Bishop Stops 28 Shots in 4-0 Victory at Chicago
Opponent: @Chicago Wolves
Date: November 27, 2011 3:00 p.m.
Score(Home/Away): 0-4 W
A strong performance from both the Peoria Rivermen offense and goaltender Ben Bishop guided the way to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Wolves Sunday at Allstate Arena. Stopping all 28 shots, Bishop recorded his third shutout of the season while Jonathan Cheechoo picked up his 500th career point in the contest.
Peoria (10-10-1-1) ended its season-long four-game losing streak and picked up its fourth win of the road trip (4-4-0-0).
After a fast paced first period that saw 19 combined shots but no goals, the Rivermen struck first early in the second frame. At the 1:29 mark, T.J. Hensick drew a pair of defenders in and slid a pass between them to Derek Nesbitt who immediately found Jay Barriball at the backdoor. Barriball finished the play past Wolves goaltender Matt Climie for his third goal in four periods. Hensick and Nesbitt were both credited with assists.
Less than six minutes later, Peoria extended its lead courtesy of some nice passing and Nesbitt’s seventh of the year. From the left point, Cade Fairchild fed the puck to Nesbitt at the right circle. The winger then one-timed a shot from one knee and into the back of the net at 7:09 of the second.
Phil McRae capped off a three-goal middle frame to make it 3-0 in the final minute of the period. At 19:25, Cheechoo hustled down the right side, grabbed a loose puck and set up McRae who fired one off the crossbar and in. For Cheechoo, the assist was the 500th point of his professional career in 12 seasons. Shaun Heshka was also credited with an assist.
A scary moment at 6:42 of the third period left Peoria without their leading point producer for the rest of the game. With the puck nearby, Hensick was shoved from behind, head-first into the boards by Chicago’s Ryan Parent. Hensick fell awkwardly into the boards and was shaken up and did not play the rest of the game. Parent was given a 5-minute major for boarding as well as a game misconduct.
Peoria added the final goal of the game at 14:16 of the third period with Cheechoo’s sixth of the year. The veteran received a pass from Adam Cracknell and froze Climie while going over the blocker to make it 4-0.
Bishop picked up his ninth win of the season and Climie stopped 27 of 31 shots in the loss. Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.
The Rivermen complete their season-long, 9-game road trip on Friday with a 7 p.m. start against the Milwaukee Admirals. The game can be heard locally on 107.9 CD Country in Peoria or online at www.rivermen.net.