Rivermen Complete Weekend Sweep
The Peoria Rivermen won their third game of the weekend by beating the Milwaukee Admirals in a shootout, 3-2, on Sunday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. After playing to a 2-2 draw through 65 minutes, Phil McRae and Sergey Andronov notched shootout goals, while Mike McKenna stopped all four shots he faced.
The Rivermen now have a record of 17-17-2-2 at the midway point of the 2012-2013 campaign.
Milwaukee opened up the scoring early in the first period. Ben ripped a wrist shot past McKenna just 1:24 into the game. The puck flew in and out of the net so quickly that a video review was required to determine the goal. Mark Van Guilder and Victor Bartley earned assists on Ryan's first goal of the season.
The Rivermen tied the game on their first power play of the night. Derek Nesbitt finished off a feed from Adam Cracknell to make it a 1-1 contest. McRae also added an assist on the goal scored at 4:38 of the first.
The next goal of the game didn't come until the opening minutes the third period. Adam Cracknell redirected a Brent Regner shot between the legs of Jeremy Smith to give the Rivermen their first lead of the night at 2:52.
Taylor Beck re-tied the game with his sixth of the year with 11:14 remaining in the frame. Beck received a cross-ice pass from Michael Latta and one-timed it past McKenna.
Peoria had a chance on the power play in the final minute of regulation and first minute of overtime but could not convert. They outshot the Admirals 9-0 in overtime and 40-29 in the game but the game still required the shootout.
McKenna has now stopped 16 of the 17 shootout attempts he has faced and is 4-0 in shootouts this season.
The Rivermen went 1-for-6 on the power play, but went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Rivermen will visit the Rockford IceHogs Friday at 7:05 p.m. before they return home to play against Texas and Houston on Saturday and Sunday. All games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM or online through www.rivermen.net.
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