A hat trick by Blake Phenow was the highlight in Lumberjacks\’ 7-0 win against the Minnesota Flying Aces.
Phenow\’s first goal came 19:59 into the first period. He then added goals at 18:49 into the second and at 17:12 into the third.
Kendall Meyer spearheaded the defensive effort for the Granite City Lumberjacks, as he did not allow a puck past him and made 26 saves for the shutout.
Granite City racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with seven minors and one major for 39 minutes in penalty time. The Lumberjacks surpassed its season average of 26.0 penalty minutes per game. Granite City stifled Minnesota\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Flying Aces were unable to stop the Lumberjacks from sending pucks towards the net, and Granite City eventually piled up 48 shots on goal.
Granite City additionally got points from David Kenney, who also had one goal and one assist. Granite City also had goals scored by Tanner Skaja, Alek Groth, and Dallas Marvin, who each put in one. In addition, Granite City received assists from Travis Kothenbeutel, who had three, Corey Taylor, Kevin Finley, Jared Sprink, and David Horsmann, who each chipped in one, and Travis Kemp and Sam Zweiner, who contributed two each.
Minnesota\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled nine minors and two majors for 48 minutes in penalty time. The Flying Aces had been averaging 20.0 minutes in penalties per game. Minnesota was shut out on the power play, going scoring scoreless on nine chances with a man advantage.
The Lumberjacks registered four goals on nine power play opportunities. The Flying Aces\’ Jaxson Gosnell stopped 41 shots out of the 48 that he faced. Minnesota ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and AJ Gullickson was ejected from the game.