Rivermen Fall Short in Milwaukee
scored twice in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and propel the Milwaukee
Admirals past the Peoria Rivermen, 3-2, at the Bradley Center on Wednesday
night. Brett Sterling’s late goal put
the Rivermen within one in the final minutes but Atte Engren held on for the
five-game winning streak against Milwaukee ended as the Rivermen now sit with a
5-6-0 record against the Admirals this year.
Their final meeting of the season will be played on March 24 at Carver
With the loss,
the Rivermen drop to 30-25-2-1 for 63 points and eighth place in the Western
Conference, just one point ahead of the Admirals.
tallied the game’s first goal at 15:14 of the second period. Beck blocked a
Brennan Evans shot in the Admirals defensive zone before taking off on a 2-on-1
breakaway and firing a wrist shot past Jake Allen.
evened the score with just 56 seconds remaining in the second period on a blast
from the blueline through a screen set by Jonathan Cheechoo.
potted his 16th goal of the season on the first Admirals power play of the
contest early in the third period. Wilson sent a shot from the right circle
past Allen’s glove to give the Admirals a 2-1 lead.
to the lead on his second goal of the game at 15:19 in the third period by
lifting a backhand shot into the top corner of the net.
scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season with just 1:02 remaining in
regulation to push Peoria within one. With Allen on the bench for the extra
attacker, and a penalty upcoming against Milwaukee, Nesbitt threw a puck to
the crease and Sterling jammed in the rebound.
finished the game with 31 saves in his third straight start. Peoria was held to an 0-for-2 effort on the
power play while the Admirals scored once on three chances.
Rivermen return home on Friday to battle the Oklahoma City Barons at 7 p.m.
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