Darren Haydar spoiled Jake Allen’s return to the Peoria Rivermen when he scored a goal and added two assists within a 3:38 span to lead the Chicago Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Rivermen Saturday night at Carver Arena before 6,881 fans. Matt Climie recorded his third shutout of the season with a 38 saves to help the Wolves to their first win in Peoria this season. The third period featured the Wolves scoring three goals in the first 6 minutes. After forcing a turnover, Andrew Ebbett passed the puck to Haydar, who scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season past Allen to break the tie at 1:50. Next, Ebbett added a goal of his own after rebounding a shot from Haydar. Kevin Connauton also earned an assist on the goal at 3:01. Lastly, Haydar led a 2-on-1 break and pushed a pass to Devin DiDiomete, who scored his second goal of the year on a one-timer at 5:28. Connauton was credited with another assist on the play.
With the puck dropped just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, goal keeper Jake Allen stopped all 27 Chicago Wolves as the Peoria Rivermen won 2-0 in front of 7,832 kids as part of the third annual Faceoff Field Trip. Andrew Murray and Brett Sonne scored the only goals of the game while Allen earned his second shutout of the season. The Rivermen outshot Chicago 32-27 and went 0-for-2 on the power play. Chicago went 0-for-3 on the man advantage. The shutout for Allen was the ninth of his AHL career and first since he stopped 33 shots in Grand Rapids on Dec. 14, 2012.
Mike Duco earned a hat trick and Eddie Lack made 30 saves as the Chicago Wolves beat the Peoria Rivermen 5-2 on Friday night at Carver Arena before 4,931 fans. Brett Sonne and Stefan Della Rovere scored Peoria’s two goals as they saw their three-game winning streak, and four-game point streak, come to an end. The Rivermen are now 17-16-2-1 and are currently in fourth place in the Midwest Division, just one point back of the Wolves. Duco scored at the 11:50 mark of the second period to build Chicago a 2-0 lead and start s string of three goals over the next 2:48. The Rivermen cut the lead in half 15 seconds later as Della Rovere ripped a turnaround shot over Eddie Lack’s glove for his third of the season. Byron Bitz scored for Chicago at 13:38 to restore the Wolves’ two-goal lead. The hat trick from Duco came on an empty-netter with 1:11 to play. Click here for the official stats.
The Peoria Rivermen overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period on Monday, but fell to the Chicago Wolves in overtime, 4-3 at Carver Arena before 5,036 hearty fans. Chicago’s Jordan Schroeder notched the game winner with under a minute to go in the extra frame as Peoria fell to 14-15-2-1 on the season. Peoria began to creep back into the game midway through the third period as Derek Nesbitt notched his 11th of the year. At 9:46, Nesbitt set up and sent a slap shot from between the circles into the back of the net. Less than two minutes later, Tyler Shattock drew the game back even with his fourth goal of the year. At the 11:39 mark, Brett Sonne sent the puck ahead to Shattock who wristed a shot off of the crossbar and into the net. Both teams took a 3-3 tie into overtime, but Jordan Schroeder ended the contest with less than a minute to go in the extra frame. From the right boards, Bill Sweatt made a powerful move to the net and Ben Bishop made the initial stop, but the rebound once again popped to the top of the crease. Schroeder knocked it home to give Chicago the win at the 4:13 mark.
The Chicago Wolves came up short in their bid for a third Illinois Lottery Cup win in a 50-hour stretch as the Peoria Rivermen pulled off a 5-2 victory Sunday night at Carver Arena before 3,001 fans. The Peoria Rivermen (2-3-1-1), playing for the third night in a row, received 2 goals from 2011 AHL all-star T.J. Hensick. He opened the scoring just 3:17 into the game when a fortuitous missed shot left him with an open net. Former Wolves standout Brett Sterling assisted on the goal.
Game Box Score: Peoria 2 2 1 — 5 Chicago 1 1 0 — 2
First Period—1, Peoria, Hensick 3 (Sterling, Nesbitt), 3:17; 2, Connauton 2 (Schroeder, Oreskovich), 4:00; 3, Cracknell 2 (Syvret, Cheechoo), 12:09. Penalties—Cole, Peoria (high-sticking), 4:52; Clackson, Chicago (fighting), 7:37; Hagel, Peoria (fighting) 7:37; Ponich, Peoria (slashing) 16:25.
Second Period—4, Peoria, Cheechoo 3 (Cracknell), 4:15; 5, Hensick 4 (Cundari), 6:34; 6, Mancari 2 (Strong, Sweatt), 10:32. Penalties—Doell, Chicago (hooking), 10:55.
Third Period—7, Nigro 1 (Cheechoo, Cracknell), 17:50. Penalties—Cundari, Peoria (interference), 1:58; Fairchild, Peoria (interference), 7:55; Baumgartner, Chicago (tripping), 14:38; Barriball, Peoria (tripping); 14.58. Shots on goal—Chicago: 11-9-9—29. Peoria: 11-16-10—37. Power plays—Chicago: 0-5. Peoria: 0-2. Goalies—Chicago, Lack (32-37). Peoria, Bishop (27-29). Referees—Terry Koharski and Jarrod Ragusin. Linesmen—Brian Oliver and Mathieu Chenier.