Game Recaps

Rivermen Win 3-1 In Front of 9,104 at Xcel Center in Minnesota


Adam CracknellThe 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. 


With 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.




The 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.   


Porter 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, unassisted.


Dave 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.


The 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.


The 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.


Bishop 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