Dominic Caito lifted St. Louis to a 5-0 victory with a hat trick against Cincinnati.
Caito\’s first goal came 3:40 into the first period. He then added goals at 4:32 into the third and at 17:11 into the third.
St. Louis was boosted by Ian Dvorak, who turned in a shutout with 25 saves. Dvorak certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.0 entering the contest.
St. Louis managed to stay out of the box better than usual, tallying one minor for 12 minutes in penalty time. St. Louis ended up below its season average of 18.0 penalty minutes per game. St. Louis featured an improved defense during the game. St. Louis averages 3.0 goals allowed per game. St. Louis\’ defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in four goals.
Others who scored for St. Louis included Eduard Rumyantsev and Hayden Smer, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for St. Louis were CJ Nitchen, Sean Griffin, Sam Maddox, Frankie Cardinale, Frankie Melton, Alex Werdmuller, and Cameron McAtee, who contributed one each.
Cincinnati\’s offense operated below its season average. Cincinnati averages 2.4 goals per game.
St. Louis registered one goal on two power play opportunities. Daniel Dolliver made 24 saves for Cincinnati on 29 shots. Cincinnati incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.