ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION STARTS WITH OT WIN
Rivermen, wearing their green St. Patrick’s Day sweaters, started the
celebration 30 seconds into overtime when Taylor Chorney gave them a 3-2 win
over Grand Rapids on Sunday at Carver Arena. His unassisted tally gave the
Rivermen their fifth straight win against the division-leading Griffins.
started the Rivermen off with a goal from just 1:42 into the first period. His
blast went right over the glove of Tom McCollum Anthony Nigro and Derek Nesbitt
assisted on Chorney's seventh of the season.
Then, at 1:11
in the second period, Tomas Tatar evened the score for the Griffins off a
breakaway goal, stick-handling the puck past McKenna and into the net. Jan Mursak's
pass sprang Tatar in alone.
answered and took the lead once again just over 3 minutes later. After Andre
Bouvet-Morrissette was in alone, he was stripped of the puck but it bounced
right to Anthony Nigro charging the goal. His fourth of the year restored
Peoria's lead at 2-1.
tied it up again, 2-2, at 14:28 in the second frame as Louis-Marc Aubry jammed
the puck through the traffic in front of the net and past McKenna. Tomas Jurco
and Francis Pare both assisted in the goal.
After 60 minute
of regulation the game went into overtime. Chorney scored the unassisted game-winner
just 30 seconds into overtime as he looked of a pass on a two-on-one and ripped
one past the glove of McCollum.
went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Griffins went 0-for-4. Peoria had 28
shots in the game while Mike McKenna picked up the win with 24 stops.
The Rivermen are back at Carver Arena Tuesday as they take
on the Grand Rapids Griffins again at 7:05 p.m. For tickets or more information