The Point Mallard Ducks relied on the scoring touch of Stephen Coulter, who netted two goals, to beat the Dallas Jr. Stars, 8-4.
Coulter scored on the power play at 1:16 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Point Mallard and again while on the power play 10:25 into the second to make the score 5-4 Point Mallard.
Billy Wager frustrated Dallas\’ offense all game, and stopped 25 shots en route to a shutout. Wager certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.15 entering the contest.
Point Mallard\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on nine Dallas power plays. The Ducks kept the Jr. Stars\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Clayton Pierce made 29 saves on 37 shots. Point Mallard\’s goal total was higher than its season average. This season, the Ducks average 4.2 goals per contest. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.
Point Mallard also got points from Jake Cox, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Josh Hamilton, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, and Justin Dunn, who also registered one goal and two assists. Point Mallard also had goals scored by Justin Provencher, Gabor Belenyesi, and Jaleel Rosemond, who scored one goal each. More assists for Point Mallard came via Grant Dukus, who had two, Brad Reitter, who had three, Jake Champaign, who had four, and Chandler Brown, Noah Gilreath, and Justin Delisle, who each chipped in one.
Dallas racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 12 minors and one major for 39 minutes in penalty time. The Jr. Stars had been averaging 27.0 minutes in penalties per game. Dallas\’ penalty kill unit could not stop Point Mallard\’s power play, which converted on six of 10 opportunities. The Jr. Stars got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game. The Ducks were unable to stop Dallas from sending pucks towards the net, and the Jr. Stars eventually piled up 43 shots on goal.
Dallas was led by Aaron Torres, who had two goals. Torres scored the first of his two goals at 16:42 into the first period to make the score 3-2 Point Mallard. Brooks Blackburn picked up the assist. Torres\’ next tally made the score 4-4 with 14:06 left in the second period. Kayne Fedor assisted on the tally. Others who scored for Dallas included Tommy Estenes and Travis Hall, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Dallas were Tyler Valentin and Wyatt Gentry, who each chipped in one.
Point Mallard incurred 34 minutes in penalty time with 12 minors. For the Jr. Stars, Fedor was ejected from the game.