The Nashville Jr. Predators had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 4-0 win over the La Crosse Freeze.
Colton Anderson had two goals to lead Nashville to victory. Anderson found the back of the net 4:57 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Nashville and again while 14:03 into the second to make the score 3-0 Nashville.
La Crosse\’s power play was ineffective against the Jr. Predators\’ penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
Nashville forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The Jr. Predators had been averaging 15.0 minutes in penalties per game. Nashville stifled the Freeze\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Jr. Predators kept La Crosse\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Cameron Scheuren made 34 saves on 38 shots.
Others who scored for Nashville included Noah Keener and Nick Mammel, who each put in one. In addition, Nashville received assists from Jacob Lainesse, who had one and Matiss Gelazis and Trent Kulczyk, who contributed two each.
The Freeze\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Nashville power plays. La Crosse was held below its usual level of production. The Freeze average 3.3 goals per game.
Nashville took out Justin Ball after he had made seven saves and installed Nathan Klebe in goal, where he finished with 21 saves and the win. The Jr. Predators ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Jon Evans was ejected from the game. La Crosse incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors.