Barons Power Play Ends Rivermen Winning Streak
Oklahoma City Barons ended Peoria’s five game win streak on Thursday night,
7-2, at Carver Arena with four power-play goals and a perfect penalty kill. The
Rivermen trailed by one entering the final frame, but four unanswered goals pushed
the Barons to the lopsided win. The five-goal differential and the seven goals
against were both season highs against the Rivermen.
Barons scored on their first shot for the second straight game against the
Rivermen. Greg Stuart buried a deflection past Jake Allen at 7:39 for his
fourth of the year. Assists were given to Ben Ondrus and Richard Petiot. Graham
Mink had the answer for Peoria though slamming in a loose puck in the crease
for his 11th of the year at 12:02. T.J. Hensick’s shot was stuck in the
pads of Martin Gerber until Nick Drazenovic pried it free.
Ian Cole and Dave Spina in the box, the Barons were able to pick up a pair of
power-play goals from Alexandre Giroux and Bryan Helmer. Giroux blasted his first
of two on the night on the two-man advantage, and Helmer capitalized on the
remaining power play 30 seconds later.
Della Rovere capped off the high-scoring first period with his sixth of the
year at 18:20. Anthony Nigro and Tyler Shattock worked the puck to the left
circle for Della Rovere who stopped and backhanded in his sixth of the
Barons erupted after a scoreless second with four unanswered goals in the third.
Giroux got his second of the game, also on the power play at 5:07. Moran picked
up his third assist of the night on the goal. Just a mere 1:40 seconds later at
the conclusion of another Rivermen penalty, Teemu Hartikainen netted his 12th
of the year from Petiot and Alex Plante.
15:15 Helmer converted on the power play for the second time en route to an
American Hockey League record. The goal gave Helmer 519 career points, which is
the most all-time amongst AHL defenseman. Philippe Cornet put in his second of
the year late in the third to wrap up the scoring.
Rivermen were outshot 33-27 in the contest and also went 0-for-5 on the power
play. It was the first since Oct. 22 that Peoria was unable to convert on the
power play given a minimum of five opportunities.
and Oklahoma City will play for the fourth time this week on Friday at 7:05
p.m. as the Rivermen continue their three-game homestand. On Saturday, witht the Texas Stars in town,
the first 2,250 fans will receive a Jim Thome Rivermen bobblehead courtesy of
CEFCU. For tickets call (309) 676-1040
or visit http://rivermen.net/single-game-tickets/.