Category: Stars

The Texas Stars excelled on special teams going 3-for-3 on the power play and also scoring a shorthanded goal in Saturday’s 8-4 win against the Peoria Rivermen in Carver Arena before 6,501 fans. After the Rivermen took an early 2-0 lead, Texas scored seven of the next eight goals. The Rivermen opened up the scoring in the game when Andrew Murray skated up to a deflected puck by the right circle and shot it past Richard Bachman, who was in goal for the first time this season for the Stars. Phil McRae and Evgeny Grachev assisted on Murray’s goal. In a one-goal game heading into the third period, Texas scored three goals in the first five minutes. Justin Dowling scored his first goal of the season when he skated down the right side only 53 seconds in the frame. 1:23 later, Toby Petersen scored his fourth goal of the season. Next, Maxime Fortunus had his shot deflected off of two players and it went past Jake Allen, who replaced Mike McKenna in net. The Stars scored their final goal of the night when Tomas Vincour slapped in a rebound.

-Bob

Right winger Alex Chiasson scored in the 10th round of the shootout to give the Texas Stars a 4-3 win against the Peoria Rivermen on Sunday evening at Carver Arena before 3,150 fans. Derek Nesbitt scored his second goal of the game, with just 3.4 seconds remaining, to tie the game and force overtime but Peoria was held to a single point despite outshooting the Stars 41-22. The Rivermen got on the scoreboard first when Tyler Shattock scored his first goal of the season by pushing the puck through a scrum in front of the net at 15:05 in the first period. Mark Cundari and Anthony Nigro earned assists on the play after Cundari’s shot bounced off the boards and into the crease for Shattock’s goal. Texas tied the game at 9:13 in the third period when Jordie Benn pushed in a rebound past Allen. Toby Petersen had the original shot on Jake Allen, and was credited with an assist on Benn’s goal. Only 14 seconds later, Reilly Smith gave the Stars a 3-2 lead after skating past the Rivermen defense and snapping a shot above Allen’s shoulder. Cody Eakin and Chiasson earned assists on the goal. With 60 seconds remaining in the game, Brent Regner drew a tripping penalty from Smith. Peoria pulled Allen from the net, and Nesbitt scored his team-leading eighth of the season off a feed from Jaden Schwartz in the final seconds..

-Bob

The Peoria Rivermen (38-30-4, 80 pts.) kept pushing towards the playoffs Thursday night as they defeated the Texas Stars 3-2 at Carver Arena before 5,235 fans. Adam Cracknell and Patrick O’Sullivan scored third period goals to lead Peoria to their 38th win of the year. It took 26:53 for the game’s first goal to be scored and it came off the stick of Peoria’s Derek NesbittT.J. Hensick entered the Texas zone on the left wing, sent a cross ice pass to Phil McRae, who found a streaking Derek Nesbitt up the middle. Nesbitt tipped in his 21st of the year past Jack Campbell. Texas evened things up at 13:39 of the middle frame when Matt Fraser netted his league-leading 35th goal of the year. Colton Sceviour skated the puck behind the net and snuck a backhand pass to Fraser in the slot who fired a quick shot past Jake Allen. The Rivermen outshot the Stars 38-34 and went 0-for-4 on the man advantage. Texas also failed to score on the power play. Click Here for Game Box Score.

-Bob

Henry Wiles picked up his seventh consecutive victory on Sunday at the famed Peoria Motorcycle Club racetrack. Wiles had reconstructive surgery on his left knee just four months ago. His seven-race win streak is second only to Chris Carr’s eight wins in a row from 1988-1995. And it’s tied for second on the all-time win list with Joe Leonard, who won seven TT’s between 1953 and 1961. Carr, who finished sixth in his final Peoria TT, has won the August Grand National race a record 13 times. Jared Mees finished second 1.59 seconds behind Wiles, Sammy Halbert finished third while Jake Johnson took fourth place and Morton, IL rider Rob Pearson was fifth. Most of the riders wore special Gary Nixon jerseys to commemorate to death of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer.

-Bob

Brennan Evans went 48 games without scoring a goal this season but came up with three goals in 21:12 to lead the Peoria Rivermen to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Stars Wednesday night at Carver Arena before 3,486 loyal fans.  It was the first career hat trick for Evans who matched his season-high in single game. Four other Rivermen skaters earned multi-point games while goal tender Jake Allen stopped 27 of 29 shots for his 18th win of the year. With the win the Rivermen (33-21-2-3, 71 pts) jumped over the Stars (32-20-3-3, 70 pts) in the West Division and are now tied with the Houston Aeros (33-22-1-4, 71 pts) for second place.

-Bob

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