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PEORIA OUTLASTS ROCKFORD IN THE SHOOTOUT

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Kevin Orris
IceHogs earn a point in the shootout loss

Peoria, Ill.-Looking to snag an extra point before returning home from a five-game road swing, the Rockford IceHogs couldn’t sneak by the Peoria Rivermen in the shootout, falling 3-2 at Carver Arena on Sunday.
 
The IceHogs return home with a 1-3-0-1 record on a trip where they scored just six goals.

Nathan Oystrick gave Peoria a 1-0 first period lead. Oystrick followed up a Derek Nesbitt rebound and hammered his fourth goal of the season over the shoulder of Alec Richards at 9:54 of the opening frame.

In the second period Rockford tied the game at 1-1 moments after a power play expired. Nick Leddy found Jeremy Morin on the left wing and the rookie forward notched his team best sixth goal of the season, beating Jake Allen at :23.

The RIvermen responded with a power-play goal from David Spina. Spina was sprung on a breakaway from Ian Cole and beat Richards five hole at 3:57.

Brian Connelly later notched his first goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2. Connelly picked up a Rob Klinkhammer pass and snuck his first goal through traffic and past Allen at 9:44 of the middle frame.

The IceHogs fired a season-high 20 in on Allen in the second period, the most shots that Rockford has accumulated in a period since Nov. 20, 2009 when they had 23 shots in the second period against the Chicago Wolves.

After a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout that lasted six rounds. After Hugh Jessiman tied the shootout in round five for the IceHogs, Peoria won it when Oystrick blasted his chance past Richards in the sixth round.

Rockford also racked up a season-high 41 shots on goal while holding Peoria to 25 shots.  The IceHogs were held scoreless on the power play while allowing one power-play goal on five chances against.

Next Home Game: Wednesday, Nov. 24 vs. Lake Erie Monsters. Puck drop is at 6:35 p.m.  Wednesday nights are Taco Bell Dollar Days at the MetroCentre, which includes dollar hot dogs, beers, sodas and companion tickets.  The first 2,500 fans (21 and older) will receive Stanley Cup bottle holders courtesy of Bud Light and WXRX.
 




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