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Bulldogs take two points in busy weekend

FRIDAY

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West Michigan 6 @ Chicago 2 – The West Michigan Wolves' Michael Tratar had a big offensive game, scoring one goal and contributing three assists in his team's 6-2 win over the Chicago Junior Bulldogs. Tratar scored on the power play 16:07 into the first period to make the score 3-2 West Michigan. West Michigan earned a power play opportunity when Nathan Iaciancio was put in the box for tripping. Devin Farkas picked up the assist. Tratar dished an assist on Dakota Ulmer's goal that made the score 2-1 West Michigan at 9:44 into the first period. He then added assists on Farkas' goal at 1:23 into the second and on Farkas' goal at 14:42 into the second. The Wolves forced Junior Bulldogs' goalies to work in net, ripping 48 shots and forcing 42 saves. Troy Pierce made 27 stops and Sam Harden made 15. West Michigan's goal total was higher than its season average. This season, the Wolves average 2.9 goals per contest. West Michigan had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just two goals on 11 chances. West Michigan additionally got points from Ulmer, who also grabbed one goal and two assists and Farkas, who also tallied two goals and two assists. West Michigan also had goals scored by Josh Somers and Tait Aptakin, who each put in one. More assists for West Michigan came via Mike Difranco, who had two and Kyle Keeder and Kyler Patenaude, who each chipped in one. The Junior Bulldogs were helped by Niko Moulakelis, who racked up one goal. Moulakelis scored 14:43 into the first period to make the score 2-2. Toms Taurins provided the assist. Chicago also got a goal from Scott Herbster as well. In addition, Chicago received assists from Matt Blaszkiewicz, Henry Hearon, and Mike Holmes, who contributed one each. Kyler Patenaude made 22 saves for the Wolves on 24 shots. 

SATURDAY

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Chicago 4 @ St. Louis 3 – The Chicago Junior Bulldogs and the St. Louis Jr. Blues were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Chicago made the most of its opportunities and won, 4-3. Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Matt Blaszkiewicz's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker. In the losing effort, St. Louis was led by Adam Havener, who had two goals. Havener scored the first of his two goals at 11:47 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Trevor Thornton assisted on the tally. Havener's next tally made the score 3-2 St. Louis with 2:27 left in the second period. In a losing effort, the Jr. Blues were sparked by Havener, who grabbed two goals. The Junior Bulldogs put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow St. Louis to score on any of its three power plays. Chicago kept the Jr. Blues' goalie busy throughout the game, and William Hindle made 34 saves on 38 shots.
Chicago additionally got points from Scott Coash Jr, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Chicago included Taylor Hamilton and Dane Kalas, who scored one goal each. In addition, Chicago received assists from Griffin Waters, Tyler Seltenriech, and Michael Ellis, who contributed one each. St. Louis' offense rang up 34 shots on the Junior Bulldogs' net. St. Louis also got a goal from Zane OBryan as well. Other players who recorded assists for St. Louis were Tommy Heinzman, Franky Melton, and Alex Klaesner, who each chipped in one. Sam Harden rejected 31 shots on goal for Chicago.

SUNDAY

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Chicago 7 @ St. Louis 8 – The Chicago Junior Bulldogs tried to dig themselves out of a four-goal hole, but the St. Louis Jr. Blues held on for an 8-7 victory. St. Louis made the score 6-2 on a goal by Trevor Thornton at 11:46 in the second period, and Chicago got as close as 8-7 when Toms Taurins scored 13:06 into the third period. St. Louis' offense rang up 39 shots on the Junior Bulldogs' net.  The Jr. Blues were led by Franky Melton, who grabbed two goals and two assists. Melton scored the first of his two goals at 19:48 into the second period to make the score 7-4 St. Louis. Jason Loraine provided the assist. Melton's next tally made the score 8-5 St. Louis with 10:05 left in the third period. Zane OBryan assisted on the tally. St. Louis additionally got points from Chris Brown, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Adam Havener, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Loraine, who also had one goal and one assist, and Alex Klaesner, who also registered one goal and two assists. Steven Farina also scored for St. Louis. Other players who recorded assists for St. Louis were Tommy Heinzman, who had one and Sam Maddox, who had two. Chicago kept St. Louis' goalie busy throughout the game, and Cooper Cothran made 36 saves on 43 shots. The Junior Bulldogs were led by Scott Coash Jr, who registered two goals. Coash Jr scored the first of his two goals short handed at 8:29 into the second period to make the score 4-2 St. Louis. Chicago found itself down a man on Tyler Seltenriech's charging. Coash Jr's next tally short handed made the score 8-6 St. Louis with 9:32 left in the third period. Others who scored for Chicago included Scott Schroeder, Michael Ellis, Dane Kalas, and Niko Moulakelis, who each put in one. In addition, Chicago received assists from Noah Carter, who had one. The Junior Bulldogs' Sam Harden stopped 31 shots out of the 39 that he faced.

UP NEXT: 

The Bulldogs head to Madison for a couple of games against the Wisconsin Whalers this weekend.