Champaign nets hat trick, leads Point Mallard to 6-3 win over Evansville

Jake Champaign netted a hat trick to lead Point Mallard over Evansville, 6-3.

Champaign\’s first goal came 13:53 into the first period. He then added goals at 19:55 into the second and at 12:13 into the third.

Point Mallard was often in penalty trouble, totaling 10 minors and one major for 45 minutes in penalty time. Point Mallard surpassed its season average of 17.0 penalty minutes per game. Point Mallard\’s offense rang up 60 shots on Evansville\’s net.

Point Mallard also got points from Stephen Coulter, who also tallied one goal and three assists. Others who scored for Point Mallard included Cameron Hamblett and Justin Clark, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Point Mallard were Jake Cox, who had two and Josh Hamilton and Justin Dunn, who contributed one each.

Evansville forced Point Mallard goalie Josh Martin to work between the pipes, taking 38 shots. Evansville was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 58 penalty minutes.

Evansville was helped by Zach Faith, who tallied one goal. Faith scored on the power play 14:11 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Evansville had gotten the advantage when Point Mallard\’s Dunn was sent off for high sticking. Brandon Rozema picked up the assist. Evansville additionally got points from Jon Grimm, who also registered one goal and one assist. Evansville also got a goal from Triston Theriot as well. In addition, Evansville received assists from Brandon Bornkamp, who had two and Nate Thormann and Michael Kelley, who each chipped in one.

Point Mallard\’s Martin stopped 35 shots out of the 38 that he faced. Point Mallard registered two goals on eight power play opportunities. Point Mallard ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Johnathan Meakins was ejected from the game. Adam Conkling rejected 54 shots on goal for Evansville. Evansville registered two goals on four power play opportunities.