This weekend was filled with firsts.
For the Ice Bats, it was their first game in franchise history. For the Jr. Stars, it was the securing of the teams first points of the season.
Friday night saw the Jr. Stars spoiling the league debut of the Ice Bats to the score of 6-1. A hat trick by Ilnur Madiarov highlighted the Jr. Stars offensive prowess by collecting goals in all three periods. Forwards Chris Wood, Colton Sebastian, and Defenseman Kyle Russell filled out the rest of the score sheet as Mid-Cities. Jr. Stars’s goaltender, Quillon Bowman collected his first NA3HL win. Coby Nostrant will go into Austin Ice Bats history as the franchise’s first goal scorer with his tally in the second period.
The pendulum swung in favor of the Ice Bats on Saturday as they collected their first two points as they clobbered the Mid-Cities squad 5-1. Ilnur Madiarov was the lone goal scorer for the Jr. Stars as penalties were their ultimate undoing. The Ice Bats took full advantage of their power play opportunities by scoring 3 goals on the man advantage.
The Jr. Stars got back into the win column on Sunday evening as forward Dante Petrini and defenseman Kyle Russell both scored 2 goals in the game. Ilnur Madiarov tallied another goal onto the weekend’s scoresheet to give him his 7th on the season. Adler Hoagland stopped 24 of 27 shots and collected his first win of the season.
Rookie forward Ilnur Madiarov is tied for 3rd in the league in goals and is 9th in league scoring with 10 points. Rookie defenseman Kyle Russell has impressed in his 3 games and is 5th among league defenseman in points and 2nd among league defenseman in goals.
Mid-Cities are now sitting 3rd in the South Division with 4 points and a 2-4-0-0 record as they head into an off-weekend.