The North Metro Nordiques (0-4) tool on the Minneapolis Wheat Kings (5-0) in Minnesota IBLA action.
The Wheat Kins pulled off a commanding, 18-6 victory to stake claim as the division winner.
Ryan Grey (1g) and Noah Lindner (4g) propelled the Wheat Kings to a 2-0 lead with just 4;54 played.
The Nordiques would fire back with goals from, AJ Stehr (2g,1a) followed by Braedon Meier (2g), and with 11;49 remaining in the opening stanza, we had a 2-2 tie.
The Wheat Kings would seize control with a five-goal burst courtesy of, Bodin Nichols (1g), Ian Obert 92g,1a), Lindner converting a Mork feed,then Kyle Mork (2 g,1a) planting a Ben Bange (1a) feed before James Jacobson (2g) potted a Giuseppe Palermo feed to end the opening stanza with 7-2 Minneapolis advantage.
Nick Midboe (2g,2a) pushed it to 8-2 followed by markers from Obert and Palermo (1g,2a) increased the deficit to 10-2 before Nick Stehr (2g,1a) ended the eight goal run.
Lindner nailed his third to seize control back.
Connor Nadeaul (1g,1a) buried an AJ Stehr feed to give the Nordiques a spark and a 10-4 contest. AJ Stehr lit the lamp again before Alex Johnson (1g,1a) closed the door on the middle stanza.
Nick Steher got it to 12-6 but, the Wheat Kings went on snother run fueled by,a man-up goal from Palermo (1g,2a) who would convert a pretty Nick Midboe feed. Palermo went back to playmaker setting up Mork.
It took all of :30 for the Wheat Kings to register a man down tally when Justin Sieburt hit rope. Jacobson, Lindner and Midboe ended the 18-6 blowout.
Shots favored the Kings,42-23 with Ty Perelman stopping 17 Nordiques chances with counterpart, Tyler Schmitz turning awy 24 for the Nordiques.