Game Summary -HERE
RIVERMEN SURGE PAST AEROS 6-2
Houston Plays in Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday
Peoria, IL – The Houston Aeros (18-15-4-3, 43 points) were defeated by the Peoria Rivermen (18-19-2-2, 40 points) 6-2 on Sunday in front of 3,562 fans at Carver Arena. Despite allowing two shorthanded goals in the opening period, Peoria erased a 2-1 first-period deficit with five unanswered goals to extend Houston’s road-winless streak to nine games (0-6-2-1). The Aeros also saw their overall winless streak extend to six games at 0-4-2-0 after Peoria goalie Jake Allen (10-15-2) made 24 saves for the win. Peoria’s Derek Nesbitt, Cade Fairchild and Chris Porter each enjoyed a multi-point night, helping the Rivermen move within a game of .500. Aeros Jake Dowell and Stephane Veilleux each scored a shorthanded goal in the defeat. Houston goalie Matt Hackett (13-15-3) stopped 19 of 24 in the loss. Houston will play in Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Houston registered its first shorthanded goal on the road this season, striking for the game’s opening goal at 8:06. Stephane Veilleux scooped up a loose puck at center and led a two-on-one shorthanded effort into the Peoria zone. Veilleux dropped a pass to David McIntyre, who rifled the puck to the net. After Jake Allen made the initial save, Veilleux swept in for the rebound and gave the Aeros a 1-0 lead. Peoria countered at 14:37, as Derek Nesbitt dropped off a pass to the left-wing circle for Adam Cracknell. The Rivermen forward fired a wrist shot to the Houston net, beating goalie Matt Hackett for the 1-1 tie off his 11th goal of the season. Houston answered back to regain the lead at 15:52 off Jake Dowell’s first tally of the season. Jason Zucker broke up a Rivermen pass at the Houston blue line, sending Dowell off on a breakaway. The Aeros center snapped a shorthanded shot between the legs of Allen, pushing Houston in front 2-1.
The Rivermen tied the game 2-2 at 5:05 of the second period with a power-play goal by Chris Porter. Cade Fairchild and Andy Murray worked the puck cross ice to Porter, who scored his second goal of the season with a wrist shot. Peoria claimed its first lead of the night with its second power-play goal of the night at 11:28. Fairchild dropped a pass off for Nesbitt in the high slot and he snapped his 14th goal of the year past Hackett for the 3-2 Peoria lead.
Peoria’s TJ Hensick made it 4-2 Rivermen at 9:39 of the third period, swatting a loose puck in the Houston crease past Hackett. Hensick’s tenth goal of the season was set up by Porter and Phil McRae. Defenseman Scott Ford added an empty-net goal at 18:55 for the 6-2 final score.
Houston continues a five-game road trip on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Milwaukee against the Admirals. The team returns to Toyota Center after the All-Star break, hosting Texas on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
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