A hat trick by Tanner Bennet was the highlight in Swords\’ 7-5 win against the Chicago Junior Bulldogs.
Bennet\’s first goal came 9:40 into the first period. He then added goals at 11:19 into the second and at 18:58 into the third.
The Cincinnati Swords led by four goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when Cincinnati\’s Thomas Clayton\’s scored on the power play at 18:33 in the first period to put the Swords up 4-0.
Cincinnati forced Chicago goalie Michael Krch to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots. The Swords\’ goal total was higher than their season average. This season, Cincinnati averages 3.6 goals per contest.
Others who scored for Cincinnati included Andrew Bond and Matt St. Martin, who scored one goal each. In addition, Cincinnati received assists from Aaron Storch, Nikita Korotkov, RJ Marshall, Henry Smith, Hunter Schneider, and Emil Sundstrom, who each chipped in one and Robert Gentile and Nicholas Riscossa, who contributed two a piece.
The Junior Bulldogs could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.
Chicago was led by Luke Morin, who finished with two goals and one assist. Morin scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 4:27 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Cincinnati. An interference penalty on Riscossa had put the Junior Bulldogs on the power play. Morin\’s next tally on the power play made the score 5-4 Cincinnati with 2:20 left in the second period. Matt Kostopoulos provided the assist. Chicago also had goals scored by Vince Bartkowiak, Toms Taurins, and Ryan Maksimovic, who each put in one. More assists for Chicago came via Joey Mavrin and Matt Blaszkiewicz, who each chipped in one and Daniel Marotz and Jarret Walt, who contributed two a piece.
Joe Sheppard recorded 22 saves for the Swords. Cincinnati incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Chicago\’s Krch stopped 24 shots out of the 30 that he faced. The Junior Bulldogs registered three goals on seven power play opportunities.