Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Topeka RoadRunners in a shootout 4-3 (2-1 SO).
The two teams needed 16 turns to complete the shootout. Topeka got a shootout goal from Sly Sutter. Springfield also got a shootout goal from Alex Baskakov.
Davis Dekorte was all over the ice for the Jr. Blues, as he racked up two goals in the win. Dekorte scored on the power play at 9:39 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Springfield and again while on the power play 7:29 into the third to make the score 3-2 Springfield.
Springfield's penalty kill excelled, as the Jr. Blues gave up zero goals despite allowing eight power plays.
Springfield forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up nine minors and one major for 23 minutes in penalty time. The Jr. Blues surpassed its season average of 11.0 penalty minutes per game. Springfield stifled the RoadRunners' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Jr. Blues put 25 shots on net during the contest, more than the 21.2 they average per game.
Michael Mylchreest also scored for Springfield. In addition, Springfield received assists from Baskakov, who had one.
Topeka struggled on the penalty kill, allowing Springfield to score three power play goals on five chances. By firing 32 shots on goal, the RoadRunners exceeded the 25.6 shots they average per game this year.
Topeka was led by Michal Uhrik, who racked up one goal and two assists. Uhrik scored 7:53 into the third period to make the score 3-3. James Ringprovided the assist. Topeka additionally got points from Ring, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Topeka also got a goal from Cash Seraphimas well.
Stefanos Lekkas recorded 29 saves for the Jr. Blues. Blake Wojtala made 21 saves for the RoadRunners on 24 shots. Topeka ended with 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major.