Game Recaps

Marlies End Rivermen Point-Steak at 13 Games


For the first time since Nov. 17, the Peoria Rivermen lost a game in regulation, 6-3 to the Toronto Marlies on Tuesday night at Carver Arena.  The loss ended a 13-game point streak in which the Rivermen went 11-0-2, the longest streak in the AHL this season. 


It did not take the Rivermen long to get on the board, scoring just 2:09 into the opening frame. After a Marlies face-off win, Stefan Della Rovere rushed to grab the puck behind the net and fed Anthony Nigro in front who one timed in his fourth of the year and second in as many games.


Toronto rallied back scoring the next two goals in quick fashion. Marcel Mueller scored his sixth of the year from Danny Richmond on an intended pass that came the corner and banked in off the skate of Peoria defenseman Brennan Evans in front at 8:06. Then at 11:57 Josh Engel converted on a turnover and went in on a breakaway going backhand forehand beating Ben Bishop for his sixth of the year unassisted.


The Rivermen tied the game at two with 17.7 seconds left in the first on their first shorthanded goal of the year from Dave Spina.  Spina stripped Richmond at the Rivermen blue line and went in all alone on Jussi Rynnas to notch his fourth of the season.


The Marlies regained the lead at 12:56 of the middle frame on a power-play goal from Braden Irwin. Mike Zigomanis’s shot from the right point was tipped by Irwin past the right pad of Bishop.


Nikita Nikitin tied the game, 3-3, on a 5-on-3 power-play at 3:31 of the third.  TJ Hensick and Phil McRae set up Nikitin for a one-timer from the top of the left circle.  Both of his goals this season have come on the man advantage.     


The Marlies regained the lead for good with two goals 12 seconds apart midway through the third. Juraj Mikus scored his second of the year at 8:13 and Jeff Cowan buried his first of the year at 8:25. Zigomanis recorded the lone assist on each goal and finished with three assists. Christian Hanson capped it off with an empty netter at 17:33.


The Rivermen outshot the Marlies 33-26 in a game that saw 82 total penalty minutes. Peoria had a season-high nine power-play opportunities and converted once while the Marlies finished 1-for-5. 


The Rivermen will return to the ice on Dec. 27 to begin a two game series on the road in Manitoba.  Games time is 7:30 p.m.  The game can be heard locally on 96.5 ESPN Radio or online.

Peoria’s next home game is on New Year’s Eve when the host the Milwaukee Admirals at 6:05 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased for just $11 to ring in 2011 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Civic Center box office on Dec. 31.  For more information call 309-676-1040.