The San Antonio Rampage fell to the Peoria Rivermen by a score of 5-0 in front of 7,527 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
Peoria forward Jonathan Cheechoo broke a scoreless tie 8:28 into the second period for the game’s first goal. With the Rivermen on a power play, Cheechoo’s shot off a one-timer from winger Derek Nesbitt at the top of the left circle beat Rampage goaltender Brian Foster high and inside the left post to give Peoria a 1-0 lead. Forward Brett Sterling picked up an assist on the play as well for his third helper of the season.
Right wing Jay Barriball put the Rivermen up 2-0 with another power-play goal at 16:56 of the second. Adam Cracknell started the play by carrying the puck into the Rampage zone and using the sideboards to pass to himself before dishing it off to Barriball. Barriball snapped a shot over Foster’s left shoulder and into the net to widen the Peoria lead. Defenseman Mark Cundari notched his first point of the year with a secondary assist on the goal.
The Rivermen scored a third power-play goal 2:22 into the final frame when Sterling struck with a goal for Peoria. Sterling, stationed to Foster’s left, took a feed from center T.J. Hensick and fired a shot that found its way in between Foster’s arm and body and squeezed through to give the Rivermen a 3-0 lead. Defenseman Danny Syvret tallied his third assist of the season on the play.
Hensick added a fourth power-play goal at the 12:53 mark. Hensick deflected a Syvret shot from the left circle and past Foster to lengthen the Rivermen lead to four. Sterling picked up his third point of the night with an assist on the Hensick goal.
Cheechoo’s second goal of the night capped the scoring at 17:11 of the third. Cracknell and left wing Stefan Della Rovere received assists on the play, which gave Peoria a 5-0 lead. That spread would hold up as the final score and gave Peoria their first win of the season.
Foster made 23 saves on 28 Rivermen shots while Peoria goalie Ben Bishop recorded his first shutout of the season, stopping all 28 Rampage shots.
The Rampage (3-2-0-0) will be back in action next Friday night when they play their rivals, the Houston Aeros, in a Lone Star Faceoff matchup at 7:00 p.m. at the AT&T Center.