Rivermen Drop Inaugural Faceoff Field Trip
The San Antonio Rampage made their first appearance of the season at Carver Arena on Wednesday morning and came away with a 3-1 win over the Peoria Rivermen in the inaugural Faceoff Field Trip game. Over 2,600 school kids were part of the 5,117 fans in attendance for the 10:05 a.m. start time.
Ryan Hollweg converted on a two-on-one and put San Antonio on the board with a wrist shot that sailed over Ben Bishop’s glove at 7:37 in the first period. David Brine was credited with the lone assist on the goal.
Phil McRae tied the game late in the first after collecting a rebound at the bottom of the right circle before shooting the puck over Al Montoya’s glove. Adam Cracknell, who shot the puck that provided the rebound, skated to the net to screen Montoya and was rewarded with an assist.
Early in the second period, Rivermen forward Brett Sonne carried a puck from behind the net and attempted a wrap-around shot, but Montoya came up with a crucial save to keep the game tied 1-1. Later in the period, it appeared that the Rivermen had scored their second goal to take a 2-1 lead, however, the officials ruled that the net was dislodged which in turn, disallowed the goal.
Maxim Goncahrov added the game-winning tally just 5:31 into the third period with a wrist shot from between the circles that proved too fast for Bishop’s blocker. He was setup by Brine and former Rivermen Eric Neilson.
San Antonio outshot Peoria for the first time in the third period, 11-10, one of which was on Brett MacLean’s empty net goal with just four seconds remaining in play. Overall the Rivermen outshot the Rampage 35-22, marking the highest Rivermen shot total since Oct. 26 and only the second time this season they registered at least 35 shots.