Peoria scored five goals in the second period to pull away from Chicago and clinch an 11-4 win.
Peoria got the win with help from a great game by Andrej Buchko, who had two goals and two assists. Buchko scored the first of his two goals at 17:52 into the second period to make the score 5-3 Peoria. Chance Homerin provided the assist. Buchko\’s next tally made the score 6-3 Peoria with 1:08 left in the second period. Levi Armstrong assisted on the tally.
Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 15:01 into the third period. Three fighting penalties were dished out along with eight game misconducts.
Peoria\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled nine minors and two majors for 78 minutes in penalty time. Peoria had been averaging 47.0 minutes in penalties per game. Peoria\’s offense rang up 53 shots on Chicago\’s net. Peoria outdid its season average for goals scored. Peoria averages 8.0 goals per game. Team could not crack Chicago\’s penalty kill and was held to two power play goals while having 10 opportunities to play with the man advantage. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.
Peoria additionally got points from Armstrong, who also racked up two goals and two assists, Ben Koester, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Austin Wisely, who also had two goals and one assist. Mark Candotti also scored for Peoria. Other players who recorded assists for Peoria were Nathan Marlow, who had three, Braden Stewart, who had four, and Joe Power Wayvon and Jason Hoehn, who each chipped in two.
Chicago was often in penalty trouble, totaling seven minors and three majors for 89 minutes in penalty time. Chicago surpassed its season average of 51.0 penalty minutes per game.
Chicago was helped by Matt Bukovsky, who registered one goal. Bukovsky scored on the power play 6:09 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Chicago had gained a power play chance when Michael Butera was whistled for interference. Trevor Foley provided the assist. Chicago also got points from Eric Arrigo, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Chicago also had goals scored by Scott Coash Jr. and Timothy Hoffenkamp, who scored one goal each. More assists for Chicago came via Ryne Wiederer, who had one and Michael Howard, who had two.
Ross Lipic made 20 saves for Peoria on 24 shots. Team\’s Dane Federighi and Matt McPherson were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game. Chicago\’s Ray Smith stopped 42 shots out of the 53 that he faced. Chicago registered three goals on seven power play opportunities. For Chicago, Foley and Zachary Babich were ejected from the contest.