Allen Propels Rivermen Over First-Place Barons
The Peoria Rivermen topped the Western
Conference leading Oklahoma City Barons Friday night 3-1 at the Cox Convention
Center. Jake Allen stopped 31 shots to push Peoria to their third consecutive
win and move them into fifth place in the Western Conference.
The Rivermen have just three games remaining in
the regular season and will face the Houston Aeros on Saturday at the Toyota
Mark Cundari scored the game’s first goal at
the 14:11 mark of the first period to give Peoria the early lead. Cundari carried
the puck around the net and forced it to the front from the bottom of the
circle. It deflected off Barons’
goaltender David LeNeveu for his third of the season and first since Jan.
After a scoreless second period, the Barons
tied the affair with a goal from Ryan Keller at 10:17 of the third. Josh Green
and Antti Tyrvainen earned helpers on the play. The Rivermen responded 63
seconds later with Phil McRae’s 22nd goal of the season. Derek
Nesbitt setup McRae in the slot, who ripped a shot under the blocker of
Jonathan Cheechoo scored an empty-net goal, his
team-leading 25th of the season, in the final minute to seal the victory
for the Rivermen.
Peoria was outshot 32-27 while neither team was
able to score on the man advantage.
The Rivermen will take on the Houston Aeros
Saturday at 7:35 p.m. All games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM or
online through www.rivermen.net.