Game Recaps

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 0-for-4.

 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