By Chris Dubiel
The Bulldogs broke through for a plethora of goals against a struggling St. Louis Frontenacs team, sweeping them in three games.
On Friday night, Tanner Todd would get things rolling with a goal about four minutes into the first period, but all was quiet until the middle frame. St. Louis would tie the game with a goal from Reed Link less than a minute and half into the period. However, the Bulldogs would respond with goals from Zach Olin and Richard Molnar to build a two-goal cushion. Michael Sieron brought the Frontenacs back to within one late in the second, but that would be as close as St. Louis would get.
Chicago had an outburst in the third period, outscoring the Frontenacs five to one. Trevor Foley scored a pair and Mitch Krafcheck and Vince Bartkowiak each found twine in a big final period for the Bulldogs. Todd also added his second of the night in the final period, as the Bulldogs blew out the Frontenacs 8-3. Zack Adams notched the win with 11 saves on 14 shots.
Saturday evening’s game followed a similar script, as the teams played close through the first 40 minutes. In the first period, Link gave the Frontenacs a lead until Todd and Matt Kostopoulos added a couple of late goals to give Chicago a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. That score would stay the same, as both teams were quiet in the second period, except for a couple of breakaway chances for the Frontenacs’ Cameron Durham that were denied by Matt Young’s glove.
Then Chicago took over in the third period. The Bulldogs exploded for four goals en route to a 6-1 thrashing of St. Louis. Joey Close and Mitch Krafcheck scored, with Todd and Kostopoulos each adding their second of the game. James Coates had three assists. Young earned the victory in net, stopping 19 of 20 St. Louis shots on goal.
After a couple of games that were close through 40 minutes, the Bulldogs cruised the entire afternoon in Sunday’s game. The Bulldogs would put up six goals in the first period, three in the second and four in the third to bombard St. Louis 13-1.
Adamson Thoma scored a hat trick, Griffin Mason and Trevor Foley each scored twice and Joe Mavrin, Close, Coates, Olin, Charlie DeWit and Mike Delaney found the net as well. Matt Kostopoulos racked up four assists and Young was solid again with 14 saves on 15 shots as Chicago completed the three-game sweep.