IceHogs Battle Past Rivermen
a night where the Peoria Rivermen celebrated the 20th anniversary of
their 1991 Turner Cup championship team, the Rockford IceHogs spoiled the party
with a 4-2 win on Friday night in front of 5,990 fans. Jeff Taffe scored twice as the two teams
traded leads in the second-period before the ‘Hogs pulled ahead for good.
Rivermen (33-22-2-2, 71 pts.) now sit in a tie for third place with the Texas
Stars but remain four points behind the Milwaukee Admirals (33-16-2-7).
team could find the back of the net in the first, but the gloves dropped twice.
Just 49 seconds into the game Chris Porter and Shawn Lalonde exchanged punches
and with 6 minutes to go Brett Sonne and Kyle Hagel squared off.
thought they had the game’s first goal just 4:16 into the opening period but
Dave Scatchard’s goal was disallowed because it was ruled he played it in with
Oystrick opened the scoring at 5:34 of the second with his 12th of
the year on the man-advantage, unassisted. His dump-in bounced off the glass
and found its way back on his stick in the slot. Oystrick faked a shot to get
Richards down, drifted to the left and lifted a shot into the top of net.
answered on a power play of their own at 10:38 on Ryan Potulny’s 20th
of the year. Potulny came streaking in on the right side and put a backhand
toward the five-hole of Jake Allen. Allen got most of the shot, but not enough
as it trickled a couple inches over the goal line. Brian Connelly and Ryan
Stanton picked up the assists on the goal.
than 2 minutes later Taffe gave the IceHogs their first lead of the game. His
quick shot from the top of the left circle beat Jake Allen for his 20th
of the year. Connelly and Stanton chipped in again with assists on the goal.
Cundari tied the game for the Rivermen on the power play at 16:51. Derek
Nesbitt fed Cundari in the high-slot and snapped a quick shot off the right
post and in. It was his seventh of the year and fifth on the power play.
second gave Rockford the lead for good and gave the IceHogs their second
power-play goal of the period in as many tries.
Rivermen managed just three shots to the IceHogs 10 in the final frame and also
were unable to put one by Richards. Rob Klinkhammer put his eighth of the year
into an empty net with 6 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.
the Rivermen and the IceHogs went 2-for-5 on the man advantage while Rockford outshot
Rivermen wore special replica jerseys from the 1990-91 season that were
auctioned off after the game to benefit the Children’s Hospital of
The Rivermen head
to Chicago to take on the Wolves Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Allstate Arena.
The game can be heard locally on 96.5 ESPN in Peoria or online at www.rivermen.net.