The Battle Creek Revolution had trouble finding ways to stop the Chicago Junior Bulldogs, which beat Revolution, 7-4.
Matt Kostopoulos had two goals and one assist to lead Chicago. Kostopoulos scored the first of his two goals at 1:40 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Chicago. Toms Taurins assisted on the tally. Kostopoulos\’ next tally made the score 2-0 Chicago with 13:12 left in the first period. Dan Marotz picked up the assist.
Battle Creek\’s power play was ineffective against the Junior Bulldogs\’ penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
The Chicago penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled six minors and two majors for 32 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 19.0 minutes per game the Junior Bulldogs had been spending in the box. Chicago forced the Revolution goalie Zach Kooi to work between the pipes, taking 67 shots. The Junior Bulldogs outdid their season average for goals scored. This season, Chicago averages 4.0 goals per contest.
Chicago also got points from Taurins, who also registered one goal and one assist, Ryan Maksimovic, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Christopher Wachal, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Chicago included Vince Bartkowiak and Joey Mavrin, who each put in one. More assists for Chicago came via Luke Morin, who had three and Matt Blaszkiewicz and Jeremy Szczurek, who each chipped in one.
Battle Creek\’s offense rang up 34 shots on the Junior Bulldogs\’ net. The Revolution surpassed their usual scoring output this season. Battle Creek has scored at the pace of 1.1 goal per game during the current campaign.
The Revolution were led by Austin Hill, who tallied two goals and one assist. Hill scored the first of his two goals at 17:11 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Chicago. Andy Metzler assisted on the tally. Hill\’s next tally made the score 6-3 Chicago with 1:20 left in the second period. Justin Toye provided the assist. Battle Creek additionally got points from Metzler, who also registered one goal and one assist. Alex Olsen also scored for Battle Creek. In addition, Battle Creek received assists from Michael Schmitt, Blake Thompson, and Ian Rolfsen, who contributed one a piece.
Joey Garapolo made 30 saves for Chicago on 34 shots. The Junior Bulldogs registered zero goals on one power play opportunities. Kooi recorded 60 saves for Battle Creek. The Revolution ended with 19 minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major.