BRIAN ELLIOTT SHUTS OUT MONSTERS 2-0
his final game with the Peoria Rivermen on a conditioning assignment, Brian
Elliott shutout the Lake Erie Monsters in a 2-0 win Saturday evening at Carver
Arena in front of 7,660 fans. Elliott stopped 27 shots and finished his
two-game stint in Peoria with a 0.946 save percentage.
Rivermen were the first team to score after both teams missed out on power-play
opportunities in the first period. Jani Hakanpaa slapped a backdoor pass from the
blue line to a wide-open Derek Nesbitt. Nesbitt deflected the pass past Calvin
Pickard into the back of the net for his 25th goal of the year at
12:24. The goal for Nesbitt was the 200th AHL point of his career and the
assist for Hakanpaa was his first AHL point.
doubled their lead in the second frame. Nesbitt threw a pass across the slot to
Andrew Murray, who deflected the puck top shelf past Pickard at 5:29. The goal
was a milestone for Murray as well with his 50th AHL goal and 12th
of the season. T.J. Hensick also assisted on the play, giving him 62 points
this year, which ties him for the most in the AHL.
the Rivermen had two power-play chances in the third period, they were unable
to convert on either opportunity. The
Monsters emptied their net with 1:28 remaining in the game but couldn't get a
shot past Elliott. The shutout was Elliott's first since he recorded three
consecutive shutouts from March 22 to March 27, 2012 with the St. Louis Blues.
Rivermen went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Lake Erie was 0-for-2. Peoria
outshot the Monsters 35-27.
The Rivermen end their five-game homestand against the Rockford
IceHogs on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Peoria Journal Star beat writer Dave Eminian
will be inducted into the Rivermen Hall of Fame. For tickets or more
information call 309-676-1040.