Last Second Goal Lifts Rivermen Over Griffins
Ben Bishop made
40 saves and Danny Syvret scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Peoria
Rivermen to a 4-3 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Friday night at Van
Andel Arena. T.J. Hensick’s goal in the
final minutes of regulation evened the score before Syvret’s tally with only
10.7 seconds left in overtime.
The Rivermen improved
their record of 15-15-2-1 and have earned points in five of their last six
The Rivermen opened
up the scoring with 6:09 remaining in the first period. Tyler Shattock first
shot was blocked but he threw the rebound towards the net from the corner that hit
Griffin’s goaltender Jordan Pearce and went in. The goal, Shattock’s fifth of
the year and second in as many games, was assisted by Stefan Della Rovere and
their lead at the 19:38 mark of the first. Jay Barriball fed Cade Fairchild in
the high slot and Fairchild’s shot went under the blocker of Pearce, off the
post, and into the net.
were able to score three goals in under a five-minute span in the second period
to make it a 3-2 contest. Francis Pare scored his fifth goal of the year at
4:14 and at 6:34 Brendan Smith scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game. Less than three minutes later Mitch Callahan
tapped in a rebound opportunity to give Grand Rapids their first lead of the
night at 9:08. Brent Raedeke and Fabian Brunnstrom contributed assists on the
An injury to
Pearce brought Joey MacDonald into the Griffin’s net with only 4:03 left in
regulation. Following a Grand Rapids
penalty, Hensick converted o the power play with only 3:02 left. Hensick tried to force a pass through the top
of the crease when it deflected in on off a Grand Rapids defender. It was his 11th goal of the
season, from Jonathan Cheechoo and Brett Sterling.
Syvret won the
game with a turnaround wrist shot from the high-slot at 4:49 of overtime.
Hensick and Jay Barriball both earned their second points of the night with the
outshot Peoria 43 to 34 tonight. The Rivermen went 1-for-4 on the man advantage
while the Griffins failed to convert on their three power-play opportunities.
The Rivermen host the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at
6:00 p.m. Ring in 2012 with $12 tickets available at the box office from noon
until 4 p.m.