Rivermen Playoff Chances Take a Hit
Rivermen closed out their home schedule on Friday night with a 6-1 loss to the Charlotte
Checkers. Adam Cracknell had the only
goal for the Rivermen, while Justin Peters stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced
for the victory.
allowed Charlotte the leapfrog Peoria in the standings and left the Rivermen in
11th place of the Western Conference standings. The top eight teams qualify for the
postseason. The Rivermen have one game remaining
– with the Chicago Wolves – on Sunday.
outshot the Checkers 14-10 in the first period, the Rivermen found themselves
down 1-0 after the opening period. Bobby
Sanguinetti scored his 10th of the year with just 16.4 remaining after
he converted a two-on-one pass from Chris Terry.
extended their lead at the 6:26 mark of the middle period when Drayson Bowman
tapped his 13th of the year into an empty net. Sanguinetti led
Jerome Samson with a pass to send him in on a breakaway. Samson was stopped by
the pad of Allen, but he regained control of the puck and fed a wide open
Bowman just outside the blue paint who slammed in the goal.
the Charlotte lead in half just 1:18 later while on the power play thanks to
Cracknell’s 22nd of the season. Patrick O’Sullivan carried the puck
over the blue line from the left wing, cut to the slot, and backhanded a shot
off the stick of Cracknell.
took back their two-goal lead at 11:47 when Justin Krueger’s wrist shot from
the point found its way through traffic and off the crossbar and in.
scored in the last minute for the second straight period and took a 4-1 lead when
Matthew Pastilli beat Allen for his 12th of the year at 19:12.
Brett Sutter added goals in the third period to cap off a 6-1 victory for
Charlotte. Sanguinetti had a goal and three assists to earn first star honors
for the game.
Rivermen close out the regular season in Chicago on Sunday at 4 p.m. The
Rivermen are holding a watch party at Kouri’s Pub on Sterling Ave. The game will also be heard on CD Country
107.9 FM and online through www.rivermen.net.