Jack Hatton and Jake Cox led the way with hat tricks as the St. Louis Jr. Blues crushed the Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts 13-1 in a home game at Affton Ice Rink in St. Louis. Cameron Mcatee also had a big night with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). As well, the St. Louis Jr. Blues' offense had a big night, peppering Evansville with 57 shots throughout the game. The St. Louis Jr. Blues took the lead before the halfway point in the first on a goal from Daniel Dunaway and never looked back.
Matthew Monreal did his part, adding 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) and Will Baginski chipped in with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists).
In the first period, Baginski opened the scoring for the Jr. Blues with a goal at 5:49 with helpers from his linemates, Hatton and Galaguzov. Dunaway quickly followed with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 6:21 with helpers from his linemates, Baginski and Monreal. Galaguzov put in a goal at 9:39 with assists from Shively and Baginski. Hatton netted a goal at 19:37 with helpers from teammates Galaguzov and Mcatee.
In the second period, Hatton scored a goal at 4:32 with assists from Shively and Cox. Cox quickly followed with a goal at 4:45 with helpers from Mcatee and Hatton. Mcatee netted a goal at 9:00 with an assist from his defensive partner, Yurisich. Hatton deposited a goal at 15:55 with a helper from his linemate Papa. Cox put in a goal at 19:49 with an assist from defenseman Mcatee.
In the third, Kifer finally put Evansville on the board with a goal at 1:02. Jones quickly followed with a goal at 1:21 with helpers from Biffignani and Shively. Cox netted a goal at 6:33 with assists from his linemates, Hatton and Papa. Monreal deposited a goal at 14:20 with helpers from his linemates, Hempel and Biffignani. Monreal quickly followed with a goal at 15:26 with assists from his linemates, Hempel and Jones.
St. Louis’ victory was in no doubt helped out by Bjella as he stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced. Bjella’s counterpart, Linenburg, also had a big night, managing to stop 33 of 42, but ultimately fell short.
This win brings the St. Louis Jr. Blues’ record to (15-1-0-0).