The Nashville Jr. Predators came close to giving away a five-goal lead to the Point Mallard Ducks, but did just enough to escape with a 5-3 victory.
Nashville led by five goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Jr. Predators\’ Spencer Marchand scored at 8:23 in the third period to put Nashville up 5-0.
The Jr. Predators\’ offense rang up 37 shots on Point Mallard\’s net. Nashville\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals. The Jr. Predators could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 40 minutes in penalties during the game.
Nashville was helped by Jon Evans, who had one goal. Evans scored 13:52 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Nashville. Keegan Haines provided the assist. Nashville also got points from Rudolfs Kalvitis, who also registered one goal and one assist and Jacob Lainesse, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Dominic Costello also scored for Nashville. In addition, Nashville received assists from Trent Kulczyk, who had two and Nickolas Tandeski, Kyle Van Wyk, Nicholas Redmon, and Colton Anderson, who each chipped in one.
The Ducks kept the Jr. Predators\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Nathan Klebe made 29 saves on 32 shots.
Nashville registered two goals on five power play opportunities. David Volkmann rejected 32 shots on goal for Point Mallard. The Ducks incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.