Bishop Stops 38 in League-Leading Sixth Shutout
The Peoria Rivermen won the 38th
game of the season with a 38-save performance from goaltender Ben Bishop in a 4-0
victory over the Lake Erie Monsters at Carver Arena on Thursday night. The
shutout for Bishop was his league-leading sixth of the season, twice as many as
any other goaltender, and 16th win which is also tied for the AHL’s
T.J. Hensick had a goal and two assists and now
has five points over the last two games.
Brett Sterling and Derek Nesbitt each added a goal and assists. The Rivermen finish the first half of the season
with a 19-16-2-1 record and 41 points, tied for third in the Midwest Division
and seventh in the Western Conference.
The Rivermen took an early lead with a power-play
goal at the 5:37 mark of the first period. With the puck just outside the
faceoff circle Derek Nesbitt’s pass deflected to Hensick who, from a bad angle,
one-timed the puck into an open net for his 13th goal of the year.
The Rivermen took a two-goal lead at the 3:53
mark of the second on yet another power-play goal, this time off the stick of Sterling.
Danny Syvret’s shot from the point was initially stopped by Trevor Cann, but
the rebound kicked to Sterling to the right of the crease and he wristed the
puck into the goal for his team-leading 16th of the season.
Peoria took a three goal lead when Nesbitt
deflected a cross-ice pass from Anthony Nigro over the glove of Cann and into
the top of the net 13:15 into the second. Hensick also picked up an assist, on
Nesbitt’s 13th of the year, for his 16th three-point game
of his career.
Mark Cundari iced the game at 18:33 putting the
puck into the empty net for his second of the year.
The Rivermen fired a season-high 44 shots on
goal, while the power play converted twice on six opportunities.
The Rivermen play the first of back-to-back
games with the Houston Aeros Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the
Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 309-676-1040 or online at www.rivermen.net.