Rivermen Defeated by Iowa 2-1 on the Road
Des Moines , IA. (March 20, 2007) - The Peoria Rivermen, who are 3-6-0-1 in their previous ten games, failed to record a victory for the first time in four contests this season at Wells Fargo Arena, as the Iowa Stars won 2-1 in front of 4,368.
The loss also dropped the Rivermen (33-26-2-5, 73 pts) to fifth place in the West Division, one point behind tonight's opponent, the Iowa Stars (35-29-3-1, 74 pts). However, Peoria still has two games in hand against Iowa with 14 games left in the regular season.
A couple of regulars for the Rivermen were able to return to the line-up, though, as defenseman Aaron MacKenzie skated for the first time in 13 games after suffering an ankle injury and left wing Charles Linglet, who leads Peoria with 29 goals, played for the first time in three contests with a sore shoulder.
The Stars notched the first goal of the game at 6:09 of the opening period. Center Paul Szczechura skated into the zone along the right-wing boards and then flipped a shot from the top of the right face-off circle that flew over the left shoulder of Rivermen goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu, hit the bottom of the crossbar and landed in the back of the net. It was the second marker for Szczechura in six games with the Stars.
The Rivermen tied the game 1-1 on center Trent Whitfield's 28th goal of the season at 7:41 of the second stanza. From the neutral zone, left wing Jon DiSalvatore fired the puck into the left-wing corner, where it took a strange bounce into the slot. Iowa netminder Dan Ellis scrambled to try and freeze the puck, but right wing Kevin Croxton reached it first and tipped it back to Whitfield, who easily slid it into the vacated net.
Iowa center Yared Hagos tallied the eventual game-winner for the Stars at 14:48 of the middle session. Center Greg Rallo held the puck in the Rivermen zone at the left point and fired it into the slot for Hagos, who made a nifty move to skate around Peoria defenseman Patrick Wellar and then snapped a shot through the legs of Beckford-Tseu.
The Rivermen, who fell to 14-14-1-3 on the road this season, will come back to Carver Arena on Friday, March 23 to take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:30 p.m. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a team photo courtesy of Circle K.
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