The Nashville Jr. Predators took home the win against the Topeka Capitals, 5-2.
Nashville kept Topeka\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Brett Malkmus made 29 saves on 34 shots.
The Jr. Predators were led by Alex Durand, who racked up one goal and one assist. Durand scored 8:43 into the second period to make the score 3-0 Nashville. Spencer Marchand assisted on the tally. Others who scored for Nashville included Topi Samuli Aheristo, Jacob Lainesse, Trent Kulczyk, and Kyle Van Wyk, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Nashville were Zach Greenwood, Dominic Costello, and Colton Anderson, who each chipped in one.
The Capitals excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances.
Topeka was helped by Trey Opack, who had one goal. Opack scored on the power play 15:16 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Nashville. The Capitals had gained a power play chance when Lainesse was whistled for tripping. Alex Sauer picked up the assist. Topeka also got points from Sauer, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. In addition, Topeka received assists from Richard Yusa, who had one.
Justin Ball made 19 saves for Nashville on 21 shots. The Jr. Predators incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Topeka incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.