Bad Bounces Breakdown A Better Effort
Photo Cred: John Schultz - Quad City Times
The Quad City Storm lost their third straight game tonight on home ice versus the Peoria Rivermen. Despite the loss, the Storm can pull positives from what was their most complete three-period effort so far this season.
Peoria scored first on a controversial goal that appeared to be kicked in by Mike Gurtler for his first score of the season. The officials did not consult with the goal judge and upheld the goal after conversing with each other in their half circle.
Mitch Mueller tied the game at 9:30 of the first period, taking over the team lead in goals with his second in less than 24-hours. Jake Schultz and Vinny Caligiuri picked up assists on the scoring play.
After a scoreless second period Peoria took firm control of offensive zone possession time in the third but didn’t get a ton of great looks thanks to a scrappy defensive effort from the Storm. When quality chances developed, Eric Levine rose to the challenge to shut down every golden chance the Rivermen had in regulation, totaling 41-saves on 43-shots. It took an odd carom off the boards behind the net that bounced off the back of Levine’s leg and in to give Peoria the 2-1 lead they would hold for the win.
The Storm now sit at 1-3 and prepare to face the undefeated Birmingham Bulls this Friday and Saturday at the Taxslayer Center.