Rivermen Run Out of Gas in Houston
the third time in three nights in their third different city, the Peoria
Rivermen fell 4-2 to the Houston Aeros on Saturday night at the Toyota
Center. Peoria erased two one-goal deficits with goals from Phil McRae and Anthony Nigro but saw their winning streak end
at three games.
faced a career-high 46 shots and finished with 42 saves while Matt Hackett
ended the Aeros’ seven game winless streak (0-4-2-1) with 25 saves.
the lead on their first shift of the game.
Just 28 seconds in, Chad Rau picked up a rebound and raced around the
net to beat Allen with a wraparound. The Aeros finished the first period with a
20-5 advantage in shots.
tied the game at 1:27 in the second period with his 23rd of the
season. Ex-Rivermen Jon DiSalvatore
answered back just 6:18 later as he deflected a Drew Bagnall shot into the top
corner of the net.
the game once again, at 12:58, just seconds after Hackett came up with a big
stick save. Hackett deflected Chris Bruton’s shot to Anthony Nigro at the
bottom of the left circle, who sent the puck past a diving Hackett.
on the only power play of the game, Houston claimed the lead for good at 13:40. Carson McMillan setup Cody Almond for the
eventual game-winner after a breakdown in front of the Rivermen goal.
in an insurance marker at 5:48 of the third period while the Rivermen were
awaiting a delayed penalty.
Rivermen will play their final home game of the regular season against the
Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at 7 p.m.
It is Fan Appreciation Night presented by Goodwill of Central
Illinois. For more information on ticket
deals visit www.rivermen.net.