Last Minute Goal Leads to Rivermen Shootout Win 2012-02-21
Rivermen only led when it mattered as their first lead of the game came in the
shootout on their way to a 4-3 win over the Abbottsford Heat on Tuesday night
at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell tied the
score with the net empty and only 47.2 seconds remaining after the Rivermen
started the night down 2-0.
scored twice in regulation for Abbotsford while goaltender Danny Taylor was
peppered with 39 shots in the loss.
With the win,
the Rivermen move their record to 29-22-2-1 for 61 points and take sole
possession of the sixth place in the Western Conference. They began the night with
both Abbotsford and San Antonio in the standings.
Abbotsford a 1-0 lead 4:52 into the first period. He was able to deflect a
James Martin wrist shot under the arm of Ben Bishop for his 10th
goal of the year.
occurred within five seconds of the first goal being scored. Chris Bruton and
Judd Blackwater dropped the gloves at the 4:54 mark. Three seconds later
Anthony Peluso had a lengthy round with Pierre-Luc Letoumeau-Leblond.
At 6:13 of
the first period, former Rivermen Akim Aliu gave the Heat a two-goal lead. Aliu
fired a wrist shot from inside the left circle between Bishop’s legs. The goal
was his sixth of the season and was assisted by Ryan Howse.
cut Abbotsford’s lead in half at the 6:24 mark of the second period. Phil McRae
scored his 18th of the season after he snapped a wrist shot over the
blocker of Taylor from the right circle. Derek Nesbitt and Mark Cundari each
notched assists on the play.
left in the period Brennan Evans tied the score at 2-2. His slap shot from the
point, through traffic, to beat Taylor low past his blocker. The goal was his
second of the year, both of which have come in the last four games.
second of the game at 5:54 of the third period made it a 3-2 contest. Walter
swatted the puck off the stick of Ian Cole, who attempted to skate the puck
through the front of the net, and between the legs of Bishop.
seconds left the Rivermen, Cracknell’s 14th goal of the season sent
the game to overtime. With the puck behind the net, Nesbitt made a pass back to
Cracknell at the right post who jammed in the equalizer.
forced to make nine saves in overtime that featured a full two-minute power
play for Abbotsford.
scored the first goal in the shootout for the Rivermen, but Hugh Jessiman
scored on a backhander to tie the shootout at one a piece. Brett Sterling
scored what proved to be the winner in the fourth round after Bishop stopped
Greg Nemisz to open the fifth.
outshot the Heat 43-34 to win for the ninth time in their last 12 games.
Rivermen host the San Antonio Rampage on Friday at 7 p.m. Peoria will be wearing ECHL-era throwback
jerseys that will be auctioned off following Saturday’s game to benefit the
Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Tickets are available by calling 309-676-1040
or by visiting www.rivermen.net.