Andrew Murray Returns In 3-2 Win
After missing the last 13 games with an injury,
Andrew Murray picked up a goal and an assist to lead the Peoria Rivermen to a
3-2 win over the Houston Aeros on Sunday. The line of Murray, Phil McRae and
Jaden Schwartz all had a goal and an assist as Mike McKenna collected 32 saves
in net for his second straight win.
The Rivermen (8-11-2-2, 20 pts) are now 2-1-0
on their current five-game road trip and will travel to Oklahoma City for a
game on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
After Houston jumped out to a 1-0 lead, the
Rivermen responded with two goals over 2:04 to claim the lead for good.
Houston's Chay Genoway finished off a net-front scramble by lifting the puck
over McKenna at 4:40. Kris Foucault and Johan Larsson earned assists on the
Peoria's answer came in the form of a Phil
McRae power-play goal on a rebound from a shot by Mark Cundari. McRae's goal
was his fifth of the season and second power-play marker. At 12:20, , McRae
pushed a backhanded pass to Schwartz, who found the back of the net for his
eighth goal of the season to give the Rivermen a 2-1 lead. The goal was the
third in as many games for Schwartz.
There was no scoring in the second period, but
Peoria killed two penalties and tied the Aeros with six shots on goal in the
frame after being outshot 15-6 in the first period.
Murray's breakaway goal, only 43 seconds into
the third period, was assisted by Schwartz. Murray stopped in front of
Houston's goalie Matt Hackett, and fired a shot which bounced right back to
Murray's stick on the rebound, which he pushed past Hackett to give Peoria a
Charlie Coyle scored on a delayed penalty as
Jason Zucker's declected shot went to Coyle as he cut the Rivermen lead to one.
However, McKenna stopped every shot afterwards, including a flurry in the last minute,
to hold Peoria's lead for a 3-2 road victory.
The Rivermen were outshot 34-23, and went
1-for-1 on the power play while holding Houston to 0-for-3 on the man
The Rivermen continue their road swing with
games in Oklahoma City on Tuesday and Grand Rapids on Friday. All
games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM or online through www.rivermen.net.