POSTED ON Monday, 04.16.2012 / 3:52 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen entered the final weekend of the 2011-12 season in control of their playoff destiny, but finished on the outside looking in with a 39-33-2-2 record and 82 points following losses to Charlotte and Chicago. Peoria finished in fourth place in the Midwest Division and 11th in the Western Conference.

April 13 – L 6-1 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS

Peoria suffered its biggest defeat this season in a 6-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell scored the lone Rivermen marker at 7:44 in the second period with assists from Patrick O’Sullivan and Danny Syvret. Jake Allen stopped 27 of 33 shots on goal just hours after returning from an emergency call-up with St. Louis. Bobby Sanguinetti led Charlotte with four points (1g, 3a) while Justin Peters made 31 saves on 32 shots on goal. The loss marked the fourth time the Checkers defeated the Rivermen over the past two months (five contests).

April 15 – L 4-2 at Chicago
Although the Rivermen remained idle on Saturday night, their playoff push was put to an end due to other action around the league. With Jake Allen called up to St. Louis, 2011 3rd-round Jordan Binnington made his professional debut in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Wolves on Sunday. Binnington stopped 35 of 38 shots on goal while opposing rookie Joe Cannata recorded 38 saves. With Peoria trailing 3-0, Cade Fairchild led a valiant comeback effort with his eighth goal of the campaign at 9:17 in the third period. Adam Cracknell scored just four minutes later to bring the Rivermen within one, but Wolves rookie Nicklas Jensen completed a hat trick in his fifth career pro game with an empty net tally in the final minute to seal the victory. The Rivermen went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Chicago finished with one goal on three opportunities.

Transactions
  • April 15 – Jake Allen (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis
  • April 12 – Jake Allen (G) returned on loan from St. Louis
  • April 12 – Steve Somerfield (G) released from ATO
  • April 11 – Steve Somerfield (G) signed to ATO
  • April 10 – Jake Allen (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.10.2012 / 9:03 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen took two out of three in their final and 13th three-games-in-three-days series this weekend. Peoria is 39-31-2-2 and is currently tied with Milwaukee for second place in the Midwest Divison and sits in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Western Conference. The Rivermen will play their final home game of the season on Friday against Charlotte before traveling to Chicago on Sunday for their final game of the regular season.

April 5 – W 3-2 vs. Texas | HIGHLIGHTS

The Rivermen topped the Texas Stars 3-2 at Carver Arena on Friday night. Derek Nesbitt scored the game’s first goal at 6:53 in the second period before former Rivermen Matt Fraser countered just seven minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. Patrick O’Sullivan scored following a takeaway in the right circle to give Peoria its second lead of the game 7:32 into the third period. Just 2:22 later, Adam Cracknell deflected a Shaun Heshka shot on goal, which proved to be the game winner. Fraser struck again with a goal at 19:21, but Jake Allen stopped any further last-minute Stars attempts. Allen finished the game with 32 saves while Jack Campbell stopped 35 of 38 shots on goal. Peoria went 0-for-4 on the power play and held Texas scoreless on two chances.

April 6 – W 3-1 @ Oklahoma City
The Rivermen topped the Oklahoma City Barons 3-1 with third period goals from Phil McRae and Jonathan Cheechoo at Cox Convention Center on Friday night. Mark Cundari gave Peoria a 1-0 lead at 14:11 in the first period, which stood until Ryan Keller’s goal at 10:17 in the third period. McRae scored 1:03 later and Cheechoo tallied an empty net goal with just four seconds left in regulation. Jake Allen stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal and held Oklahoma City 0-for-2 on the power play. The Rivermen finished with 27 shots on goal and went scoreless on three man advantages.

April 7 – L 4-2 @ Houston
Peoria mounted two comeback attempts, but fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Houston Aeros at Toyota Center on Saturday night. Chad Rau put Houston up 1-0 just 28 seconds into regulation, but Phil McRae tied the game within the first two minutes of the second frame. Former Rivermen Jon DiSalvatore restored the Aeros lead once again, but Anthony Nigro came through with a marker at 12:58 in the second period to tie the game 2-2. Houston received two more goals to cap off the scoring. Jake Allen stopped 42 of 46 shots on goal while Matt Hackett faced just 25 Rivermen shots.

Rivermen Report
  • Peoria is the only team in the league with six 20-goal scorers this season.
  • T.J. Hensick leads the Western Conference with 70 points (21G, 49A) in just 64 games this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-29 rating is still the best in the Western Conference.
Transactions
  • April 6 – Jordan Binnington (G) signed to ATO
  • April 5 – Steve Somerfield (G) released from ATO
  • April 5 – Steve Somerfield (G) signed to ATO
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.03.2012 / 8:56 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen put an end to a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 shutout over San Antonio on Sunday. Peoria is now 37-30-2-2 with 78 points, good for third in the Midwest Division and tied with Lake Erie for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Rivermen are just two points behind fourth-place Abbotsford.

March 30 – SOL 4-3 at Rockford
The Rockford IceHogs came from behind to defeat the Rivermen in a 4-3 shootout decision on Friday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. Jonathan Cheechoo’s second-period tally tied the score at 1-1; however, Rockford’s Rostislav Olesz scored his second goal of the game just 1:56 into the third period. Cade Fairchild and Cheechoo both potted third-period markers, but Brandon Fahey scored a power-play goal to force overtime with less than five seconds remaining in regulation. Peoria sent the lone shot on goal in overtime before heading to a shootout. Derek Nesbitt and Patrick O’Sullivan gave the Rivermen a 2-0 lead through the first two rounds of the shootout. IceHogs forwards Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin and Matt Fornataro scored on the final three Rockford attempts to seal the victory. It was just Peoria’s second shootout loss this season.

March 31 – L 4-1 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS

The Charlotte Checkers defeated Peoria 4-1 in front of 7,845 fans at Carver Arena on Saturday night. Jonathan Cheechoo tallied the lone Rivermen goal at 9:11 in the second period. Zac Dalpe and Brett Sutter both scored within one minute of each other late in the second period before Chris Durno added an insurance goal at 11:39 in the third period. Sutter finished the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:20 in the third period. Jake Allen stopped 29 of 32 shots on goal while Mike Murphy saved 20 of 21. Peoria finished 0-for-2 on the power play and held Charlotte to 0-for-6.



April 1 – W 1-0 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen put an end to a five-game losing streak in a 1-0 shutout over the San Antonio Rampage at Carver Arena on Sunday night. With just five seconds remaining in the second period, T.J. Hensick won a draw before heading straight to the goal. Hensick’s draw cruised to Derek Nesbitt, who dished to Cade Fairchild at the left point, where a fired a shot of the rear boards. Fairchild’s shot took a helpful rebound to Hensick at the doorstep, who scored the game’s lone goal with just 0.5 seconds remaining in the third period. Alex Stalock recorded a 31-save shutout in his first start with the Rivermen while San Antonio’s Jacob Markstrom stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play.

Rivermen Report

  • The Rivermen became the first team in the league with six 20-goal scorers this season.
  • T.J. Hensick leads the Western Conference with 67 points (21G, 46A) in just 61 games this season.
  • Derek Nesbitt has scored on all seven shootout attempts this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-28 rating is still the best in the Western Conference.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.27.2012 / 9:51 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen extended their win streak to a season-long five games on Tuesday, but dropped three straight contests to end the week. Peoria’s 36-29-2-1 record has the Rivermen tied for second place in the Midwest Division and in a four-way tie for sixth place in the Western Conference with 75 points

March 20 – W 5-2 at Charlotte

Anthony Peluso matched his season total of two goals within the first 30:15 of the game including the game’s first and the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Patrick O’Sullivan, Jonathan Cheechoo and Anthony Nigro also tallied markers for the Rivermen. Jake Allen stopped 42 of 44 shots on goal in 59:42 and earned his 11th win of the season. Phil McRae notched two assists and a plus-3 rating. The Rivermen tied Chicago for first place in the Midwest Division with 75 points in the win. It was the first ever win for the Rivermen at Time Warner Cable Arena.

March 21 – L 6-2 at Charlotte
Peoria’s five-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night in a 6-2 loss to the Charlotte Checkers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Shaun Heshka and Chris Bruton each potted third-period goals to spoil Mike Murphy’s shutout attempt. Jake Allen stopped 30 of 34 shots on goal in 40 minutes of action before Alex Stalock stopped 10 of 12 shots on goal in the third period. Peoria went 0-for-2 on the power play while Charlotte finished 2-for-7.

March 24 – L 2-0 vs. Milwaukee | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen suffered their first shutout loss of the season in a 2-0 effort against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday night at Carver Arena. Michael Latta and Joel Champagne each scored for the Admirals while Jeremy Smith stopped all 33 shots on goal. Jake Allen stopped 19 of 21 shots on goal for Peoria. The Rivermen went 0-for-5 on the power play and Milwaukee finished 1-for-3. Carver Arena housed a season-high 8,901 fans in the loss.

March 25 – L 2-1 vs. Hamilton | HIGHLIGHTS
Even though Peoria sent 43 shots on goal, the Rivermen came up short in a 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday evening at Carver Arena. Jonathan Cheechoo tallied the lone Rivermen goal at 16:02 in the second period while Jake Allen stopped a total of 32 shots on goal. Peoria went 0-for-4 on the power play and held Hamilton scoreless on three opportunities.

Rivermen Report
  • The Rivermen became the first team in the league with six 20-goal scorers this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-29 rating is still the best in the Western Conference.
  • Danny Syvret’s 41 points (7g, 34a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
Listen to all 76 Rivermen games this season live on CD Country 107.9 FM (www.cd1079.net) and follow along on Twitter (@RivsGameday).
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 9:21 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen defeated the Chicago Wolves in a battle for first place in the Midwest division last Wednesday, but dropped to second place after sitting idle last weekend. Peoria is 35-26-2-1 with 73 points and tied for fifth place in the Western Conference with the Abbotsford Heat.

March 14 – W 3-1 @ Chicago
Peoria defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-1 last Wednesday and captured the 2011-12 Illinois Lottery Cup title with the best winning percentage in games between the Rivermen, Wolves and Rockford IceHogs this season. Jonathan Cheechoo registered his 19th goal of the year in the first period before Adam Cracknell and T.J. Hensick scored in the second and third periods, respectively. Jake Allen was named the game’s first star after stopping 38 of 39 shots on goal. Peoria went 0-for-2 on the power play while Chicago finished 0-3.

Rivermen Report

  • T.J. Hensick and Adam Cracknell both scored their 20th markers of the season in last Wednesday’s win. Peoria is now the first team in the league with four 20-goal scorers. Jonathan Cheechoo is one goal away from 20 on the season.
  • Captain Adam Cracknell has tallied goals in five consecutive games.
  • Danny Syvret’s 41 points (7g, 34a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
  • Goaltender Jake Allen has won each of his last three starts and allowed just two goals during that stretch. Allen has posted a 1.62 GAA and 0.955 save percentage in March.
Transactions
  • Feb. 12 – T.J. Hensick (C) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.13.2012 / 9:34 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen beat the top team in the Western Conference again this week and swept the Abbotsford Heat in a weekend series to dethrone them from fourth place. Peoria is now 34-26-2-1 with 71 points and tied for second in the Midwest Division. They are currently in a two-way tie for fourth in the Western Conference with Chicago.

March 7 – OTW 4-3 vs. Oklahoma City | HIGHLIGHTS

The Oklahoma City Barons held a 3-0 lead, as the second period neared its end, until Danny Syvret tallied a power-play goal to put Peoria on the board at 18:45. Adam Cracknell scored at 5:16 in the third period before Syvret tied the game with 5:54 remaining in regulation on his second power-play goal of the game. Newcomer Patrick O’Sullivan ended the game with his first marker for Peoria just 1:42 into overtime to give the Rivermen a 4-3 win. O’Sullivan finished the game with four points (1g, 3a) while Syvret (2g, 1a) and Derek Nesbitt (3a) each registered three. Jake Allen stopped 23 of 26 shots on goal in 34:52 minutes between the pipes before he was relieved by Alex Stalock, who stopped all 12 shots faced in the final 26:19.

March 9 – W 4-1 at Abbotsford

Patrick O’Sullivan scored two goals for Peoria while Jake Allen made 39 saves as the Rivermen moved past the Abbotsford Heat 4-1 on Friday night in the opening game of the weekend series. O’Sullivan and Anthony Nigro paced the Rivermen to a 2-0 lead in the first period before O’Sullivan notched the only goal of the second. Joe Piskula scored for Abbotsford to open the third but Adam Cracknell sealed the win with an empty-netter with only 0.1 second remaining. Peoria’s power play went 2-for-4 while their penalty kill finished 3-for-3.

March 11 – W 5-0 at Abbotsford
Jake Allen stopped 32 shots on goal en route to his first shutout of the season in a 5-0 win over the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday. Adam Cracknell and Brett Sonne each scored first period markers followed by Stefan Della Rovere’s tally just 56 seconds into the second stanza. Shaun Heskha and Phil McRae potted goals for Peoria in the third period to finish the scoring. McRae produced three points (1g, 2a) while Heshka (1g, 1a) and Jonathan Cheechoo (2a) registered two-point efforts.

Rivermen Report
  • The Rivermen are tied for fourth place in the Western Conference with Chicago at 71 points, but sit just three points ahead of Houston, currently in 10th place. Peoria trails Midwest Division leader Charlotte by one point.
  • Since joining the Rivermen last week, Patrick O’Sullivan has tallied four goals and four assists including a four-point night on Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Barons.
  • Following his relief efforts on Wednesday, Alex Stalock became the first goalie besides Ben Bishop or Jake Allen to play for Peoria since April 9, 2010 – a span of 156 games.
  • Peoria ended a 0-for-25 drought on the power play against Oklahoma City on March 2 and has improved to 21.3 percent – the best in the Western Conference. The Rivermen have scored nine power-play goals over the last five games good for a 47.4% conversion rate.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-29 rating is still the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret’s 40 points (7g, 33a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
Listen to all 76 Rivermen games this season live on CD Country 107.9 FM (www.cd1079.net) and follow along on Twitter (@RivsGameday).
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.06.2012 / 12:01 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen beat the top team in the Western Conference on Friday night but finished the week with just a single win in three games. Peoria is now 31-26-2-1 with 65 points and rank third in the Midwest Division. They are currently in a three-way tie for seventh in the Western Conference.

Feb. 29 – L 3-2 @ Milwaukee
Brett Sterling scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season for Peoria with only 1:02 left in regulation but it was not enough as the Rivermen fell 3-2 to Milwaukee on Wednesday night. With Derek Nesbitt on the board, the Rivermen and Admirals began the third period in a 1-1 tie before Kyle Wilson scored twice to propel Milwaukee to victory. Jake Allen made his third straight start, for the first time this year, and finished with 32 saves in the loss.

March 2 – W 4-2 vs. Oklahoma City | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen struck first and never looked back as they took down the first-place Oklahoma City Barons on Friday night at Carver Arena. Four Rivermen players had multi-point games, highlighted by Danny Syvret’s three points (one goal, two assists). Tyler Shattock, Jonathan Cheechoo and Phil McRae also scored as the Rivermen snapped a season-long power-play drought with a 2-for-5 perfomance. The Rivermen outshot the Barons 35-29 as Jake Allen posted his seventh win of the season.

March 3 – L 2-1 vs. Rockford | HIGHLIGHTS

Leading 1-0 at the start of the third, the Rivermen were unable to make Adam Cracknell’s first period goal standup as the Rockford IceHogs came back to beat Peoria 2-1. Newly acquired Patrick O’Sullivan had the primary assist on Cracknell’s goal at 13:49 of the first. The IceHogs tied it early in the third before Ben Youds snapped home the game-winner with only 2:15 left in regulation. The game was attended by a season-high 7,649 fans, highlighted by a performance from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Rivermen Report

  • The St. Louis Blues made a transaction on Friday to acquire the AHL rights of Patrick O’Sullivan from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Brett Sterling. O’Sullivan has 334 games on NHL experience and had 30 points (10g, 20a) in 26 games with the Portland Pirates before joining the Rivermen.
  • Second-year center Phil McRae cracked the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his professional career after a goal against Oklahoma City on Friday night. It was also his 100th professional game.
  • Peoria’s loss on Saturday was the third time this year they have lost when leading at the start of the third period (23-3-0-0).
  • Captain Adam Cracknell has set a new AHL career-high with 24 assists and 40 points. He is one goal shy of matching his career-high in goals (17) that he set during his first year with the Rivermen (2009-10).
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-28 rating is still the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret’s 37 points (5g, 32a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
Transactions
  • Feb. 27 – T.J. Hensick (C) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • March 4 – Alex Stalock (G) reassigned by San Jose (NHL) from Worcester
  • March 3 – Brian Mahoney Wilson (G) released from PTO
  • March 3 – Patrick O’Sullovan (RW) reassigned by Phoenix (NHL) from Portland (AHL)
  • March 3 – Brett Sterling (LW) reassigned by St. Louis (NHL) to Portland (AHL)
  • March 2 – Brian Mahoney-Wilson (G) signed to PTO
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 9:29 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen won two of four meetings last week, capturing four of eight possible points. Peoria is now 30-24-2-1 with 63 points and rank third in the Midwest Division and tied for sixth in the Western Conference.

Feb. 21 – SOW 4-3 vs. Abbotsford | HIGHLIGHTS

Adam Cracknell scored with 48 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday night at Carver Arena. Peoria overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second period with markers from Phil McRae and Brennan Evans. Ben Bishop recorded his league-leading 24th win after stopping all nine Abbotsford shots in overtime and four of five shootout attempts. Derek Nesbitt and Brett Sterling tallied goals in the shootout.

Feb. 24 – L 2-1 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
The San Antonio Rampage defeated the Rivermen 2-1 on Friday night at Carver Arena. Greg Rallo’s tally at 15:28 in the first period stood as the game’s lone score for over 42 minutes before Scott Timmins improved the lead to 2-0. Derek Nesbitt tallied the lone Rivermen marker just 18 seconds later to finish the scoring. Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 31 shots on goal in what proved to be his final start for Peoria before being traded to the Ottawa Senators. Peoria went 0-for-3 on the power play and held San Antonio scoreless on four opportunities.

Feb. 25 – L 2-1 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
San Antonio downed the Rivermen 2-1 for the second time in as many days on Saturday night at Carver Arena. Chris Bruton scored his first career AHL goal at 10:27 in the second period before San Antonio countered with two markers in the third. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 27 shots on goal in the loss while Jacob Markstrom saved 40 of 41.

Feb. 26 – SOW 4-3 vs. Abbotsford | HIGHLIGHTS

The Rivermen topped the Abbotsford Heat 4-3 in a shootout for the second time this week on Sunday evening at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Phil McRae each scored in regulation, countering a three-goal second period from the Heat. Derek Nesbitt improved to 7-for-7 in the shootout this season while Anthony Nigro and McRae each scored on their attempts to give Peoria the victory. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 28 shots on goal in addition to three of four shootout attempts.

Rivermen Report
  • Last weekend’s games marked the 11th of a league-leading 13 three-games-in-three-days series for the Rivermen this season. Peoria is 6-5-0 in the first game, 3-7-1 in the second, and 9-2-0 in the third game. The Rivermen will not play in another one of these series until March 30.
  • With Sunday’s win, the Rivermen improved to 5-1-0 in the shootout this season. Peoria is tied for the league lead after converting 12 of 29 (.414%) shootout attempts this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-30 rating is still the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret’s 33 points (4g, 29a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
Transactions
  • Feb. 27 – T.J. Hensick (C) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 27 – T.J. Hensick (C) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 26 – Ben Bishop (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 26 – David McKee (G) released from PTO
  • Feb. 26 – David McKee (G) signed to PTO
  • Feb. 24 – Ian Cole (D) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 21 – T.J. Hensick (C) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 20 – Ben Bishop (G) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
Listen to all 76 Rivermen games this season live on CD Country 107.9 FM (www.cd1079.net) and follow along on Twitter (@RivsGameday).
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 9:46 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen won two of three meetings last week, capturing four of six potential points. Peoria is now 28-22-2-1 with 59 points, which grades third in the Midwest Division and tied for sixth in the Western Conference.

Feb. 15 – W 1-0 at Rockford

Peoria set a new season-low in shots on goal for the second time in as many games with 13, but still managed to defeat the Rockford IceHogs 1-0 on Wednesday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. Brennan Evans scored his first goal of the season just 20 seconds into the second period. Ben Bishop played 51:14, stopping all 36 shots of 36 shots on goal and Jake Allen tallied six saves on six shots in 8:46 of action in the second frame. Allen relieved Bishop early in the second stanza after he became ill.

Feb. 17 – L 4-2 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS

The Charlotte Checkers stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals from Zac Dalpe, Zack Boychuk and Justin Shugg in a 4-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena on Friday night. Evgeny Grachev ended John Muse’s shutout bid just 20 seconds into the third period and brought the Rivermen within two. Just 18 seconds after a Michal Jordan marker, T.J. Hensick scored the game’s final goal at 5:03 in the third period. Jake Allen stopped 26 of 30 shots on goal while Muse saved 26 of 28. Both teams went 0-4 on the power play.

Feb. 18 – W 3-1 at Grand Rapids

Jake Allen captured his fifth win in his best start this season, stopping 31 of 32 shots on goal, in a 3-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at Van Andel Arena. Second period goals from Brett Sterling and Anthony Peluso gave Peoria a 2-0 lead entering the final fame. Griffins rookie Gustav Nyquist brought Grand Rapids within one, but Phil McRae sealed the win just 30 seconds later. Both teams finished the game with zero penalty minutes.

Rivermen Report

  • Jake Allen started back-to-back games for the first time this season with Ben Bishop recalled on loan in St. Louis.
  • Third in the league in scoring and the only one of the top six who doesn’t play in Hershey or Norfolk, T.J. Hensick has 19 goals and 45 assists for 64 points in 53 games with the Rivermen this season. His 264 points in 231 career AHL contests are good for a 1.14 points-per-game average, the most among active players.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild became the first player in the AHL to reach the plus-30 threshold after he posted a plus-one rating in Saturday’s win.
  • The Rivermen power play leads with Western Conference with a 20.7% conversion rate this season. The penalty kill ranks seventh in the AHL at 84.1%.
Transactions
  • Feb. 20 – Ben Bishop (G) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 18 – Ben Bishop (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 18 – Brad Fogal (G) released from PTO
  • Feb. 18 – Brad Fogal (G) signed to PTO
  • Feb. 15 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 15 – Ian Cole (D) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 9:30 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen completed their 10th three-games-in-three-days series this season, capturing four of six possible points. Peoria is now 26-21-2-1 with 55 points, good for third in the Midwest Division and tied for seventh in the Western Conference.

Feb. 10 – L 3-2 vs. Lake Erie | HIGHLIGHTS
Goals from Anthony Nigro and T.J. Hensick gave Peoria a 2-0 lead early in the second period before Lake Erie countered with three unanswered in a 3-2 win on Friday night at Carver Arena. Ben Bishop stopped 20 of 23 shots on goal while former Rivermen, and current Monsters goaltender, Gerald Coleman stopped 32 of 34. Peoria went 1-for-3 on the power play and Lake Erie finished 2-for-5. Jonathan Cheechoo was awarded the game’s second star after he tallied an assist on both Rivermen goals.

Feb. 11 – W 5-2 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS
Peoria set a season high with 47 shots on goal and built themselves a 5-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers Saturday night at Carver Arena. 13 different players combined for 16 points in the win for the Rivermen in Charlotte’s first ever visit to Peoria. Derek Nesbitt, Anthony Nigro, Cade Fairchild, Tyler Shattock, and T.J. Hensick each scored for Peoria while Ben Bishop stopped 22 of 24 shots on goal. Rookie forward Chris Bruton registered his first point for the Rivermen when he assisted Nigro’s goal. Peoria went 1-for-8 on the power play while Charlotte finished scoreless on two chances.

Feb. 12 – W 4-2 at Milwaukee
The Rivermen sent just 15 shots on goal, including a one-shot first period, yet still defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 on Sunday evening at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee took the lead in both the first and second period before Brett Sterling tied the game and went on to register the game-winning goal just 3:17 later. Ben Bishop was awarded the game’s first star after he stopped 26 of 28 shots on goal in his league-leading 22nd win. Peoria finished 2-for-5 on the man advantage and held Milwaukee scoreless on two opportunities. The win marked the fifth consecutive for the Rivermen over the Admirals this season.

Rivermen Report

  • For the second time this season, Ben Bishop started three games in three days. His 22 wins and six shutouts lead all AHL goaltenders this year.
  • Center T.J. Hensick continues to lead the Western Conference in both points and assists with 62 and 44, respectively. His nearest competition is San Antonio’s Jon Matusomoto who currently trails Hensick by 13 points.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-28 rating remains the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret is now tied for fourth among defenseman in points this season with 31. His 27 assists rank third in the AHL.
  • The Rivermen power play improved to 21.4%, second best in the AHL. The penalty kill is tied for 10th best at 83.3%.
  • With Sunday’s win, Peoria improved to 8-2-0 in the third game of a three-games-in-three-days series this season.
Transactions
  • Feb. 11 – Ian Cole (D) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 9 – David McKee (G) signed to PTO
  • Feb. 8 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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