Bishop and Rivermen Hold Off Milwaukee, 3-2 to Earn First Win
October 10, 2010
Peoria Rivermen scored three goals in a 2:58 span of the first period
and Ben Bishop made them stand up, collecting 36 saves en route to a 3-2
win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday afternoon at Carver
Arena. Rookie center Phil McRae picked up the first two points of his
professional career with a goal and an assist while defenseman Nathan
Oystrick added his first pair of points, with a goal and an assist, in a
Penalties came in bunches for Peoria in the first period. Their
first power-play was cut short with a minor penalty that turned into a
5-on-3 just 3:56 into the game. Before either of those penalties had
expired, Dean Arsene was whistled for a minor and created a brief, but
second 5-on-3 power play. When all was said and done the Rivermen had
killed off 1:51 of 5-on-3 and 4:09 of continuous power-play time for
Luckily for Peoria, their goals came in bunches in the first
period as well. The Rivermen struck first on a McRae marker at
13:49. Stefan Della Rovere fluttered a saucer pass from the half-wall to
Mark Cundari in the slot who fed McRae at the bottom of the right
circle. McRae patiently waited, then faked a shot to Admiral goaltender
Chet Pickard’s left which opened the five-hole enough for McRae to slide
It only took 43 seconds for the Rivermen to put another puck by
Pickard. After receiving a pass from Brennan Evans, Nathan Oystrick
blasted a low slapper off Pickard’s pad that Chris Porter gathered up
and backhanded home along the ice.
The onslaught of goals from the Rivermen continued on the
power-play when Oystrick’s one-time slapshot found the back of the net.
T.J. Hensick and McRae added helpers on the power-play tally. Bishop
made 15 of his 36 saves in the opening period.
At the start of the second period Milwaukee replaced Pickard with Mark Dekanich who stopped all 17 Rivermen shots he faced.
Milwaukee registered their first goal on the power play at 3:12
of the second frame. Kelsey Wilson slapped in his own rebound, for his
first of the year. Mark Van Guilder and Grant Lewis tallied assists on
the lone goal of the second period.
Play remained steady for the first 15 minutes of the third
until Milwaukee slammed one in at 16:47 bringing the Admirals within
one. Andreas Thuresson got the goal by poking home a loose puck in the
midst of a giant scrum in front of Bishop.
Milwaukee called a timeout with a 1:30 allowing them to talk
things over. The Rivermen defense came up big blocking multiple shots
for Bishop after the timeout in the last minute, and Bishop did the rest
by keeping the puck out of the net for the win.
The Admiral power play finished at 2-for-7 and the Rivermen went 1-for-5 on the man-advantage.
The three goals in the first period proved to be enough for the Rivermen despite being outshot 38-28 in the game.
The Rivermen play the final game of their three-game
homestand against Rockford on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. All-you-can-eat-seats
are available for Tuesday’s game for just $16. Full-season, partial and mini ticket plans are all on sale. For more information visit www.rivermen.net, call 309-676-1040 or stop by the Rivermen office inside the Peoria Civic Center.