Checkers Hand Rivermen 6-2 Loss
Rivermen five-game winning streak came to a halt on Wednesday night in a 6-2
loss to the Charlotte Checkers in front of 4,920 at Time Warner Cable Arena. The
Checkers offense, which has scored just four times in their last three games,
erupted for four goals in the second period to take control of the game.
and Chris Bruton scored third period goals for the Rivermen while the Checkers
peppered Rivermen goaltending with 46 shots on goal.
stopped 30 of 34 shots in the first 40 minutes of action, but was replaced by
Alex Stalock who saved 10 of 12 shots on goal in the third period.
With the loss,
the Rivermen fell to 36-26-2-1 with 75 points, and remain in second in the
Midwest Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
scoreless first period, Charlotte potted four markers within a 7:57 stretch to
open the second. Chris Durno scored his fourth of the season at 2:48 before
Riley Nash notched a top-shelf tally just 3:05 later. Chris Terry added to the Checkers lead at
8:55. Terry cut through the Rivermen defense and flipped a shot past a helpless
Allen to make it 3-0 Charlotte. Just four seconds into a power play, Matthew
Pistilli improved the lead to 4-0 at 10:45 shortly following a faceoff in the
Checkers offensive zone.
helped Peoria avoid the shutout with a one-time goal from Evgeny Grachev at
6:50 in the third period. Grachev sent a cross ice pass from the left boards to
the far side of the goal where Heshka met the puck and sent a quick shot past Mike
the lead to 6-1 on two third-period goals from Zach Boychuk at 7:40 and 15:21,
finished the scoring at 16:27. McRae sent an initial shot on goal before Bruton
sent the rebound past Murphy for his second goal of the year.
Rivermen return to Carver Arena on Saturday to battle the Milwaukee Admirals at
7 p.m. It is the
third annual Free Food Night and select seats are still available by calling
309-676-1040 or visiting www.rivermen.net.