Rivermen snipers out-gun Bulldogs in shootout

The Peoria Rivermen needed a shootout goal to defeat the Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-2, Copps Coliseum on Tuesday (Nov. 15). T.J. Hensick scored the shootout-winning goal in the American Hockey League contest.

The visiting Rivermen got additional offence from Phil McRae – a goal and an assist – and Danny Syvret. Scoring for the Bulldogs in front of 2,382 fans were Mike Blunden with his first goal of the season, and Philip DeSimone, with his fourth.

The Rivermen opened the scoring on a goal by McRae at 15:07 of the first period. Adam Cracknell took a shot from the left circle which was stopped by goalie Nathan Lawson. The rebound came out to McRae.

With six seconds left in the period, the Bulldogs tied the score on Blunden’s goal. After receiving a pass from Joe Callahan, Blunden split the defence at the blue line and went in on Peoria goaltender Ben Bishop and slid the puck between his legs and in the net.

After a scoreless second period, Hamilton took the lead at 6:01 of the third stanza on DeSimone’s tally. Joonas Nattinen carried the puck into the slot and dropped it behind to DeSimone who ripped a wrist shot over the glove of Bishop.

Peoria tied the score just 48 seconds later. Jay Barriball’s shot was stopped by Lawson but Syvret jammed the puck through Lawson’s pads.

An overtime period failed to break the stalemate but the Rivermen won the shootout, 2-1.

In the contest, Hamilton outshot the Rivermen, 33-26.