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Junior Notebook: Evan Williams' Heroics in Goal Keeps Jr. Bruins Humming

By Tom Robinson, 11/21/18, 8:15AM MST


In EHL, Anthony Shrum's 44-save night boosts Revolution

Evan Williams has been busy in goal for the Missoula Jr. Bruins.

In each of his nine full games, the most active of the four goalies the team has used this season has faced at least 43 shots.

Williams showed he was ready for the heavy workload Saturday when he made 46 saves to lead the surging Junior Bruins to a 2-1, North American 3 Hockey League victory over the Great Falls Americans.

The win was the fifth straight for Missoula, moving the team above .500 at 10-9-0-0. The Juniors Bruins are in fourth place in the Frontier Division after knocking off the division’s second-place team.

Misha Akatnov scored both goals.

Missoula defeated the Butte Cobras 9-2 the night before.

Vadim Zubkov scored five goals, Akatnov added three and Josh Sample made 32 saves against Butte.

EHL ROUNDUP: Anthony Shrum made 44 saves Wednesday when the Philadelphia Revolution defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, 5-2, in an Eastern Hockey League game.

The Revolution has allowed just three goals while winning its last three games to improve to 16-4-0, second in the South Division behind the Philadelphia Little Flyers (18-1-1).

EHL scoring leader Samir Abouelhana from the Revolution has a single point in each of his last four games to extend his scoring streak to eight games. He has 14 goals and 29 assists in 20 games.

Hunter Bersani had two goals and three assists to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton win two of its three games during the week.

The New England Wolves swept two games from the North Carolina Golden Bears for their sixth win in nine games.

MORE BLANKS: Brandon Bussi of the league-leading Muskegon Lumberjacks became the first United States Hockey League goalie to post three shutouts this season.

Bussi made 23 saves in Saturday night’s 4-0 victory over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. He helped the Lumberjacks stop seven power-play chances while improving to 13-1-0-0 with a 2.14 goals against average and .923 save percentage.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: J.D. Greenway, a defenseman with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints, has committed to play his college hockey at the University of Maine.

Greenway is a 20-year-old from Potsdam, New York. The 6-foot-5, 212-pounder was a third-round pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

After having a six-game point streak ended, Greenway leads all Dubuque players and is tied for fifth among USHL defensemen in scoring with 11 points in 17 games.

Hunter Johannes, a forward from the North American Hockey League’s Bismarck Bobcats, has committed to American International College for the fall of 2019.

Johannes, a 19-year-old from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is in his second NAHL season. He has 11 points in 18 games.

ONE-TIMERS: USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program scored seven goals in each of its two USHL road wins with the help of two goals and two assists from Trevor Zegras, who maintained his two-points-per-game pace for the season, best in the league. … Colin Price had three goals and went plus-4 when the Johnstown Tomahawks won three weekend NAHL games to extend their winning streak to 12 games. … The EHL has one game Wednesday, then is off until Nov. 27.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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