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Saskatchewan 16, Halifax 15 (OT) (Box Score)
The first three quarters of this contest were all Rush, and it looked like they might just run away with a blowout victory on the road inside “The Nest”. But Halifax turned on the jets in the fourth quarter. After starting to get their act together late in the third, Halifax came all the way back to tie the game up at 15 late in the fourth. After being down by nine in the third when the comeback started, it is the largest comeback since 2005, when record be came available, according to Graeme Perrow. Austin Shanks scored the game tying goal to force overtime for Halifax in the final minute of the quarter.
Overtime was exciting, to say the least. Cody Jamieson put one past Evan Kirk to win it for Halifax, but the goal was waived off due to a shot clock violation. Then on the other end Ben McIntosh scooped up a loose ball and put one away on the doorstep, but he stepped in the crease and the goal was waived off. After an Evan Kirk save, Chris Corbiel found Mike Messenger in transition for the diving goal to give Saskatchewan the 16-15 win.
Saskatchewan was led by Ben McIntosh with four goals while Robert Church (3G/3A) and Mark Matthews (1G/5A) each tallied six points. Ryan Benesch recorded 10 points (3G/7A) for Halifax while Cody Jamieson tallied nine (3G/6A).
Evan Kirk made 52 saves off of 67 shots on goal for Saskatchewan. Warren Hill made 23 saves off of 32 shots on goal through three quarters of play before being pulled for Peter Dubenski, who made 10 saves off of 17 shots on goal for Halifax.
Georgia 14, New York 9 (Box Score)
After falling to the Riptide on Long Island a few weeks prior, the Georgia Swarm came out hot and took care of business at home on Saturday night, defeating New York 14-9. After a first quarter that ended with Georgia just up 2-1, this was never much of a contest. The Swarm offense caught fire in the second and their defense followed suit, as well. Down 11-4 at half, New York was able to make a bit of a late push but it wouldn’t be enough as Georgia seemed to always have an answer. The Swam were able to walk away with the 14-9 win in their second-ever meeting against the Riptide.
Lyle Thompson led Georgia with four points (3G/1A) while Shayne Jackson also dished out six assists in the victory. New York was led by Connor Kelly and Dan Lomas who each had five points (2G/3A).
In net, Mike Poulin made 33 saves off of 42 shots on goal for Georgia. Alex Buque was pulled in the second quarter for Gowah Abrams, who made 18 saves off of 25 shots on goal for New York.
Philadelphia 7, Buffalo 6 (Box Score)
In a low-scoring affair, the Philadelphia Wings were able to take down the Buffalo Bandits on the road. Philadelphia led just 2-1 at the end of the first, but an offensive explosion by the Wings in the second and third quarters helped push them ahead. However, Buffalo started to put things together late in the third and ended the game on a three-goal run, which included two goals from Corey Small. But the Bandits could not complete the comeback as the Wings walked away victorious.
Brett Hickey led Philadelphia with three points (2G/1A) while Matt Rambo also had two goals. Corey Small had a hat trick for Buffalo and Garrett Billings tallied five points (1G/4A).
Zach Higgins made 44 saves off of 50 shots on goal for Philadelphia while Matt Vinc made 46 saves off of 53 shots on goal for Buffalo.
Toronto 14, Vancouver 7 (Box Score)
While this one both started and ended with each team answering each other, it was a big run for the Rock midway through the game that really put this one away. After entering the first with things tied 2-2, Toronto started to get hot. The Rock went on a six-goal run from midway through the second through midway through the third. They also twice more to end the third with an 11-5 lead. Vancouver did get a little something going in the fourth, but it just wasn’t enough as Toronto walked away victorious.
Toronto was led by Rob Hellyer with eight points (6G/2A) and Challen Rogers with five points (3G/2A). Johnny Powless also had five points (1G/4A) for the Rock. Joel McCready (3G/2A) and Mitch Jones (2G/3A) led the way for Vancouver.
Nick Rose made 33 saves off of 40 shots on goal for Toronto and Eric Penney made 37 saves off of 51 shots on goal for Vancouver. Riley Hutchcraft also saw some action late for Toronto, as well.
Colorado 10, San Diego 7 (Box Score)
This contest was neck-and-neck pretty much the whole way as each team just kept answering each other from the opening faceoff on. However, a three-goal run that stretched from the third to the fourth gave San Diego a late 8-7 lead. But Colorado was able to answer, ending the game with Jordan Gillies and Eli McLaughlin each finding the back of the net. Also, the play of Dillon Ward in goal for Colorado was one of the best performances of the year, especially late in the game.
Colorado was led by Ryan Lee with six points (1G/5A) while Dylan Kinnear and Jake McNabb each tallied three points (2G/1A). Jermey Nobel had five points (3G/2A) to lead San Diego.
Dillon Ward made 48 saves off of 55 shots on goal for Colorado and Frank Scgliano made 18 saves off of 28 sots on goal for San Diego before being pulled in the third. Nick Damude finished the game for San Diego, making 13 saves off of 15 shots on goal.