Texas Outlasts Rivermen in 10-Round Shootout
Opponent: Texas Stars
Date: December 2, 2012 5:05 PM
Score(Home/Away): 3-4** L
Alex Chiasson scored in the 10th round of the shootout to give the Texas Stars a 4-3 win against the Peoria Rivermen on Sunday evening at Carver Arena. Derek Nesbitt scored his second goal of the game, with just 3.4 seconds remaining, to tie the game and force overtime but Peoria was held to a single point despite outshooting the Stars 41-22.
The Rivermen got on the scoreboard first when Tyler Shattock scored his first goal of the season by pushing the puck through a scrum in front of the net at 15:05 in the first period. Mark Cundari and Anthony Nigro earned assists on the play after Cundari's shot bounced off the boards and into the crease for Shattock's goal.
The Rivermen doubled their lead at 17:40 in the first period on a power-play goal from Nesbitt. T.J. Hensick pushed a pass to the high slot and Nesbitt one-timed his second goal in as many nights. Hensick, who earned his 15th assist on the season, and Taylor Chorney was also credited with an assist.
In the second period, the Stars were only able to put three shots on goal but Cam Barker put one into the back of the net with only 7.3 seconds remaining in the frame. Reilly Smith and Maxime Fortunus earned assists on the goal that cut the Rivermen lead in half.
Texas tied the game at 9:13 in the third period when Jordie Benn pushed in a rebound past Allen. Toby Petersen had the original shot on Allen, and was credited with an assist on Benn's goal. Only 14 seconds later, Smith gave the Stars a 3-2 lead after skating past the Rivermen defense and snapping a shot above Allen's shoulder. Cody Eakin and Chiasson earned assists on the goal.
With 60 seconds remaining in the game, Brent Regner drew a tripping penalty from Smith. Peoria pulled Allen from the net, and Nesbitt scored his team-leading eighth of the season off a feed from Jaden Schwartz in the final seconds..
After overtime, Tomas Vincour scored in the third round of the shootout to give Texas the early advantage. Phil McRae scored immediately afterwards, and then six rounds later, Chiasson pushed the game-winning goal past Allen. The Rivermen went 2-for-4 on the powerplay and Texas went 0-for-2.
The Rivermen open a five-game road swing on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the Grand Rapids Griffins. All games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM or online through www.rivermen.net.