In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Chicago Junior Bulldogs escaped with a 5-3 victory over the Peoria Mustangs.
No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Toms Taurins at 9:33 of the third period.
Scott Schroeder was all over the ice for Chicago, as he had two goals in the win. Schroeder found the back of the net 4:13 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Chicago and again while 8:18 into the third to make the score 4-4.
The Junior Bulldogs\’ penalty kill excelled, as Chicago gave up one goal despite allowing seven power plays.
The Junior Bulldogs\’ offense rang up 33 shots on Peoria\’s net. Chicago cashed in on power play opportunities, scoring four goals on five chances. The Junior Bulldogs were hit hard by penalties in the contest, and totaled nine minors and one major for 33 minutes in penalty time. Chicago\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals.
Chicago additionally got points from Henry Hearon, who also finished with one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. In addition, Chicago received assists from Matt Blaszkiewicz, Michael Ellis, Michael Howard, and Mike Holmes, who each chipped in one and Tyler Selteriech and Scott Coash Jr, who contributed two each.
The Mustangs\’ penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled six minors and two majors for 32 minutes in penalty time. Peoria had been averaging 23.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Mustangs kept the Junior Bulldogs\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Troy Pierce made 29 saves on 32 shots.
Peoria was led by Thomas Kolaz, who registered three goals. Peoria also got a goal from Chance Homerin as well. Other players who recorded assists for Peoria were Andrew Scofield, who had two and Joe Power Wayvon and Kai Barber, who each chipped in one.
Nicholas Piech rejected 28 shots on goal for the Mustangs.