The Chicago Junior Bulldogs gutted out a close 5-4 win against the Wisconsin Whalers.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Toms Taurins\’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
Chicago was led by Jeremy Szczurek, who finished with one goal and two assists. Szczurek scored 6:12 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Chicago. Trevor Foley picked up the assist. Chicago also got points from Taurins, who also had one goal and one assist and Luke Morin, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Chicago also had goals scored by Vince Bartkowiak and Ryan Maksimovic, who scored one goal each. More assists for Chicago came via Henry Hearon, who had two and Kyle Pierce, Matt Kostopoulos, and Christopher Wachal, who contributed one a piece.
Wisconsin put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Junior Bulldogs to score on any of their four power plays. The Whalers kept Chicago\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Joey Garapolo made 57 saves on 61 shots.
Wisconsin was helped by Zack Johnson, who registered one goal and two assists. Johnson scored on the power play 9:39 into the third period to make the score 3-3. The Whalers had taken the advantage when the Junior Bulldogs\’ Jarret Walt got sent off for interference. Tim Tarvis assisted on the tally. Wisconsin additionally got points from Ryan Martin, who also finished with one goal and two assists. Others who scored for Wisconsin included Mitch Riese and Easton Halbert, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Wisconsin were Dan Addie, Jason Hoehn, and Kaleb Morley, who each chipped in one.
Chicago incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Michal Marcinek rejected 24 shots on goal for Wisconsin. The Whalers incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.