Behind a great game by Trey Opack, who had two goals, Atlanta defeated Point Mallard, 6-3.
Opack scored at 2:31 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Atlanta and again while on the power play 18:41 into the second to make the score 3-1 Atlanta.
Atlanta pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 22 penalty minutes.
Atlanta forced Point Mallard\’s netminders to work between the pipes, launching 43 shots and forcing 37 saves. Cooper Seedott made 29 stops and Josh Martin made eight. Atlanta found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, Atlanta averages 3.5 goals per contest.
Atlanta also got points from Kyle Rimbach, who also registered two goals and two assists to lead the team in points. Atlanta also had goals scored by Philip Pugliese and Alex Johanson, who scored one goal each. More assists for Atlanta came via Riley Hummitsch, who had one and Jack Cleaver and Artus Laukaitis, who each chipped in two.
Point Mallard forced Atlanta goalie Alekandr Zendejas to work between the pipes, taking 35 shots. Point Mallard was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 20 penalty minutes.
Point Mallard was led by Josh Hamilton, who finished with two goals. Hamilton scored the first of his two goals at 17:06 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Point Mallard. Jake Cox provided the assist. Hamilton\’s next tally made the score 6-3 Atlanta with 6:39 left in the third period. Point Mallard played down a man on Justin Dunn\’s slashing. Justin Clark also scored for Point Mallard. In addition, Point Mallard received assists from Nicholas Strom and Austin Weber, who contributed one each.
Zendejas rejected 32 shots on goal for Atlanta. Atlanta registered two goals on six power play opportunities. Point Mallard registered one goal on seven power play opportunities.