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Cincinnati blows out Chicago, 5-1

The Cincinnati Swords had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Junior Bulldogs.

Cincinnati\’s Alec Rounds was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 37 saves and let only one puck past him. Rounds certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.75 entering the contest.

The Swords were led by Joe Keenan, who had one goal. Keenan scored 4:51 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Cincinnati. Kevin Gregory assisted on the tally.

Cincinnati forced Chicago\’s netminders to work between the pipes, launching 31 shots and forcing 26 saves. Michael Paku made four stops and Michael Krch made 22. The Swords excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances.

Cincinnati also got points from Andrew Bond, who also racked up two goals and one assist. Others who scored for Cincinnati included Brenden Williams and Luke McCammant, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Cincinnati were Henry Smith, who had two and Nikita Korotkov, Nathan Chiarizzio, and Kurt Halbach, who contributed one a piece.

The Junior Bulldogs put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cincinnati to score on any of its five power plays. Chicago could not produce up to it normal offensive output. The Junior Bulldogs average 4.1 goals per game. Chicago forced the Swords goalie Rounds to work between the pipes, taking 38 shots.

Cincinnati ended with 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major. The Junior Bulldogs ended with 25 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major.