Ben Bishop Backstops Peoria to 1-0 Win Over Houston
Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin both carried shutouts with them
into overtime before Adam Cracknell scored to push the Peoria Rivermen
over the Houston Aeros, 1-0 on Friday night at the Toyota Center. The
win was Peoria’s sixth in-a-row and keeps them atop the American Hockey
League with a 6-1-0-0 record and 12 points.
The 36-save-performace was the second shutout in Bishop’s
career and first since Dec. 20, 2008 when he blanked Iowa with 15
saves. It was the first shutout by a Peoria goaltender since Manny
Legace shutout the Chicago Wolves 3-0 on April 1, 2009. Legace also
recorded the last 1-0 win for Peoria with a 45-save shutout on March 18,
Both teams traded power-play chances throughout the game and
went a combined 0-for-12 on the advantage. All seven of Houston’s
chances came in the second period, including a 5-on-3 that Peoria
denied. The Rivermen, without the help of the AHL’s leading scorer
Graham Mink – who missed the game with flu-like symptoms – finished the
A post was the closest the Rivermen were to scoring in a
scoreless opening frame. The Rivermen were outshot 11-8 in the period.
It was the first scoreless period the Rivermen have played in all
year. Bishop was peppered with 16 shot in the second period while
Khudobin also stopped all nine shots put on his net.
At 2:25 of the extra frame Daryl Boyle and Dave Spina set up
Adam Cracknell for his second goal of the year. Spina received a pass
from Boyle and went bursting through center-ice with speed. Spina drove
one on net where Khudobin made the initial stop, but the rebound was
laying in the slot and a crashing Cracknell scored the game-winning
The Rivermen have started their seven-game road trip 4-0-0 and
continue on Saturday against the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Peoria took their
initial meeting with Texas 5-2 on Sunday at Cedar Park Center. The game
will be broadcast live on 96.5 ESPN Radio in Peoria or online through www.rivermen.net.