RIVERMEN TAKE SIXTH STRAIGHT FROM GRIFFINS
Peoria Rivermen have had Grand Rapids number this season as they beat the
first-place Griffins 4-1 at Carver Arena on Tuesday night. The third straight
win for the Rivermen was their sixth straight win this season over the
Hensick paced the Rivermen offense with three assists while Adam Cracknell, in
his first game back from the NHL, scored his 14th an 15th goal of the season.
fell behind early before rattling off the game's final four goals. Tomas Tatar opened
the scoring at 11:41 in the first period with a power-play goal. His 22nd of
the year was assisted by Brett Skinner and Nathan Paetsch.
scored his first career AHL goal at 3:27 of the second period when he lifted
the puck over Petr Mrazek’s shoulder and into the net for a power-play goal of
his own. Andrew Murray and Sergey Andronov both assisted in the game-tying
The Rivermen took
the lead for good with two goals in 61 seconds on a pair of goals assisted by
Hensick and Jeff Woywitka. At 9:56, Hensick threw a spinning, behind-the-back
pass to the slot where Nesbitt one-timed home his team-leading 22nd of the
season. At 10:57, Cracknell walked in alone and backhanded one into an open to
give the Rivermen a 3-1 lead.
scored again at 6:47 in the third period, after waltzing in from the left
circle on the power play. Hensick and Chorney helped setup Cracknell as he
ripped it past the glove of Mrazek.
turned in another strong performance with 25 saves as the Rivermen outshot the
Griffins 34-26. The Rivermen finished 2-for-6 on the power play while the
Griffins went 1-for-3.
The Rivermen are back on the road for a game Friday against
the Milwaukee Admirals Friday at 7:00 p.m. All games can be heard on CD
Country 107.9 FM or online through www.rivermen.net.