Moose Hand Rivermen Third Straight Loss
the first time since Nov. 5, the Peoria Rivermen have dropped three straight
games after a 4-1 loss to the Manitoba Moose on Tuesday at the MTS Center. In
an offensively driven game that saw a total of 79 shots, Manitoba managed to
capitalize on several fortuitous bounces in cruising to their third victory
over the Rivermen and extend their season-best winning streak to five
Sergei Shirokov got the scoring started at 15:33 of the first period while the
teams played 4-on-4 hockey. After a poke-check off the stick of Joe Perrault,
Shirokov grabbed the loose puck and placed it underneath the right hand of
Peoria goaltender Ben Bishop. It was
Shirokov’s ninth goal of the season and second in as many games against the
second period picked up right where the first left off while tempers began to
flare as well. At 9:59 of the second, Winnipeg native Ryan Reaves and
Manitoba’s Garth Murray engaged in the first fight of the game. Just one second
later, Anthony Peluso and Tommy Maxwell dropped the gloves directly off of the
Moose extended their lead to 2-0 with just 46.9 seconds left in the second
period on another favorable bounce. Lee Sweatt took a shot from the point that
glanced off of Reaves’ stick and sailed into the air over the head of Bishop.
The Rivermen goalie, who went down to make an initial save, could not readjust quickly
enough and the puck landed in the net behind him. Victor Oreskovich and Bill
Sweatt recorded the assists on the goal.
continued to add insurance goals as Jonas Andersson ran the score to 3-0 at the
2:06 mark of the third period with a helping pass from Guillaume Desbiens.
Tommy Maxwell scored on the power play at 9:38 of the third, following Graham
Mink’s slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
avoided being shutout for the second time this season however when Derek
Nesbitt slapped a rebound past the right pad of Manitoba’s goaltender Eddie
Lack at 14:08 of the third period. After receiving a pass from Dean Arsene, Dave
Spina flipped a backhand shot on goal that bounced off of Lack’s chest
protector and right to Nesbitt. Nesbitt’s
goal was his ninth of the season and was the final marker of the game.
finished with 33 saves in picking up the win. Manitoba is now on a five-game
win-streak and Lack has won a personal best five straight. Bishop falls to
9-8-2 on the season and suffered his first loss on the road since Nov. 9 at
is now 0-3-0 against the Moose this season, and 0-5-1 in their last six games
Rivermen remain second in the West Division with 43 points, two behind division
leading San Antonio.
The team returns home to Carver Arena for a New Years
Eve contest against the Milwaukee Admirals this Friday, with a 6:05pm start
time.Tickets to Friday’s game can be purchased for just $11 to ring in 2011 at
the Peoria Civic Center box office from noon until 4 p.m.