Like their parent St. Louis Blues, the Peoria Riverman are desperately trying to make it into the post season.
Helping their cause is the demoted Manny Legace, who made 46 saves against the San Antonio Rampage last week.
It was Legace’s second shutout – down in the American Hockey League, where he has a 2.19 goals-against average with a .931 saves percentage.
“The Peoria Rivermen continued to make their mark in the AHL playoff chase with another legacy performance from their goaltender.
Displaced NHL veteran goaltender Manny Legace tossed his second shutout for the Rivermen, making 46 saves to carry the club to a 1-0 victory Wednesday over the San Antonio Rampage before 3,256 at AT&T Center.
Legace stopped a breakaway, a four-on-one charge, and a three-rebound flurry all in the third period to help the surging Rivermen win for the seventh time in eight games.
Peoria moved past Chicago and into third place in the West Division, one point behind second-place Houston.
The Rivermen face the Aeros twice on this four-game Texas swing later this week.
Peoria winger Chris Porter notched the game-winner against San Antonio goaltender Al Montoya at 7:34 of the first period.
He then helped the Rivermen penalty-kill unit erase five straight San Antonio power plays over the next 29 minutes.
Montoya stopped Rivermen right wing Jonathan Filewich’s backhander off a walk to the net at 3:29 of the third period.
But Legace answered by stopping Brett MacLean on a four-on-one net charge at 4:28.
The St. Louis Blues starter in the first half of this season, Legace stoned San Antonio’s Kevin Porter on a shorthanded breakaway at 8:58 after Peoria defenseman Jonas Junland lost the puck at the Rampage blueline.
Legace, an NHL All-Star last season and scheduled to make $2.5 million this season from the Blues, came down to Peoria last month when St. Louis cleared him through waivers.
The Rivermen have a rematch Thursday at San Antonio, followed by a two-game set Saturday and Sunday at Houston.”