The Peoria Mustangs had a five-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Flying Aces.
Peoria was led by goalie Ross Lipic, who finished with 25 saves while allowing one goal. Lipic managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 3.38 prior to the game.
The Mustangs forced Flying Aces\’ goaltenders to work in net, racking up 56 shots and forcing 48 saves. Jaxson Gosnell made 14 stops and Kevin OShea made 34. Peoria excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in seven chances. The Mustangs surpassed their usual scoring output this season. Peoria averages 4.5 goals per game. The Mustangs were forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as they racked up 30 penalty minutes.
Peoria was helped by Kai Barber, who registered one goal and three assists. Barber scored 2:08 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Peoria. Austin Wisely assisted on the tally. Peoria additionally got points from Marshall Gevers, who also finished with three goals and one assist and Wisely, who also tallied one goal and four assists to lead the team in points. Nathan Scofield also scored for Peoria. More assists for Peoria came via Joe Power Wayvon, Jason Hoehn, Thomas Kolaz, and Andrew Scofield, who contributed one each.
Minnesota could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 40 minutes in penalties during the game.
The Mustangs registered three goals on seven power play opportunities.