The game between the Cincinnati Swords and the Chicago Junior Bulldogs was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Cincinnati emerged with a 4-3 win.
Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Nikita Korotkov secured the win for the Swords with a goal in the second period.
Cincinnati was sparked by Korotkov, who tallied one goal. Korotkov scored 15:50 into the second period to make the score 4-3 Cincinnati. Aaron Storch assisted on the tally.
In a losing effort, Chicago was led by Luke Morin, who tallied two goals. Morin scored the first of his two goals at 8:21 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Joey Mavrin provided the assist. Morin\’s next tally made the score 3-3 with 10:15 left in the second period. Mavrin picked up the assist.
The Swords kept the Junior Bulldogs\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Michael Paku made 39 saves on 43 shots.
Cincinnati additionally got points from Hunter Schneider, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Cincinnati included Kevin Gregory and Tanner Bennet, who scored one goal each. More assists for Cincinnati came via Andrew Bond, Devin Fracassi, and Kurt Halbach, who contributed one a piece.
Chicago put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cincinnati to score on any of its five power plays. The Swords were unable to stop the Junior Bulldogs from sending pucks towards the net, and Chicago eventually piled up 42 shots on goal.
Joe Sheppard rejected 39 shots on goal for Cincinnati. The Swords incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with three minors. The Junior Bulldogs incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.