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The Quad City Ice Eagle Bantam travel team strengthened its grip on first place in the Central Illinois Hockey League by beating the Peoria Junior Rivermen 4-2 in a game played Sunday morning at the Quad Cities Sports Center.  The Eagles completed the sweep of Peoria by winning the second game behind Brandon Kruse’s shutout goaltending by a score of 3-0.


The Ice Eagles started out slowly in the first game, playing one of their poorest periods of the season and falling behind 2-0 after one period.  Peoria scored twice within 50 seconds in the final minute of the period to put the Eagles’ league winning streak in jeopardy.  But the Eagles came out fired up for the second period.  Jason Corcoran’s shot from the point was stopped but Les Mooney was in perfect position to backhand the rebound into the open right side of the net. Jack Hasselbusch also earned an assist on the Mooney goal. The Eagles outshot Peoria 7-1 in the period, but still trailed after two periods. 


Less than a minute into the final period, Ryne Takacs picked up a pass from Corcoran in his own zone and took off for the Peoria zone.  Just after crossing the blue line, Takacs let fly with a slap shot that beat the goalie high to the stick side to even the score at two.  With QC totally dominating play, they finally took the lead when John Carr scored with 3:35 left, assisted by Josh Moon.  Peoria had one last chance when Austin Busch was called for checking from behind with :21 seconds left, but the shorthanded Eagles iced the game when Jason Corcoran hit the empty net with just two seconds left, for his first goal of the season. 


Goalie Brandon Morgan had to face only one shot in the final two periods as he gained credit for the win.


In the second game, the two teams battled through a scoreless first period.  With almost five minutes gone in the second, Les Mooney beat the Peoria defense and went in alone to score his second of the day to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.  Six minutes later, Chad Dotterer made a similar move around the right defense and scored from 8 feet out to increase the lead to 2-0.  The Eagles close out the scoring midway through the final period when Josh Moon scored from the slot on a perfect pass from John Carr to make the final score 3-0.  Brandon Kruse stopped all 15 Peoria shutouts in earning his shutout.


The wins improved the Eagles’ record to 6-1 in the CIHL, and 22-8-1 overall, with the team moving to its next tournament this coming weekend in Winona, Minnesota.