Peoria beats Nashville 2-1 after comeback scare

Nashville tried to dig itself out of a two-goal hole, but Peoria held on for a 2-1 victory.

A goal by Andrej Buchko put Peoria up 2-0 in the third period, but Nashville pulled to within one on Josh Hill\’s tally 17:29 into the third period.

Peoria was led by goalie Ross Lipic, who finished with 34 saves while allowing one goal. The solid play of Lipic will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.68.

Nashville\’s power play was ineffective against Peoria\’s penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.

Peoria put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Nashville to score on any of its eight power plays. Peoria could not produce up to its normal offensive output. Peoria puts an average of 4.1 pucks into the net per game.

Chance Homerin also scored for Peoria. In addition, Peoria received assists from Thomas Kolaz and Mark Candotti, who each chipped in one.

Nashville excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in seven chances. Nashville did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. Nashville averages 3.3 goals per game. Nashville forced Peoria goalie Lipic to work between the pipes, taking 35 shots.

More assists for Nashville came via Trent Kulczyk and Kyle Van Wyk, who contributed one each.

Peoria incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Nicholas Ottenbacher made 25 saves for Nashville on 27 shots. Nashville incurred 24 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.