The Peoria Rivermen dropped their fifth straight game on Sunday, falling to the Mississippi RiverKings 3-0 at Landers Center. Goaltender Dan McWhinney stopped all 32 shots for his first shutout of the season, while forwards Leo Thomas and Todd Hosmer each scored for the fifth and sixth times against Peoria respectively.
The loss drops the Rivermen to 2-4-1-0 on the season and 0-3-1-0 against the RiverKings. It was not for a lack of chances however, as Peoria had 10 opportunities on the power play, but failed to capitalize.
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For the first time this season, Peoria nearly scored the first goal less than 30 seconds into regulation. From the top of the crease, Ryan Raven deflected a pass into the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed as Raven was called for swatting it in with his hand.
In contrast, Mississippi opened the scoring at 14:50 of the first courtesy of Daniel Sobotka’s first goal of the season. From the left side, Sabotka unleashed a powerful slap shot from the top of the circle past Rivermen netminder Eric Levine for a 1-0 lead.
Only 22 seconds into the second period, the RiverKings extended their lead to 2-0 after Todd Hosmer scored an unassisted goal. After a bad turnover in Peoria’s own zone, Hosmer grabbed the puck in the slot and beat Levine for his eighth goal of the season.
The RiverKings notched the final goal of the game on an empty netter at 18:08 of the third, while shorthanded. Following a roughing minor to Hosmer, Peoria pulled Levine for the extra attacker, but the RiverKings gained possession through Matt Harrington who found Thomas on a 2-on-1 for the goal. It was Peoria's third shorthanded goal allowed this season.
Levine (0-2-1) suffered the loss for the third night in a row making 26 saves on 28 shots. McWhinney earned his second win of the year, which have both come against the Rivermen. McWhinney has now made 74 saves on 75 shots against Peoria for a .987 saves rate.
In addition, Mississippi’s top line of Hosmer, Thomas and Matt Whitehead have now combined for 15 goals, 9 assists and a plus-29 rating against the Rivermen.
The Rivermen outshot Mississippi 32-29 and finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Peoria only dressed 14 skaters with Cole Ruwe and Dean Yakura out due to injury.
Peoria continues a 5-game road trip on Friday with a 6:05 p.m. puck drop against the Fayetteville FireAntz at the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online at www.cd1079.net. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream at www.americaonesports.com.