Admirals Stun Rivermen in Regular Season Finale
Peoria Rivermen dropped the last game of the regular season to the Milwaukee
Admirals 4-3 on Saturday night at Carver Arena. Ryan Thang’s goal with 6.5
seconds left in the third was the only goal of the frame and broke a 3-3 tie. The
Rivermen finished the season with a record of 42-29-3-5 and 92 points.
with a loss by the Texas Stars (92 points), the Rivermen remain in a tie for
third place and can still finish anywhere from third to fifth depending on the
outcomes of Sunday’s games. The Stars
visit San Antonio at 4:30 p.m. while the Oklahoma City (91 points) visit
Houston at 4:05 p.m.
Milwaukee Admirals clinched the Western Conference – and the West Division –
title with the win and set an AHL record by finishing their road schedule on a
16-game points streak (10-0-4-2).
Mueller opened the scoring for Milwaukee on the power play with his team
leading 24th of the year. Jake Allen made the initial save on Brett
Palin’s shot from the point, but Mueller found the rebound in the slot and
slapped it through Allen’s legs. Cory Conacher added the second assist on the
Rivermen were able to convert on their first power play of the game at the
14:50 mark when Nick Drazenovic blasted a one-timer top shelf following a great
backhand cross-ice from T.J. Hensick. Hensick’s assist was his 48th
of the year and tied Mike Mottau’s team record for the most assists in a single
season which was set back in 05-06.
took only 16 seconds for the Admirals to respond on Ryan Flynn’s sixth of the
year from Jeff Foss and Ben Ryan. Milwaukee’s Cory Conacher closed out the
scoring in the first period on the power play at the 17:02 mark when he tapped
in Chris Mueller’s pass to the left of Allen giving the Admirals a 3-1 lead
after 20 minutes.
Hensick lit the lamp with three minutes remaining in the middle frame on the
man advantage. Drazenovic, who was in the right circle, found Hensick near the
bottom of the left circle and Hensick roofed a quick snap shot over Jeremy
Smith for his career-high 21st of the year.
41 seconds later Daryl Boyle tied the game at 3-3 with his first goal of the
year following a faceoff win by Brett Sonne. Boyle’s slapshot from the right
point found its way through traffic and in the back of the net. It was Boyle’s
first goal since the final game of the regular season last year in Manitoba (April
goal came on a 2-on-1 break in the game’s final seconds. He let a wrist shot go that found its way
through the legs of Allen with 6.5 seconds left for his 13th of the
Rivermen finished 2-for-5 on the power play while Milwaukee was 2-for-3. The Rivermen outshot the Admirals 31-18 in
will begin the Calder Cup Playoffs next week against either Milwaukee, Houston
or Hamilton. The opponent and dates will
be determined following Sunday’s games.
Check www.rivermen.net for a
complete playoff schedule and ticketing information.