Three Third Period Goals Lift Rivermen Over Monsters
Peoria Rivermen erupted for three unanswered third period goals Sunday
afternoon to beat the Lake Erie Monsters 3-1 at Quicken Loans Arena in
Cleveland. Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 30 shots giving him his 11th win
of the year, while Chris Porter and Nick Drazenovic both had a goal and an
assist in the contest.
Rivermen and Monsters played a fast-paced, evenly matched first period but the
Rivermen were unable to find the scoreboard for the seventh straight period.
The Monsters converted on their third power play of the period with just 29
seconds left. Justin Mercier banked the
puck in off defenseman Jake Gannon’s skate from the corner, along the goal
line. It was Mercier’s seventh of the year from Ben Walter and David Van der
being outshot 16-7 in the first period, the Rivermen responded with 13 shots of
their own in the second but still could not put one behind Jason
2:36 of the third, Anthony Nigro ended the scoring drought by picking up a
rebound, taking it around the back of the net, and finishing with a backhand
past acashihua. It was Nigro’s sixth of the year and was assisted by Ryan
Reaves and Tyler Shattock. It ended the
Rivermen scoreless streak at 173:42 dating back to the third period of Tuesday’s
5-1 win over Abbotsford.
the power play, just 1:21 later, Chris Porter netted his fifth of the year. Nick
Drazenovic pushed a backhand shot into the pads of Bacashihua. Porter deflected the puck off the stick of
the goaltender and it ramped over Bacashihua and into the net. T.J. Hensick
earned the secondary assist on the power-play goal which was the first in 18
chances over the last three games.
Rivermen capped off the scoring at 9:31 when Dave Spina fed Drazenovic from the
corner. He made a move to his backhand
and slid one under Bacashihua for his 11th of the year.
the win the Rivermen finished their roadtrip with a record of 2-2-0 and
improved to 27-15-2-1 on the year (57 points).
The Rivermen head home for a game against the Rockford
IceHogs Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. For tickets call the Rivermen
office at (309) 676-1040 or visit www.rivermen.net.