Jake Allen Sets Rivermen Shutout Record in 5-0 Win Over Rockford
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.
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
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.
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.
Richards was pulled after 20 minutes of play and former Rivermen Hannu Toivonen
replaced him after three goals on eight shots.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.rivermen.net.