Rampage Score Final Five Goals in Win Over Rivermen
Opponent: @San Antonio Rampage
Date: January 21, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Score(Home/Away): 5-1 L
Evgeny Grachev scored a power-play goal just 2:34 into the first period but the San Antonio Rampage scored the final five goals of the game to defeat the Peoria Rivermen 5-1 on Saturday night at the AT&T Center. Former Rivermen Tyson Strachan notched the game-winner for San Antonio as the Rampage won for the third straight game.
Grachev scored his first goal as a Rivermen by converting a Cade Fairchild feed with time running down on Peoria’s first power play. His first AHL point of the season came in his eighth game after being assigned from St. Louis.
The Rampage responded with two goals in 1:21 from Jon Matsumoto and Strachan. Matsumoto tied the game with a Rampage power-play marker at 14:40 and Strachan’s shot along the ice got by the leg pad of Bishop for his third on the season at 16:01.
Peoria outshot the Rampage 14-5 in the second and 20-14 over the final two periods but the game went scoreless into the third. James Wright ripped a one-timer home at 11:45 after a feed from Tim Kennedy on a two-on-one break. Wright added an empty-netter from the red line with 1:07 left to increase the Rampage lead to 4-1.
With Bishop back in the net for the final seconds, Eric Sellek beat Bishop on a breakaway 9.5 left on the clock.
The loss marked the first time Peoria has dropped back-to-back games in regulation since Dec. 9 and 10 when they lost to Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
Following the game, the Rivermen released forward Josh Lunden from his professional tryout contract. Lunden appeared in just one game for Peoria.
The Rivermen welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Carver Arena on Tuesday morning for the second Faceoff Field Trip. Local students will enjoy the game that will begin at 10 a.m. Tickets are available and can be purchased through www.rivermen.net or by calling 309-676-1040.