Evansville fell to St. Louis, 9-4.
St. Louis forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up eight minors and one major for 31 minutes in penalty time. St. Louis surpassed its season average of 21.0 penalty minutes per game. St. Louis forced Evansville\’s netminders to work all game long, taking 51 shots and forcing 42 saves. Bryson Lindenburgh made 26 stops and Brian Forness made 16. St. Louis\’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Evansville power plays. St. Louis\’ goal total was higher than its season average. This season, St. Louis averages 5.8 goals per contest. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
St. Louis was helped by Alex Klaesner, who finished with one goal and one assist. Klaesner scored 1:00 into the second period to make the score 2-1 St. Louis. Tomas Loeffelman picked up the assist. St. Louis additionally got points from Brian Schumacher, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Daniel Dunaway, who also had one goal and one assist, and Frankie Melton, who also registered one goal and two assists. Others who scored for St. Louis included Joe Nolan, who had two and Frankie Cardinale, Alex Werdmuller, and Eduard Rumyantsev, who each put in one. More assists for St. Louis came via Ryan Reader, who had one, CJ Nitchen, who had two, and Sam Maddox, who had three.
Evansville was helped by Scott Jacobson, who finished with one goal. Jacobson scored 14:21 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Evansville. Triston Theriot provided the assist. Evansville also had goals scored by Jon Grimm, Michael Kelley, and Brandon Bornkamp, who scored one goal each. In addition, Evansville received assists from Steven Rutherford, Austin Hayden, and Mathieu Laforest, who contributed one each.
Ian Dvorak rejected 16 shots on goal for St. Louis. St. Louis registered one goal on five power play opportunities. For St. Louis, Reader was ejected from the game. Evansville incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.