BARONS SPOIL THIRD PERIOD COMEBACK
3-0 at the start of the third period, the Peoria Rivermen scored twice to pull
within one before they ultimately fell to the Oklahoma City Barons 4-2 at
Carver Arena on Friday night. Brian Elliott, assigned to Peoria on a
conditioning loan on Thursday, started in net for Peoria and allowed three
goals on 27 shots in the loss.
the Rivermen took the majority of shots on goal in the first period, the Barons
jumped on the scoreboard first. Tanner House pushed the puck off Elliott's
glove into the net to give Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead at 18:49. Curtis Hamilton
assisted on the game's first goal.
the second period, Peoria couldn't take advantage of a power play just 13
seconds into the frame. Afterwards, the Barons extended their lead. Anton
Lander passed the puck to Toni Rajala for a breakaway. Rajala pump-faked a slap
shot and deked past Elliott for a goal at 3:36. Kendall McFaull also assisted
on the play.
more than 2:05 later, Mark Arcobello scored his team-leading 20th
goal of the season on a power play. Josh Green was credited with an assist on
the goal as Arcobello snapped a shot into the back of the net from between the
circles to give the Barons a 3-0 lead.
a three goal deficit, the Rivermen scored early in the third period to cut the
lead. From below the right circle, Tyler Shattock scored his fourth goal of the
year past Yann Danis at 3:25. Brett Sonne assisted on the Rivermen first goal.
in the third, Andrew Murray pushed the puck up the ice. T.J. Hensick outskated
Oklahoma City's defense and wristed a shot off the top shelf of the net for his
17th score of the season. David Shields also assisted on the goal at
12:20 that cut the Barons' lead to 3-2.
had an opportunity with less than 5 minutes in the game on a power play against
Oklahoma City's penalty kill unit, which ranks worst in the league. However,
the Rivermen were unable to push the puck past Danis.
Barons added an empty-net goal at 19:36 to extend their lead to 4-2. Brandon
Davidson scored his first goal of the year unassisted.
Rivermen went 0-for-5 on the powerplay, while Oklahoma City was 1-for-3. The
Barons outshot Peoria 30-27.
The Rivermen continue their five-game homestand against the
Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. It's FREE Food Night at Carver
Arena. All fans will receive a hot dog, a bag of chips and a soda courtesy of
Centerplate and Coca-Cola. For tickets or more information call 309-676-1040.