Harrisburg came to Chicago with a plan; to back up their defense and force the smaller, quicker Mustangs to break through. The strategy worked for much of the first quarter as Chicago did not get on the scoreboard until a Bryan Moya goal 8:46 into the game. Guilherme Veiga scored with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter and that is how the period ended.
The Mustangs offense was able to breakdown the defense of the Heat for five goals in the second quarter, a pair scored by Moya, and Chicago took a commanding 7-1 lead into halftime.
Third quarter goals by Moya (2) and Vaca pushed the Mustangs lead to 10-1 at the third intermission. Two quick goals in the opening minutes of the final frame by Martinez made it 12-1.
To their credit, Harrisburg did not quit. Back-to-back goals scored by Kenneth Fultz cut the lead to 12-3, but it was not enough.
Moya finished the game with six goals (on 10 shots) and one assist to lead the Chicago offense. Martinez added three goals and 2 assists while Vaca scored twice and earned three assists.