Iacullo nets hat trick, leads Peoria to 4-1 win over St. Louis

Anthony Iacullo netted a hat trick to lead Peoria over St. Louis, 4-1.

Iacullo\’s first goal came 7:12 into the first period. He then added goals at 8:59 into the second and at 11:25 into the second.

Peoria was led by goalie Ross Lipic, who finished with 27 saves while allowing one goal. Lipic managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.66 prior to the game.

Peoria\’s penalty kill excelled, as Peoria gave up zero goals despite allowing six power plays.

Peoria\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled eight minors and one major for 41 minutes in penalty time. Peoria surpassed its season average of 22.0 penalty minutes per game. Peoria stifled St. Louis\’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Peoria kept St. Louis\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Zach Young made 32 saves on 36 shots.

Zach Cox also scored for Peoria. In addition, Peoria received assists from Jack Power Wayvon, Andrej Buchko, Nathan Marlow, Braden Stewart, and Mark Candotti, who each chipped in one.

St. Louis put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Peoria to score on any of its five power plays. St. Louis was held below its usual level of production. St. Louis averages 5.6 goals per game. St. Louis\’ penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as St. Louis finished with 34 penalty minutes.

Peoria ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Candotti was ejected from the game.