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Mitchell’s big game bests Cincinnati in 8-1 St. Louis win

St. Louis\’ Zach Mitchell had a big offensive game, scoring two goals and contributing two assists in his team\’s 8-1 win over Cincinnati.

Mitchell scored on the power play at 16:32 into the first period to make the score 2-1 St. Louis and again while 8:42 into the third to make the score 7-1 St. Louis.

St. Louis racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with six minors and one major for 47 minutes in penalty time. St. Louis had been averaging 21.0 minutes in penalties per game. St. Louis put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cincinnati to score on any of its five power plays. St. Louis kept Cincinnati\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Timothy OSullivan made 39 saves on 47 shots. St. Louis bested its season scoring average. St. Louis has scored at the pace of 5.9 goals per game during the current campaign.

St. Louis additionally got points from Bayley Marshal, who also tallied one goal and three assists to lead the team in points. St. Louis also had goals scored by Alex Klaesner, who had two and Tomas Loeffelman, Frankie Cardinale, and Alex Werdmuller, who each put in one. In addition, St. Louis received assists from Joe Nolan, who had two, Cameron McAtee, who had four, and CJ Nitchen and Hayden Smer, who contributed one each.

Cincinnati forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up eight minors and one major for 41 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 22.0 minutes per game Cincinnati had been spending in the box. Cincinnati did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. Cincinnati puts an average of 3.3 pucks into the net per game.

Cincinnati was led by Taylor Hamilton, who scored the team\’s only goal. Hamilton scored 7:03 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Cincinnati. Brenden Williams provided the assist.

Ian Dvorak rejected 20 shots on goal for St. Louis. St. Louis registered three goals on seven power play opportunities.