December 27, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Peoria Rivermen
Despite controlling play for most of the game, Ryan Ellis scored his first goal of the season with 3:38 remaining in the third to lift the Milwaukee Admirals to a 2-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen Thursday night in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Rivermen outshot Milwaukee 33-22 in the game but goaltender Jeremy Smith helped steal the game with 32 saves.
Adam Cracknell scored Peoria's lone goal for the second straight game and extended his point streak to a team-high seven games. He put the Rivermen on the board first at 14:29 in the opening period. Derek Nesbitt fired a one-timer from the high slot that Smith knocked down with his glove and was subsequently pushed in by Cracknell. T.J. Hensick also was credited with an assist, extending his scoring streak to five games.
Peoria outshot Milwaukee 17-6 in the first frame but had just the 1-0 lead to show for it.
Milwaukee answered in the second period, as Chris Mueller scored his team-leading 11th goal of the year. Following a faceoff win, Taylor Beck's wraparound attempt jumped to the front of the net and was batted in by Mueller in the low slot. The goal, at 6:50 of the second period tied the game.
In the final frame, both goalies were up to the task on several scoring opportunities. Ellis fired a shot from the right point that deflected off a Rivermen defender and into the top of the net for the game-winner at 16:22.
The game featured only six combined penalty minutes with the Rivermen posting an 0-for-2 mark on the power play while Milwaukee was 0-for-1.
The Rivermen end their four-game road swing with a rematch against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday at 7 p.m. All games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM or online through www.rivermen.net.