IceHogs Strike Late for Win Over Rivermen
Makarov scored the go-ahead goal with 2:38 left in the third and Alec Richards
made 29 saves as the Rockford IceHogs came from behind to beat the Peoria
Rivermen 4-3 on Saturday night at the Rockford MetroCentre. Dave Scatchard and Akim Aliu both scored in
the third period to give the Rivermen leads but each time Rockford responded
with a goal of their own.
the loss, the Rivermen (37-26-2-5) have 81 points and sit in a third-place tie
with the Oklahoma City Barons with only 10 games remaining in the regular
IceHogs scored just 2:48 into the first period. Brian Connelly bounced a shot
off of a Rivermen defender to give Rockford an early 1-0 lead. Brandon Pirri
and Rob Klinkhammer earned assists on the play.
response came at 8:13 on Graham Mink’s team-leading 21st goal of the
season. He deflected a Daryl Boyle slap
shot from the high slot and through Richards’ legs. It was the first game back for both Boyle and
Anthony Nigro since Feb. 5, ending an 18-game absence from the lineup.
1-1 score held up until the third period when the teams began trading
goals. Just 1:42 in, Scatchard fired a
shot, from along the way, which found a way through multiple players into the
net. It was the second goal in as many games for Scatchard and his sixth of the
year, assisted by Nick Drazenovic and Aliu.
penalties by Derek Peltier and Tyler Shattock 40 seconds apart, the IceHogs had
a 5-on-3 in the minutes following Scatchard’s goal. Jeff Taffe took a slap shot from the top of
the right circle that sailed through Bishop just 1:38 after the Rivermen had
taken the lead.
8:12, Aliu scored a goal off a great feed from Drazenovic to complete a
two-on-one down low in the zone only to have the IceHogs re-tie the game just
34 seconds later. With Bishop behind the
net to stop a puck, Peter LeBlanc took the puck from a defender and slipped it
in before Bishop could get back into the net.
banged home a rebound at 17:22 to put the IceHogs ahead for good. The Rivermen outshot the IceHogs 32-30 and
finished the season series with a 6-4-0 record against Rockford.
Peoria hosts the Lake Erie Monsters on Sunday at 5:05
p.m. at Carver Arena. Kids tickets are
available for just $1 and hot dogs, chips and Cokes are just $1 from
4-5p.m. There will be a skate with the
Rivermen players following the game. For
tickets call 309-676-1040 or visit www.rivermen.net.