Rivermen Return Late Heroics in Chicago
Nesbitt was the hero on Friday night as he ripped home the game-tying goal with
1.5 seconds remaining to propel the Peoria Rivermen to a 5-4 shootout win over
the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena. The
win came just two days after the Wolves tied the game with 1.1 seconds remaining
on their way to a shootout win.
Rob Ricci scored the deciding shootout goal, in just his third career AHL game,
in the sixth round of the shootout. With
this win the Rivermen improved to 36-24-2-5 (79 pts) and pushed them into third
place in the West Division. Peoria is
now just one point back of the Houston Aeros and two points behind Sunday’s
opponent – the Milwaukee Admirals.
two teams traded goals in the opening 21 seconds of the first period. Tim Miller scored the first goal of the game
just 9 seconds in and the Rivermen were able to tie the game just 12 seconds
later on an Akim Aliu goal. Aliu, who
started the year playing for Chicago, scored following a scramble in front of
Edward Pasquale for his first tally as a Rivermen.
Mink scored his 20th goal of the season at the 7:40 mark to put the
Rivermen ahead 2-1. Dave Spina fed him
the puck in the slot and he ripped one off the leg pad of Pasquale and into the
top of the net. The goal marked the seventh time in Mink’s 10-year AHL career
in which he has scored 20 goals.
scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 10:13 of the first
period. Miller deflected a shot by Mark Matheson between the legs of Ben Bishop
to tie the game at 2-2.
Wolves scored another quick goal in the second period. Ryan Garbutt gave
Chicago a 3-2 lead on his 16th goal of the year 45 seconds into the
period, assisted by Kulda and Haydar.
score stood until the final minute of the frame with the Rivermen on a penalty
kill. With 50 seconds left in the second
period, Tyler Shattock scored a shorthanded goal off a two-on-one rush with
Dave Spina to tie the game. It was
Shattock’s first game back since he was injured in a game on March 5 against
only 3:29 left in third period, Holzapfel scored his eighth goal of the year on
a slapshot from the left circle to give the Wolves a 4-3 lead.
Deveaux was whistled for hooking with only 25 seconds remaining to put the
Rivermen on just their second power play of the game. Jared Bednar called his
timeout and pulled Bishop to create a two-man advantage. With 1.5 seconds left Nesbitt took a feed in
the right circle from Derek Peltier and wristed home his 16th goal
of the season. Mark Cundari earned the
overtime and the first five rounds of the shootout, the game was still tied.
Cundari and Peltier scored goals for the Rivermen while Matheson and Esposito
scored for Chicago. In the sixth round of the shootout, after Darren Haydar
missed on his opportunity, Rob Ricci scored the winner between the legs of
game was the fourth consecutive game between Peoria and Chicago that went to
overtime. The win ended an eight-game losing streak at Allstate Arena.
The Rivermen finish their three-game road trip on
Sunday at 5 p.m. in Milwaukee. The game
can be heard locally on 96.5 ESPN Radio and online through www.rivermen.net.