Rivermen Top Bulldogs For Third Straight Win
Ben Bishop made 31 saves and T.J. Hensick scored the
shootout winner as the Peoria Rivermen beat the Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-2 on
Tuesday night at Copps Coliseum. Peoria, now 2-0-0 on their current nine-game
road trip, improved to 8-6-1-1 on the season.
The Rivermen scored the first goal of the game at the 15:07
mark of the first period. Jonathan Cheechoo raced down the wall and took a shot
on goal which Nathan Lawson originally stopped. The rebound squirted out to
Phil McRae who put the puck in for his eighth of the year. Adam Cracknell recorded
the other assist on the play.
Hamilton was able to tie the game in the closing seconds of
the first. Mike Blunden scored his first goal of the season off his own rebound
at 19:55 of the first period. Bishop attempted to cover the puck but Blunden
got a stick on it before he could do so.
The two teams had chances on the power play during the
second period but the game remained 1-1 into the third period.
At 6:01 of the third period, the Bulldogs grabbed their
first lead of the game. Phil DeSimone
fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Bishop for his fourth of the year. But
Hamilton’s lead was short lived as the Rivermen scored the equalizer just 48
seconds later. Phil McRae picked up his second
point of the night as he flung one to the goal and Danny Syvret was able to
push it across the line under Lawson.
Brett Sterling had a chance to give Peoria a lead with just
4:30 to play in regulation but his shot hit the crossbar and stayed out.
In overtime, Brennan Evans was called for hooking just five
seconds in forcing the Rivermen to kill off a four-on-three advantage. The Bulldogs outshot Peoria 6-0 in the extra
session but the game stayed tied into a shootout.
Both Derek Nesbitt and Danny Masse scored to open the
shootout but it wasn’t until the fourth round when Hensick scored to give the
Rivermen a 2-1 lead. Bishop made the stop
on Michael Blunden in the fifth round to secure the win.
Hamilton outshot Peoria 33-25 and neither team was able to
score on the man advantage. The Rivermen went 0-for-3 while the Bulldogs went
The Rivermen continue a nine-game
road trip on Thursday in Lake Erie at 6 p.m. All games can be heard on CD
Country 107.9 FM or online through www.rivermen.net.