Back-to-Back Shutouts Bring Win Streak to Seven
Just one night after Ben Bishop posted the first Peoria
Rivermen shutout in 91 games, Jake Allen recorded a shutout of his own
stopping all 36 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the Texas Stars
Saturday night at the Cedar Park Center. Nick Drazenovic scored in the
first four minutes and Phil McRae tallied in the final four minutes as
the Rivermen rattled off their seventh consecutive win.
The Rivermen have now gone 147 minutes and 37 seconds since the
last goal the Rivermen allowed, dating back to the first period of
Sunday’s 5-2 win over Texas. The only other time in which the Rivermen
have posted back-to-back shutouts since joining the AHL was when Jason
Bacashihua, and Curtis Sanford combined to post three straight shutouts
from Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2005.
Drazenovic opened the scoring just 3:37 into the opening frame.
Derek Peltier slapped a pass across the slot to Drazenovic who
redirected the puck just inside the left post past Texas goaltender
Brent Krahn for his team leading sixth of the year.
Allen saw his heaviest workload in the opening frames as he stopped all 16 shots he saw in the opening 20 minutes.
The Rivermen continued their stellar special teams play in the
second period killing off all three Texas power plays. Texas’s Francis
Wathier put a power-play goal by Allen late in the period, but it was
discussed and disallowed due to the puck being kicked in. The Rivermen
were outshot again 7-6 in the period.
At 16:34 of the third Phil McRae scored his fourth of the year
and gave the Rivermen a 2-0 lead. Brennan Evan’s shot from the point
bounced off Krahn and McRae tipped in the rebound out of mid-air from
just above his knees.
A late penalty on Dave Scatchard gave the Stars a 6-on-4 chance
for the last minute and a half, but Allen steered away all of the shots
on the final power play for his first career shutout in just his second
start. Allen posted four shutouts last season between Montreal and
Drummondville in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Despite being outshot 13-5 in the final frame and 36-19 in the game, the Rivermen improved to 7-1-0-0 on the year.