Rivermen Bounce Back Against Aeros
In his second game of the season, Chris Porter
scored his second goal of the year and added an assist, as the Peoria
Rivermen scored twice on the power play and beat the Houston Aeros 6-2 Sunday
evening. The Rivermen scored five unanswered goals after facing a 2-1 deficit
after the first period.
Houston took the early lead when Stephane
Veilleux scored a shorthanded goal. Steven Kampfer stole the puck, and passed
it up to Veilleux, who led a two-on-one breakaway. Veilleux passed the puck to
David McIntyre, who had his shot saved by Jake Allen, but Veilleux knocked in
the rebound at 8:06 in the first period.
Peoria answered later in the period after Derek
Nesbitt used a backhanded pass to get the puck to Adam Cracknell. Cracknell's
wrist shot flew past Matt Hackett's stick side into the back of the net for his
11th goal of the season.
However, the Aeros scored another shorthanded
goal 1:15 later, when Jake Dowell stole the puck and skated on a breakaway
before shooting the puck past Allen to give Houston a 2-1 lead at 15:52 in the
The Rivermen power-play unit responded in the
second period with two goals. First, Porter scored on a wrist shot from the
right hashmarks. Cade Fairchild and Andrew Murray assisted on the goal at 5:05
into the frame. Later, Derek Nesbitt scored his 14th goal of the
year on another assist from Fairchild, which ultimately was the game-winning goal.
T.J. Hensick also earned an assist on the play.
Peoria extended its lead in the third period.
Hensick slapped in a rebound to the top of the net past Hackett at 9:39 in the
third frame. Phil McRae and Porter were credited with assists. Later into the
period, Brett Sonne stole the puck at center ice. Sonne raced down the ice on a
breakaway, was pushed from behind onto his back, and still was able to push a
shot past Hackett for his second goal of the year.
Scott Ford added an empty net goal at 18:55 in
the third period. Tyler Shattock earned an assist on the play.
Peoria went 2-for-4 on the power play as Houston
was unsuccessful on all five of their attempts. The Aeros outshot the Rivermen
26-25 in the game.
The Rivermen continue their four-game homestand
against the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday at 10:05 a.m. in the annual Faceoff
Field Trip at Carver Arena. All games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM
or online through www.rivermen.net.