The game between St. Louis and Nashville was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end St. Louis emerged with a 7-5 win.
No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Frankie Melton at 11:42 of the third period.
St. Louis got the win behind a great game by Frankie Cardinale, who had two goals and two assists. Cardinale scored the first of his two goals at 5:24 into the first period to make the score 1-0 St. Louis. Melton assisted on the tally. Cardinale\’s next tally made the score 4-4 with 10 seconds left in the second period. Tomas Loeffelman picked up the assist.
Nashville was unable to stop St. Louis from sending pucks towards the net, and St. Louis eventually piled up 33 shots on goal. St. Louis cashed in on power play opportunities, scoring two goals on three chances.
St. Louis additionally got points from Melton, who also racked up one goal and two assists and Zach Mitchell, who also finished with one goal and one assist. St. Louis also got a goal from Sam Maddox as well. More assists for St. Louis came via Brian Schumacher, Alex Werdmuller, Austin Dempski, and Hayden Smer, who each chipped in one.
Nashville was led by Dylan Schmidt, who registered one goal and two assists. Schmidt scored 13:37 into the second period to make the score 4-3 Nashville. Dakota Wilson provided the assist. Nashville also got points from Kyle Van Wyk, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Nashville included Logan Orem, Trent Kulczyk, and Andrew Kluge, who scored one goal each.
Ian Dvorak recorded 25 saves for St. Louis. St. Louis incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors. Ricky Gonzalez made 26 saves for Nashville on 32 shots. Nashville totaled 35 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 2-for-6 on the power play. For Nashville, Orem was ejected from the game.