Gold Outshines Cardinal 5-2 in Intrasquad Game
Severson tallies two goals, one assist for Gold in the win
Sept. 15, 2017 – Ames, Iowa – Having started the season with a pair of exhibition games against the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League the past three seasons, Cyclone Hockey had not held a formal intrasquad game to kick off a season since September 11, 2013. This year’s Cardinal versus Gold Game proved to be more competitive than most of the games against the Huntsville tryout teams, with the two Cyclone teams purposefully selected to be as even as possible, but Gold managed to take an early lead that the team never
relinquished and downed Cardinal 5-2.
Junior forward Jon Severson (Rockford, Ill. – Nashville Jr. Predators/NA3HL) opened scoring a mere 72 seconds into the game scoring for Gold, which actually wore white jerseys, by intercepting an errant neutral zone pass by Cardinal near the defensive blue line, skating in on the backhand shielding the puck, and sniping a goal top shelf short side on senior goaltender Matt Goedeke (Ankeny, Iowa – Hudson Crusaders/MnJHL). A little over five minutes later, Severson extended Gold’s lead to two goals when he took a centering pass in the slot from Adam Alcott (Rochester, Minn. – Wisconsin Whalers/NA3HL) made from behind the net and quickly fired a goal blocker side on Goedeke. Cardinal’s fortunes reversed some at 8:28 of the first, as Colton Kramer (Sioux City, Iowa – Minot Minotauros/NAHL) made a centering pass while getting pushed down from behind that made its way to freshman defenseman Justin Paulson (Princeton, Minn. – Waywayseecappo Wolverines/MJHL), who
was pinching in from the point, and Paulson rang a shot off the crossbar that settled in the crease for Jared Erickson (Waupaca, Wisc. – New Ulm Steel/NA3HL) to push past the goal line to make it only 2-1 in favor of Gold. Neither team scored during the second half of the first period and Gold carried its lead into the first intermission after out-shooting Cardinal 12 to 7.
Cardinal put freshman Anthony Galliart (Leavenworth, Kansas – Grand Forks Border Bruins/KIJHL) in net to start the second period in a planned change and Gold inserted sophomore Nikita Kozak (Waukee, Iowa – Des Moines Capitals/MwHSHL), but Galliart’s fortunes in the second were not much better than those of Goedeke during the first frame. Jeremy Szczurek (Algonquin, Ill. – Cheyenne Stampede/WSHL) took a pass at the point from Tommy Hanson (Rochester, Minn. – Wisconsin Whalers/NA3HL) and fired a slap shot from the point that was deflected in the slot by Benjamin Sarbacker (Peoria, Ariz. – Chandler Coyotes U18/CAHA) for the 3-1 advantage at the 5:43 mark of the second. Gold went onto the power play at 7:09 of the second when Cardinal forward Justin Brown (St. Louis Park, Minn. – Twin City Steel/NA3HL) picked up an interference call on a late hit on Joseph DeLuca (Naperville, Ill. – Jersey Hitmen/USPHL Elite) and Hanson buried a rebound in the slot off an Austyn Simpson (Rockford, Ill. – Rockford Icemen/SHL) wrist shot from the point that deflected off the
right skate of Severson, who was setting a masterful screen on Galliart.
Down 4-1, Cardinal got some much needed offense at 12:45 of the second when Erickson had an attempted centering pass deflect off the shaft of the stick of defenseman Anthony Song (Ames, Iowa – Syracuse Stars/USPHL Premier) and land right in the crease for an easy bury by Kramer. Cardinal got another boost from killing off a questionable elbowing call on Nick Sandy (Calgary, Alberta – Neepawa Natives/MJHL) assessed at the 13:57 mark and kept things closer in the second, being out-shot only 15 to 13, but Gold still carried a two-goal lead into the third.
Cardinal grabbed momentum the first couple minutes of the third period, but Gold re-established dominion as the third continued to progress and extended its lead to 5-2 at the 8:52 mark when Brian Bunten (Duluth, Minn. – Duluth East Greyhounds/MnHSHL) took a spring pass at the far blue line from Tony Uglem (Moorhead, Minn. – Austin Bruins/NAHL), skated in alone on freshman netminder Alex Olson (Langley, British Columbia – Bellingham Blazers/WSHL) and slipped the puck in low. Gold netminder David Volkmann (Point Mallard Ducks/NA3HL) had a fairly nonchalant period of action until just under eight seconds left in the period, when he was making a t-push to go across the low slot for a dumped puck that was earmarked for the corner but deflected off Song in the high slot back toward the net in mid-air, forcing Volkmann to flail his stick toward the puck and deflect it away for a highlight-reel save to maintain Gold’s 5-2 victory.
Following the game, Cyclone Hockey Head Coach and General Manager Jason Fairman was concerned in a relieved sort of way.
“It was a bit of a learning experience,” Fairman said of the intrasquad game. “We haven’t had an intrasquad game since I’ve been here.
“So, in some ways, from an equipment standpoint, we weren’t entirely prepared and that set us back before the game. We have a long way to go in terms of play. Of course, I get worked up every year at about this time because I’m thinking its doom’s day after I see the sloppy play. But, that’s to be expected this early in the season. As I coach longer and longer, I shouldn’t be alarmed. I saw some good things, but also saw some areas of concern. We’ll get after it on Monday, though.”
The purpose of the game was to help mark the end of the tryout process and to help finalize the rosters of Cyclone Hockey’s ACHA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 teams, which it largely did, but a few players will still be competing for a spot or two on the Division 1 team next week.
“There may be some guys who will be on the bubble who will practice on D1 during the week, because we usually try to make our decisions by the end of the week,” said Fairman. “We’ll have a meeting to discuss things late into the night, but the roster won’t be finalized by tonight. However, we’ll at least know who’s on the bubble and who will practice with D1 next week.”
The Division 1 Cyclones’ regular season starts off at home next Friday and Saturday against the Illinois State Redbirds, a regional team that has increased its recruiting effort to continue its quest toward the Top 25 and a place in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League. Opening face-off both nights against the Redbirds is slated for 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the Division 2 Cyclones are slated to play Missouri State’s Division 3 team at 9:45 p.m. on Friday and 4:15 p.m. on Saturday.
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NOTES: Jon Severson led the intrasquad game in scoring by tallying two goals and one assist. Sophomore forward and veteran Division 3 forward Tommy Hanson also had a three-point night with one goal and two assists. Jared Erickson and Colton Kramer also had multi-point nights for Cardinal with one goal and one assist apiece. Junior Aaron Azevedo (Spokane, Wash. – Osoyoos Coyotes/KIJHL) did not play in the Intrasquad game in order to be with his brother’s family following the birth of their child. Junior defenseman Kurt Halbach (Madison, Wisc. – North Iowa Bulls/NA3HL) missed the intrasquad game due to the rehabilitation of off-season surgery, which will keep him out the entire first semester. Freshman Dylan Goggin (Red Wing, Minn. – La Crosse Freeze/NA3HL) also missed the game due to off-season surgery but is expected to start playing games in early to mid-October. Reigning Division 3 Most Improved Player Award recipient Harrison Suhre (Spring, Texas – Houston Wild U18
/ NTXHL) also did not play due to commitments with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. All other Cyclones slated to skate for either the Division 1 or Division 2 team played in the game.
GOALS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 FINAL
GOLD 2 2 1 5
CARDINAL 1 1 0 2
First Period – Scoring: GLD, Severson (unassisted), 1:12; GLD, Severson (Alcott, Hanson), 6:15; CAR, Erickson (Paulson, Kramer), 8:28. Penalties: None.
Second Period – Scoring: GLD, Sarbacker (Szczurek, Hanson), 5:43; GLD, Hanson (Severson, Sympson), 8:17 (pp); CAR, Kramer (Erickson), 12:45. Penalties: CAR, Brown (interference), 7:09; CAR, Sandy (elbowing), 13:57.
Third Period – Scoring: GLD, Bunten (Uglem, Zimmerman), 8:52. Penalties: None.
SHOTS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 TOTAL
GOLD 12 15 14 41
CARDINAL 7 13 10 30
GOALTENDERS (SV/SH) 1 2 3 TOTAL
CAR, Goedeke (20:00) 10/12 -/- -/- 10/12
CAR, Galliart (20:00) -/- 13/15 -/- 13/15
CAR, Olson (20:00) -/- -/- 13/14 13/14
GLD, Moser (20:00) 6/7 -/- -/- 6/7
GLD, Kozak (20:00) -/- 12/13 -/- 12/13
GLD, Volkmann (20:00) -/- -/- 10/10 9/10
POWER PLAY: GLD 1-2; CAR 0-0
PENALTIES: GLD 0-0; CAR 2-4