Game Recaps

Second Period Paves Way For Aeros 5-2 Win

The Houston Aeros came to Carver Arena and beat the Peoria Rivermen, 5-2, for the first time in four attempts on Sunday. Five second period goals from the Aeros, two on the power play and one short-handed, proved to be enough to knock off Jake Allen and the Rivermen.


Both teams skated to a scoreless first period and then the two teams erupted for a seven-goal second period.  Peoria had shutout the Aeros in back-to-back games and the two teams had combined for just nine goals in their first three meetings – all Rivermen wins. 


The second period opened with four goals, in a 4:50 span, two for each team. Houston got on the board first only 28 seconds in with a goal from Petr Kalus, his fourth of the year. Kalus collected a puck in the slot and backhanded one in over a sprawled out Jake Allen.


The Rivermen answered 52 seconds later when T.J. Hensick came down the right wing and threw a pass through the slot that deflected off an Aeros stick and tipped past Matt Hackett evening the score.  It was Hensick’s team-leading sixth goal and 15th point of the season.  Newcomer Derek Nesbitt and winger Dave Spina assisted on the play. 


The Rivermen scored again at 2:37 when Mark Cundari fed Ian Cole at the point and Cole’s off balance slap shot found its way to the back of the net for his first of the year.


Houston stole back the momentum and tallied four unanswered goals which gave them a 5-2 lead before the end of the period. Jared Spurgeon scored his first of the year on the power play, Maxim Noreau scored his third of the year at even strength, Joel Broda scored his fifth of the year on the power play, and Carson McMillan scored his fourth of the year short-handed.


Allen was pulled after allowing four goals on 21 shots after 33:55.  Ben Bishop finished the game for Peoria with eight saves and one goal allowed.  Hackett earned the win for Houston with 24 saves. 


The Aeros converted twice on seven power play opportunities while the Rivermen went 0-for-3.