Game Recaps

Rivermen Fall Short in Milwaukee
2012-02-29

 

Kyle Wilson 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 win.

 

Peoria’s 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 Arena.    

 

BOX SCORE

 

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. 

 

Taylor Beck 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.

 

Nesbitt 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.

 

Wilson 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.

 

Wilson added 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.

 

Sterling 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. 

 

Allen 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. 

 

The Rivermen return home on Friday to battle the Oklahoma City Barons at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 309-676-1040 or by visiting www.rivermen.net.