Cedrick Desjardins Too Much for Rivermen
Rivermen attacked early and often Saturday but Cedrick Desjardins made 38 saves
and backstopped the Lake Erie Monsters to a 3-2 win at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The loss dropped the Rivermen to 9-7-1-1 on the season and ended a season-high four-game
The loss was
just their second regulation loss on the road and first since Oct. 16 against
Charlotte. Now seven of Peoria’s last
eight games have been decided by a single goal with the Rivermen posting a
4-3-0 record in those games.
control of the puck throughout much of the opening frame, the Monsters grabbed
a 1-0 lead with just seconds to play. At the 19:12 mark, Peoria goaltender Ben
Bishop gloved down a shot from Evan Brophey, but David van der Gulik beat the
Rivermen to a loose puck and found the back of the net.
Della Rovere was called for tripping five minutes into the second period, Lake
Erie capitalized on the ensuing power play to take a 2-0 advantage. Shortly
after a draw, Hugh Jessiman fired a shot from the left circle that beat Bishop
at the 6:15 mark.
responded quickly as Brett Sterling cut the deficit to one just 15 seconds
later. T.J. Hensick beat a pair of Monsters defensemen to a loose puck and
dished it to the slot for Sterling. The winger then grabbed the puck, dragged
and scored past Desjardins at 6:30. Hensick was credited with the only assist
on the goal.
gave the Rivermen a chance to tie the game near the end of the period. Tyson Barrie and Justin Mercier were both
whistled for minors in the final 5:04 of the second frame but Peoria’s power
play finished the night 0-for-4. They outshot the Monsters 18-8 during the
came out firing in the third period and notched the equalizer at the 5:10 mark.
Hensick skated in along the left boards and sent a cross-ice pass for Derek
Nesbitt who fired a shot. Desjardins made the initial save, but the puck was
knocked into the air and Sterling swatted it in for his second goal of the
broke the tie and added the final goal of the game with just over two minutes
to play in regulation. At 17:47, van der Gulik skated past Sterling and fed a
puck through a pair of Rivermen defenders to Jake Newton. Newton beat Bishop on
the blocker side for his first of the year.
22 of 25 shots in the loss while Desjardins made 38 saves for the win.
The Rivermen season-long road
trip continues on Sunday with a 4 p.m. CDT contest against the Toronto Marlies.
The game can be heard locally on 107.9 CD Country in Peoria or online at www.rivermen.net.