This past weekend, the Magicians welcomed in the Kenai River Brown Bears to Richfield for a two-game set. It was the first weekend with Ben Weiand as the Magicians Head Coach.
Friday night was a high blood-pressure game, as the teams were tied at two at the end of regulation. In the 3-on-3 overtime, both teams had chances but no one found the back of the net. Next, a shootout. The 8-round shootout ended with a goal from Arturas Laukaitis to give the Magicians the victory. Isaiah Saville picked up the win in net with 25 saves plus five more in the shootout.
Saturday night the Magicians struck early, as Calvin Dybicz scored on the power play to send the teddy bears flying over the glass on Teddy Toss night. The scoring did not stop there for the Magicians, they went to score four more goals, including 2 from Laukaitis, to win 5-0 and sweep the Brown Bears. Saville picked up his first shutout of the season stopping all 28 shots he faced.
It was a great weekend for the Magicians, heading into the holiday break.
3 Stars of the Weekend:
1st Star: Arturas Laukaitis – 2 goals (shootout winner)
Friday night the shootout game-winner and Saturday netting two goals, Laukaitis is this weekend 1st star. Laukaitis has six goals on the season and leads the team with +9 rating.
2nd Star: Isaiah Saville 2 wins 1 shutout 53 saves .93 GAA and .964 SV%
No surprise here, Saville was excellent again this weekend. Saturday night head stopped 28 shots and picked up his first shutout of the season.
3rd Star: Kyler Grundy 2 assists
Grundy tallied two assists and was a notable force on the ice all weekend long. He won key face-offs that lead to many chances for the Magicians and threw his weight around, sparking energy throughout the bench.
Honorable Mention: Breitenfeldt (2A), Dybicz (1G 1A), Stanton (1G), Skarda (1G)
The Magicians will now go on their holiday break and from our family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday!
The Magicians will return to action on Dec. 28th, as they will head to Janesville for a two-game trip. They will then return to home ice on Jan. 5th against the Aberdeen Wings!