Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Nashville Jr. Predators defeated the Topeka Capitals in a shootout 3-2 (2-0 SO).
The shootout featured nine attempts between both teams. Nashville\’s other shootout goal was scored by Jacob Lainesse.
The Jr. Predators came back from a one-goal deficit to capture the victory. Nashville fell behind 2-1 after a power play goal by Topeka\’s Igor Valko at 10:07 in the third period. The Jr. Predators knotted things up at 2-2 on a goal by Rudy Kalvitis at 11:17 in the third period.
Nashville was helped by Trent Kulczyk, who finished with one goal. Kulczyk scored on the power play 18:17 into the second period to make the score 1-1. The Jr. Predators had gained a power play chance when Drew Hill was whistled for cross checking. Colton Anderson provided the assist. Nashville additionally got points from Kalvitis, who also grabbed one goal and one assist.
The Capitals were helped by Dylan Wattles, who registered one goal. Wattles scored 10:40 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Topeka. Spencer Sabourin picked up the assist. Other players who recorded assists for Topeka were Andrew Cooley, who had one and Tre Opack, who had two.
Nathan Klebe rejected 22 shots on goal for Nashville. The Jr. Predators incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Brett Malkmus recorded 20 saves for Topeka. The Capitals incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.