Behind a great game by Alex Klaesner, who had two goals and one assist, the St. Louis Jr. Blues defeated the Chicago Junior Bulldogs, 5-2.
Klaesner scored on the power play at 4:48 into the third period to make the score 2-1 St. Louis and again while 14:31 into the third to make the score 4-2 St. Louis.
St. Louis was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and one major for 31 minutes in penalty time. The Jr. Blues had been averaging 17.0 minutes in penalties per game. St. Louis\’ offense rang up 34 shots on Chicago\’s net.
St. Louis also got points from Tommy Heinzman, who also registered one goal and two assists and maxwell cobb, who also racked up one goal and two assists. Alexander Carlsson also scored for St. Louis. Other players who recorded assists for St. Louis were Alexander Turin, who had two and Adam Roeder, Zane OBryan, and Tyler Opilka, who each chipped in one.
The Junior Bulldogs kept the Jr. Blues\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Billy Hindle made 49 saves on 51 shots. The defensemen of Chicago were also effective in St. Louis\’ zone, and came away with two goals. The Junior Bulldogs found themselves short handed often, totaling 38 penalty minutes and allowing five power plays.
Chicago was led by Jeremy Szczurek, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Szczurek scored on the power play 7:19 into the third period to make the score 2-2. The Junior Bulldogs earned a power play opportunity when Simon Koscielski was put in the box for roughing. Luke Morin picked up the assist. Chicago also got a goal from Kyle Pierce as well.
Michael Paku recorded 29 saves for Chicago. The Junior Bulldogs registered two goals on seven power play opportunities.