Explore Peoria Five Unanswered Goals Lead Rivermen to Fifth Straight Win
Trailing 2-0 early in the first period, the Peoria Rivermen
stormed back with five unanswered goals to beat the Texas Stars, 5-2 at
the Cedar Park Center on Sunday. The win was Peoria’s fifth in a row and
have started their season-long seven-game road trip 3-0-0. Dave
Scatchard and Nick Drazenovic each scored two goals to put the Rivermen
atop the league with 10 points and 26 goals.
Goaltender Ben Bishop turned in another strong outing with 40
saves to pick up his fourth straight win. He has seen at least 40 shots
in his last two starts in which Peoria has outscored the opposition
With Dean Arsene and Brennan Evans in the penalty box, the Stars were
able to capitalize on an early 5-on-3 advantage just 2:58 in the game
thanks to a Travis Morin goal, assisted by Francis Wathier and Philip
Larson. The Rivermen have allowed a 5-on-3 advantage in each game this
season, and five of the six power-play goals that Peoria has allowed
have come in a 5-on-3 situation.
Scott McCulloch added to the lead at 7:48 after a funny bounce
produced a loose puck in the slot. McCulloch snapped a shot over
Bishop’s shoulder for his third goal in the last two games.
It didn’t take long for the Rivermen to get on board when
forward Dave Scatchard scored his first goal of the season after
swatting an airborne puck into the net past goaltender Brent Krahn. Mark
Cundari’s shot produced a rebound for Scatchard crashing in on goal.
Peoria was outshot 15-10 after the first period and entered the
locker room trialing after the first period for the first time this
Just 1:44 into the second period, T.J. Hensick left a drop pass
for Drazenovic which he slapped past Brent Krahn to tie the game at two
goals apiece. Hensick extended his point streak to six games and is the
only Rivermen player to register a point in each game this season.
Dave Scatchard added his second goal of the game at 9:08 to
take a 3-2 lead after banging in his own rebound. Porter fed him just
outside the crease and earned his second assist of the night.
The Rivermen quickly added another to chase Krahn from the
net. Bishop played a puck up past the redline to Graham Mink, who dished
it off to Drazenovic as he slipped behind the defense. His wrist shot
worked through Krahn for his second tally of the contest. Krahn’s night
was done after 30:05 and finished the with 14 saves on 18 shots. Richard
Bachman finished the game with 12 saves on 13 shots.
Phil McRae got in on the action with just under five minutes
left in the second period, poking in a rebound off of a Stefan Della
Rovere shot, which gave the Rivermen a 5-2 lead at the end of the second
The Rivermen were outshot again 15-10 in the third period and
42-21 overall in the game. Texas scored once on their three power plays
while Peoria was held scoreless in their only opportunity.
The two teams will meet again twice on this road trip on Oct. 23 and 26.