PEORIA, IL – It wasn’t fancy or pretty, but the Bloomington Thunder out-worked and out-hustled the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday night and earned a 2-1 victory. After Peoria shut out the Thunder the night before in Bloomington, the Thunder bounced back on the road in front of a good crowd of 4221.
Travis Granbois and Tyler Noseworthy skated in on a breakaway early in the first period. Rivermen goaltender Kyle Rank came up with a big save on Granbois’ shot but Noseworthy chopped at it with a backhand and was able to get enough to float the puck over Rank and into the net for a 1-0 Thunder lead just 1:32 after the opening face-off.
With two-man advantage early in the second period, the Rivermen set up in the offensive zone and started to pass around. Nock Prockow, parked in the left face-off circle, seemed to dawdle with the puck and then fired a quick snap over the glove of Thunder ‘tender BJ O’Brien to tie the game at one-all at 4:24 of the second period. Joe Schiller and Tyler Amburgey were credited with assists.
The Thunder had a two-man advantage of their own in the third period. Kyle Watson had the goal at 5:25 of the third period for the game winner. Noseworthy and Curtis Megginson with the assists.
Each team scored once on the power play with Bloomington going 1-3 and Peoria 1-8.
O’Brien improves to 4-7-1 on the season, stopping 23 of 24 shots. Rank falls to 8-4 with the loss, having stopped 26 of 28 shots.
Both teams meet again for a Sunday afternoon game tomorrow in Peoria at 3PM.
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