Rivermen Win 3-1 In Front of 9,104 at Xcel Center in Minnesota
Peoria Rivermen ended the Houston Aeros six-game winning streak in front of
9,104 fans at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. by a score of 3-1. Minnesota-native
Chris Porter registered a goal and an assist while T.J. Hensick extended his
point streak to 10 games with a third period assist.
the win, the Rivermen (31-18-2-3, 67 pts) move into second place in the West
Division and now trail the Aeros (32-20-1-3, 68 pts) by one point.
game was the third regular season game played by the Rivermen in their
franchise history and the first one as a member of the American Hockey
League. They were the visiting team at
Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on Oct. 20, 2002, where they lost 6-5 in a shootout
to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). On Oct.
30, 1994, the Rivermen beat the Cincinnati Cyclones (IHL) 7-2 at the Kiel
Center in St. Louis.
put the Rivermen on the board first with his first shorthanded goal of the year
at 9:03 of the first period. Porter picked up an errant pass from Maxim Noreau and
raced down the ice on a breakaway. He
snapped a shot over the glove of Anton Khudobin for his eighth of the year,
Spina gave the Rivermen a two-goal lead at 2:37 of the second period with his
ninth of the year from Porter and Adam Cracknell. After coming around the back
of the net Spina attempted a wrap-around which was headed wide, but redirected
off Tyler Cuma’s skate and into the net.
Aeros converted on the second of back-to-back 5-on-3’s midway through the
second to make it 2-1. Cody Almond’s 12th of the year,
from Robbie Earl and Jon DiSalvitore at 11:19, came on one of Houston’s eight
power plays. Earl set up DiSalvitore for
a one-timer near the bottom of the left circle and Disalvitore’s shot was
stopped by Ben Bishop and bounced right to Almond who backhanded the puck in.
Rivermen closed out the scoring and sealed the victory at 15:28 of the final
frame and just 11 seconds into Carson McMillan’s interference minor. T.J.
Hensick sent a pass from the left side through the slot to Drazenovic near the
bottom of the right circle and Drazenovic one-timed his 15th of the
year into the back of the net. Slava Trukhno also picked up an assist on the
goal. With Drazenovic’s goal the Rivermen power play finished 1-for-3 in the
game and 3-for-8 for the weekend against the Aeros.
finished with 24 saves and earned No. 2 star honors in with win while Anton
Khudobin stopped 18 of 21 for Houston.
The Rivermen faceoff
against the IceHogs in Rockford on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. The game can be heard
locally on 96.5 ESPN in Peoria and online through www.rivermen.net.