Peoria Scores Twice in Third to Beat Stars 3-2
Rivermen kept pushing towards the playoffs Thursday night as they defeated the
Texas Stars 3-2 at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell and Patrick O’Sullivan scored
third period goals to lead Peoria to their 38th win of the
With the win,
the Rivermen (38-30-4, 80 pts) jumped from eighth to sixth in the Western
26:53 for the game’s first goal to be scored and it came off the stick of
Peoria’s Derek Nesbitt. T.J. Hensick
entered the Texas zone on the left wing, sent a cross ice pass to McRae, who found
a streaking Nesbitt up the middle.
Nesbitt tipped in his 21st of the year past Jack Campbell.
things up at 13:39 of the middle frame when Matt Fraser netted his
league-leading 35th goal of the year. Colton Sceviour skated the
puck behind the net and snuck a backhand pass to Fraser in the slot who fired a
quick shot past Allen.
regained the lead on O’Sullivan’s 15th of the year, unassisted, at
the 7:32 mark of the third. O’Sullivan intercepted a pass near the bottom of
the right circle and then fired a shot along the ice by Campbell.
of the season, a career high, extended the Rivermen lead to 3-1 with 10:06 to
play in the game. Shaun Heshka directed a wrist shot toward the goal from the
right circle and Cracknell tipped the puck on the way by.
scored his second of the game, in tight on Allen, with 38.5 on the clock.
outshot the Stars 38-34 and went 0-for-4 on the man advantage. Texas also
failed to score on the power play, going 0-for-2.
Rivermen will wrap up their weekend on the road with two games, the first in
Oklahoma City on Friday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard locally in Peoria on CD
Country 107.9 and online through www.rivermen.net.