Team Red had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-2 win over Team Blue.
Team Blue was doomed by its poor performance on special teams, as Team Red was able to score five times while on the power play.
Team Red was paced by Josh Bowes, who tallied one goal. Bowes scored on the power play 12:20 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Team Red. Team Red had gotten the advantage when Team Blue's JT Paine was sent off for roughing. Michael Merritt picked up the assist.
Team Red's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Team Blue power plays. Team Red surpassed its usual scoring output this season. This season, Team Red averages 3.5 goals per contest. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
Team Red additionally got points from Tyler King, who also registered one goal and one assist and Kevin Fitch, who also grabbed one goal and two assists. Dylan Bowen also scored for Team Red. Other players who recorded assists for Team Red were Grant Universal, who had two, Philip Siutz, who had three, and Anthony Rosetta, Johnathan Appell, Connor Joseph Crowe, and Matt Levene, who each chipped in one.
Team Blue was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 28 penalty minutes.
Team Blue was helped by Casey Prange, who finished with one goal. Prange scored 4:53 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Team Red. Trevor Benaglio assisted on the tally. Team Blue also got a goal from Gary Lassan as well. In addition, Team Blue received assists from Conor Durgan, Michael Lawrence, and Jasen Fernsler, who contributed one a piece.
Tucker Murphy took the win and made nine saves before being replaced by Doug Revak who made 12 saves. Team Red incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Team Blue's starting goalie, Connor Webb, made six saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Julian DiFilippo, who stopped 13 shots.
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December 20 postgame notes
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