The Chicago Jr. Bulldogs dropped consecutive games to the West Michigan Wolves and St. Louis Jr. Blues before ending a three-game losing streak with a come-from-behind victory over St. Louis on Sunday.
West Michigan 5 @ Chicago 3 – In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the West Michigan Wolves escaped with a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Junior Bulldogs. West Michigan gained the winning advantage on a goal by Michael Tratar 15:37 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer. Mike Difranco was all over the ice for the Wolves, as he tallied one goal and two assists in the win. Difranco scored on the power play 11:42 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Chicago. Tait Aptakin picked up the assist. In a losing effort, the Junior Bulldogs were led by Toms Taurins, who finished with two goals and one assist. Taurins scored the first of his two goals at 5:55 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Tyler Seltenriech provided the assist. Taurins' next tally made the score 3-1 Chicago with 13:54 left in the second period. Michael Ellis picked up the assist. The Wolves forced Chicago goalie Troy Pierce to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals. West Michigan additionally got points from Tratar, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Aptakin, who also had one goal and one assist. West Michigan also had goals scored by Benjamin Sera and Tim Foley, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for West Michigan were Josh Somers, Brandon Mezuk, Dakota Ulmer, and Devin Farkas, who contributed one each. West Michigan was unable to stop the Junior Bulldogs from sending pucks towards the net, and Chicago eventually piled up 31 shots on goal. Chicago also got points from Seltenriech, who also registered one goal and one assist. In addition, Chicago received assists from Henry Hearon, who had one and Ryan Maksimovic, who had two. Kyler Patenaude made 28 saves for the Wolves on 31 shots. The Junior Bulldogs' Pierce stopped 26 shots out of the 30 that he faced.
St. Louis 6 @ Chicago 3 – Zeth OBryan was all over the ice for the St. Louis Jr. Blues, as he tallied two goals in St. Louis' 6-3 win over the Chicago Junior BulldogsOBryan found the back of the net 2:13 into the first period to make the score 1-0 St. Louis and again while 13:20 into the first to make the score 4-1 St. Louis. St. Louis put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Chicago to score on any of its nine power plays. The Jr. Blues kept the Junior Bulldogs' goalie busy throughout the game, and Michael Paku made 31 saves on 37 shots. St. Louis bested its season scoring average. The Jr. Blues average 3.0 goals per game. St. Louis additionally got points from Brian Schumacher, who also had two goals and one assist. St. Louis also had goals scored by Andrew McGlynn and Alex Klaesner, who each put in one. In addition, St. Louis received assists from Ryan Reader, Sam Yauch, Chris Brown, Adam Havener, Cameron McAtee, Andrew Wingbermuehle, and Tyler Skaggs, who each chipped in one. St. Louis was unable to stop Chicago from sending pucks towards the net, and the Junior Bulldogs eventually piled up 40 shots on goal. The Junior Bulldogs were helped by Nick Rems, who finished with one goal. Rems scored 3:47 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Niko Moulakelis assisted on the tally. Chicago also got points from Tyler Seltenriech, who also registered one goal and one assist. Chicago also got a goal from Toms Taurins as well. Other players who recorded assists for Chicago were Chris Fiordirosa, who had one and Ryan Maksimovic, who had two. William Hindle rejected 37 shots on goal for the Jr. Blues.
St. Louis 4 @ Chicago 7 – Ryan Maksimovic lifted the Chicago Junior Bulldogs to a 7-4 victory with a hat trick against the St. Louis Jr. Blues. Maksimovic got on the scoresheet 9:27 into the third period. He then added goals at 13:10 into the third and at 14:10 into the third. Chicago additionally got points from Tyler Seltenriech, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Toms Taurins, who also grabbed one goal and four assists to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Chicago included Kyle Barna and Dane Kalas, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Chicago were Andrew Fattore, Noah Carter, Michael Howard, Matthew Adams, Henry Hearon, Nathan Iaciancio, and Nick Rems, who each chipped in one. The Jr. Blues were led by Andrew Bond, who registered one goal and one assist. Bond scored 13:08 into the first period to make the score 2-1 St. Louis. Andrew McGlynn assisted on the tally. St. Louis also had goals scored by Brian Schumacher, Daniel Dunaway, and Adam Havener, who each put in one. In addition, St. Louis received assists from Chris Brown, who had one and Sam Yauch and Cameron McAtee, who each chipped in two. Sam Harden made 31 saves for the Junior Bulldogs on 35 shots.
The Bulldogs will play at La Crosse Saturday and Sunday.