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Derek Nesbitt and Brett Sonne scored goals 1:41 apart and Ben Bishop’s 32 saves made it stand up as the Peoria Rivermen downed the Houston Aeros 2-1 on Saturday night at Carver Arena before 6,240 fans in AHL action. The Rivermen won two out of three on the weekend and have now won nine of their last 13 games to move within three points of the division leaders. Houston ended Bishop’s shutout streak at 13:24 of the third. Bishop, who shutout Lake Erie on Thursday, had not allowed a goal in 134 minutes and 14 seconds. Carson McMillan took a bad angle shot that Bishop initially made a save on. The rebound went to the front of the net right to the stick of Jed Ortmeyer for his seventh goal of the season. Click here for game stats.

-Bob

The Houston Aeros eliminated the Peoria Rivermen from the Calder Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night at Carver Arena in front of 3,009 fans with a 2-1 win to sweep the best-of-seven series.  Peoria scored the first goal of the game in all four games only to see the Aeros come back and earn the victory. The Rivermen scored staked themselves a 1-0 lead on their first man advantage of the game at 8:03 of the first.  Nathan Oystrick’s first of the playoffs came after Hensick sent him a cross-ice pass on the right faceoff dot and he snapped a deflected shot along the ice through the legs of Matt Hackett. The Rivermen outshot the Aeros for the first time in the series 24-19.

-Bob

The Houston Aeros came from behind and scored four unanswered goals, for the second time in the series, to win 5-3 and take 3-0 lead over the Peoria Rivermen in the West Division Semifinal. Akim Aliu scored 19 seconds into the game for the Rivermen and T.J. Hensick scored twice, but the Aeros held Peoria to just 15 shots on goal in the game. Game 4 will be played at Carver Arena on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. and if Peoria can force Game 5 it will be on Wednesday. The Rivermen were outshot 30-15 in the game and have been outshot in each game of the series. The Aeros scored once in on six power plays while the Rivermen finished 1-for-2 on the man advantage. Attendance for game 3 was 3,064.

-Bob

The Peoria Rivermen went to the shootout for the third time in their last four games on Friday night before falling 4-3 to the Houston Aeros at Carver Arena before 5,108 fans.  Nicholas Drazenovic scored twice while T.J. Hensick extended his point streak to nine straight games with a third-period assist. Although the Rivermen (30-18-2-3, 65 pts) picked up a point, the Aeros (32-19-1-3, 68 pts) stayed alone atop West Division in the AHL with the victory. The Rivermen are now tied for third with Milwaukee (28-14-2-7) with 65 points and San Antonio (32-19-2-0) stands alone in second with 66 points.

-Bob

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