Smith, Admirals Blank Rivermen 3-0
Smith stopped all 24 Rivermen shots he faced Saturday night, as the Milwaukee
Admirals defeated the Peoria Rivermen 3-0 in front of 7,304 fans at Carver
Arena. It was the first time the Rivermen were shutout at home since Feb. 28,
2010, also against the Milwaukee Admirals. The Rivermen (31-20-2-3, 67 pts.)
dropped to fifth place in the Western Division and now trail the Admirals
(31-14-2-7, 71 pts.) by four points.
Reaves got the crowd on their feet right off the opening face-off by dropping
the gloves and exchanging heavy right hands with Kelsey Wilson. Other than
that, the Admirals controlled the game.
first scored at 7:18 of the first period on Wilson’s seventh of the year. Jake
Allen got most of Teemu Laakso’s slap-shot from the point, but not enough as
the puck trickled through Allen’s legs and was loose in the crease for Wilson
to tap in. Andreas Thuresson picked up the second assist on the goal.
three minutes later, Blake Geoffrion scored his 11th of the year on
the Admirals first power play of the game. Jonathon Blum set up Roman Josi with
a one-timer from the middle of the ice at the blue line and while the shot was
on its way Geoffrion managed to get a stick on the puck and tip it by Allen.
team scored in the second period and the final tally did not come until 17:42
of the final frame. Gabriel Bourque wristed a shot from the bottom of the left
circle over the blocker of Allen. It was Bourque’s ninth of the year and was
assisted by Chris Mueller and Brett Palin.
Rivermen were unable to convert on each of their three power-plays while the
Admirals went 1-for-3. The Rivermen outshot the Milwaukee 24-23 in the game.
stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced in recording the loss while T.J. Hensick
saw his season-long 11-game point-streak come to an end.
The Rivermen will
face-off against the Griffins in Grand Rapids tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. The game
can be heard locally on 96.5 ESPN in Peoria or online at www.rivermen.net.