NAPHL 16U 2012-2013

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Atlanta Fire 16U hangs on, beats Indiana Jr. Ice 16U 5-3

Schwan SR-8    Sun, Dec 02, 2012

Jared McCracken scored the go-ahead goal in the first period, and Atlanta Fire 16U held off the challenges of Indiana Jr. Ice 16U in a tough 5-3 win.

McCracken provided Atlanta Fire 16U with the game-winning tally when he scored 11:42 into the the first period. Chase Pearson assisted on the tally.

Pearson had one goal and four assists to lead Atlanta Fire 16U. Pearson scored on the power play 6:00 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Atlanta Fire 16U. Atlanta Fire 16U had taken the advantage when Indiana Jr. Ice 16U's Nicholas Luke got sent off for holding. McCracken provided the assist.

Indiana Jr. Ice 16U's power play was ineffective against Atlanta Fire 16U's penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.

Atlanta Fire 16U forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 19 minutes in penalty time. Atlanta Fire 16U had been averaging 16.0 minutes in penalties per game. Atlanta Fire 16U kept Indiana Jr. Ice 16U's goalie busy throughout the game, and Darin Fox made 33 saves on 38 shots. Atlanta Fire 16U's goal total was higher than its season average. This season, Atlanta Fire 16U averages 2.2 goals per contest.

Atlanta Fire 16U also got points from McCracken, who also grabbed two goals and two assists and Tyler Gwyn, who also finished with one goal and two assists. Atlanta Fire 16U also got a goal from Brent Sweeney as well. Other players who recorded assists for Atlanta Fire 16U were Kyle Boucher, who had one.

Indiana Jr. Ice 16U could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 14 minutes in penalties during the game.

Brock James also scored for Indiana Jr. Ice 16U. In addition, Indiana Jr. Ice 16U received assists from Christian French, Ryan MacKellar, and Brandon Bornkamp, who contributed one a piece.

Atlanta Fire 16U's Connor Stewart stopped 13 shots out of the 16 that he faced. Atlanta Fire 16U registered two goals on five power play opportunities.