Rockford Rolls in Rough One, 4-1, Over Rivermen
The Peoria Rivermen came out on the losing end of a very physical game with the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday night by a score of 4-1 at the Rockford MetroCenter. The Rivermen and IceHogs combined for 158 penalty minutes, the result of eight fights, 14 minor penalties and five misconducts.
Kyle Beach put the IceHogs on the board halfway through the first, after receiving a cross-ice pass from Ryan Potulny and was able to beat Ben Bishop from the bottom of the left circle. Beach’s goal was just the second all year in 14 power-play attempts for Rockford against Peoria.
Rookie Jeremy Morin added the ‘Hogs second goal after slamming home a Brandon Pirri rebound with just 7:24 remaining in the first period. Rockford added their third goal of the period when Nick Leddy slapped a puck from the point, which dribbled into the net after deflecting off Bishop’s stick.
The first two fights both transpired after the final horn of the first period. With Brennan Evans and Brian Connelly already engaged with one another, Chris Porter and Morin dropped the gloves which earned them game misconducts for a secondary altercation.
Dave Scatchard was assessed a boarding minor at 20:00 of the first period as well which set Rockford up for their second power-play goal, and a 4-0 lead, early in the second. Ryan Potulny finished off a one-timer from the right circle for his third of the year at 1:55 of the frame.
Off the ensuing faceoff, Graham Mink and Rob Klinkhammer took part in the first of – what would be three – fights over the next 39 seconds. At the 2:37 mark a pileup in front of the Rivermen bench resulted in two more fights (Anthony Peluso vs. Kyle Hagel / Ryan Reaves vs. Garnet Exelby) as well as a pair of roughing minors handed out to Rockford. Reaves and Exelby were ejected for their secondary alteracation and the penalties set Peoria up on a 2 minute five-on-three advantage.
Mark Cundari sent in a slap shot from the point that beat IceHogs goaltender Alec Richards to bring the Rivermen within three at 3:53. The goal was Cundari’s third of the season and second in as many games.
Rockford outshot Peoria 35 to 21 while the Rivermen power-play finished 1-for-7. Rockford was 2-for-5.
The Rivermen will host the Houston Aeros on Saturday at Carver Arena at 7:05 pm. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Rivermen calendar. Tickets are available by calling (309) 676-1040, through Rivermen.net or the Peoria Civic Center Box Office.