Jake Cox led the way with a hat trick as the St. Louis Jr. Blues crushed the Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts 15-1 in a home game at Swonder Ice Arena in St. Louis. Will Baginski, Dylan Carroll and Dante Jones also had big nights with 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist), 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and 4 points (0 goals, 4 assists) respectively. In addition, the St. Louis Jr. Blues' offense had a big night, peppering Evansville with 76 shots throughout the game. The St. Louis Jr. Blues took the lead before the halfway point in the first on a goal from Jack Hatton and never looked back.
Jack Hatton delivered for his team with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and Ben Jones contributed with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).
During the first period, Cox opened the scoring for the Jr. Blues with a goal at 4:23 with a helper from defenseman Jones. Hatton deposited what turned out to be the game winning goal at 6:37 with helpers from his linemates, Galaguzov and Cox. Papa netted a goal at 9:45 with assists from teammates Yurisich and Slot. Baginski scored a goal at 12:18 with assists from his linemates, Jones and Monreal. Baginski quickly followed with a goal at 13:14 with helpers from Carroll and Muzzillo. Carroll netted a goal at 17:30 with helpers from Hohl and Hatton.
In the second, Baginski scored a goal at 3:06 with an assist from fellow Jr. Blues forward Monreal. Carroll quickly followed with a goal at 4:58 with an assist from his linemate Kram. Cox quickly followed with a goal at 5:41 with helpers from his linemates, Galaguzov and Hatton. Baginski quickly followed with a goal at 7:13 with a helper from defenseman Hohl. Dabbs scored a goal at 11:01 with assists from his linemates, Hazelton and Kram. Baginski netted a goal at 13:39 with assists from his linemates, Monreal and Jones. Scott quickly followed with a goal at 14:12 with a helper from Rozema. Cox answered for the Jr. Blues with a goal at 17:46 with assists from his linemates, Galaguzov and Carroll.
In the third period, Jones scored a goal at 11:36 with helpers from Jones and Baginski. Shively put in a goal at 15:30 with an assist from Jones.
The Jr. Blues’ victory was in no doubt helped out by Bjella as he stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced. Bjella’s counterpart, Tucker, also had a big night, managing to stop 26 of 36, but ultimately fell short.
This win brings the St. Louis Jr. Blues’ record to (27-4-0-0).