Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Wisconsin Whalers defeated the Granite City Lumberjacks in a shootout 3-2 (1-0 SO).
The two teams needed 16 turns to complete the shootout.
Granite City\’s power play was ineffective against Wisconsin\’s penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
The Lumberjacks were unable to stop the Whalers from sending pucks towards the net, and Wisconsin eventually piled up 33 shots on goal.
The Whalers were helped by Peter Henderson, who registered two goals. Henderson scored the first of his two goals at 9:34 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Wisconsin. Ryan Martin assisted on the tally. Henderson\’s next tally made the score 2-1 Wisconsin with 14:43 left in the third period. Alex Anderson picked up the assist. In addition, Wisconsin received assists from Dan Addie, who had one.
Granite City put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Wisconsin to score on any of its five power plays. The Lumberjacks did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Granite City puts an average of 4.2 pucks into the net per game. The Lumberjacks\’ offense rang up 40 shots on the Whalers\’ net.
Granite City was led by Jared Sprink, who finished with two goals. Sprink scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 17:22 into the second period to make the score 1-1. The Lumberjacks had gained a power play chance when Evan Moyse was whistled for delay of game. Mitchell Gwost assisted on the tally. Sprink\’s next tally on the power play made the score 2-2 with 2:39 left in the third period. Luke Richardson provided the assist. Other players who recorded assists for Granite City were David Horsmann, who had one.
Wisconsin\’s Moyse stopped 38 shots out of the 40 that he faced. The Whalers incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Jesse Garcia made 30 saves for Granite City on 32 shots. The Lumberjacks incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.