Rampage Hand Rivermen First Road Loss, 4-1
Opponent: @San Antonio Rampage
Date: October 24, 2010 3:00
Score(Home/Away): 4-1 L
The San Antonio Rampage handed the Peoria Rivermen their first loss since opening night, 4-1 at the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon. Brett MacLean (1g, 2) led the way for the Rampage who collected their fifth consecutive victory in the process.
It was San Antonio’s special teams that propelled them past Peoria with a pair of power-play goals in the final three minutes of the first period to claim a lead they held the rest of the game. Brett MacLean managed to deflect a puck off of a Mathieu Beaudoin shot and past Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop at 17:03. Garrett Stafford added the second tally just 14 seconds into their second power play with a slapshot from the point as MacLean Mikkel Boedker earned assist on the play.
Peoria managed to kill off the other three power-play chances for the Rampage including a four-minute double minor assessed to Graham Mink at 8:26 of the second period. He was also handed a 10-minute misconduct that had him sidelined for half of the second period and the opening minutes of the third.
The Rivermen put themselves back within one when Mark Cundari stuck with his first professional goal with just 71 seconds left in the second period. His shot from the blueline snuck past Al Montoya with Dave Spina providing the screen.
Tim Stapleton added an insurance goal at 12:31 of the third period as he pushed home a rebound to finish off a two-on-one with MacLean.
San Antonio held off Peoria’s late charge as the Rivermen registered a game-high 14 shots in the final frame. Mathieu Beaudoin scored his sixth goal of the season on an empty net with just 13 seconds remaining to finish off Peoria’s perfect 5-0-0 road record.
Bishop finished the game with 24 saves on 27 shots while Montoya made 29 stops in the win. Peoria goaltending went 201 minutes and 40 seconds before MacLean’s first period goal after back-to-back shutouts over the past two nights.
The Rivermen wrap up their season-long seven-game road trip against the Texas Stars on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Peoria is 2-0-0 on this trip against the Stars. The game will be broadcast live on 96.5 ESPN Radio in Peoria or online through www.rivermen.net.