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Jr. Blues fall to Warriors

POINTSTREAK- Zack Szajner had one goal and three assists to lead the Michigan Warriors to a 6-2 victory over the Springfield Jr. Blues.

Szajner got on the board by slotting home a goal 8:19 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Michigan. TJ Stuntz picked up the assist. Szajner dished an assist on Stuntz's goal that made the score 2-0 Michigan at 7:11 into the first period. He then added assists on Colin Larkin's goal at 6:18 into the third and on Larkin's goal at 18:37 into the third.

 

Michigan's goal total was higher than its season average. This season, the Warriors average 2.4 goals per contest. Michigan capitalized on Springfield's penalties, netting two goals while skating with a man advantage. The 40 shots that the Warriors put on net surpassed Michigan's average of 23.8 shots per game this season.

Michigan also got points from Larkin, who also grabbed two goals and one assist and Stuntz, who also registered one goal and one assist. Jon Farkas also scored for Michigan. More assists for Michigan came via Sean Campbell, Mitchell Wedding, Martin Gruse, Joshua Shellman, Brad Pizzey, and Brock Labelle, who each chipped in one.

By firing 30 shots on goal, the Jr. Blues exceeded the 24.2 shots they average per game this year.

Springfield was helped by Davis Dekorte, who finished with one goal. Dekorte scored on the power play 1:54 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Michigan. The Jr. Blues had taken the advantage when the Warriors' Labelle got sent off for boarding. Brett Skibba provided the assist. Springfield additionally got points from Skibba, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Springfield were Terry Leibo, who had one.

Michigan's Trevor Gorsuch stopped 28 shots out of the 30 that he faced. The Warriors incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Ryan Kellenberger made 34 saves for Springfield on 40 shots. The Jr. Blues incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.