Richards Stops 34 as Rockford Tops Peoria 2-1
Richards stopped 34 of 35 Peoria Rivermen shots as the Rockford IceHogs topped
the Rivermen 2-1 on Wednesday night at the Rockford MetroCentre. T.J. Hensick
extended his point streak to 11 games while Graham Mink netted his 14th
goal of the year with only 2 seconds remaining in the game.
the loss, Peoria (31-19-2-3, 67 pts) remains in a tie for second place in the
West Division with the Milwaukee Admirals, just one point back of the Houston
opened the scoring nearly halfway through the first period. As Peoria was
whistled for back-to-back penalties, Jeff Taffe blasted a slapshot off a body
in front and through the legs of Ben Bishop for his team leading 17th
goal of the season at 7:02. Ben Smith recorded the lone assist on the
Evan Brophey added an insurance tally by scoring the lone goal of the second
period at 16:29. Brian Connelly sent a pass ahead to Brophey on the right side
while the Rivermen were amidst a line change.
Brophey came in and wristed a shot under the blocker of Bishop for his
seventh of the year.
just two ticks on the clock in the third period, Mink spoiled the shutout for Richards
by scoring on a scrum in front of the Rockford net. It was a 6-on-4 power-play
goal as Bishop had already been pulled for the extra attacker. Hensick and
Nathan Oystrick were credited for with the assists.
teams went 1-for-7 on the man advantage while the Rivermen outshot the IceHogs
is now 4-2-0-1 against the IceHogs overall and 1-2-0-0 against Rockford at the
MetroCentre this season.
The Rivermen will
host the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. For tickets call the
Rivermen office at (309) 676-1040 or visit www.rivermen.net.