BRIAN ELLIOTT SHUTS OUT MONSTERS 2-0
Opponent: Lake Erie Monsters
Date: March 30, 2013 7:05 PM
Score(Home/Away): 2-0 W
In his final game with the Peoria Rivermen on a conditioning assignment, Brian Elliott shutout the Lake Erie Monsters in a 2-0 win Saturday evening at Carver Arena in front of 7,660 fans. Elliott stopped 27 shots and finished his two-game stint in Peoria with a 0.946 save percentage.
The Rivermen were the first team to score after both teams missed out on power-play opportunities in the first period. Jani Hakanpaa slapped a backdoor pass from the blue line to a wide-open Derek Nesbitt. Nesbitt deflected the pass past Calvin Pickard into the back of the net for his 25th goal of the year at 12:24. The goal for Nesbitt was the 200th AHL point of his career and the assist for Hakanpaa was his first AHL point.
Peoria doubled their lead in the second frame. Nesbitt threw a pass across the slot to Andrew Murray, who deflected the puck top shelf past Pickard at 5:29. The goal was a milestone for Murray as well with his 50th AHL goal and 12th of the season. T.J. Hensick also assisted on the play, giving him 62 points this year, which ties him for the most in the AHL.
While the Rivermen had two power-play chances in the third period, they were unable to convert on either opportunity. The Monsters emptied their net with 1:28 remaining in the game but couldn't get a shot past Elliott. The shutout was Elliott's first since he recorded three consecutive shutouts from March 22 to March 27, 2012 with the St. Louis Blues.
The Rivermen went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Lake Erie was 0-for-2. Peoria outshot the Monsters 35-27.
The Rivermen end their five-game homestand against the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Peoria Journal Star beat writer Dave Eminian will be inducted into the Rivermen Hall of Fame. For tickets or more information call 309-676-1040.