The Chicago Junior Bulldogs have won three straight with a weekend sweep of the Freeze in La Crosse.
Chicago 4 @ La Crosse 1 – Ryan Maksimovic netted a hat trick to lead the Chicago Junior Bulldogs over the La Crosse Freeze, 4-1. Maksimovic's first goal came 13:41 into the first period. He then added goals at 4:58 into the second and at 11:48 into the third. Chicago was led by goalie Troy Pierce, who finished with 46 saves while allowing one goal. Pierce certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.88 entering the contest. The Junior Bulldogs stifled La Crosse's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Chicago forced the Freeze goalie Andrew Wagner to work between the pipes, taking 32 shots. Chicago also got points from Tyler Seltenriech, who also registered one goal and two assists. More assists for Chicago came via Isaiah Sands, who had one and Toms Taurins, who had two.
Chicago 4 @ La Crosse 3 (OT) – Michael Howard gave the Chicago Junior Bulldogs a 4-3 (OT) victory over the La Crosse Freeze when he scored 1:35 into the extra period. Howard had a great game for Chicago, netting two goals. Others who scored for Chicago included Tyler Seltenriech and Michael Ellis, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Chicago were Scott Schroeder, Toms Taurins, Kyle Barna, Nick Rems, Ryan Maksimovic, and Niko Moulakelis, who contributed one each. La Crosse's offense rang up 40 shots on the Junior Bulldogs' net. The Freeze were helped by Augusts Veidenbaums, who tallied one goal. Veidenbaums scored 11:56 into the first period to make the score 1-0 La Crosse. Brady Thiering picked up the assist. La Crosse also had goals scored by Blake Olinyk and Daniel Toycen, who each put in one. In addition, La Crosse received assists from Chong Hyun Lee, who had two and Taylor Trapp and Ethan Stafford, who each chipped in one. Chicago's Troy Pierce stopped 37 shots out of the 40 that he faced.
The Bulldogs play a home-and-home against the Wisconsin Whalers Friday at Canlan Ice Sports Romeoville and Saturday in Madison.