John Barlow netted a hat trick to lead the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks over the Cincinnati Swords, 6-4.
Barlow notched his first tally 16:40 into the first period. He then added goals at 11:33 into the third and at 15:48 into the third.
Cleveland led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Jr. Lumberjacks\’ Patrick Briggs scored on the power play at 12:31 in the second period to put Cleveland up 4-1.
The Jr. Lumberjacks forced Cincinnati goalie James Schroeder to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots. Cleveland surpassed its usual scoring output this season. The Jr. Lumberjacks have scored at the pace of 2.3 goals per game during the current campaign.
Cleveland additionally got points from Tyler Dalton, who also racked up one goal and two assists. Ryker Barber also scored for Cleveland. More assists for Cleveland came via Tyler Houmard, who had two and Adam Schaffer, Avery Huibregtse, Buddy Rose, Daniel Goodwin, and Zach Thibault, who contributed one each.
The Swords\’ penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 22.0 minutes per game Cincinnati had been spending in the box.
The Swords were helped by Andrew Kraska, who finished with one goal and one assist. Kraska scored 8:37 into the third period to make the score 4-3 Cleveland. Cincinnati also got points from Drew Hill, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Cincinnati included Andrew Bond and Marc Anderson, who scored one goal each. In addition, Cincinnati received assists from Hunter Schneider, Jessie Fracassi, and Blake Hinds, who each chipped in one.
Cleveland\’s Ryan Kostelnik stopped 17 shots out of the 21 that he faced. The Jr. Lumberjacks incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. James Schroeder made 27 saves for Cincinnati on 33 shots. The Swords registered one goal on three power play opportunities. For Cincinnati, Schneider was ejected from the game.