Category: Monsters

In his final game with the Peoria Rivermen on a conditioning assignment, goaltender Brian Elliott shutout the Lake Erie Monsters in a 2-0 win Saturday evening at Carver Arena in front of 7,660 fans. Elliott stopped 27 shots and finished his two-game stint in Peoria with a 0.946 save percentage. The Rivermen were the first team to score after both teams missed out on power-play opportunities in the first period. Jani Hakanpaa slapped a backdoor pass from the blue line to a wide-open Derek Nesbitt. Nesbitt deflected the pass past Calvin Pickard into the back of the net for his 25th goal of the year at 12:24. The goal for Nesbitt was the 200th American Hockey League point of his career and the assist for Hakanpaa was his first point in the AHL. The Rivermen went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Lake Erie was 0-for-2. Peoria outshot the Monsters 35-27.

-Bob


Veteran right wing Jonathan Cheechoo recorded two assists to help the Peoria Rivermen build an early 2-0 lead, the Lake Erie Monsters rallied to score three unanswered goals to win 3-2 before 5,565 fans at Carver Arena on Friday night. Left winger Patrick Rissmiller scored the game-winning goal with 2:18 remaining in regulation after Brett Sonne was sent to the box for slashing just 47 seconds earlier. The Monsters finished the game 2-for-5 on the power play while Peoria was 1-for-3. Peoria dropped to 24-21-2-1 for 51 points and sit in ninth in the AHL’s Western Conference, two points behind the Rochester Americans for the final playoff spot. Ben Bishop stopped 20 of 23 shots on goal in the loss while Gerald Coleman allowed two goals on 34 shots. Click here for complete game stats.

-Bob

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