In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Chicago Junior Bulldogs escaped with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Jr. Blues.
Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Matt Blaszkiewicz\’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
Chicago was led by Blaszkiewicz, who racked up one goal. Blaszkiewicz scored 18:26 into the third period to make the score 4-3 Chicago. Tyler Seltenriech provided the assist.
The Junior Bulldogs were sparked by Blaszkiewicz, who had one goal.
Chicago excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. The Junior Bulldogs\’ offense rang up 38 shots on St. Louis\’ net.
Chicago also got points from Scott Coash Jr, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Chicago also had goals scored by Taylor Hamilton and Dane Kalas, who scored one goal each. More assists for Chicago came via Griffin Waters, Michael Ellis, Ryan Glennon, and Niko Moulakelis, who each chipped in one.
The Jr. Blues kept Chicago\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Sam Harden made 31 saves on 34 shots.
St. Louis was led by Adam Havener, who registered two goals. Havener scored the first of his two goals at 11:47 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Trevor Thornton picked up the assist. Havener\’s next tally made the score 3-2 St. Louis with 2:27 left in the second period. St. Louis also got a goal from Zane OBryan as well. In addition, St. Louis received assists from Tommy Heinzman, Franky Melton, and Alex Klaesner, who contributed one each.
The Junior Bulldogs incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. William Hindle recorded 34 saves for the Jr. Blues. St. Louis incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.