Special Teams on Display in 5-0 Win Over Rampage
Peoria Rivermen rode Ben Bishop and their special teams to their first victory
of the season, a 5-0 win over the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night at the
AT&T Center. Jonathan Cheechoo
scored twice and Brett Sterling racked up three points while Peoria’s power
play finished 4-for-6 only to be overshadowed by a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty
just his third start of the year, Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop recorded 28
saves to lead the Rivermen to their first win of the season. It was Bishop’s
fourth career AHL shutout and first since Dec. 19, 2010 against Lake Erie.
a rather uneventful first period, that featured four Rampage power plays, Brennan
Evans and Eric Selleck dropped the gloves at 7:47 of the second period and were
both given majors and 10-minute misconducts for “continuing altercation.” David Marshall was also called for roughing on
the play which led to Peoria’s first goal of the night.
Nesbitt sent a pass to Cheechoo, with 8:28 left in the second period, who fired
home his first goal of the season past Brian Foster. Sterling, who started the play, earned his
first of three points with an assist.
added his first professional goal at 16:56 in the second period on the man-advantage
after Adam Cracknell left a drop pass along the left dasher boards. Barriball
picked up the puck and fired a shot from the top of the left circle over
Foster’s glove to give the Rivermen a 2-0 lead.
scored the third Rivermen power-play goal of the game after he wristed one
through Foster at 2:22 of the third period. T.J. Hensick and Danny Syvret
supplied the assists on the goal. Peoria
added their fourth power-play goal of the game when T.J. Hensick put a wrist
shot past Foster’s blocker.
only goal of the evening that didn’t come on a power play, still came on a man
advantage. With a delayed call against
the Rampage, Bishop went to the bench for an extra attacker. Cheechoo scored his second mark of the game
at 17:11 from Cracknell and Stefan Della Rovere.
made just 23 saves in the losing effort for the Rampage. The Rivermen face the Texas Stars on Saturday
at the Cedar Park Center. The game will
be broadcast on CD Country 107.9 FM and online through www.rivermen.net.