In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Wisconsin Whalers escaped with a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Junior Bulldogs.
No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Kaleb Morley at 16:26 of the third period.
Wisconsin got the win with help from a great game by Nathan Viberg, who had two goals and two assists. Viberg scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 10:13 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Wisconsin. The Whalers had gotten the advantage when Chicago\’s Griffin Waters was sent off for hooking. Thomas Hanson provided the assist. Viberg\’s next tally on the power play made the score 3-1 Wisconsin with 5:38 left in the second period. Wisconsin had gained a power play chance when Niko Moulakelis was whistled for head contact. Peter Henderson assisted on the tally.
The Whalers kept the Junior Bulldogs\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Sam Harden made 40 saves on 45 shots.
Wisconsin additionally got points from Connor Morgan, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Henderson, who also grabbed one goal and two assists. More assists for Wisconsin came via Adam Schoenfeld, who had two and Drew Steines and Adam Alcott, who contributed one each.
Wisconsin was unable to stop Chicago from sending pucks towards the net, and the Junior Bulldogs eventually piled up 37 shots on goal. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
Chicago was helped by Matthew Adams, who had one goal. Adams scored 1:25 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Wisconsin. Moulakelis provided the assist. Chicago also had goals scored by Scott Schroeder and Dane Kalas, who each put in one. In addition, Chicago received assists from Max Piper, who had one.
Chris Johansen rejected 34 shots on goal for the Whalers. Wisconsin totaled 21 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major and went 2-for-5 on the power play. For the Whalers, Dan Addie was ejected from the game. The Junior Bulldogs totaled 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 1-for-4 on the power play.