IceHogs Stun Rivermen in Shootout
Cheechoo had a hand in all three Peoria Rivermen goals but the Rockford IceHogs
recovered to beat the Rivermen 4-3 shootout on Friday night at BMO Harris Bank
Center. Brian Fahey fired home the game-tying goal with 4.1 seconds remaining
in regulation to force overtime and the eventual shootout.
Rivermen (36-29-2-2, 76 points) picked up a single point and now sit just
percentage points back of the Rochester Americans for the final playoff spot in
the Western Conference.
IceHogs took a 1-0 lead at the 9:10 mark of the first period. Rostislav Olesz
received an air-born pass from Peter LeBlanc and batted the puck out of mid-air
to beat Jake Allen.
tied the game with Cheechoo’s 22nd goal of the season on the power
play. Cheechoo took a shot that Carter Hutton initially stopped with the
blocker. After the save, the puck flew into the air, dropped behind Hutton, and
rolled past the goal line. Patrick
O’Sullivan and Shaun Heshka earned assists on the play.
scored his second goal of the game on the man advantage to give Rockford a 2-1
lead 1:56 into the third period.
13:53 remaining in the third Cade Fairchild scored his seventh goal of the year
to tie the game at 2-2. Fairchild took a shot from the point that got through
traffic and beat Hutton. Cheechoo and Heshka were credited with assists.
7:12 remaining in the third period Cheechoo scored his second goal of the
evening to give the Rivermen their first lead of the night. Cheechoo tapped the
puck in from the crease after receiving a good pass from David Shields.
a Brennan Evans penalty with 1:03 left in regulation, Rockford pulled their
goaltender to make it a six-on-four man advantage. With 4.1 second remaining Fahey
tied the game with a shot from the left circle following a scrambles of saves
and blocked shots.
Nesbitt and O’Sullivan scored to give the Rivermen an early 2-0 lead in the
shootout through two rounds but Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, and Matt Fornataro
scored to secure the victory for the IceHogs.
Rivermen were outshot 31-28 on the evening. Rockford went two-for-six on the
power play while the Rivermen went one-for-four.
The Rivermen will host the Charlotte Checkers Saturday
at 7:00 p.m. The first 1,000 kids 12 or younger will receive a Rivermen jersey
courtesy of PNC Bank. For tickers call 309-676-1040 or visit www.rivermen.net.