Nashville\’s Peter Cabala scored 1:58 into overtime to beat Peoria, 7-6 (OT).
Nashville came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. Nashville was down 5-3 after a goal by Peoria\’s Jason Hoehn at 9:24 in the third period. Nashville knotted things up at 6-6 on a short handed goal by Thomas Kolaz at 17:41 in the third period.
Dylan Schmidt was all over the ice for Nashville, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Schmidt scored the first of his two goals at 12:04 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Nashville. Colton Anderson provided the assist. Schmidt\’s next tally made the score 5-5 with 4:41 left in the third period.
Nashville forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 18.0 minutes per game Nashville had been spending in the box. Peoria was unable to stop Nashville from sending pucks towards the net, and Nashville eventually piled up 34 shots on goal. Nashville\’s goal total was higher than its season average. This season, Nashville averages 4.5 goals per contest.
Nashville also got points from Cabala, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Logan Orem, who also registered one goal and one assist. Nashville also had goals scored by Jesse Hyde, Josh Hill, and Kristers Petraskevis, who scored one goal each. In addition, Nashville received assists from Max Dorfman, who had two and Trent Kulczyk, Kyle Van Wyk, and Conor Cunningham, who contributed one each.
Peoria was often in penalty trouble, totaling seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. Peoria surpassed its season average of 26.0 penalty minutes per game. Peoria kept Nashville\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Nicholas Ottenbacher made 38 saves on 44 shots. Peoria surpassed its usual scoring output this season. Peoria averages 3.7 goals per game.
Peoria additionally got points from Hoehn, who also grabbed one goal and two assists and Andrej Buchko, who also finished with two goals and one assist. Peoria also got a goal from Aaron Siegrist as well. More assists for Peoria came via Jack Power Wayvon, who had one.
Nashville registered two goals on five power play opportunities. Ross Lipic rejected 27 shots on goal for Peoria. Peoria registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. For Peoria, Austin Wisely was ejected from the game.