Two Shorthanded Goals Not Enough For Rivermen
Opponent: Lake Erie Monsters
Date: November 1, 2012 7:05 PM
Score(Home/Away): 3-4** L
The Peoria Rivermen scored two shorthanded goals in the third period to take a 3-1 lead but it wasn’t enough as the Lake Erie Monsters tied the game and won it in the shootout 4-3 on Thursday night at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell scored twice and Andrew Murray added another while Jake Allen made 31 saves in the shootout loss.
Lake Erie opened up the scoring early in the first period on their first power play of the game. From inside the right circle, Bryan Lerg fired a wrist shot that went through a screen and got past the blocker of Allen. Tyson Barrie and Thomas Pock earned assists on the goal scored at 3:36 of the first.
Cracknell scored his first goal of the year to tie the contest at one at 3:22 of the second frame. Taylor Chorney took a shot from the point that clanked off the left post. With the puck loose in the crease, Cracknell who slid the puck past the left pad of Sami Aittokallio. Scott Ford earned the secondary assist on the goal that broke a scoreless streak of 148:09 for Peoria.
A boarding penalty to Ford just 24 seconds into the third period led to a stretch of four goals in a matter of 3:37. At 1:08, Cracknell scored his second goal of the night shorthanded to give the Rivermen a 2-1 lead. Only 1:12 later Murray buried a breakaway for a second shorthanded goal to increase Peoria’s lead to 3-1.
With Ford out of the box, the Monsters responded with two goals in a span of 57 seconds to tie the game. At 3:48 Cameron Gaunce scored his first goal of the season on a wrap around attempt that went off the skate of Allen and into the goal. Andrew Agozzino notched the equalizer at the 4:45 mark for his fourth goal of the season.
Peoria killed off a full 2-minute power play in overtime to send the game to a shootout. After a Monsters’ miss, Jaden Schwartz scored to give the Rivermen a 1-0 shootout lead. Lake Erie countered with three straight goals by Mike Sgarbossa, Lerg, and Mark Olver to win the shootout 3-1.
The Rivermen were outshot tonight 35-28. The Monsters went 1-for-6 on the power play while Peoria failed to score on their six chances.
The Rivermen will play the final game of their six-game homestand Saturday against the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:35 p.m. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will be able to participate in the Presidential Bobblehead Faceoff. For details visit www.rivermen.net and for tickets call 309-676-1040. www.rivermen.net