Rivermen Open Preseason With Shootout Win
The Peoria Rivermen kicked off the 2012 American Hockey League exhibition schedule with a 2-1 shootout decision over the Chicago Wolves on Monday night at Carver Arena. It was the first of 40 preseason games to be held in the league this year and the first of three for Peoria.
The Rivermen will travel to the Community Center and Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates for a rematch with the Wolves on Friday before returning home to host Rockford on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Anthony Peluso and Brett Sonne scored in the fifth and sixth rounds of the shootout while goaltender Paul Karpowich stopped the final four shooters he faced to earn the win.
Karpowich replaced Jake Allen at the start of the third period and made eight saves between the remainder of regulation and overtime. Allen had stopped 12 of 13 in two periods of work.
Mark Cundari scored Peoria's only goal of regulation at 13:11 of the first period on a shot from the left point that found its way through goaltender Joe Canata. Tyler Shattock earned the lone assist.
Chicago held an early lead after Matt McCready sent one past Jake Allen with the Wolves on a power play. At 11:36 of the first period, just 8 seconds after a Sonne minor, Peter Andersson and Kellan Tochkin worked the puck into the right circle where McCready snapped on past Allen's outstretched glove.
The game started with two fights in the opening 15 minutes including Chris Bruton and John Armstrong dropping the gloves just 3 seconds from the opening faceoff. Rookie forward Cody Beach went with Alexandre Mallet at 14:39.
Peoria finished 0-for-7 on the power play while Chicago went 1-for-3.
The Rivermen will host the Rockford IceHogs on Friday, October 19 in their 2012-13 Home Opener. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a magnet schedule courtesy of Heritage Bank. Season tickets, as well as individual game tickets are on sale now through the Rivermen office. For more information please visit www.rivermen.net or call (309) 676-1040.