Bishop Stops 28 Shots in 4-0 Victory at Chicago
performance from both the Peoria Rivermen offense and goaltender Ben Bishop
guided the way to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Wolves Sunday at Allstate
Arena. Stopping all 28 shots, Bishop recorded his third shutout of the season
while Jonathan Cheechoo picked up his 500th career point in the
(10-10-1-1) ended its season-long four-game losing streak and picked up its
fourth win of the road trip (4-4-0-0).
After a fast
paced first period that saw 19 combined shots but no goals, the Rivermen struck
first early in the second frame. At the 1:29 mark, T.J. Hensick drew a pair of
defenders in and slid a pass between them to Derek Nesbitt who immediately
found Jay Barriball at the backdoor. Barriball finished the play past Wolves
goaltender Matt Climie for his third goal in four periods. Hensick and Nesbitt
were both credited with assists.
Less than six
minutes later, Peoria extended its lead courtesy of some nice passing and
Nesbitt’s seventh of the year. From the left point, Cade Fairchild fed the puck
to Nesbitt at the right circle. The winger then one-timed a shot from one knee and
into the back of the net at 7:09 of the second.
Phil McRae capped
off a three-goal middle frame to make it 3-0 in the final minute of the period.
At 19:25, Cheechoo hustled down the right side, grabbed a loose puck and set up
McRae who fired one off the crossbar and in. For Cheechoo, the assist was the
500th point of his professional career in 12 seasons. Shaun Heshka
was also credited with an assist.
A scary moment
at 6:42 of the third period left Peoria without their leading point producer
for the rest of the game. With the puck nearby, Hensick was shoved from behind,
head-first into the boards by Chicago’s Ryan Parent. Hensick fell awkwardly
into the boards and was shaken up and did not play the rest of the game. Parent was given a 5-minute major for
boarding as well as a game misconduct.
the final goal of the game at 14:16 of the third period with Cheechoo’s sixth
of the year. The veteran received a pass from Adam Cracknell and froze Climie
while going over the blocker to make it 4-0.
up his ninth win of the season and Climie stopped 27 of 31 shots in the loss.
Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.
The Rivermen complete their
season-long, 9-game road trip on Friday with a 7 p.m. start against the Milwaukee
Admirals. The game can be heard locally on 107.9 CD Country in Peoria or online