Five Unanswered Goals Lift Peoria Into Playoffs
Peoria Rivermen clinched a playoff spot Friday night in front of their home
fans at Carver Arena with a come-from-behind 5-2 win against the division rival
Chicago Wolves. Akim Aliu and Nathan Oystrick netted the game-tying and game-winning
goals against their former team while Derek Nesbitt picked up two assists in
playoff berth for the Rivermen is their third since joining the American Hockey
League in 2005 and first since the 2008-09 season. The win gave the Rivermen (42-29-8) 92 points
to keep them in a third-place tie with the Texas Stars (41-27-10). The Rivermen
close out the season tomorrow night against the Milwaukee Admirals at Carver
Arena and can still finish anywhere from third to fifth in the division.
has won three straight games, four of their last five, and have at least one
point in five consecutive games. It was the
first time in eight meetings this season that the Rivermen beat the Wolves in
regulation (4-2-1-1) and the first time in 10 tries that they won a game
against Wolves’ goaltender Peter Mannino in regulation (8-1-0-1).
Deveaux opened the scoring for Chicago just 1:55 into the game with his 22nd
of the year from Fredrik Pettersson and Jason Krog. After getting a feed from
Krog, Pettersson carried the puck through the left circle and dropped a pass to
Deveaux in the slot where he tapped it into a vacant net.
Krog netted his 19th of the year with 9.3 seconds left in the first to
give the Wolves a 2-0 lead through 20
minutes. Pettersson picked up his second assist of the game and Deveaux
picked up his second point with an assist as well.
responded in the second period with two goals of their own on a season-high 22
shots. At the 5:23 mark Stefan Della Rovere beat Mannino to the left post on a
wrap around for his eighth of the year from Derek Peltier and Adam Cracknell.
1:53 left in the middle frame Akim Aliu tied the game with his ninth of the
year. Derek Nesbitt gathered a loose puck in the right circle near the wall and
threw a turnaround no-look backhand pass across the ice to Aliu who one-timed in
the game tying goal.
Rivermen started the third period on the power play and just 42 seconds in, Nathan
Oystrick notched his 15th of the year and eighth on the power play.
Hensick found Oystrick in the left circle and his one timer beat Mannino on the
glove side while Tyson Strachan picked up the second assist on the goal. His 15 goals are tied for most among all AHL
7:05 left on the clock Anthony Nigro netted his ninth of the year on another nice
play from Nesbitt. He walked out of the corner and had his shot slid across the
slot to an open Nigro for the goal.
sealed the victory with 1:44 on the clock on an empty-netter from deep in his own
zone. Oystrick’s power play tally early
in the third stood as the only power play for both squads. The Rivermen outshot
the Wolves 43-24 in the game.
The Rivermen host
the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. for Free Food / Fan
Appreciation Night. Thousands of dollars
in prizes will be given away to fans in attendance and every fan will receive a
voucher for a free hot dog, chips, soda and Twinkie from the Carver Arena
concession stands. For tickets call
309-676-1040 or visit www.rivermen.net.