The Salt Lake Golden Eagles lost more than a game Saturday. They also lost part of a record.
The Peoria Rivermen beat the Salt Lake visitors, 4-3, in a shootout after a scoreless overtime. It was the 12th straight win for the home team, which ties an International Hockey League record . . . A record the Eagles had earned a share of during the 1988-89 season that was originally set by the 1952-53 Mohawks.The Rivermen left the game with a 15-1 record, the Eagles with a 6-8 mark. Salt Lake will play three consecutive games, starting Friday, with Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and San Diego.
Saturday's game was not an easy one for the Eagles to take. They started with a 3-1 lead after two periods, only to be tied late in the third and lose when Peoria hit 2-of-4 in the shootout and Salt Lake went 0-for-4.
Peoria scored first, but Salt Lake countered in the first when Randy Bucyk scored with help from Mark Osiecki on a power play with about two minutes left.
In the second it was all Salt Lake. Bucyk scored at 1:06 into the period with an assist from Martin Simard, then C.J. Young hit the net four minutes later. But that's where all scoring ended for the Eagles.
"They had a lot of things going for them, a lot of factors . . . the big winning streak and the crowd (8,874). We knew they were going to come out storming. I thought our guys held their composure well," said Salt Lake Coach Bob Francis.
"They came through when they had to, but on a positive note, we're improving. To me it was a tie game. The shootout, you can have them. It was a tie."