Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Peoria Mustangs defeated the Chicago Junior Bulldogs in a shootout 3-2 (2-1 SO).
The Mustangs came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. Peoria trailed 2-0 after a goal by the Junior Bulldogs\’ Dane Kalas at 12:37 in the first period. The Mustangs knotted things up at 2-2 on a short handed goal by Chance Homerin at 14:46 in the third period.
Peoria forced Junior Bulldogs\’ goalies to work in net, ripping 37 shots and forcing 34 saves. Troy Pierce made 20 stops and Sam Harden made 14. The Mustangs excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances.
Chicago put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Peoria to score on any of its seven power plays. The Junior Bulldogs forced the Mustangs goalie Nicholas Piech to work between the pipes, taking 38 shots.
Chicago was helped by Niko Moulakelis, who grabbed one goal. Moulakelis scored 1:31 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Chicago. Piper assisted on the tally. In addition, Chicago received assists from Michael Howard, who had one.
Piech recorded 36 saves for Peoria. The Mustangs incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. The Junior Bulldogs incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors.