The Nashville Jr. Predators had a six-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-0 win over the Sugar Land Imperials.
Nashville was led by Jacob Lainesse, who registered one goal and one assist. Lainesse scored on the power play 8:01 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Nashville. The Jr. Predators had gained a power play chance when Mason Smith was whistled for too many men. Nicholas Redmon assisted on the tally.
Nashville stifled Sugar Land\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Jr. Predators forced the Imperials goalie Colton Anderson to work between the pipes, taking 48 shots.
Nashville additionally got points from Redmon, who also grabbed one goal and two assists. Nashville also had goals scored by Nathaniel Chiarizzio, who had two and Trent Kulczyk, Kyle Van Wyk, and Spencer Marchand, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Nashville were Matiss Gelazis, Keegan Haines, Jon Evans, Colton Anderson, Nick Mammel, and Alex Durand, who each chipped in one and Jesse Hyde and Jacob Elrod, who contributed two each.
Sugar Land\’s offense operated below its season average. The Imperials average 2.9 goals per game. Sugar Land\’s offense was handcuffed by Nashville\’s defensive play, and the Imperials managed only 14 shots on goal during the game.
Justin Ball recorded 14 saves for the Jr. Predators. Nashville totaled 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 2-for-6 on the power play. For the Jr. Predators, Lainesse was ejected from the game. Sugar Land\’s Anderson stopped 41 shots out of the 48 that he faced. The Imperials incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.