Want to know what's happening with the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' AHL affiliate? Look no further than our Rivermen Report blog, which will be updated every Tuesday throughout the season. Each blog will feature game summaries, highlights, stats and other notes from the past week in Rivermen hockey.  

POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 9:03 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen dropped both of their contests last week against the division-rival Rockford IceHogs.

Apr. 6 – 5-4 L vs. Rockford
Peoria had a 4-2 lead midway through the second period, but allowed three unanswered goals in a 5-4 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night at Carver Arena. Derek Nesbitt, Yannick Veilleux, Brett Sonne and Anthony Nigro all scored goals for the Rivermen, while Rostislav Olesz, Brandon Pirri, and Martin St. Pierre each had three-point nights. Mike McKenna faced 37 shots and stopped 32 of them. Rockford outshot Peoria 37-27.

Apr. 7 – 4-1 L vs. Rockford
Yannick Veilleux
scored his second goal in as many games, but that was all the offense Peoria generated in a 4-1 loss to Rockford on Sunday night. Martin St. Pierre scored the game-winning goal for the IceHogs 61 seconds into the third period. Mike McKenna stopped 27 of 30 while Carter Hutton made 20 saves. The Rivermen went 0-for-6 on the power play.

Rivermen Notes

  • The Rivermen are 15-5-4-3 in one-goal games this season.
  • Evgeny Grachev snapped an 11-game pointless streak with an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Rockford.
  • Jani Hakanpaa has earned three assists in his last three games played.
  • Peoria has an overall record of 31-32-4-3. The Rivermen have six games remaining in the regular season.

The Rivermen will play their final game against Rockford on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 11:49 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen continued their five-game home stand last weekend with a loss to Oklahoma City and a win versus Lake Erie.

Mar. 29 – 4-2 L vs. Oklahoma City
The Rivermen battled back from a 3-0 deficit, but came up short in a 4-2 loss to the Barons on Friday night at Carver Arena. Tyler Shattock and T.J. Hensick scored third period goals for Peoria, but Brandon Davidson added an empty net goal to spoil the comeback. Brian Elliott made 26 saves in his first start for the Rivermen while Yann Danis stopped 25 of 27. Peoria went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Mar. 30 – 2-0 W vs. Lake Erie
Derek Nesbitt score the game-winning goal and Brian Elliott earned a shutout in Peoria’s 2-0 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters Saturday night in front of 7,660 fans at Carver Arena. Andrew Murray also scored for the Rivermen. Elliott stopped all 27 shots he faced in his first shutout since March 27,2012 with the Blues. Both teams combined to go 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

Rivermen Notes

  • T.J. Hensick is tied for the league lead in points with 62 (17 goals, 45 assists). He is also four assists away from tying the Rivermen record for most assists in a season. Hensick broke that record himself last season.
  • Derek Nesbitt is currently third in the AHL in shots on goal with 219. His 25 goals tie him for ninth in the league.
  • Peoria has won six of its last eight games to pull within five points of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
  • The Rivermen now have a record of 31-30-4-3.

The Rivermen conclude a five-game home stand Saturday against Rockford at 7:05 p.m. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 2:06 PM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen ended their six-game road trip with a win against Rockford, and followed it up with a victory over Grand Rapids at home.

Mar. 13 – 2-0 L at Milwaukee
Former St. Louis Blue Brad Winchester scored the game-winning goal to help the Milwaukee Admirals hand the Rivermen a 2-0 loss on Wednesday night. Mattias Ekholm also added a goal for Milwaukee. Mike McKenna stopped 32 of 34 while both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play.

Mar. 16 – 4-0 W at Rockford
T.J. Hensick
scored a pair of goals and Mike McKenna earned his second shutout of the season, as the Rivermen defeated the IceHogs by a score of 4-0 on Friday night. Andrew Murray and Andre Bouvet-Morrissette also added markers for Peoria. Sergey Andronov had three assists. McKenna stopped a total of 37 shots. The Rivermen went 1-for-6 on the man advantage.

Mar. 17 – 3-2 W vs. Grand Rapids
Taylor Chorney
scored the game-winner 30 seconds into overtime to lead Peoria to a 3-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday. Mark Cundari and Anthony Nigro scored goals for the Rivermen, while Mike McKenna made 24 saves in his 14th victory of the regular season.

Rivermen Notes

  • In the month of March, Mike McKenna has a record of 3-2, a 1.61 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage.
  • The Rivermen have a record of 14-4-4-3 in one-goal games.
  • When leading after the second period, Peoria is 16-1-1-1.
  • The Rivermen now have a record of 27-28-4-3.

The Rivermen will rematch the Griffins at home on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:41 PM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen opened up their six-game road trip with a 1-3-0 record last week.

Mar. 5 – 2-0 L at Lake Erie
Calvin Pickard stopped all 25 Rivermen shots to earn the shutout and David van der Gulik scored the game-winning goal to help Lake Erie defeat Peoria 2-0 on Tuesday night. Brian Sutherby added an insurance marker in the third period. Jake Allen stopped 19 out of 21 in the loss. Both teams combined to go 0-for-7 on the power play.

Mar. 7 – 3-2 W at Lake Erie
The Rivermen went 2-for-6 on the man advantage, snapping an 0-for-25 drought, in a 3-2 win over the Monsters on Thursday night. Trevor Lewis scored his first AHL goal in the third period to give Peoria the game-winning tally. Mark Cundari and Derek Nesbitt also scored goals for the Rivermen. Mike McKenna made 26 saves for the victory.

Mar. 9 – 3-1 L at Hamilton
Peoria took 43 shots on goal, but were only able to beat Hamilton goaltender Robert Mayer once in a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday. Patrick Holland scored twice and Joey Tenute had a three-point night for Hamilton. Mike McKenna stopped 25 shots in a losing effort. The Rivermen went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Mar. 10 – 4-1 L at Toronto
Paul Karpowich
made 26 saves in his AHL debut but the Rivermen lost 4-1 to the Toronto Marlies on Sunday. Derek Nesbitt scored a goal for the third straight contest. Peoria was outshot 30-21 in the game, and they went 0-for-4 on the man advantage.

Rivermen Notes

  • Derek Nesbitt took 25 shots on goal in Peoria’s four games last week. He leads the team with 187 shots on goal, an average of 3.4 shots per game.
  • T.J. Hensick leads the club with 52 points (14G, 38A).
  • Chris Bruton leads the Rivermen with 105 PIM. Mark Cundari is second with 68.
  • Peoria now has a record of 25-27-4-3.

The Rivermen will conclude a six-game road trip next week with contests against Milwaukee on Wednesday and Rockford on Saturday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 2:28 PM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

Last week the Peoria Rivermen were able to defeat the division leading Grand Rapids Griffins for the fourth time this season.

Mar. 1 – 4-1 L at. Rockford
Mark Cundari
scored just 3:07 into regulation, but Rockford went on to score four unanswered goals in a 4-1 win over the Rivermen on Friday. The IceHogs went 3-for-7 on the man advantage, including two power play tallies from Jeremy Morin. Ben Smith also scored a pair of goals for Rockford. Jake Allen allowed four goals on 30 shots, while Carter Hutton stopped 23 of 24.

Mar. 2 – 4-1 W vs. Grand Rapids
Jake Allen
stopped the last 28 shots he saw to lead Peoria to a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night at Carver Arena. Mark Cundari, Sergey Andronov, Brent Regner, and Evgeny Grachev all scored goals for the Rivermen. T.J. Hensick and Derek Nesbitt each earned a pair of assists in the victory. Peoria outshot Grand Rapids 32-29, while each club went 0-for-3 on the power play.

Rivermen Notes

  • Despite Peoria’s recent scoring woes, Derek Nesbitt has been able to put up 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last six games.
  • Since being reassigned to Peoria, Jake Allen has a 2.33 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in three starts.
  • The Rivermen have a 16-13-3-0 record versus the Midwest Division this year.
  • Peoria now has a record of 24-24-4-3, which puts them six points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Rivermen will begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday with a contest against the Lake Erie Monsters. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 3:19 PM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen were shutout twice last week but were able to pitch a shutout of their own against the Rampage. Peoria ended their six-game home stand with a record of 3-2-0-1

Feb. 20 – 4-0 L vs. Rockford
The IceHogs opened up the scoring just 48 seconds into the contest and didn’t look back in a 4-0 win over the Rivermen on Wednesday night. Carter Hutton stopped all 35 shots he faced to earn the shutout. Mike McKenna allowed three goals on 23 shots. Peoria went 0-for-6 on the power play.

Feb. 22 – 5-0 W vs. San Antonio
T.J. Hensick
scored twice and Mike McKenna stopped all 34 shots he faced in a 5-0 victory over the San Antonio Rampage on Friday night at Carver Arena. Andrew Murray, Anthony Nigro and Evgeny Grachev also added goals for Peoria, while Jeff Woywitka had three assists. The Rampage outshot the Rivermen, 34-29. Neither team scored on the man-advantage.

Feb. 23 – 3-0 L vs. Chicago
The Wolves scored three goals in a span of 3:38 early in the third period to defeat Peoria, 3-0. Darren Haydar had a three-point night (1 goal, 2 assists), while Matt Climie made 38 saves to shutout the Rivermen for the second time in three games. Jake Allen made stopped 31 of 34 shots in his first start with the Rivermen since his recent NHL stint. Both clubs went 0-for-2 on the power play.

Rivermen Notes

  • After scoring just three goals on 52 shots against Dov Grumet-Morris last Saturday, Peoria was able to score five times on 22 shots against the goaltender in their most recent victory. He was pulled after two periods.
  • At home, Peoria has a record of 13-9-1-3. They are 10-14-3-0 on the road.
  • In one-goal games, the Rivermen have a record of 12-4-4-3.
  • Peoria currently has a record of 23-23-4-3.

The Rivermen will open up March with a game in Rockford on Friday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:02 PM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen picked up five out of a possible six points in games last week, despite missing their number one goaltender.

Feb. 13 – 5-3 W vs. Rockford
Peoria gave up two early third period goals, but were able to score three unanswered goals in the remainder of the third period to defeat Rockford 5-3 on Wednesday night. Chris Porter scored twice in the third period, while T.J. Hensick had a three-point night (1G, 2A). Derek Nesbitt and Chris Bruton also scored goals for Peoria. The Rivermen outshot the IceHogs 43-25.

Feb. 15 – 4-1 W vs. Abbotsford
Chris Porter
, Brett Sonne, Adam Cracknell and Cody Beach all scored goals in Peoria’s 4-1 victory over the Heat Friday night. The Rivermen fired 34 shots on goal, while Abbotsford took 25 shots on Mike McKenna, who made 24 saves. Peoria went 1-for-1 on the man advantage.

Feb. 16 – 3-4 SOL vs. San Antonio
The Rivermen took a season-high 52 shots on goal, but Dov Grumet-Morris made 49 saves, including all four shootout attempts, to hand Peoria a 4-3 shootout loss Saturday in front of 8,034 home fans. Andrew Murray scored his ninth of the season, while Derek Nesbitt scored goals number 17 and 18 in the contest. Cade Fairchild had a pair of assists. Mike McKenna made 25 saves in the loss.

Rivermen Notes

  • With his three goals last week, Derek Nesbitt leads the Rivermen with 18 goals scored. He is second in points with 33 (18G, 15A).
  • The Rivermen now have a record of 22-21-4-3, which puts them in 12th place in the Western Conference.
  • Peoria averages 30.58 shots per game this season. They allow 30.90 shots per contest.
  • Chris Porter has enjoyed success since joining the Rivermen. He has 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists) in just 11 games.

The Rivermen will continue a six-game home stand with a game against Rockford on Wednesday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 10:05 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen dropped all three games they played last week against division rivals Chicago, Rockford and Milwaukee.

Feb. 5 – 4-3 OTL at Chicago
Darren Haydar earned a hat trick and Bill Sweatt notched the game-winner in Chicago’s 4-3 overtime win over the Rivermen on Tuesday afternoon. T.J. Hensick, Phil McRae and Evgeny Grachev tallied Peoria’s goals. Mike McKenna allowed four goals on 21 shots, while the Rivermen outshot the Wolves 23-21 in the game. Peoria went 1-for-7 on the power play.

Feb. 8 – 4-2 L vs. Rockford
The Rivermen didn’t trail until the third period, but ultimately lost to the Rockford IceHogs 4-2 on Friday night at Carver Arena. Chris Porter scored on the power play and Tyler Shattock added a shorthanded goal for Peoria. Kyle Beach scored twice and Jimmy Hayes scored the game-winning goal early in the third period. Mike McKenna made 27 saves in a losing effort. Both teams scored once on the man advantage.

Feb. 10 – 1-0 L at Milwaukee
Mark Van Guilder scored the game’s only goal early in the first period in Milwaukee’s 1-0 blanking of the Rivermen on Sunday. The Rivermen outshot the Admirals 13-7 in the third frame, and 30-25 in the game, but couldn’t score a goal on Magnus Hellberg. Neither team was able to score on the power play.

Rivermen Notes

  • When scoring the first goal, the Rivermen are just 8-9-2-1 this season.
  • Jeff Woywitka has one assist in five games since rejoining Peoria.
  • Cody Beach leads the club with a +/- rating of 9. D-man Brent Regner is second with a +/- rating of 8.
  • Derek Nesbitt leads the Rivermen with 131 shots on goal. T.J. Hensick is the only other player in the triple digits, with 100 shots.
  • The Rivermen now have a record of 20-21-4-2.

The Rivermen will begin a six-game home stand on Wednesday against the Rockford IceHogs. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 9:41 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen won the only game they played in last week against the Wolves to jump to third place in the Midwest Division.

Feb. 2 – 5-3 W at Chicago
Mark Cundari
scored the game-winning goal with 59.3 seconds remaining in regulation to lead the Rivermen to a 5-3 win over the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night at Allstate Arena. Goals by Adam Cracknell, Brett Sonne and Chris Porter helped Peoria jump to a 3-0 lead early in the third period. Chicago would go on to score three unanswered goals to tie the contest with less than four minutes to play. Cundari then scored his third goal of the season from T.J. Hensick and Derek Nesbitt to give the Rivermen back the lead. Evgeny Grachev added an empty net goal at the 19:48 mark of the third frame. Peoria went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Chicago went 1-for-2 on the man advantage. Jake Allen made 33 saves in his 50th career AHL victory.

Rivermen Notes

  • The Rivermen have earned points in seven of their last nine games and now have a record of 20-19-3-2.
  • Peoria has a better record when allowing the first goal (12-11-2-1) versus when they score the first goal (8-8-1-1).
  • Against the second place Wolves, the Rivermen have a record of 5-1-1-0 this campaign.
  • In five games with Peoria, Chris Porter has obtained 4 points (3G, 1A).
The Rivermen will have a rematch with the Chicago Wolves on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 11:07 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen picked up three out of a possible four points in the two games they played last week.

Jan. 23 – 2-0 W vs. Chicago
Courtesy of a shutout by Jake Allen, the Rivermen won the third annual Faceoff Field Trip by a score of 2-0 on Wednesday morning against Chicago in front of 7,832 fans. The first goal of the contest didn’t come until the 16:47 mark of the second period. Andrew Murray scored his eighth goal of the year at that point, which turned out to be the game-winning tally. Brett Sonne added a third period goal to increase Peoria’s lead to two goals. Allen stopped all 27 shots he faced, while neither team scored on the man advantage.

Jan. 26 – 3-2 OTL vs. Milwaukee
Despite outshooting Milwaukee 40-25, Peoria lost in overtime 3-2 Saturday night at Carver Arena. Jack MacLellan and Taylor Beck opened up the scoring to give the Admirals a 2-0 lead. Chris Bruton added a goal with less than 5 minutes remaining in the second period to cut Milwaukee’s lead in half. With 1:29 remaining in regulation, Derek Nesbitt tied the game with his 15th goal of the season. Chris Mueller scored the game-winner just one minute into the overtime session. Peoria went 1-for-6 on the power play. Jeremy Smith made 38 saves.

Rivermen Notes

  • Mark Cundari will be the Rivermen’s lone representative in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday.
  • Derek Nesbitt (15), Adam Cracknell (11), and T.J. Hensick (10) lead Peoria in goals scored.
  • When allowing two goals or fewer, the Rivermen are 15-2-1-0 on the season.
  • After an 8-5-0-1 December, Peoria ended January with a 5-5-1-0 record. They have an overall record of 19-19-3-2 (43 PTS).
The Rivermen will play two consecutive games next week in Chicago. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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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