Rivermen Battle Back, Hold on Late in Macon Friday

Macon, GA – The Peoria Rivermen trailed 1-0 until the 17:02 mark of the second period before tying the score and eventually overtaking the Macon Mayhem en route to a 3-1 win at the Macon Centreplex Friday night. The win, Peoria’s fourth in a row, lifts the Rivermen to 28-3-4 before tomorrow night’s weekend finale against the Mayhem in Georgia.


The Mayhem opened the scoring with an even-strength tally early in the game’s opening period. Mayhem winger Vinny Caligiuri carried the puck into the left wing of the Rivermen zone on a 3-on-1 rush, and passed to the slot, where teammate Taylor Love rifled a shot past Peoria goaltender Stephen Klein for a 1-0 lead at 4:47 of the frame.


Peoria battled back and tied the game with a goal late in the second period. With a faceoff in the left wing of the Mayhem zone, Peoria won the draw back to the point, where Ben Oskroba’s wrister sailed through traffic and past the shoulder of Macon netminder Ian Sylves for a 1-1 score at 17:02 of the second period.

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Photo Credit: Bryan Meeks/Macon Mayhem