Sterling Scores Twice in 5-3 Win Over Stars
Sterling scored twice, including the game winner, to lead the Peoria Rivermen
to a 5-3 win over the Texas Stars on Thursday night at Carver Arena. The win marked the fourth straight game in
which the Rivermen collected five goals as they improved to 3-3-1-1 on the season.
Sonne gave the Rivermen a 1-0 lead at 11:07 of the first period. Ian Cole took
a slap shot from the point that was initially stopped by Bachman with the left
pad. The rebound went straight to Sonne who put the puck into an open net for
his first of the year.
Rivermen doubled their lead with Sterling’s fourth goal of the year. Sterling
obtained the puck at the right circle and fired a quick wrist shot over
Bachman’s left shoulder and into the net.
carried a power play into the second period which led to them taking a 3-0
lead. A scramble in front of the net resulted in both Cheechoo and Hensick
getting shots on goal but it was Derek Nesbitt who squeaked one between
Bachman’s pads and into the net.
Stars cut the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 10:18 of the second period
from Tomas Vincour. At 12:19, Jordie
Benn scored his second of the season to get Texas within a goal on a screened
shot from the blueline.
tied the game as time expired in the second on a power-play tally from Matt
Fraser. He was able to tap his seventh
of the season on a feed from Raymond Sawada.
reclaimed the lead for the Rivermen at 13:15 of the third just seconds after
coming out of the penalty box. Stefan
Della Rovere carried the puck into the offensive zone and made a drop pass to Sterling.
Sterling took a shot that went off the left post and into the back of the net. It
was Sterling’s team leading fifth goal of the season.
Nigro capped the scoring with an empty netter to give the Rivermen a 5-3 lead.
Bishop finished with 31 saves to pick up his third win of the season while Richard
Bachman finished with 28. Peoria went
1-for-5 on the man advantage for the evening while Texas went 2-for-6 on the
The Rivermen host the Rockford IceHogs on Friday at 7
p.m. The first 3,000 fans will receive a
Rivermen team calendar. Call
309-676-1040 or visit www.rivermen.net