Behind a great game by Alex Klaesner, who had two goals and one assist, the St. Louis Jr. Blues defeated the Wisconsin Whalers, 5-2.
Klaesner found the back of the net 5:39 into the second period to make the score 1-0 St. Louis and again while 16:58 into the third to make the score 5-1 St. Louis.
St. Louis forced Wisconsin\’s goalies to work without much rest, taking 41 shots and forcing 36 saves. Connor Fissel made 24 stops and Michal Marcinek made 12. The Jr. Blues\’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Wisconsin power plays.
St. Louis additionally got points from Andrew Kovacich, who also registered one goal and one assist. St. Louis also had goals scored by Christian Argyros and Steven Farina, who each put in one. In addition, St. Louis received assists from Adam Roeder, Tommy Heinzman, Chris Brown, and Mike Lozano, who each chipped in one.
The Whalers excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. Wisconsin could not produce up to it normal offensive output. The Whalers put an average of 4.5 pucks into the net per game. Wisconsin\’s offense rang up 32 shots on St. Louis\’ net.
The Whalers were led by Ryan Martin, who racked up one goal. Martin scored 13 seconds into the third period to make the score 3-1 St. Louis. Alex Anderson assisted on the tally. Wisconsin also got a goal from Jason Hoehn as well.
Cooper Cothran recorded 30 saves for the Jr. Blues. St. Louis ended with 11 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major. Wisconsin ended with 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major.