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Bulldogs beat Peoria, fall twice to La Crosse

FRIDAY

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Peoria 3 @ Chicago 5 – In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Chicago Junior Bulldogs escaped with a 5-3 victory over the Peoria Mustangs. No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Toms Taurins at 9:33 of the third period. Scott Schroeder was all over the ice for Chicago, as he had two goals in the win. Schroeder found the back of the net 4:13 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Chicago and again while 8:18 into the third to make the score 4-4. The Junior Bulldogs' penalty kill excelled, as Chicago gave up one goal despite allowing seven power plays. The Junior Bulldogs' offense rang up 33 shots on Peoria's net. Chicago cashed in on power play opportunities, scoring four goals on five chances. Chicago's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals. Chicago additionally got points from Henry Hearon, who also finished with one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. In addition, Chicago received assists from Matt Blaszkiewicz, Michael Ellis, Michael Howard, and Mike Holmes, who each chipped in one and Tyler Selteriech and Scott Coash Jr, who contributed two each. The Mustangs kept the Junior Bulldogs' goalie busy throughout the game, and Troy Pierce made 29 saves on 32 shots. Peoria was led by Thomas Kolaz, who registered three goals. Peoria also got a goal from Chance Homerin as well. Other players who recorded assists for Peoria were Andrew Scofield, who had two and Joe Power Wayvon and Kai Barber, who each chipped in one. Nicholas Piech rejected 28 shots on goal for the Mustangs. 

SATURDAY

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La Crosse 3 @ Chicago 2 – The La Crosse Freeze pulled out a 3-2 (OT) overtime victory over the Chicago Junior Bulldogs on a clutch goal by Toms Taurins. La Crosse overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Freeze was down 3-1 after a goal by Chicago's Scott Herbster at 15:40 in the second period. La Crosse tied things up at 3-3 on a power play goal by Jared Bromberg at 29 seconds in the fourth period. The Freeze's penalty kill excelled, as La Crosse gave up zero goals despite allowing 11 power plays. The Freeze stifled the Junior Bulldogs' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. La Crosse forced Chicago goalie Sam Harden to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots. Others who scored for La Crosse included Jake Lipski and Jace Cseter, who each put in one. More assists for La Crosse came via Augusts Veidenbaums, who had two and Hunter Dragosh, Austin Moser, and Ethan Stafford, who each chipped in one. The Junior Bulldogs' offense rang up 37 shots on La Crosse's net.  Chicago also got a goal from Tyler Selteriech as well. In addition, Chicago received assists from Taylor Hamilton, Henry Hearon, Chris Fiordirosa, and Niko Moulakelis, who contributed one each. Andrew Wagner made 35 saves for the Freeze on 37 shots. Harden recorded 33 saves for the Junior Bulldogs.

SUNDAY

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La Crosse 3 @ Chicago 1 – The La Crosse Freeze relied on the sparkling performance of Andrew Wagner in net to grab a 3-1 win against the Chicago Junior Bulldogs. La Crosse was led by goalie Wagner, who finished with 33 saves while allowing one goal. Wagner managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.55 prior to the game. Chicago's power play was ineffective against the Freeze's penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded. La Crosse put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Junior Bulldogs to score on any of their six power plays. The Freeze forced Chicago goalie Troy Pierce to work between the pipes, taking 37 shots. La Crosse was led by Taylor Trapp, who registered one goal and two assists. Trapp scored on the power play 19:06 into the first period to make the score 1-1. A tripping penalty on Henry Hearon had put the Freeze on the power play. Augusts Veidenbaums assisted on the tally. Others who scored for La Crosse included Austin Moser and Zach Lawson, who each put in one. More assists for La Crosse came via Jared Bromberg, who had one. The Junior Bulldogs were held below their usual level of production. Chicago puts an average of 3.3 pucks into the net per game. The Junior Bulldogs managed to hold La Crosse's power play largely in check, allowing only one goal while on the disadvantage. The Freeze were unable to stop Chicago from sending pucks towards the net, and the Junior Bulldogs eventually piled up 34 shots on goal. Chicago's Pierce stopped 34 shots out of the 37 that he faced.

UP NEXT: 

The Bulldogs go on the road for a pair of games against the Peoria Mustangs on Saturday and Sunday.