Third Period Leads to Fourth Straight Win
Opponent: Milwaukee Admirals
Date: December 15, 2012 7:05 PM
Score(Home/Away): 3-1 W
Peoria scored three third period goals in a span of 3:26 Saturday night in their 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals in front of 6,883 fans at Carver Arena. Sergey Andronov, Evgeny Grachev, and T.J. Hensick all scored goals while Mike McKenna stopped 26 of the 27 to lead the Rivermen to their fourth consecutive win.
The Rivermen improved to 11-11-2-2 to leap over Milwaukee in the standings and move within two points of the Midwest Division lead.
The first goal of the contest didn’t come until the 4:04 mark of the third frame. Michael Latta came into the offensive zone with the puck, and wristed it over the glove Mike McKenna to score his fifth goal of the season. Mark Van Guilder earned the lone assist of the play.
With 4:26 remaining in the third period, Andronov scored his fifth goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1. Mark Cundari took a slap shot from the point that was tipped past Magnus Hellberg by Andronov. Anthony Peluso also assisted on the tying marker.
Grachev scored the eventual winner with 1:55 to play. From the right faceoff dot, Grachev wristed the puck past Hellberg’s blocker for his fourth tally of the season. The goal was unassisted.
Hensick scored an empty net goal with 1:00 remaining to make it a 3-1 affair.
The Rivermen fired 37 shots on net, while allowing 27 Milwaukee shots. Peoria went 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Rivermen will host the Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. For tickets or information call 309-676-1040 or visit www.rivermen.net.