Oakland Jr. Grizzlies – 1 vs. Honeybaked – 0
AJ Ruskowksi stopped all 42 Honeybaked shots he faced to lead the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies to a hard fought 1-0 shutout victory. It was a physical game that saw 44 penalty minutes in total. Hunter Nofs tallied the only goal of the game eight and a half minutes that saw Honeybaked hold a 12-1 advantage in shots. Nofs’ first point of the tournament was an unassisted goal that would hold up as the game-winning goal. Ruskowski was outstanding in net, stopping 12 shots in the first period, seven in the second, and 13 in the third to earn the victory. With the win, the Jr. Grizzlies moved to 1-1-0 on the weekend, while Honeybaked was an identical 1-1-0 after the loss.
Compuware – 3 vs. Minnesota HP Maroon – 0
Compuware moved to 2-0-0 in group play with their second shutout in as many games, this time blanking Minnesota HP Maroon. Oliver MacDonald had two assists in the victory. Compuware got goals from Matt Kessel and Brendan Dempsey in the first twenty minutes and a tally from Logan Pietala in the third. Chase Johnson stopped all 14 shots he faced.
Dallas Stars Elite – 7 vs. Fox Motors – 1
The Dallas Stars Elite program posted their second victory in as many games as they knocked off Fox Motors to move to 2-0-0 in the tournament. Six players for Dallas tallied multiple points in the win: Connor Griebenow, Lincoln Hatten, Austin Lidster, Tabor Heaslip, Michael Gildon and Madison Capitols prospect Ryan O’Reilly. Griebenow finished with a goal and assist, Hatten and Gildon tallied two assists each, Lidster and Heaslip managed a goal and assist each as well and O’Reilly finished with two goals and an assist. Gramm McCormick was the lone goal scorer for Fox Motors, who fell to 0-2-0 in the tournament with the loss. The Stars played a very solid defensive game as well as they held Fox Motor to 14 shots in the game. Josh Henson earned the win between the pipes for Dallas as he made 12 saves on 13 Fox Motors shots.
Chicago Mission – 4 vs. Belle Tire – 1
Three third period goals gave the Chicago Mission a 4-1 triumph over Belle Tire and a perfect 2-0-0 record on the weekend. Both teams scored once in the opening frame – Brady Smith for the Mission and Dylan Wendt for Belle Tire. After a scoreless second period that saw the Mission outshoot Belle Tire 8-5, Alex Vlasic netted what would end up being the game-winning goal about six minutes into the final frame. Connor Nelson and Mathieu De St. Phaile added the final two tallies for the Mission. Hunter Mueller, Dylan Dent and Omaha Lancers prospect Tyler Carpenter all picked up assists in the victory. In goal, it was Jacob Lefton who earned by stopping 11 of the 12 Belle Tire shots he faced. The loss dropped Belle Tire to 0-2-0 in the tournament.
Team Illinois – 5 vs. Team Wisconsin – 3
In a battle of border states at high noon, Team Illinois defeated Team Wisconsin 5-3 to even their record at 1-1-0 in the tournament. Team Illinois scored the only goal of the first period as Ryan Dacks beat Team Wisconsin goaltender Trevor Hudeck on a penalty shot seven minutes into the game to stake his team to a 1-0 lead. Mason McCormick evened the contest in the second period with an assist to Josh Bolin. Ean Small would score the next two goals to give Team Illinois a 3-1 lead before CJ Harkins made it a 3-2 game just seven seconds after Harkins’ second goal. A Stephen Konroyd shorthanded tally extended the lead once more, and a Jack Vecchio empty netter sealed the win for Team Illinois. Javi Ubarri picked up two helpers in the win, and Miles Corrigan stopped 19 of 22 shots in the win.
Dallas Stars Elite – 2 vs. Compuware – 0
Dallas finished with a perfect 3-0-0 record by blanking Compuware, who fell to 2-1-0. Miles Read and Griffin Sugasawara found the back of the net for the Stars. Josh Langford stopped all 20 shots he faced in the shutout. Dallas also killed all four power plays they faced, and scored once on six chances with the man advantage.
Omaha AAA – 5 vs. LA Jr. Kings – 1
Sam Renlund tallied four points (2 G, 2 A) to help lead Omaha AAA to the 5-1 win. Kirill Tarasov, Coltan Wilkie and Nikolai Jensen all netted two assists each in the win. Omaha also saw tallies from Payton Madison and Jacob Felker to help get the victory. Sahil Panwar was the lone goal scorer for the LA Jr. Kings. Jake Sibell stopped 30 of 31 shots in net for Omaha AAA.
Colorado Thunderbirds – 5 vs. Minnesota HP Blue – 2
Killian Kiecker-Olson scored two goals for the Colorado Thunderbirds as they defeated Minnesota HP Blue to improve to 2-0-0 at the Fall Classic West U16 Tournament. Sioux City Musketeers prospect Jackson Wozniak added a goal and an assist, Killian Kiecker-Olson netted two tallies, and both Brady Berlin and AJ Hodges each lit the lamp once. Kolby Klingenmeyer, John Driscoll and Dominic Sandoval all had one assist each in the win. Jackson Suchy and Ike Taraszewski were the goal scorers for Minnesota HP Blue.
Honeybaked – 4 vs. Omaha AAA – 1
Honeybaked finished group play with a 2-1-0 record with a solid victory over Omaha AAA, who also finished 2-1-0. Noah Carlintallied four assists in the win. Andrew Remer added a goal and an assist, and Honeybaked also saw tallies from Joe Borthwick, Ryan Roth and Jacob Badal. Jordan Randall scored the lone goal for Omaha AAA. Honeybaked also finished 2/3 on the power play in the win. Mack Guzda earned the win between the pipes by stopping 14 of 15 shots.
Chicago Mission – 3 vs. Colorado Thunderbirds – 1
Owen Lindmark, who had two goals in the game, opened the scoring with a power play tally at 8:49 of the opening period to give Mission an early 1-0 lead. Mason Mannek then evened the score with just 48 seconds remaining in the second frame, and both teams headed into the final 20 minutes with one goal each. The Mission received third period goals from Lindmark and Tyler Carpenter to pull away with the 3-1 victory. Nicholas Grabko turned 14 of 15 Thunderbirds shots away in the win.
Minnesota Blades – 2 vs. Team Wisconsin – 1
The Blades finished group play with a 2-1 victory over Team Wisconsin. Team Wisconsin got on the board first with a goal from Cole Caufield early in the first period, but the Blades responded to tie the game last in the first period with Rob Christy. After a scoreless first half of the second period, Jack Bayless netted what would eventually amount to the game-winning goal with7:15 remaining in the second period. Benny Garrity stopped 15 of 16 shots to earn the victory between the pipes.
Team Illinois – 4 vs. Anaheim Jr. Ducks – 2
Two second period goals, both of them coming on the man advantage, were the difference in the victory for Team Illinois. Jack Vecchio was one of the two goals scorers in the middle frame. Both teams would then score twice in the third period, with Green Bay Gamblers prospect Kacper Ryba netting both for Team Illinois. Andrew DeCarlo and Thomas Sherman for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks, giving Team Illinois the 4-2 victory. Team Illinois was 3/10 on the power play while killing off all seven Anaheim man advantages they faced. Cameron Rowe stopped 18 of 20 shots in the Team Illinois victory.
Belle Tire – 5 vs. Minnesota HP Blue – 4 (SO)
Aeden Drossos tallied a pair of assists, and Davis Pennington scored the game winner in the shootout to give Belle Tire the victory. After a Max Klanow goal gave Belle Tire the early lead with a shorthanded goal, Aaron Frenkel evened the score 14 minutes into the second period. Belle Tire responded two minutes later with an Adam Beauvaismarker goal to take the lead before Minnesota HP Blue tied the game once again with 1:50 remaining in the middle twenty minutes with a Jack Menne tally. Both teams would get two goals in the third period – Jackson Suchy and Dylan Fink for Minnesota HP Blue and Carson Riddle and Klanow – to send the game to extra time. After a scoreless overtime period, the teams went to a shootout where Pennington gave Belle Tire the victory. Marco Duronio stopped 30 of 34 shots between the pipes to help his team to the win.
Minnesota HP Maroon - 3 vs. Fox Motors - 0
Minnesota HP Maroon scored their first goal with just 3.1 seconds remaining in the first period thanks to Jack Westlund's unassisted power play goal. After a scoreless second period, Minnesota HP Maroon scored two late goals to ice away the game. Aaron Hughlen scored an unassisted even strength goal with 1:18 left, and Nate Bordson capped it off with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.
LA Jr. Kings - 4 vs. Oakland Jr. Grizzlies - 1
The Jr. Grizzlies jumped out to a quick 1-0 start thanks to a tally from Matej Pekar, and they held the lead after 20 minutes. The Kings then answered for two goals in both the second and third periods, including two from Cameron Maycock. Sahil Panwarand and Tanner Turcotte netted the other LA goals. Dustin Wolf was solid in net for the Kings, stopping 21 of 22 shots.
Seedings/Matchups on Sunday
The following are the seedings and matchups for the Sunday games at the Fall Classic U16 Youth Tournament:
Chicago Mission vs. Minnesota Blades
Honeybaked vs. Dallas Stars Elite
(Winners advance to championship game at Ralston Arena, home of the Omaha Lancers)
Colorado Thunderbirds vs. Team Illinois
Omaha AAA vs. Compuware
Belle Tire vs. Anaheim Jr. Ducks
LA Jr. Kings vs. Minnesota HP Maroon
Minnesota HP Blue vs. Team Wisconsin
Oakland Jr. Grizzlies vs. Fox Motors
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