The Topeka Capitals and the St. Louis Jr. Blues were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Topeka made the most of its opportunities and won, 4-2.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Mike Pedersen\’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
In a losing effort, St. Louis was led by Andrew McGlynn, who had two goals. McGlynn scored the first of his two goals at 5:53 into the first period to make the score 1-0 St. Louis. Brogan Walters picked up the assist. McGlynn\’s next tally made the score 2-2 with 5:40 left in the third period. Sam Maddox assisted on the tally.
In a losing effort, the Jr. Blues were paced by McGlynn, who registered two goals.
The Capitals stifled St. Louis\’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Topeka forced the Jr. Blues goalie Quinton Reynolds to work between the pipes, taking 41 shots.
Topeka also got points from Richard Yusa, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Topeka included Tre Kautzman and Colin OConnor, who scored one goal each. In addition, Topeka received assists from John Crusinberry, who had two and Kyle Rimbach and Alex Sauer, who each chipped in one.
St. Louis kept the Capitals\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Jacob Pelton made 34 saves on 36 shots.
More assists for St. Louis came via Andrew Bond, who had two.
Topeka incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Quinton Reynolds made 37 saves for the Jr. Blues on 40 shots. St. Louis incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.