Bass backstops Mountain Cats to win over Cherokee
The Michigan Mountain Cats picked up their second win of the season by handing the Toledo Cherokee only its second loss, at Fraser Hockeyland Oct. 6, with a stellar performance in goal by Walker Bass.
Kade Morrison started and ended the scoring for the Cats as they defeated the visiting Cherokee 4-2 behind Bass' 43 saves for the Mountain Cats in stonewalling the Cherokee.
Morrison's first goal came with his team shorthanded in the first period and he put the icing on the win with an unassisted empty net goal with 62 seconds to play.
Austin Bucholz made it 2-0 after one period for Michigan only to see Toledo's Tyler Zalecki help lead the way back in the second.
Zalecki added to his team-leading point total with a goal and an assist on Brody Duncan's goal, bringing his season total to 10.
But early in the third period Bryan Davis netted an unassisted goal just 3:25 in for the game winner and Bass rejected the Cherokee's 12 shots in the finale.
On Oct. 5, at Fraser Hockeyland the Mountain Cats fell on the short end of a 3-2 score to the Metro Jets.
Cooper McLean, Travis Baranoski and Zach Kopinski scored to lead the Jets' offense and give new head coach Justin Quenneville his first win since taking over the team Oct. 2.
Trevor Kalinowski backstopped the win in net with a 30-save outing.
For the Mountain Cats, Max Vance and Abram Prince scored and Kevin O'Shea made 37 saves in goal.
Flint's Anders Franke: Star status
The Flint Junior Generals have been the story in the NA3HL through the first month of the season, with an 8-0-1 record that leads the East Division. It isn’t a surprise that they are also led by one of the top goalies in the league, 19-year-old Anders Franke.
The weekend of Oct. 6-7, Franke and the Junior Generals extended their streak of no regulation time losses with a home sweep of the Peoria Mustangs. Franke (5-foot-7 and 160 pounds) started and played in both wins. The native of Zimmerman, MN, stopped 75 of a possible 77 shots during the weekend, giving up just a single goal in both of the games. He made 37 saves in Saturday’s 5-1 win and 38 saves in Sunday’s 4-1 win.
“Anders has been the backbone of this team and he is a rock in net,” said Flint coach Steve Howard, on the NA3HL website. "The numbers he is able to produce don’t lie. We simply wanted a guy that could stop the puck on a consistent basis and Anders is that goalie for us.”