The first period got started after Justin and Ashley Allgaier dropped the ceremonial first puck, and Michigan scored in a hurry with a goal at 1:43 into the action. Less than 30 seconds later the Blues tied the game at 1 – 1 on a goal by Radim Matus at the2:12 mark. The newest Jr. Blue was assisted on the goal by Ben Kremer. The first period continued at a high rate of speed, worthy of a Nationwide race and the Blue and Gold took the lead on a nifty fake and drag by Gavin Tufte at 12:28 of the period. He was assited on the goal by Chris Sitler and Kyle Cook. The Blues fore check was tough on the Warriors, and the defensive play was excellent throughout the first stanza.
Period two was more of the same with a lot of penalties thrown in for good measure. Seven penalties in all were whistled in the second, but both teams are “Oh for” on Power Plays. The only goal in the period was hammered home by Kyle Cook at 9:05 on assists by Gavin Tufte and Kevin Walters.
Justin Allgaier made it a night with his assistance during the two intermission chuck-a-puck contests. The young racer was a big hit before a huge home crowd of fans. The Blues played well during the second and continue their consistency we’ve seen the last five games. It looks, at this point that the Blues have found that “something” that kept them from playing well during the first half of the season that saw all those distractions and injuries.
The third period was played to a draw as neither team was able to put the puck in the net. Although play got a bit ragged at times by both teams, the Blues settled down in the latter part of the period to put their defense back in charge. Stew Bell and the Warriors Economos dropped the gloves for a five minute rest during the third. Final score 3 – 1 with the Blues taking their 15th win. Their record now stands at 15-20-2 and third place in the Midwest Division.
Tomorrow night, same time, same place, these same two teams square off for the second game of this two game series.