PEORIA, IL-- FEBRUARY 20, 2000
The Quad City Ice Eagle Bantam travel team put the wraps on its first CIHL championship by defeating the Peoria Rivermen by a score of 4-1 in a game played Sunday morning at the Owens Center in Peoria. The win was the eighth straight league victory for the Eagles who finished off the CIHL portion of their season with a record of 9 wins and a single loss.
The Eagles used the same strategy that helped them win the Wishbone Classic tournament in Chicago last Thanksgiving – namely, pick up a few penalties and then let your penalty killing team get to work on offense. In Chicago, the Eagles scored four shorthanded goals en route to a 5-1 win in the championship game. Today, the Eagles scored three of their four goals while shorthanded. In the first period, the Eagles were easily winning the “shots of goal” battle, but the game remained scoreless until Austin Busch scored while helping to kill off the first of many Ice Eagle penalties.
In the second period, the Eagles scored their only even-strength goal of the game when Chad Dotterer beat the Peoria defense to a free puck in the deep slot and fired home an unassisted goal to increase the QC lead to 2-0. As the officials struggled to keep the game under control, they continued to send Eagle players to the penalty box, and the home team Rivermen continued to pay the price. Late in the second, Josh Moon scored the third Eagle goal, an unassisted shorty. In the final stanza, Moon sent Busch in alone for his second of the game, again shorthanded, to increase the lead to 4-0.
The only disappointment for the Eagles was their inability to protect Goalie Brandon Kruse’s bid for his fifth shutout of the season. With less than four minutes to, Peoria’s Hendryk got loose on a breakaway. Kruse stopped his first shot, but the Peoria forward tapped in his own rebound to make the final 4-1. The win improved the Eagles’ overall record to 29-9-1, with two games next Sunday against Ames and then the season-ending tournament at Notre Dame the following weekend. The Eagles had to play the game without three players, Jack Hasselbusch, Ryne Takacs and Brandon Morgan, the latter two having to sit out a one-game suspension for their part in the game-ending brawl with Decatur last week.