The Peoria Rivermen used three quick goals in the first period Friday to knock off the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, 4-1.
The Rivermen broke Salt Lake's three-game winning streak to put the Eagles at 14-11-2 on the season, 6-5-1 on the road."They came at us in a wave and they made three perfect shots and ended up in the net," said Eagles coach Bobby Francis. "We didn't do a very good job of handling their pressure and as a result they nailed three perfect shots that ended up as goals."
The three goals came in a span of 1:14.
Salt Lake's C.J. Young, a rookie out of Harvard, scored the Eagles' only goal of the game off a nice pass from Kevin Grant with eight seconds left in the second period. Young has scored a goal in four straight games and now has 10 on the year.
It was Steve Guenette's first loss in regulation this season, but Coach Francis didn't criticize the goalie.
"I can't fault Stevie Guenette on any of those three first period goals," said Francis. "Things were tough, but we showed a lot of character tonight."
The Eagles' Marc Bureau, the IHL points leader, pulled a groin muscle 10 minutes into the first period and did not return the game. His status is uncertain for tonight's rematch with Peoria.