DRAMATIC WIN MARKS ALLISON'S 1,000th GAME
Peoria Rivermen honored head coach Dave Allison before the game and celebrated
after as they came from behind to win beat the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in a shootout
on Sunday at Carver Arena. The game marked the 1,000th professional game behind
the bench for Allison in his 14 seasons between the ECHL, IHL, AHL and NHL.
Nesbitt scored with just 53 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Rivermen
net empty, to tie the game and force overtime. Mike McKenna stopped 34 shots in
regulation, two more in overtime, and four out of five in the shootout to give
the Rivermen their fifth win in the last six games.
win moved Peoria within two points of a four-way tie for the final playoff spot
in the Western Conference.
period was fast-paced and ended with 13 shots from both teams. The period was
scoreless until Kenny Ryan scored a late, at 19:47, on a breakaway. Kevin
Marshall assisted in the Marlies’ shorthanded goal as Ryan tracked down his clearing
attempt and beat McKenna as Taylor Chorney attempted to haul him down.
power plays, the Rivermen failed tie it
up until 6:38 in the third period. T.J. Hensick raced after a puck and left a
drop-pass for Adam Cracknell in the right circle. Cracknell quickly ripped it
between the legs of Drew MacIntyre to tie the score at 1-1. Jeff Woywitka
earned the secondary assist.
took a 2-1 lead again late in the third period, at 18:38, when Jerry D’Amigo converted
off a Rivermen turnover in their own zone. Mike Zigomanis assisted in the near
Marlies’ lead was short-lived when just 19 seconds later, the Rivermen answered
back with goal from Nesbitt at 19:07. Chorney's shot from the line was
deflected in from the left circle by Nesbitt for his team-leading 24th of the
outshot the Marlies 5-2 in overtime, but neither team scored which sent the
game into a shootout. After five rounds, Nesbitt and Hensick scored in the
shootout for the Rivermen while Ryan Lasch scored the lone goal for the
Marlies, to give the Rivermen a 3-2 win.
The Rivermen continue their five-game homestead on Friday
night against the Oklahoma City Barons at 7:05 p.m. For tickets and more
information call 309-676-1040.