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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 11-4. 



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 season. 


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 period.


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.