Rivermen forward Derek Nesbitt spoiled Dov Grumet-Morris’ shutout bid with only
1:51 left in regulation, but the San Antonio Rampage held on for a 2-1 win on
Friday night at Carver Arena. Ben Bishop
stopped 29 of 31 on the other end, including some flashy stops to keep Peoria
within reach for most of the game.
win, the Rampage pulled into a tie with Peoria for sixth place in the Western
Conference at 61 points. The two teams
will rematch on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
tallied the game’s first goal at 15:28 in the first period. Just as Bishop went
to cover a loose puck in the crease, Rallo chipped it over his shoulder for his
14th of the year.
made a strong push in the second period as they fired 21 shots on goal in a
20-minute stretch. They failed to
capitalize on a 91-second five-on-three power play as they peppered
Timmins goal at 17:51 in the third period was negated just 18 seconds later by Nesbitt’s
20th of the season. Nesbitt walked in to the top of the right circle
and fired a slap shot over Grumet-Morris’ glove. The Rivermen pulled Bishop for the extra
attacker in the final minutes but failed to tie the game.
Rivermen host the Rampage again on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Peoria will be wearing ECHL-era throwback
jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game to
benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Tickets are available by calling
309-676-1040 or by visiting www.rivermen.net.