How the Rivermen turned the tables on Quad City with a pair of five-point players

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Peoria's Alec Hagaman (17) congratulates teammate Nick Neville (25) on a goal in the second period Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Rivermen beat the Quad City Storm 7-4.
Peoria's Alec Hagaman (17) congratulates teammate Nick Neville (25) on a goal in the second period Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Rivermen beat the Quad City Storm 7-4.

PEORIA — The Peoria Rivermen put together a four-goal third period to turn a comeback into a blowout victory over Quad City on Sunday.

Rivermen captain Alec Hagaman scored two goals, as did defenseman Nick Neville, to lead a 7-4 victory before 2,448 at Carver Arena, the largest Sunday crowd of the season.

Hagaman and Neville each put together five-point games as the Rivermen moved up into fourth place in the SPHL.

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BOX SCORE: Rivermen 7, Quad City 4

Peoria trailed 2-0 in the first period, but turned the game over the final 40 minutes and went on to sweep a three-games, three-nights weekend.

"We're buying into our rotations, are defensemen are getting better and better," Rivermen coach Jean-Guy Trudel said. "This team is getting accustomed to playing together and you can see it coming together.

"Our biggest thing this week was, 'Don't allow the opponent to have an easy play,' we want to make them work for everything.

"We did that. Our defense is playing out of this world, and creating offensive chances, too."

Dave Eminian is the Journal Star sports columnist, and covers Bradley men's basketball, the Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or deminian@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.

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