RIVERMEN FALL IN FINALE
Magnus Hellberg made 20
saves to earn his sixth shutout of the season as the Milwaukee Admirals handed
the Peoria Rivermen a 3-0 loss Sunday night at Carver Arena in front of 4,302
fans. The Rivermen ended the season with a record of 33-35-5-3.
With the win, the
Admirals secured themselves the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western
Admirals took a 1-0 lead with 7:27 remaining in the first period courtesy of Mattias
Ekholm’s 10th goal of the season. Ekholm took a shot that Mike
McKenna got a piece of, but the puck trickled across the goal line. Ryan Ellis
and Patrick Cehlin assisted on the first goal of the contest that needed to be
Bang scored his ninth goal of the year at the 10:34 mark of the middle frame to
increase Milwaukee’s lead to two goals. On a breakaway, Bang cut to the
forehand and was able to elevate the puck over the outstretched right pad of
McKenna for the tally. Joonas Jarvinen earned the lone assists on the play.
5:03 remaining in the second period, Zach Budish scored his first goal of the
season to make it a 3-0 game. Mark Van Guilder took a shot that McKenna
originally stopped. The rebound went to Budish, who backhanded the puck into an
open net. Ekholm was credited with the secondary assist.
Rivermen were outshot tonight 29-20. Peoria went 0-for-2 on the man advantage
while Milwaukee went 1-for-4 on the power play.