Rivermen Steamroll Storm Friday
October 26, 2018 7:10 pm
Photo Credit: Sean Flynn/Quad City Storm
Rivermen Steamroll Storm Friday
King & Rumble record first pro goals, Klein earns win in pro debut
Moline, IL – The Peoria Rivermen scored five goals in the first two periods en route to a 6-1 win over the Quad City Storm at the TaxSlayer Center Friday night. The win, Peoria’s first of the 2018-19 season, lifts the Rivermen to 1-0-1 before their Tuesday morning game at Evansville.
The Rivermen opened the scoring with a marker just over five minutes into the game. Rivermen winger Joe Kalisz collected the puck in the right-wing corner of the Quad City zone, and sent a pass to the bottom of the right circle for teammate Lane King, who deposited a shot past Storm goaltender Eric Levine as he crossed the front of the net, giving the Rivermen a 1-0 edge 5:41 into the first period.
Peoria doubled their lead with another even-strength tally late in the game’s opening frame. Rivermen defenseman Jake Hamilton held in a Quad City clearing attempt at the left point of the Storm zone, and sent a pass behind the net. Peoria winger Ben Blasko collected the puck and sent a no-look pass to the slot, where teammate Will Smith one-timed the puck past Levine for a 2-0 lead at 18:53 of the frame.
The Rivermen built their lead to 5-0 with a trio of goals late in the game’s middle period. With Peoria on a 5-on-3 power-play courtesy of slashing minors against Storm players Taylor McCloy and Don Olivieri, Rivermen defenseman Brandon Rumble one-timed a pass from atop the left-wing circle of the Quad City zone for a 3-0 lead at 14:31 of the frame. The Peoria lead grew to 4-0 at 17:10 when Peoria center Justin Greenberg snapped home a backdoor feed from Kalisz with the teams at even strength. Peoria winger Mike Gurtler pushed the Rivermen lead to five at 18:26 of the period with a power-play tally of his own.
The teams traded even-strength goals in the game’s final period. Blasko broke into the Quad City zone on an odd-man rush and fired a shot over the shoulder of new Storm goaltender Peter Di Salvo at 13:53 of the period. Storm defenseman Ben Boukal carried the puck into the zone and fired it just past the outstretched glove of Stephen Klein for the eventual 6-1 final at 17:44 of the final frame.
Klein stopped 27 of 28 shots faced and earned the win in his pro debut. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native also came 2:16 from his first pro shutout.
Notes: King and Rumble each recorded their first professional goals…Greenberg posted his fourth career three-point game, and first since February 16 of last season…Blasko had his first career multi-point game…The Rivermen were 2-for-6 on the power play, and out-shot the Storm 34-10 in the first two periods…The Rivermen return to action Tuesday morning, October 30, in Evansville, Indiana against the Thunderbolts at the Ford Center…Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 AM, and the broadcast of the game can be heard, starting with the pregame show, at 9:40, at http://mixlr.com/peoria-rivermen/
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