La Crosse Freeze 7, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs 1
The Freeze traveled to Chicago this last weekend to take on their divisional opponent – the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – in a two-game series.
La Crosse got off to a great start scoring two goals in the first via Jerame Schuetzle (Dylan Goggin, Daylon De Souza assisted) and Jared Bromberg (Matt Wolter, Goggin) on a power play. Bromberg then started the scoring off in the 2nd with helpers from Goggin (third assist of the game) and fellow defenseman Hunter Breza. Ben Henderson (Daniel Toycen, Bromberg) and Sam Wenner (Toon De Schepper) added two more goals throughout the middle of the 2nd before Stefan Vlad added one for Chicago to make the score 5-1 at the start of the 3rd.
The final frame consisted of scoring on two power plays for the Freeze. Breza and Justin Edwards both converted on goals within the final five minutes of the game with assists coming from Henderson, Schuetzle and Bromberg.
Garrett Matz was in net for the Freeze and saved 11 of the only 12 shots he faced.
La Crosse Freeze 8, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs 1
Saturday’s 5:30pm start gave the Freeze fits in the 1st period. To be more specific, the first :15 seconds. The Jr. Bulldogs came out with a point to prove right out of the gate and Graham Walsh gave Chicago a 1-0 lead. Ben Johnson wasn’t ready to give Chicago much more as he converted on a power play with help from Kadin Machusak and Taylor Trapp to tie the score and one’s.
The 2nd and 3rd were all Freeze as they put seven more goals on the scoreboard. Trapp, Wolter (2), De Souza (2), Machusak and Bromberg were all invited to the scoring party en-route to an 8-1 victory over the Jr. Bulldogs.
Will Graves took the job in net for Saturday and saved 13 of 14 shots.
The Freeze are in action Saturday evening in North Iowa to take on the Bulls and are back home Sunday afternoon to finish out the home-and-home series against the defending tier-3 national champions. Puck drops at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday.