Buium, Randy Smith, and Gabel Longshore were the individual goal-getters for the Avalanche who were stunned after starting on the right foot.

After the Avalanche’s Smith ignited the scoring at 15:58 of the first, Valencia turned things around and took control of the first period. Both teams had under 10 shots in the opening frame, but the Flyers found the back of the net on two occasions to take the 2-1 lead.

Buium made it 3-1 for the Flyers at 14:15 of the second period. Ontario wasn’t out of the game just yet, however, as they ratcheted up the intensity. Ontario managed to outshoot the Flyers through the rest of the game but could only get within one goal.

Ontario Avalanche 4, Valencia Flyers 2


The Ontario Avalanche took one back in Valencia and won their third game over the Flyers this season. Much like on Friday, the Avalanche scored first but was met with an even greater Flyers response. They were able to mitigate the response down to two goals and later overtook the score.

Tanner Turcotte scored two goals including the game-winner at the 18-minute mark of the third period. Joshua Hodroff and Charles Riordon found goals for Ontario and three others found points.

The Flyers were hoping for a three game sweep of their opponents but will continue to wait for their first three game sweep of the season. Tristan Warr (1G), Evgenii Semeniuk (1G-1A), and Deva Shahi (1A) contributed in the score sheet for Valencia.

After Turcotte’s game-winner, the Flyers still had essentially a full period to work with a one-goal deficit. They took it to the wire but Hodroff negated their efforts with a goal 15-seconds left in the tilt.


Fresno Monsters 10, West Sound Admirals 0 


The Fresno Monsters moved past the West Sound Admirals in convincing fashion as the two teams met in Fresno’s home opener.

West Sound was rocked by a ten-goal performance on the tails of Petr Philippov’s (3G-3A) hat-trick, and six points from Narek Aleksanyan (1G-5A). Max Karlenzig secured his third shutout of the season making 19 saves.

The Monsters started with two goals in the first period and saturated the score line with three more in the second period to make it 5-0. West Sound could only put up six shots in the third period and was outmatched, as it was Fresno’s strongest period with five goals.

Fresno Monsters 15, West Sound Admirals 0


 The Fresno Monsters improved on the previous night’s frenzy and scored nine goals in the third period making it the final impression between the two teams this season. Seven Monsters registered multiple points while Zackory Turpin (5G-4A) had a team leading nine points and a hat-trick. Narek Aleksanyan also scored a hat-trick.

Jayden Pasillas earned his first shutout of the season as he stopped all 15 shots faced.

The Monsters scored three goals in the first period and three in the second to compliment their nine goals in the third.

West Sound has now lost their last 16 games of the season and is still pointless in 2019-2020. 


San Diego Sabers 5, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 3


 The Sabers patiently waited for another crack at the Thunderbirds since almost getting the best of them earlier this season in San Diego. This time at Sobe Ice Arena in Las Vegas, the Sabers skated to a confident win in a game where they had the lead all night.

Five individuals scored goals for San Diego including Caleb Travis, Joel Rothman, Bradyn Barone, William Baird, and Ondrej Vaculik.

John MacDonald, Joseph Wheeler, and Nikolas Sotiriou were the contributors for Las Vegas who was forced to play catch up after starting from two goals down.

The game was scoreless through the first frame but the Sabers lit the lamp on two occasions in the second period to build a small cushion. Two goals in less than a minute came as a quick one-two punch from San Diego’s Travis at 15:20, and Vaculik at 14:50.

Sotiriou took one back for Vegas at 10:38 but then conceded 18-seconds later as Barone made it 3-1. Sabers connected again to take a three-goal lead. Though the game seemed to be over, the Thunderbirds found a breath of life with two goals later in the third.

It was back to a one-goal lead for San Diego who needed to hold on for a final 2:30. Baird made it 5-3 and decompressed the tension as the Sabers only needed to defend for another minute and a half.  

San Diego becomes the first Western Division team to defeat the Thunderbirds this season.

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 3, San Diego Sabers 1


The Las Vegas Thunderbirds are back in the win column after a two-goal first period sufficed for their second win against the Sabers this season. San Diego’s steam tapered off from Friday and was unable to galvanize the same will.

Tomas Urbanec scored two goals to lead all skaters and Joshua Williamson scored one to complete the T-Birds' three-goal victory. Filip Nordin registered two assists to supplement the goal-getters.  

Although the Sabers were held to only one goal, it was a very close game as the shots read 30-29 in favor of Las Vegas. Urbanec converted on two goals at 18:07 and 10:45 of the first period to make it 2-0. The Sabers took about ten minutes to then find a goal and cut the T-Birds lead in half. 

They couldn’t figure out Vegas netminder, Owen Kennedy, who also had an assist in the game.

Williamson finished off the scoring for Las Vegas who dropped to second place in the division after really slowing down following their hot start to the season.

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 3, San Diego Sabers 0


 The Thunderbirds are streaking again as they put together two consecutive wins against the Sabers with a 3-0 shutout on Sunday. Las Vegas was pushed to make adjustments after dropping the opening game of this series and came out as a more refined product winning on two power play goals.

Owen Kennedy secured his second shutout of the season and three different Thunderbirds in Tomas Urbanec, Owen Webster and Joseph Terrana scored a goal. Despite San Diego’s attempts through out the game, maintaining an even shot count did not do justice in the score.

The Thunderbirds opted for two goals in the second period to gain the 2-0 lead. They defended successfully toward the end with the Sabers goalie pulled, and even added a third goal with a minute left in the game.

The win puts Las Vegas back on top as the No. 1 team in the Western Division just two points ahead of the second placed Fresno Monsters.


Dallas Snipers 4, El Paso Rhinos 2


 It’s a chip on their shoulder that needed to be dealt with since losing in the Midwestern Division Semi-Finals. Well, the Snipers were at the scene of the crime as they faced the Rhinos at the County Events Center in El Paso.

Three late-game goals gave the Snipers the edge against the Rhinos who out-chanced Dallas 36 to 30 in the shot column. A two-goal outing by Alexsey Syrotenko and a goal from Bradley Richardson and Karsten Portell defines the late game push by Dallas who needed this win in their efforts to contend for the cup this year.

The Snipers caught the Rhinos off guard in the second period as the two couldn’t convert in the opening frame. Syrotenko opened the scoring at 13:21 of the second period. El Paso had a slow start but gradually adapted and found their legs in the latter half of the game.

The Rhinos got on the board and took the lead with two goals in 23-seconds. This usually spells trouble for teams because the Rhinos very rarely leave a rally incomplete. However, Dallas came back with three straight goals and ran away with a huge victory in the Midwest-Mountain Division.

The Dallas Snipers become only the second team in the division to defeat the Rhinos.

El Paso Rhinos 5, Dallas Snipers 0


El Paso’s dominance over Dallas was vindicated by a 5-0-shutout win, in a very physical affair that had a combined 74 PIMs. 

Sam Sykes made El Paso’s unblemished victory possible with two goals, while three more Rhinos also scored goals. In total, four skaters registered multiple points. Sawyer Schmidt earned his eighth straight victory and second shutout of the season with 29 saves.

Jacob Robinson scored first at 19:51 of the second period, kicking off three total goals in the middle frame. Sykes scored twice in the third to reach the 5-0 score line.

El Paso Rhinos 6, Dallas Snipers 0


 El Paso blanked the Dallas Snipers for the second consecutive night with Sawyer Schmidt earning his second clean sheet in as many nights. Sawyer made 17 saves for the win.

Sam Sykes scored a hat-trick while Jacob Clement, Jonathan Gullstedt, and Easton Easterson had a goal.

Dallas had a sluggish start in the first period and only got off two shots leaving Schmidt with very little responsibility in that opening frame. They improved to seven shots and then eight by the third period.

El Paso’s three goal second period lifted them to victory as Dallas’s third period push wasn’t enough to beat out Schmidt.

The Rhinos are now first in the Midwest-Mountain Division with 47 points ahead of second place Northern Colorado who has an even 40 points. 

The win marks El Paso’s fourth shutout victory of the season—three of which are against Dallas.


Edson Aeros 4, Seattle Totems 2


 The Edson Aeros' history over Northwest Division teams boded well for their showing this weekend against the Seattle Totems. The Aeros stole a road win at Olympicview Arena with a three-goal effort to regain their lead late in the game.

The Totems were flustered out the gate but eventually took control of the game when they skated with the lead after being down. Edson’s Kevin Lundin was able to get one past Daniil Goryachev in the first, but Seattle answered with two goals themselves.

Ricky Bredberg and Cameron Waisman scored in succession to give Seattle their only lead of the night at 17:38 of the second. The Aeros replicated the successive goals with two-in-row as well, when Joshua Stypka and Maverick Baxtrom scored at 7:55 and 7:15 of the middle period. 

Edson didn’t stop there. They not only regained the lead but added a fourth to make it 4-2 at 10:24 of the third on a goal by Niklas Froden.

Edson Aeros 3, Seattle Totems 1


The Edson Aeros remained perfect through the weekend after defeating the Totems twice and the Bellingham Blazers once. On Sunday, the Aeros played in their second meeting of the weekend at Olympicview Arena, and earned three more points.

Three skaters in Kevin Lundin, Maverick Baxtrom (1G-1A), and Axel Sodergren had the goals for Edson and Adrian Bergvik led the team with two assists.

Daniel Modin was the only player for Seattle who could find twine while Michele Vignoli and Ricky Bredberg assisted on the play.

Sodergren’s goal at 3:05 of the first period got the scoring going and was followed up by Baxtrom’s tally early in the second. The middle stanza would not conclude before the Totems got one back for Seattle at 4:17.


Edson Aeros 7, Bellingham Blazers 2


 The Aeros continued through the Northwest Division with another convincing victory, this time, versus the Bellingham Blazers at the Sportsplex. Edson found contribution from eight different players including multi point games from six of the eight.

Niklas Froden (2G-2A) and Maverick Baxstrom each scored two goals and Axel Sodergren captured four points.

For Bellingham, Tyson Benoit, and Daniel Hebert (1G-1A) scored, summating four point getters for the Blazers.

Hebert tied the game 1-1 for Bellingham at 4:09 of the first but only found their scoring touch one more time when it was too late in the game. The first period ended on the tie score but the Aeros amplified their scoring with five straight goals from 6:38 of the second to 10:54 of the third.


Hinton Timberwolves 7, Bellingham Blazers 1


Bellingham was given a rude opening to the weekend as they had the task of hosting the Provincial Division's top team, Hinton Timberwolves. Jamahl Eakett played against his former team for the first time this season and scored one goal and two assists.

Similarly, Kolter Pawlick also played for the first time against his former team and almost earned a shutout on a light work- load making 14 out of 15 saves.

Six different players—in addition to Eakett—found goals for Hinton with Bryant Joseph leading both teams with two goals. Joshua Mizue denied Pawlick his shutout with the Blazer’s only goal of the game.

The Timberwolves built a 4-0 lead going into the third period. Mizue scored one for Bellingham at 18:21 of the third before the T-Wolves added three more goals.

Hinton Timberwolves 4, Bellingham Blazers 3


Bellingham opted to pull their goalie as the final seconds were ticking away. It was a different Blazers side this night, than the previous night, when they were overpowered. The score was 4-3 as the Blazers pressed with a man advantage but the Timberwolves did not concede and head back to Canada with three wins in the weekend.

Jamahl Eakett scored a hat-trick and Brendan Auger had one goal to make it four for the Timberwolves who suppressed Bellingham to within one goal of a tie, but nothing beyond that. Daniel Hebert also scored a hat-trick for the Blazers who couldn’t match his three goal outing.

The Blazers scored a shorthanded goal at 11:43 of the second period and almost inspired more as Hebert scored again following his short-handed bid.

Eakett completed his hat-trick at 17:15 of the third to make it 4-2 before the Blazers got their third and final tally.


Hinton Timberwolves 7, Seattle Totems 4


For the second time in as many nights, the Hinton Timberwolves outshined their cross division opponent by a wide margin. Despite conceding more goals than the night before against Bellingham, the win came with the same confidence as Hinton had a big enough buffer.

Jamahl Eakett skated to a hat-trick, Dmitri Buttazzoni scored twice and two more players for Hinton found goals. Seattle’s Daniel Modin (2G-2A) and Ricky Bredberg (2G-1A) both scored twice though it wasn’t enough against the high-scoring Timberwolves.

It was never going to be an easy game, for Seattle, and the Timberwolves made it apparent just one minute into the game, with a pair of rapid goals. Alim Darmenov and Eakett combined at 19:44 and 19:26 to start on the 2-0 lead.

The Timberwolves later made it 4-0 before the Totems put forth resistance. Seattle had a decent look at a potential comeback when they cut the lead in half at the end of the second.

Down 4-2, Seattle needed to expand on their strong second but Hinton didn’t budge. Seattle managed two more goals but, defensively, they weren’t able to successfully keep Hinton off the board and as a result, erased the possibility of a rally. 


Cold Lake Hornets 5, Meadow Lake Mustangs 3


 The Cold Lake Hornets won their third game of the season and against the same opponent, Meadow Lake Mustangs. The Hornets and Mustangs were engaged in a five-game stretch. Going into the series, the Mustangs had won the previous two over Cold Lake.

The Hornets managed to steal a win in Saskatchewan on the backs of Anson Smith (3G-1A) who scored a hat-trick, and Yauheni Lavrov (2G-3A) who led with five points. Johan Crowchild also had a trio of points having assisted on three different plays.

Meadow Lake’s Geordie Janvier, Erik Ehrmantruat (1G-2A), and Lindon Bird got the goals for the Mustangs who tied it twice.

After Lavrov started the scoring and Janvier tied it, the game was at the hands of who ever wore the No. 19 jersey. Smith of Cold Lake, and Ehrmantruat of Meadow Lake, exchanged four goals from 6:01 of the second to the waning seconds of the third.

It was Smith who ultimately scored one more to give the Hornets a two-goal lead, which served as the perfect buffer to absorb one more Mustang goal. Lavrov’s second goal of the night served as the insurance marker for Cold Lake.

Cold Lake Hornets 3, Meadow Lake Mustangs 1


The game was less open for both teams but the Cold Lake Hornets won two consecutive games for the first time in 2019-2020. It’s almost as if the Hornets are using Meadow Lake to pick off points, but the Hornet’s best games are always against the Saskatchewan side.

Three players scored in the Hornets triumph as Colby Krupp, Aaron Hill, and Riley Tucker registered the goals and Terrell Hood, Yauheni Lavrov, and Anson Smith (2A) had the helpers.

A goal in each period took the Hornets to glory as they were actually outshot 34-35, in the very tight game. Cold Lake connected twice as Hill and Krupp scored at 17:00 of the first and 13:16 of the second. The 2-0 lead is often a very deceitful one but the Hornets did well in limiting the Mustangs to only one goal at 11:38 of the third period.

Smith’s goal came with 26 seconds left in the game and was the insurance goal needed to extinguish a late-frame push by the Mustangs.

Meadow Lake Mustangs 5, Cold Lake Hornets 4


The Meadow Lake Mustangs avoided a sweep with a hard fought 5-4 win at home Sunday afternoon. It went down to the final six seconds as the Hornets were pressing in the Mustangs zone, down a goal. The Mustangs found a way to hold on and maintain their series lead over the Hornets.

The win necessitated a big come-from-behind effort and goals from five individual players. Ostin Fontain (1G-1A) scored the game-winning goal at 4:52 of the third while Shane Hounsell (1G-3A), Keagan Rowland (1G-1A), Erik Ehrmantruat (1G-1A), and Aiden Montour also scored a goal.

The Hornets could count on Yauheni Lavrov (2G-1A) for the third game in as many nights. Riley Rancier and Colby Krupp were the only other goal getters for Cold Lake as they looked for their first three-game sweep of the season.

The Hornets were well on their way to completing the sweep when they answered with three special teams goals after the Mustangs opened the scoring in the first. The entire first half of the second period belonged to Cold Lake. 

The Hornets were then winning 4-1 by the time the middle stanza concluded.

Meadow Lake came out the motivated squad in the third period and started a spectacular rally at 18:10 with a goal from Montour.    


Southern Oregon Spartans 0, Ogden Mustangs 14


 Southern Oregon couldn’t replicate their performance from a few weeks ago that almost saw them to an upset over the Ogden Mustangs. This weekend the Spartans had to travel to The Ice Sheet at Ogden to face the best team in the league.

The Mustangs won by a convincing margin leaving 10 players with multiple points and Lucas Vacin (3G-2A) with five points to tie Zach Pires (1G-4A) who also had five points.

A six-goal, opening period, by Ogden, proved to be too much to overcome for the Spartans who only has seven goals in their last three games. 

Travis Allen secured his first shutout and second win of the season.

Southern Oregon Spartans 1, Ogden Mustangs 12


The Spartans were overwhelmed early on in the game as the Mustangs jumped out to the 7-0 lead half way into the tilt.

Gleb Krivoshapkin scored a hat-trick to spearhead Ogden’s scoring frenzy, 10 skaters had multiple points, and nine of them had goals.

It was an all around clinic as the Mustangs were allowed plenty of time and space to generate offense in their already wide-open olympic sized rink.

Though their total was two less than Friday, the Mustangs accumulated an 11-0 lead before Southern Oregon found their only goal in the third period, from Jeremy Vant Geloof.  

Southern Oregon Spartans 0, Ogden Mustangs 21

Score sheet to be generated.


Oklahoma City Blazers 12, Steamboat Wranglers 2


 The Oklahoma City Blazers got the expected victory over the Steamboat Wranglers who struggled to get shots on net as they were held to only 10 all night long. Period-by-period, the Wranglers had four shots every frame.

All five goal scorers for Oklahoma scored at least two goals with Benjamin St. Onge (4G-2A) netting four. Matej Hajek led all players with seven points. 

Steamboat’s Oliver Diasabeygunawardena (1G-1A) and Jacob Rezac scored for the Wranglers.

The Blazers got the night started at 10:20 but were quickly humbled on a goal from the Wranglers at 8:06. The tie served as the Wranglers’ pinnacle moment before letting in six unanswered goals through the end of the first and into the second.

Oklahoma City Blazers 14, Steamboat Wranglers 0


The Blazers persisted to their second shutout victory of the season and Danick Francoeur got his first shutout of the season with 14 saves.

Dylan Koch (4G), Brigham Neuhold (3G-3A), and Benjamin St. Onge (3G-3A) all scored hat-tricks. Dominic Loubert led in the assist department with five helpers and Darcy Flanagan registered four.  

Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers 10, Steamboat Wranglers 1


 The Blazers completed a sweep of the Steamboat Wranglers with a third consecutive win. Four goals to open the game, and two more in the second period made it 8-0. 

 John Stevens, Brigham Neuhold (2G-2A), and Lukas Narovec (2G-1A) scored two goals each while four more Blazers found a goal. 

 Austin Turner scored the lone Wranglers goal while Oliver Diasabeygunawardena registered the helper.