Rivermen Eliminated by Aeros in 2-1 Loss
The Houston Aeros eliminated the Peoria
Rivermen from the Calder Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night at Carver Arena with a
2-1 win to sweep the best-of-seven series.
Peoria scored the first goal of the game in all four games only to see
the Aeros come back and earn the victory.
Peoria has been eliminated by the Aeors in all
three playoff appearances in their AHL era.
They were also swept in four games in 2006 and beaten in seven games in
The Rivermen scored staked themselves a 1-0
lead on their first man advantage of the game at 8:03 of the first. Nathan Oystrick’s first of the playoffs came
after Hensick sent him a cross-ice pass on the right faceoff dot and he snapped
a deflected shot along the ice through the legs of Matt Hackett.
Drew Bagnall scored his first goal of the
playoffs at the 8:22 mark of the second period on a slap shot from the center
line. Carson McMillan won a draw just outside of the Rivermen zone back to
Jared Spurgeon who relayed a pass to Bagnall just inside the red line by the
Houston bench. Bagnall looked to be dumping the puck into the corner, but
turned to the middle and his shot made its way past the left pad of Bishop and
into the net to tie the game 1-1.
Patrick O’Sullivan’s second of the series just
2:42 later proved to be the game-winner and series-winner. Jeff Penner found a
streaking O’Sullivan up the middle of the ice who then went in all alone
against Bishop and snapped a shot off the cross bar and in. Cody Almond picked
up the second assist on the goal.
The Rivermen had numerous chances to tie the
game with time winding down, but Hackett was able to keep the puck from
crossing the line down the home stretch. The Rivermen had a power play with
2:35 remaining in regulation, but could not convert.
With the net empty and Spurgeon just out of
the box the Rivermen came close to scoring twice. With 20 seconds remaining
Hensick had the puck on the doorstep, but had the puck knocked off of his stick
before he could get a clean shot away.
With about four seconds remaining Oystrick
took one more blast from the point. The puck hit Hackett and some bodies in
front, found its way into the crease, but no one could tap it home as time
expired and ended the Rivermen’s Calder Cup hopes in 2011.
The Rivermen outshot the Aeros for the first
time in the series 24-19.
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