Second Period Paves Way For Aeros 5-2 Win
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.