Rampage Hand Rivermen First Road Loss, 4-1
The San Antonio Rampage handed the Peoria Rivermen their first
loss since opening night, 4-1 at the AT&T Center on Sunday
afternoon. Brett MacLean (1g, 2) led the way for the Rampage who
collected their fifth consecutive victory in the process.
It was San Antonio’s special teams that propelled them
past Peoria with a pair of power-play goals in the final three minutes
of the first period to claim a lead they held the rest of the
game. Brett MacLean managed to deflect a puck off of a Mathieu Beaudoin
shot and past Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop at 17:03. Garrett Stafford
added the second tally just 14 seconds into their second power play with
a slapshot from the point as MacLean Mikkel Boedker earned assist on
Peoria managed to kill off the other three power-play chances for the
Rampage including a four-minute double minor assessed to Graham Mink at
8:26 of the second period. He was also handed a 10-minute misconduct
that had him sidelined for half of the second period and the opening
minutes of the third.
The Rivermen put themselves back within one when Mark
Cundari stuck with his first professional goal with just 71 seconds left
in the second period. His shot from the blueline snuck past Al Montoya
with Dave Spina providing the screen.
Tim Stapleton added an insurance goal at 12:31 of the
third period as he pushed home a rebound to finish off a two-on-one with
San Antonio held off Peoria’s late charge as the Rivermen
registered a game-high 14 shots in the final frame. Mathieu Beaudoin
scored his sixth goal of the season on an empty net with just 13 seconds
remaining to finish off Peoria’s perfect 5-0-0 road record.
Bishop finished the game with 24 saves on 27 shots while Montoya made
29 stops in the win. Peoria goaltending went 201 minutes and 40 seconds
before MacLean’s first period goal after back-to-back shutouts over the
past two nights.
The Rivermen wrap up their season-long seven-game road trip
against the Texas Stars on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Peoria is 2-0-0 on this
trip against the Stars. The game will be broadcast live on 96.5 ESPN
Radio in Peoria or online through www.rivermen.net.