Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen and Pensacola Ice Flyers battled to a shootout for the second time in their three games in four-day series, with Peoria taking the rubber match by a 3-2 final in a shootout. The Rivermen got goals from Alec Hagaman, Alec Baer, and the game winner from Zach Nieminen securing four standings points on the weekend. With the win, the Rivermen improve to 21-4-3 on the season and remain at the top of the SPHL standings. Pensacola earns a standings point, with their record now at 18-5-5.
The Rivermen wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, striking just 14 seconds after the opening draw. Rivermen center Jordan Carvalho won the opening draw and shifted the puck to Nick Neville, Neville slipped the puck to Skyler Smutek who found a streaking Alec Hagaman racing through the neutral zone and into the attacking zone. Hagaman skated into the right circle and snapped a shot that zipped by Ice Flyers’ goaltender Stephen Klein for the quick 1-0 edge at :14 of the opening period.
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