Daniel Marotz gave the Chicago Junior Bulldogs a 5-4 (OT) victory over the Wisconsin Whalers when he scored 1:25 into the extra period.
Chicago overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Junior Bulldogs trailed 2-0 after a goal by Wisconsin\’s Connor Morgan at 19:06 in the first period. Chicago tied things up at 4-4 on a goal by D.J. Mussey at 18:50 in the third period.
Luke Morin had a great game for the Junior Bulldogs, netting two goals. Morin found the back of the net 5:30 into the second period to make the score 2-2 and again while 9:26 into the second to make the score 3-3.
Chicago forced the Whalers goalie Connor Fissel to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots. The Junior Bulldogs could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 30 minutes in penalties during the game.
Chicago additionally got points from Vince Bartkowiak, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Marotz, who also finished with one goal and one assist, and Jarret Walt, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. In addition, Chicago received assists from Matt Blaszkiewicz, Matt Kostopoulos, and Ryan Maksimovic, who contributed one a piece.
Wisconsin\’s offense rang up 39 shots on Chicago\’s net. The Whalers struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as they finished the game with 22 penalty minutes for six opposing power plays.
Wisconsin was helped by Kaleb Morley, who had one goal. Morley scored 16:52 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Wisconsin. Jason Hoehn picked up the assist. Wisconsin also got a goal from Mitch Riese as well. More assists for Wisconsin came via Ryan Martin, Kevin Stone, Jon Skarlis, and Adam Alcott, who each chipped in one.
Michael Paku recorded 35 saves for the Junior Bulldogs. Chicago ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Morin was ejected from the game. The Whalers\’ Fissel stopped 31 shots out of the 36 that he faced. Wisconsin registered one goal on six power play opportunities.