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Harden stymies West Michigan, Chicago wins 4-1

Sam Harden stood on his head and made 30 saves to lead the Chicago Junior Bulldogs to a 4-1 victory over the West Michigan Wolves.

Chicago was sparked by Taylor Hamilton, who tallied one goal and one assist. Hamilton scored 7:45 into the third period to make the score 2-0 Chicago. Kyle Barna picked up the assist.

The Junior Bulldogs managed to stay out of the box better than usual, racking up one minor for two minutes in penalty time. Chicago ended up below its season average of 29.0 penalty minutes per game. The Junior Bulldogs forced West Michigan goalie Kyler Patenaude to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.

Chicago also got points from Barna, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Chicago included Matt Blaszkiewicz and Ryan Maksimovic, who scored one goal each. More assists for Chicago came via Tyler Seltenriech, who had two and Max Piper, Toms Taurins, and Michael Howard, who each chipped in one.

The Wolves managed to stay out of the box better than usual, registering one minor for two minutes in penalty time. West Michigan wound up below its season average of 17.0 penalty minutes per game. The Wolves could not produce up to their normal offensive output. West Michigan averages 3.1 goals per game. The Wolves\’ offense rang up 31 shots on Chicago\’s net.

The Junior Bulldogs registered zero goals on one power play opportunities. Kyler Patenaude made 27 saves for West Michigan on 31 shots. The Wolves registered zero goals on one power play opportunities.