Special Teams on Display in 5-0 Win Over Rampage
Opponent: @San Antonio Rampage
Date: October 21, 2011 7:00 p.m.
Score(Home/Away): 0-5 W
The Peoria Rivermen rode Ben Bishop and their special teams to their first victory of the season, a 5-0 win over the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night at the AT&T Center. Jonathan Cheechoo scored twice and Brett Sterling racked up three points while Peoria’s power play finished 4-for-6 only to be overshadowed by a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill.
In just his third start of the year, Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop recorded 28 saves to lead the Rivermen to their first win of the season. It was Bishop’s fourth career AHL shutout and first since Dec. 19, 2010 against Lake Erie.
After a rather uneventful first period, that featured four Rampage power plays, Brennan Evans and Eric Selleck dropped the gloves at 7:47 of the second period and were both given majors and 10-minute misconducts for “continuing altercation.” David Marshall was also called for roughing on the play which led to Peoria’s first goal of the night.
Derek Nesbitt sent a pass to Cheechoo, with 8:28 left in the second period, who fired home his first goal of the season past Brian Foster. Sterling, who started the play, earned his first of three points with an assist.
Barriball added his first professional goal at 16:56 in the second period on the man-advantage after Adam Cracknell left a drop pass along the left dasher boards. Barriball picked up the puck and fired a shot from the top of the left circle over Foster’s glove to give the Rivermen a 2-0 lead.
Sterling scored the third Rivermen power-play goal of the game after he wristed one through Foster at 2:22 of the third period. T.J. Hensick and Danny Syvret supplied the assists on the goal. Peoria added their fourth power-play goal of the game when T.J. Hensick put a wrist shot past Foster’s blocker.
The only goal of the evening that didn’t come on a power play, still came on a man advantage. With a delayed call against the Rampage, Bishop went to the bench for an extra attacker. Cheechoo scored his second mark of the game at 17:11 from Cracknell and Stefan Della Rovere.
Foster made just 23 saves in the losing effort for the Rampage. The Rivermen face the Texas Stars on Saturday at the Cedar Park Center. The game will be broadcast on CD Country 107.9 FM and online through www.rivermen.net.