Rivermen Season Ends With 4-2 Loss to Wolves
Opponent: @Chicago Wolves
Date: April 15, 2012 4:00 p.m.
Score(Home/Away): 4-2 L
Jordan Binnington made 35 saves in his professional debut but the Chicago Wolves handed the Peoria Rivermen a 4-2 loss in the final game of the 2011-12 season. The Rivermen finished the season with a record of 39-33-2-2 and 82 points, an 11th place finish in the Western Conference.
Peoria’s 39 wins were more than two of the eight teams that qualified for the playoffs in the West.
Nicklas Jensen, playing in just his sixth professional game, registered a hat trick for the Wolves and Joe Cannata made 38 saves in his first professional start.
Jensen scored at 9:29 of the first and 13:53 of the second to stake the Wolves a 2-0 lead through two periods. The Rivermen registered 20 shots on net, one shy of their season-high, in the second period but could not break through against Cannata.
A breakaway for Tim Miller just 3:13 into the third period gave Chicago a 3-0 lead before Peoria’s comeback began.
T.J. Hensick appeared to collect a power-play goal just a few minutes later before the play was discussed by the officials and disallowed. They determined the puck hit the post and did not enter the goal.
Peoria’s first goal came at 9:17 when Cade Fairchild wristed a shot from the blueline that found its way through traffic and clanked off the post and in. It was Fairchild’s eighth goal of the season and came on the power play.
Adam Cracknell scored at 13:39 for his 23rd of the season. After Brett Ponich and David Shields worked the puck high in the zone, Cracknell picked it up and wristed it under Cannata’s blocker.
With the net empty in the final minute, Jensen added his third to cap the scoring of the 4-2 game.