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Amarillo Bulls are back atop the NAHL

11/18/2013, 3:00pm EST
By Tom Robinson - Special to USAHockey.com

The defending North American Hockey League and USA Hockey Tier II Junior A national champion Amarillo Bulls are back on top. The Bulls (16-3-1) lead the NAHL in wins and points after winning four games in a row on the road last week.

Tyler Gernhofer, an 18-year-old, in-state player from Grapevine, leads the league in points, goals and game-winning goals. Gernhofer had seven points last week, giving him season totals of 17 goals, including six game-winners, and nine assists.

Last week, Gernhofer had a goal in a 4-2 win over the Lone Star Brahmas. He also had the game-winning goals in two weekend wins over the Corpus Christi IceRays, including a hat trick in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win.

“Tyler is a dynamite offensive threat and he has one of the best releases I have seen in my four years in the league,” Bulls coach Dennis Williams said in a story on the league website.

USHL ROUNDUP: The Fargo Force used four first-period goals Saturday to beat the Youngstown Phantoms 4-3 and end an eight-game United States Hockey League winless streak. Fargo’s Brendan Jensen made 37 of his 46 saves over the final two periods.

Jake Randolph of the Omaha Lancers, the league’s scoring leader, ran his point streak to nine games with a goal in each of two wins last week. He has eight goals and 23 assists on the season.

Dominic Sacco and Max Humitz of the Lincoln Stars scored short-handed goals 51 seconds apart on the same penalty in a 6-5 loss to the Sioux City Musketeers.

IN THE LEAD: The Helena Bighorns took over the American West Hockey League lead with 11 straight wins, including three over the former leader, the Great Falls Americans, before falling 2-1 in double overtime to Great Falls on Saturday.

Helena (13-1-1) put 57 shots on net in a 4-3 win over Great Falls on Nov. 6. Jacob Wolter had two goals and an assist. He had the first and last goals of a four-goal second period that gave the Bighorns a 4-1 lead until the final five minutes.

Austin Loes had two goals in a 5-3 win over the Billings Bulls.

Lucas Lomax scored the overtime game-winner and Evan Hauser made 46 saves when Great Falls (12-3-0) snapped the Helena winning streak.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Lincoln defenseman Zack Pittman has committed to play at Canisius College. Pittman has a goal and an assist in 13 USHL games. The 18-year-old from Macomb, Mich. was fourth on the team at plus-24 last season.

Defenseman Nate Repensky of the Bismarck Bobcats has committed to defending national champion Yale University. Repensky was an NAHL all-rookie selection last season. The 20-year-old from Duluth, Minn. shares the league assist lead with 17, along with two goals, in 15 games.

Amarillo goaltender Collin Delia has committed to Merrimack College. The 19-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. is third in the NAHL in goals-against average (1.32) and save percentage (.950).

Tyler Drevitch, a forward for the Eastern Hockey League’s Boston Bandits, has also committed to Merrimack. Drevitch, 18, from Middleboro, Mass., committed for the 2016-17 season. He has 143 points in 136 games with Bandits teams in three different leagues over the past four seasons.

Tim Doherty, a forward for the Boston Junior Bruins of the United States Premier Hockey League Premier Division, has committed to join Brown University in the fall of 2015. The Portsmouth, R.I. native has 16 points in 15 games.

ONE-TIMERS: Matt Penta made 31 saves when the Valley Junior Warriors posted a 3-2 victory to end the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs’ Eastern League streak at nine games. … Vinny Addeo had five goals in two wins to keep the New Jersey Avalanche in the Metropolitan League Mullen Division lead. … Brett Horn had game-winning goals in six of the first 15 games with the East Coast Eagles, the United States Premier Hockey League Empire Division Southern Conference leader.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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