Despite having to fight off several power plays, the Southern Tier Xpress were able to defeat the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, 5-1.
Southern Tier was led by Tobias Gabrielsen, who tallied one goal. Gabrielsen scored on the power play 17:17 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Southern Tier. The Xpress had gained a power play chance when Nathaniel Schwartz was whistled for tripping. Brandon Desrosiers picked up the assist.
Southern Tier racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 11 minors and one major for 37 minutes in penalty time. The Xpress surpassed its season average of 27.0 penalty minutes per game. Southern Tier stifled Cleveland\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Xpress kept the Jr. Lumberjacks\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Alec Rounds made 36 saves on 41 shots. Southern Tier got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.
Southern Tier also got points from Desrosiers, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Elijah Williams, who also grabbed one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, and Aleksandr Koshelev, who also registered one goal and one assist. Cody Maulsby also scored for Southern Tier. Other players who recorded assists for Southern Tier were Jake Andriaccio and Luke Sunde, who contributed one each and Justin Andriaccio and Brian Grant, who each chipped in two.
Cleveland 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. Lumberjacks had been averaging 14.0 minutes in penalties per game. Cleveland\’s power play was punchless, and failed to score a single goal despite having nine power play opportunities.
Cody Gibson recorded 19 saves for the Xpress. Southern Tier registered two goals on five power play opportunities.