Mitch Kalleward gave West Michigan the lead in the first period, and Southern Tier was never able to catch up in a close game that ended 3-1.
A goal 7:38 into the first period by Kalleward proved to be the game winner, and powered West Michigan to the victory. TJ Krajewski assisted on the tally.
West Michigan\’s penalty kill excelled, as West Michigan gave up zero goals despite allowing eight power plays.
West Michigan forced Southern Tier\’s goaltenders to work between the pipes, firing 39 shots and forcing 36 saves. Ryan Pascarella made 19 stops and Timothy OSullivan made 17. West Michigan stifled Southern Tier\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. West Michigan was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 34 penalty minutes.
Southern Tier could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game.
Maxwell Barr rejected 22 shots on goal for West Michigan. West Michigan registered one goal on five power play opportunities.