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March 28, 2010
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PEORIA, IL - Center Lars Eller tied the game for Peoria in the third period and added an assist, and C Julian Talbot scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Rivermen defeated the Houston Aeros 5-4 Sunday in front of 6,025 at Carver Arena. C Chad Rau scored two goals for Houston, D Max Noreau and RW Duncan Milroy also scored and G Wade Dubielewicz (12-13-1) made 28 saves in the loss. G Ben Bishop (22-16-3) made 26 saves for the win, stopping all five shots faced in the shootout.
The Aeros jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:57 into the first period as LW Petr Kalus took advantage of a turnover and set up Milroy for his 12th goal of the season. Peoria controlled the play for the remainder of the period and evened the score at 12:30. D Daryl Boyle fired a slap shot from the right point, Dubielewicz made the initial save but knocked the rebound into his own net. Boyle's seventh goal of the season was assisted by Talbot and F Matt McIlvane. C Cam Paddock continued his strong weekend against Houston with his 12th of the season at 14:50. Eller stepped out of the penalty box after serving his penalty for Holding the Stick and entered the Aeros zone 2-on-2, Paddock took a pass from Eller and fired a slap shot from the right face off circle past Dubielewicz for a 2-1 lead. Paddock finished the two-game weekend set against the Aeros with four points (3-1=4).
Houston responded with a strong second period and scored the tying marker just 47 seconds in when RW J-M Daoust found Rau with a back door pass and Rau banged it by Bishop for his 15th of the season; LW Andy Hilbert also assisted on the goal. Noreau then gave the Aeros a 3-2 lead at 10:04, firing a shot past Bishop from the right face off circle. The see-saw battle continued though as Peoria tied the game on a late power play. Dubielewicz fought off the initial shot but the rebound was centered by C Derek Armstrong and RW Adam Cracknell put it in at 16:44. Houston out-shot Peoria 16-10 in the second period after being out-shot by the Rivermen 15-4 in the first.
The Aeros broke the 3-3 tie at 10:27 of the third period when Rau one-timed a shot from the high slot past Bishop for his second of the game. Peoria responded just 43 seconds later. Eller fired a shot that missed wide, the rebound bounced off the end boards and off the skate of Dubielewicz into the net at 11:10. The teams went to overtime where Houston had a chance on the power play when Eller was sent to the box for High Sticking at 3:06. Despite numerous chances, the Rivermen were able to kill off the final 1:54 of the OT session to force a shootout. Dubielewicz stopped 4-of-5 shots faced but Talbot's goal was enough to give Peoria the victory.
Peoria out-shot Houston 33-30 for the game. The Rivermen went 1-for-4 on the power play while the Aeros finished 0-for-4. Five players had multi-point games for Houston as C Peter Zingoni, Kalus, Daoust and Hilbert all had two assists along with Rau's second multi-goal game of the season.
The Aeros return home Wednesday to host the Chicago Wolves, 7:05 PM at Toyota Center. Watch the games live on ahllive.com or listen to Joe O’Donnell’s broadcast on 1070 AM-KNTH. Follow the interactive in-game blog on aeros.com.
Joe O'Donnell Calls of the Game:
Rau's First Goal
Rau's Second Goal
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