Despite the Stars' best efforts early in the game, the Peoria Rivermen showed that playoff teams know how to close out games tonight in Illinois. Peoria got on the board first, but Texas tied things up in the second. However, a two-goal third period from the Rivs doomed Texas's chances at their 31st win on the season. Jack Campbell had 35 saves on 38 shots. Matt Fraser pushed his AHL leading goal total to 36 with two goals in the game as well.
Texas had a lot of great chances late in the first period, but the two clubs skated to a scoreless opening frame. Peoria opened the scoring in the second period with Nesbitt tapping in a pass from Phil McRae on the backdoor.
Matt Fraser answered seven minutes later with his team-leading 35th goal of the year. He snuck it under the crossbar to help Texas take a tie to the second intermission.
Patrick O'Sullivan, a curse to the Stars while in Houston, struck again from his new home of Peoria. O'Sullivan picked up an unassisted tally seven minutes into the third to push the Rivs ahead 2-1. Adam Cracknell added another goal two minutes later to make it 3-1.
While the Stars would mount a late push in the game, it wouldn't be enough. Jack Campbell was pulled with approximately a minute and a half left in the game and Matt Fraser got his 36th of the year with the extra man.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Vause, Schultz, Tousignant (long-term injury)
Schiestel, Godard, Raycroft (scratch)
Tonight's attendance was 5,235.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Peoria - April 5 2012