Rivermen battle back, win shootout thriller 3-2

Peoria, IL – For the second straight night, the Peoria Rivermen fell behind and had to battle back, this time against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. The Rivermen got a pair of goals from Zach Nieminen and the game tying goal in the final minutes of regulation from Ryan Cusin en route to a 3-2 shootout victory Sunday afternoon in front of 2,899 fans at Carver Arena. The win, Peoria’s third straight, lifts them to 33-8-5 on the season and they remain atop the SPHL standings. With the loss, Roanoke falls to 16-23-8, remaining seventh in the SPHL standings.

The Rail Yard Dawgs opened the score in the closing seconds of the opening frame after the completion of a power play. Roanoke gained the offensive zone when Dawgs’ defenseman Travis Armstrong flicked the puck net ward, with the puck skidding wide of the goal. Marcus Ortiz, however, deflected the puck at the goal post past the foot of Rivermen netminder Eric Levine for the 1-0 Roanoke lead at 19:48 of the first period.

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