Rivermen Beat The Heat, Win in Shootout 4-3 2012-02-26
The Peoria Rivermen beat the Abbotsford Heat in a shootout 4-3, for the second time of the week, Sunday night in front of 4,902 fans at Carver Arena. Phil McRae scored the game-tying goal in the third and added the shootout clincher as the Rivermen improved to 5-1 this season in shootouts.
With the win the Rivermen jumped from eighth into a three-way-tie for sixth in the Western Conference with Abbotsford and San Antonio at 63 points.
Adam Cracknell scored the only goal of the first period at the 14:52 mark when he wristed a shot off the glove of Leland Irving and into the net from the left circle. It was Cracknell’s 15th of the year and was assisted by Chris Bruton.
Abbotsford tied the game 2:14 into the second while on the power play. Adam Estoclet was credited with his third goal of the year after redirecting a shot from Carter Bancks into the top shelf of the net.
Jonathan Cheechoo put the Rivermen ahead for the second time of the game at the 6:17 mark with his 17th of the year. Cheechoo fended off Bancks with one hand from the right corner, around the net, and then to the slot where he quickly turned and wristed a shot low by the pad of Irving and into the net.
The Heat scored twice in 49 seconds to grab their first lead of the game. At 16:38, Ben Walter sent a turnaround pass on the backhand to the front where Greg Nemisz tipped in his 12th of the year. Estoclet’s second of the game came off a wrist shot from the top of the left circle at 17:27.
McRae’s 19th of the year, unassisted, just 2:18 into the final period tied the game at 3-3. McRae cut to the center from the right wall and beat Irving low on the glove side with a slap-shot from the high slot.
After a scoreless overtime, the Rivermen and Heat went to a shootout for the second time in six days.
Derek Nesbitt, who improved to 6-for-6 in shootouts this year, Anthony Nigro, and McRae all scored in the shootout while Jake Allen stopped three of the four shooters he faced.
Allen stopped 25 of the 28 shots to pick up his sixth win of the season while Irving made 36 saves in the loss.
The Rivermen head to Milwaukee on Wednesday to take on the Admirals at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM in Peoria, or by visiting www.rivermen.net.