Game Recaps

Jake Allen Sets Rivermen Shutout Record in 5-0 Win Over Rockford

Jake Allen’s 31 saves earned him the Peoria Rivermen single-season shutout record and it only took him eight starts to do it.  His fourth shutout paced the Rivermen to a 5-0 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night at the MetroCentre.  His four shutouts are most in the American Hockey League and pushed him past Manny Legace on the single-season shutout list, who had three in 2008-09.  His goals-against average dropped to 1.18 while his save percentage improve 0.964, both are best in the AHL. 


Five different Rivermen scored as Graham Mink led the way with three points (1g, 2a) and Nathan Oystrick chipped in a pair of assists.  Peoria improved to 4-1-0 this season against the IceHogs and have outscored them 20-9 in the five games.  The Rivermen penalty-kill nullified a pair of 5-on-3 chances and finished 6-for-6 to run their streak to 30 consecutive kills. 


The first 5-on-3 came less than two minutes into the game  and almost immediately after the kill was completed the Rivermen jumped out to the 1-0 lead.  The line of rookies all touched the puck on the goal when Anthony Nigro scored his second of the year from Stefan Della Rovere and Tyler Shattock at 7:20 of the first on a wrist shot over Alec Richards.


Less than a minute later on the power play, at 8:06, Derek Nesbitt scored his second goal in as many nights.  Mink and Nathan Oystrick assisted on Nesbitt’s slapshot that glanced off of Richard’s glove on its way into the net.  Nick Drazenovic tallied the final goal of the period at 13:00 from Mink and Adam Cracknell after forcing in a loose rebound.


Alec Richards was pulled after 20 minutes of play and former Rivermen Hannu Toivonen replaced him after three goals on eight shots.   


The Rivermen were outshot again in a scoreless second period 10-7. Rockford’s Kyle Hagel and Simon Danis-Pepin each received 10 minute misconducts in the frame.


The Rivermen were on the board again early in the final frame just 1:17 in on their first shot of the period.  Oystrick’s low wrist shot from the point was tipped through the five-hole by Mink for his seventh of the year, tying him for the team lead with Drazenovic. It was Mink’s team leading 18th point on the year and third point.


The next shot on net also found the back of the twine off the stick of Mark Cundari. Cundari’s flipped backhand found the top shelf and fooled Toivonen giving the Rivermen a 5-0 lead at 2:43 of the third. Ryan Reaves and Derek Peltier assisted on Cundari’s fourth of the year.


The Rivermen travel to Grand Rapids and play the Griffins for the first time this season on Sunday at 3 p.m.  The game can be heard locally on 96.5 ESPN Radio or online on