LEVINE BACKSTOPS RIVERMEN TO 2-1 WIN
Eric Levine made 38 saves and Tyler Amburgey scored his first goal since returning from injury to lead the Peoria Rivermen to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Cottonmouths on Thursday at the Columbus Civic Center. In addition, rookie defenseman Charlie Carkin netted his first game-winner midway through the second as Peoria won the inaugural meeting between the two clubs.
With the victory, Peoria improves to 10-7-3 on the season and is now tied for fourth in the league standings. Levine (7-5-3) earned his sixth win in his last seven starts.
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Columbus struck first at 9:05 of the opening frame courtesy of Steve Mele’s sixth of the year. From the left side, Mele received a pass from Mike Switzer and pulled off a quick wraparound for the Cottonmouth’s only tally.
Peoria responded at 6:14 of the second when Tyler Amburgey notched his third of the year. Following a pass from the right circle by Adam Hartley, Amburgey collected the puck on the backhand and took a pair of shots that were turned aside by Columbus’ goaltender Andrew Loewen. The second rebound however bounced right back to Amburgey who went forehand and buried the equalizer.
The Rivermen took the lead for the first time when Carkin ripped a quick wrister from the top of the slot during a 3-on-2 break at 9:22. Garrett Vermeersch extended his point streak to eight games with the primary assist, while Cole Ruwe notched the second helper.
Each team finished the game 0-for-6 on the power play, while Columbus outshot Peoria 39-31. Thursday marked the second time this year the Rivermen have scored two goals or fewer and won.
The Rivermen continue their four-game road trip on Friday with a 7:30 ET rematch against the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Columbus Civic Center. The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online at www.cd1079.net. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream at www.americaonesports.com.