Barons Hand Rivermen 4-1 Loss
City’s Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers stopped 33 of 34 shots as the Barons handed the
Peoria Rivermen their second straight defeat, 4-1 at Carver Arena on Friday
night. Derek Nesbitt’s team-leading 14th goal of the season proved
to be the only offense for the Rivermen in the contest as the Barons saw three-point
nights from Teemu Hartikainen and Bryan Helmer.
back-to-back losses, the Rivermen remain in first place in the Western
Conference and West Division (25-12-2-1, 53 points).
BOX SCORE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Barons opened the scoring for the third straight game against the Rivermen on a
delayed penalty. With two players
already in the box, the extra attacker created a 5-on-4 advantage and
Hartikainen’s 13th goal of the season. Helmer
released a high shot that was tipped out of the air in the slot by Hartikainen
and through Ben Bishop at 8:26.
Rivermen answered on the power play at 4:31 of the middle frame on Nesbitt’s
team-leading eighth power-play goal. Nesbitt’s quick release slid under the pads
of Deslauriers along the ice. Nathan Oystrick and T.J. Hensick picked up the
assists on the equalizer. Hensick’s assist was the 200th
professional point of his career.
Barons didn’t take long to respond as their goal at 5:56 put them up for
good. Philippe Cornet and Milan Kytnar
converted on a 2-on-1 opportunity just 1:25 after the Rivermen had tied the
2:14 later Bryan Helmer picked up his third of the year (all against the
Rivermen) on a slap shot from the point. The goal gave Helmer eight points in
only four games against Peoria.
City capped off the scoring at 9:04 of the final frame when Hartikainen made a
move around Oystrick and fed Cornet on the door step for the one-time finish.
Rivermen outshot the Barons 34 to 26 in the contest and killed off all three
Oklahoma City power plays. Peoria’s power play was 1-for-5.
Rivermen wrap up a three-game homestand on Saturday at 7:05 p.m against the
Texas Stars. The first 2,250 fans will
receive a Jim Thome bobblehead courtesy of CEFCU. For more information or tickets call the Rivermen
at (309) 676-1040 or visit www.rivermen.net.