Aeros Edge Rivermen in Shootout, 4-3
Peoria Rivermen went to the shootout for the third time in their last four
games on Friday night before falling 4-3 to the Houston Aeros at Carver
Arena. Nicholas Drazenovic scored twice
while T.J. Hensick extended his point streak to nine straight games with a
third-period assist. It was the first of back-to-back games between the
division rivals with the second half scheduled for Sunday at the Xcel Energy
Center – home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.
the Rivermen (30-18-2-3, 65 pts) picked up a point, the Aeros (32-19-1-3, 68
pts) stayed alone atop West Division with the victory. The Rivermen are now
tied for third with Milwaukee (28-14-2-7) with 65 points and San Antonio
(32-19-2-0) stands alone in second with 66 points.
Nate Prosser opened the scoring at 9:14 of the first period on a wrist shot
that hit the left shoulder of Jake Allen and deflected into the net.
Jean-Michel Daoust was along the left wall and made a cross ice pass to the
trailing Prosser on the right side who then walked in and buried his sixth of
Rivermen answered by scoring on their first two power plays late in the first
with goals from Drazenovic and Phil McRae. Drazenovic found a loose puck
amongst a scrum in front of Anton Khudoin and was able to poke it in for his 13th
of the year at 17:19. Slava Trukhno and Nathan Oystrick picked up assists on
the goal. The assist gave Oystrick 21 on the season with 14 of them coming on
the power play.
over 2 minutes later, following a faceoff win and a Tyson Strachan shot from
the point, McRae collected the rebound and buried it into the open net for his
12th of the year.
Aeros answered with the only goal of the second period on the power play at
4:50. Patrick O’Sullivan tallied his
eighth of the year after a series of passes that left him alone in front for
the tap-in goal.
Gillies put the Aeros ahead 3-2 at 4:54 of the third as he converted on a
penalty shot. Gillies came in with speed and wristed one by Allen low blocker
side for his eighth of the year.
tied the game at 3-3 at 12:16 of the final frame. Drazenovic took the puck wide
on the right side, and from behind the goal line back handed the puck out
front. The puck hit Khudobin’s stick and went through his legs for Drazenovic’s
second of the game and 14th of the year.
Earl was whistled for tripping with 47 seconds left in overtime which setup an
abbreviated power-play for Peoria but they were unable to convert. The shootout was the second consecutive for the
Rivermen who beat Milwaukee on Wednesday.
O’Sullivan and McRae scored first for their respective teams, both goaltenders
stopped the next three shooters. Houston’s fifth shooter, Cody Almond, scored
the game winner with a wrist shot that beat Allen high stick side. Porter had a
chance to tie the game and force an extra round, but his shot missed wide left.
Rivermen put a season-high 43 shots on goal against Khudobin while Allen finished
with 24 saves.
The two teams
square off again on Sunday at 1 p.m. from the Xcel Energy Center, home to the NHL’s
Minnesota Wild. The game can be heard
locally on 96.5 ESPN Radio or online through www.rivermen.net.