Despite two points from Sam Turner, the Peoria Mustangs lost to the St. Louis Jr. Blues, 7-2.
In the losing effort, Peoria was led by Turner, who finished with two goals. Turner scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 5:01 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Peoria. The Mustangs had gotten the advantage when St. Louis\’ Andrew Kovacich was sent off for slashing. Nathan Chasteen assisted on the tally. Turner\’s next tally on the power play made the score 2-0 Peoria with 12:49 left in the first period. Chasteen picked up the assist.
Peoria was unable to stop the Jr. Blues from sending pucks towards the net, and St. Louis eventually piled up 47 shots on goal. The Jr. Blues found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. St. Louis averages 3.8 goals per game.
The Jr. Blues were helped by Steven Farina, who tallied one goal and one assist. Farina scored 14:44 into the second period to make the score 3-2 St. Louis. Jacob Debus provided the assist. St. Louis additionally got points from Adam Roeder, who also registered one goal and one assist, Kovacich, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Christian Argyros, who also racked up two goals and one assist, and Mike Lozano, who also had one goal and two assists. St. Louis also got a goal from Tommy Heinzman as well. Other players who recorded assists for St. Louis were Andrew McGlynn, who had two and Kyle Meeh and Jake Wynd, who contributed one a piece.
The Mustangs racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 10 minors and four majors for 80 minutes in penalty time. Peoria surpassed its season average of 18.0 penalty minutes per game. The Mustangs were held below their usual level of production. Peoria puts an average of 5.0 pucks into the net per game.
In addition, Peoria received assists from Connor Millard and Joshua Hart, who each chipped in one.
St. Louis\’ Billy Hindle stopped 21 shots out of the 23 that he faced. The Jr. Blues totaled 21 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major and went 3-for-14 on the power play. Jarin Aden made 40 saves for the Mustangs on 47 shots. Peoria registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Team\’s Joe Lampman and Matthew McPherson were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game.