A couple of division rivals picked up from where they left off last season as the Bulldogs and Whalers battled in a couple of high-emotion hockey games. Wisconsin would prevail both nights with key goals late.
Wisconsin 5 @ Chicago 3 – The Wisconsin Whalers gutted out a close 5-3 win against the Chicago Junior Bulldogs. No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Austin Lewis at 16:26 of the third period. Nathan Viberg had two goals and two assists to lead Wisconsin. Viberg scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 10:13 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Wisconsin. Thomas Hanson picked up the assist. Viberg's next tally on the power play made the score 3-1 Wisconsin with 5:38 left in the second period. Peter Henderson assisted on the tally. The Whalers forced the Junior Bulldogs goalie Sam Harden to work between the pipes, taking 45 shots. Wisconsin additionally got points from Connor Morgan, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Henderson, who also finished with one goal and two assists. In addition, Wisconsin received assists from Adam Schoenfeld, who had two and Drew Steines and Adam Alcott, who contributed one each. Chicago's offense rang up 37 shots on Wisconsin's net. The Junior Bulldogs got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game. Chicago was helped by Matthew Adams, who grabbed one goal. Adams scored 1:25 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Wisconsin. Moulakelis picked up the assist. Chicago also had goals scored by Scott Schroeder and Dane Kalas, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Chicago were Max Piper, who had one. The Whalers' Chris Johansen stopped 34 shots out of the 37 that he faced. Sam Harden made 40 saves for the Junior Bulldogs on 44 shots.
Wisconsin 6 @ Chicago 5 – Alex Anderson gave the Wisconsin Whalers a 6-5 (OT) victory over the Chicago Junior Bulldogs when he scored 2:58 into the extra period. Wisconsin came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Whalers trailed 3-1 after a goal by Chicago's Tyler Selteriech at 9:14 in the second period. Wisconsin knotted things up at 5-5 on a goal by Austin Lewis at 18:04 in the third period. Anderson had one goal and two assists to lead the Whalers. Wisconsin's offense rang up 42 shots on the Junior Bulldogs' net. Wisconsin additionally got points from Joe Perrelle, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Peter Henderson, who also finished with one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, Nathan Viberg, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Isaac Hale, who also registered one goal and one assist. In addition, Wisconsin received assists from Caleb Voster and Evan Moyse, who contributed one each. Chicago kept the Whalers' goalie busy throughout the game, and Moyse made 29 saves on 34 shots. Team could not crack Wisconsin's penalty kill and was held to two power play goals while having 11 opportunities to play with the man advantage. Chicago was led by Scott Coash Jr, who tallied one goal and two assists. Coash Jr scored 4:37 into the third period to make the score 5-4 Chicago. Even Mitchell provided the assist. Chicago also got points from Selteriech, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Chicago included Max Piper, Toms Taurins, and Michael Ellis, who each put in one. More assists for Chicago came via Henry Hearon, who had two and Scott Schroeder and Matt Blaszkiewicz, who each chipped in one.The Whalers registered three goals on 11 power play opportunities.
The homestand continues for the Bulldogs as they host Peoria on Friday before La Crosse visits Saturday and Sunday.