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Weekend recap: Bulldogs pass Blues

SATURDAY

St. Louis Jr. Blues 2 @ Chicago Jr. Bulldogs 4: Chicago goaltender Michael Krch turned in the goaltending game of the season as he stopped a league high 67 shots to turn away the visiting Jr. Blues and earn the 4-2 victory. Krch, a native of Justice, Illinois, was perfect through two periods stopping all 41 shots that came his way but saved his best performance for the final frame. The Jr. Blues came pressing throwing 28 shots on him attempting to battle their way back into the game but it was Krch who prevailed yielding two goals but stopping 26 to end the night. Krch received offense almost immediately to start the game as Vince Bartkowiak took a pass from Tyler Dalton and buried his 5th goal of the season a mere 1:20 into the first period. Dalton, who had three points on the night, picked up a crucial power play goal to end the second period hitting the twine with 15 seconds remaining to give the Jr. Bulldogs a three-goal cushion to start the 3rd. Two third period St. Louis goals from Tommy Heinzman and Kyle Meeh had the Chicago crowd hushed as they pulled within one but it was Dalton again with the clutch goal beating goaltender Billy Hindle with under five minutes left in the game to solidify the victory.

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SUNDAY

St. Louis Jr. Blues 2 @ Chicago Jr. Bulldogs 4: Matt Blaszkiewicz scored 20 seconds into the game for Chicago and they would not give up the lead the rest of the game as the Jr. Bulldogs won the game 4-2 picking up a huge weekend sweep of the visiting Jr. Blues. The two teams trading power play goals with the Jr. Bulldogs getting one from Trevor Foley and the Jr. Blues from Tommy Heinzman highlighted the 2nd period. Adam Roeder, who later picked up a power play goal of his own, assisted Heinzman’s tally. Matt Kostopoulos added to an earlier assist picking up two goals in the 3rd period to seal the game for Chicago. Not to be forgotten the #1 star of the night once again went to Chicago goaltender Michael Krch. Krch, coming off an NA3HL season high 67 save night, gave the hometown fans an almost as impressive encore stopping 56 shots and only giving up goals when his team was on the penalty kill.

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UP NEXT:

The Bulldogs take on the Wisconsin Whalers in a home-and-home series, beginning with Friday night's game in Madison, WI at 8:00 p.m. Both teams will then travel to Canlan Ice Sports Romeoville for Saturday's game at 5:30. Wisconsin is currently in third place in the Central Division at 8-5-3.