Rivermen Pull Away From Milwaukee
Sergey Andronov's third-period penalty shot
goal stood up as the game-winner as the Peoria Rivermen scored three times in
the third to pull away from Milwaukee, 5-2, on Friday night at Carver Arena.
Five different goal scorers found the back of the net as the Rivermen peppered
goaltender Jeremy Smith with 39 shots on goal.
The Rivermen attack started early as they
outshot the Admirals 18-5 in the first period. Peoria jumped on the scoreboard
first as Andrew Murray stole the puck in the defensive zone, rushed up the left
side, and scored on a wrist shot past Smith. Murray's unassisted goal was his
sixth of the season.
The second period was marred by multiple
penalties, but Murray helped the Rivermen double their lead after drawing a
tripping penalty with 7.3 seconds remaining in the frame. Adam Cracknell scored
his eighth goal of the year after he deflected in Mark Cundari's shot from the
Milwaukee scored quickly in the third period
after Taylor Beck's shot missed the net and bounced high in the air off the
back boards. Austin Watson scored his
team-leading 13th goal of the year as he smashed the puck in with
his stick just below the crossbar. The play marked Beck's team-leading 20th
In a one-goal game with 7:48 remaining, Andronov
had a breakaway and was tripped before he was able to shoot the puck. He was
able to beat Smith on the penalty shot with a pump-fake move to the forehand to
give the Rivermen a 3-1 lead.
The Rivermen added the next two goals to build
a 5-2 lead. First, Evegeny Grachev found the back of the net for his fifth goal
of the year after a great setup by Tyler Shattock. Just 61 seconds later, Cody
Beach added his first goal as a Rivermen, assisted by Brent Regner and Taylor
Milwaukee's Scott Valentine scored the final
goal of the game at 18:44. Peoria went 1-for-5 on the power play and had a
39-24 advantage in shots on goal. The Admirals went 0-for-5 on the man
The Rivermen continue their three-game weekend on
the road against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at 6 p.m. All
games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM or online through www.rivermen.net.