RIVERMEN COME UP EMPTY IN MILWAUKEE
Peoria Rivermen road woes continued after they fell 2-0 to the Milwaukee
Admirals Wednesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Magnus Hellberg
earned his third shutout of the season after making 30 saves, his second
shutout against Peoria this season.
Rivermen have started four of their last five games by allowing their opponent
to score first, and that trend continued Wednesday. Milwaukee jumped on the
scoreboard during a scramble in front of the net. After a hard play to the net
by Brad Winchester, the loose puck found Austin Watson's stick. Watson shot the
puck which deflected off of Winchester's stick into the back of the net for his
fifth goal of the season at 11:45. Mattias Ekholm also earned an assist on the
second period featured multiple side-to-side saves by Mike McKenna as he made
18 stops in the frame. However, after both teams earned penalties, Ekholm
pushed ripped a wrist shot over McKenna's glove during 4-on-4 play at 16:46 to
give the Admirals a 2-0 lead. Taylor Beck and Watson were credited with assists
on the goal.
used a flurry of shots in the third period to pressure Milwaukee, outshooting
the Admirals 12-4. At 12:37, during the Rivermen's first full powerplay, Derek
Nesbitt beat Hellberg on the glove side, but the puck hit the crossbar.
teams were unsuccessful on all three of their power plays while Milwaukee
outshot Peoria 34-30.
The Rivermen end their season-long six game road trip against
the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. All games can be heard on CD
Country 107.9 FM or online through www.rivermen.net.