POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.07.2012 / 9:28 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
Following road wins in Milwaukee and Chicago this weekend, the Rivermen have won four of their last five and sit seventh in the Western Conference at 24-20-2-1. Peoria’s 51 points rank third in the Midwest Division.

Feb. 3 – W 4-2 at Milwaukee

Although Milwaukee scored the game’s first goal, Jonathan Cheechoo’s three-point performance proved to be too much for the Admirals to handle in a 4-2 loss on Friday night at Bradley Center. Cheechoo’s 14th goal of the year tied the game at one halfway through the first period before Milwaukee recaptured the lead 12 seconds into the second frame. Adam Cracknell responded 17 minutes later before Cheechoo and Derek Nesbitt scored third period goals in the win. Ben Bishop stopped 24 of 26 shots on goal while both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.

Feb. 4 – W 4-1 at Chicago

The Rivermen won their second game in as many days in a 4-1 victory over the Wolves, putting a halt to Chicago’s four game win streak. Brett Sterling (1g, 1a) and T.J. Hensick (2a) both turned in multi-point performances while Cheechoo scored his third goal of the weekend. Nesbitt and Cracknell also tallied markers for the Rivermen as Peoria passed San Antonio for seventh place in the Western Conference. Ben Bishop allowed just one tally on 30 shots on goal in his league-leading 20th win of the campaign.

Rivermen Report
  • All-star center T.J. Hensick’s 40 assists and 56 points are the most in the Western Conference as of Feb. 7.
  • Ben Bishop became the first goaltender in the league to reach 20 wins in a 4-1 win over Chicago on Saturday. He also leads the league with six shutouts.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild ranks first in the league with a +24 rating.
  • The Rivermen have scored on 21.1% of power play opportunities this season, third best in the AHL.
  • Conversely, Peoria has killed 83.6% of penalties this season, good for ninth in the league.
  • The Rivermen are one of two teams in the AHL with skaters with 30 or more points.
Transactions

Jan. 30 – Chris Porter (LW) recalled from loan to St. Louis (NHL).

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 2:32 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen won two of three games this week improving their record to 22-20-2-1. Their 47 points currently rank third in the Midwest Division and eighth in the Western Conference with all seven teams behind them within four points.

Jan. 24 – W 6-3 vs. Milwaukee | HIGHLIGHTS

Peoria defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 6-3 in the second annual Faceoff Fieldtrip on Tuesday morning in front of 7,082 at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell (2g), T.J. Hensick (1g, 1a), Danny Syvret (1g, 1a), Derek Nesbitt (2a) and Cade Fairchild (2a) each recorded two-point games in the win. Phil McRae and Jonathan Cheechoo (EN) also scored for the Rivermen. Jake Allen allowed three goals on 30 shots while Peoria fired 40 shots on net. Peoria scored two power-play goals on four chances and held Milwaukee to 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

Jan. 27 – W 4-2 vs. Grand Rapids | HIGHLIGHTS
Grand Rapids’ Brendan Smith scored a short-handed marker for the game’s first goal at 6:48 in the first period before Peoria responded with a four-goal second period en route to a 4-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins last night at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell tallied three assists while Ian Cole scored in his first game back from St. Louis. Ben Bishop allowed two goals on 34 shots and remains tied for the league lead in wins with 18. Evgeny Grachev, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Cade Fairchild also scored for Peoria. The Rivermen went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Griffins converted on one of four.

Jan. 28 – L 5-2 vs. Grand Rapids | HIGHLIGHTS
After Peoria’s top three scorers were held off the score sheet on Friday night, Brett Sterling, Derek Nesbitt and T.J. Hensick each tallied goals for the Rivermen in a 5-2 loss to the Griffins on Saturday. The Griffins led 3-1 halfway through the second period before the Rivermen tied the game heading into the third period. Jake Allen stopped 33 of 37 shots on goal while both teams were held scoreless on three power plays.

Rivermen Report:

  • Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop was named Top Goaltender in the AHL Skills Competition on Sunday night. Bishop’s 18 wins and six shutouts both lead the AHL.
  • All-Star center T.J. Hensick’s 53 points (16g, 37a) grade first in the Western Conference. Hensick now has 17 multi-point games this season.
  • Prior to Saturday’s loss, Evgeny Grachev tallied points in three consecutive contests.
  • Rivermen head coach Jared Bednar coached in his 125th game for Peoria on Saturday.
  • The Rivermen power play ranks fourth in the AHL at 21.5%. The penalty kill grades eighth at 83.2%.
  • Peoria is one of three teams in the AHL with four 30-point scorers as of Jan. 30.
Transactions:
  • Jan. 26 – Chris Bruton (RW) signed to SPC
  • Jan. 26 – Chris Bruton (RW) released from PTO
  • Jan. 25 – Chris Porter (LW) conditioning loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Jan. 24 – Ian Cole (D) returned on loan from St. Louis
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, 01.24.2012 / 10:49 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen returned to the road last weekend for two games in Texas, both of which resulted in four goal losses. Peoria is 20-19-2-1 this season and their 43 points rank fourth in the Midwest Division and tied for 10th in the Western Conference.

Jan. 20 – L 6-2 at Texas
Although Cade Faichild and Jonathan Cheechoo scored within 34 seconds to overcome an initial two-goal deficit, the Stars went on to score four goals in the last 30 minutes of regulation and won 6-2. Peoria finished scoreless on four man advantages while Texas went 2-for-5. Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 35 shots on goal in the loss and Andrew Raycroft saved 21 of 23.

Jan. 21 – L 5-1 at San Antonio
Evgeny Grachev scored his first goal for the Rivermen just 2:34 into the first period but San Antonio responded with five of their own en route to a 5-1 win. Former Rivermen defenseman Tyson Strachan netted the game winner on his third goal this season for the Rampage. Peoria went 1-for-4 on the power play while San Antonio finished 1-for-2. Bishop stopped 25 of 29 shots he faced.

Rivermen Report
  • Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop was a recent addition to the AHL All-Star Game following an injury to Lake Erie netminder Cedrick Desjardins. This is the second straight season in which the Rivermen have had a goalie represent them after Jake Allen started the 2011 classic in Hershey, Pa.
  • Center T.J. Hensick’s 48 points (14g, 34a) still rank first in the Western Conference. Hensick has registered at least one point in 33 of his 42 games this season.
  • Phil McRae (four games) and Stefan Della Rovere (two games) are both expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday morning after suffering upper-body injuries.
  • The Rivermen power play ranks fourth in the AHL at 21.4%. The penalty kill is tied for ninth at 83.2%.

Transactions

  • Jan. 21 – Josh Lunden (LW) released from PTO
  • Jan. 21 – Josh Lunden (LW) signed to PTO
The Rivermen return to the ice today in a special 10:00 a.m. start against the Milwaukee Admirals. Listen live on CD Country 107.9 FM (www.cd1079.net) and follow along on Twitter (@RivsGameday).
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 10:46 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen finished a five-game homestand – their longest of the season – with two wins and a loss last weekend to improve to 20-17-2-1 this season. Peoria’s 43 points rank fourth in the Midwest Division and eighth in the Western Conference.

Jan. 12 – W 4-0 vs. Lake Erie | HIGHLIGHTS
Ben Bishop recorded his league-leading sixth shutout and 16th win on Thursday night in a 38-save effort. T.J. Hensick (1g, 2a) and Brett Sterling (1g, 1a) each scored power-play goals while Derek Nesbitt (1g, 1a) and Mark Cundari (1g) scored in the latter half of the game. The Rivermen went 2-for-6 on the power play and held the Monsters scoreless on five opportunities.

Jan. 13 – L 2-1 vs. Houston | HIGHLIGHTS
For the third time in as many games, Hensick scored a first period power-play goal to give the Rivermen a 1-0 lead. After Houston countered with two first period goals, Peoria sent just 13 shots on goal over the final two periods. Jake Allen stopped 34 of 36 shots on goal while Aeros goaltender Darcy Kuemper saved 22 of 23. The Rivermen went 1-for-4 on the power play and held the Aeros to 1-for-7.

Jan. 14 – W 2-1 vs. Houston | HIGHLIGHTS

Brett Sonne and Nesbitt each scored second-period goals within a span of 1:41 while Bishop saved 32 of 33 shots on goal in his AHL-best 17th win of the season. Peoria finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play and Houston went 0-for-4.

Rivermen Report
  • Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop was named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 15, 2012. Bishop won both of his starts last week and stopped 70 of 71 (0.986%) shots on goal. He currently ranks among the top five AHL goaltenders in GAA (2.17), save percentage (0.932%), wins (17), shutouts (6), minutes (1607:02) and saves (796).
  • All-star center T.J. Hensick’s 47 points (14g, 33a) continue to lead the Western Conference. Hensick has tallied seven points over the past four games and has registered at least one point in 32 of his 40 games this season.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild leads the league in +/- at 21.
  • The Rivermen power play grades second best in the AHL at 21.8%. The penalty kill ranks eighth at 84.2%.
  • Hensick and Fairchild were both selected to play in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic last week. Vote for Hensick and Fairchild to start in the game at TheAHL.com!
Transactions
  • Jan. 11 – Maury Edwards (D) released from PTO
  • Jan. 11 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Jan. 11 – Cade Fairchild (D) recalled on loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Jan. 14 – Cade Fairchild (D) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
The Rivermen return to the ice on Friday, January 20 against the Texas Stars at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Park Center. Listen live on CD Country 107.9 FM (www.cd1079.net) and follow along on Twitter (@RivsGameday).
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 12:44 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
After a win and a loss this weekend, the Rivermen are now 18-16-2-1 through 37 games. The Rivermen currently rank fourth in the Midwest Division and tied for eighth in the Western Conference with 39 points.

Jan. 6 – L 5-2 vs. Chicago | HIGHLIGHTS
Although the Rivermen and Wolves meet 10 times this season, Friday’s game was the final of five contests at Carver Arena. Chicago’s Mike Duco recorded a hat trick en route to a 5-2 win over Peoria and earned him a call-up to Vancouver just two days later. Stefan Della Rovere and Brett Sonne each scored for Peoria while Ben Bishop saved 27 of 31 shots on goal in his fifth consecutive start. The Rivermen went 0-for-4 on the power play while Chicago finished 0-for-3.

Jan. 8 – W 4-2 vs. Milwaukee | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen power play went 3-for-7 in an impressive 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. After a three-goal first period, Peoria chased Atte Engren from the net in favor of Jeremy Smith, who was sent down from Nashville earlier that morning. Brett Sterling and T.J. Hensick each recorded one goal and an assist and Jake Allen stopped 33 of 35 shots on goal in the win. The Admirals went 1-for-3 on the power play.

Rivermen Report
  • After a two-point performance on Sunday, T.J. Hensick continues to lead the Western Conference in points and assists with 42 and 30, respectively.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild is still the league leader in plus-minus at +21.
  • The Rivermen power play improved to 21.2% (33-for-156) on the season, which ranks fifth in the AHL and first in the Western Conference.
  • Hensick and Fairchild were both selected to play in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic earlier this week. Vote for Hensick and Fairchild to start in the game at TheAHL.com
Transactions
  • Jan. 2 – Cade Fairchild (D) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Jan. 3 – Jake Allen (G) reassigned by St. Louis (NHL) from Canadian National Team
  • Jan. 3 – David McKee (G) released from PTO
  • Jan. 7 – Cade Fairchild (D) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
The Rivermen return to the ice on Thursday, January 12 against the Lake Erie Monsters at 7 p.m. at Carver Arena.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 10:41 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
In addition to a Boxing Day matchup with the Chicago Wolves, the Rivermen completed their fifth three-games-in-three-days series over the past six weekends. Peoria is now 17-15-2-1 through 35 games – the most in the Western Conference. The Rivermen moved into third place in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference with 37 points.

Dec. 26 – OTL 4-3 vs. Chicago | HIGHLIGHTS
After an eight-day holiday break, the Rivermen returned to action in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Wolves on Monday at Carver Arena. Trailing 3-1 entering the third period, the Rivermen received goals from Derek Nesbitt and Tyler Shattock to force overtime. Chicago’s Jordan Schroeder scored the game-winning goal with just 47 seconds remaining in the extra period. Ben Bishop stopped 24 of 28 shots on goal while Peoria allowed Chicago to go 1-for-3 on the power play. The Rivermen were held without a power play for the first time this season.

Dec. 30 – OTW 4-3 at Grand Rapids
Cade Fairchild and Shattock both scored for Peoria in the first frame, but Grand Rapids countered with three second period goals within a span of 4:54. Down 3-2 with only 3:02 remaining in regulation, T.J. Hensick scored a power-play goal to even the score. With 11 seconds remaining in overtime, defenseman Danny Syvret scored the game winner. Peoria finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play and held Grand Rapids scoreless on three chances. Ben Bishop stopped 40 of 43 shots on goal.

Dec. 31 – W 3-2 vs. Rockford | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen defeated the Rockford IceHogs for the sixth time in nine meetings this season in a 3-2 regulation victory on Saturday night. Brett Sonne, Adam Cracknell and Phil McRae each scored for Peoria while Ben Bishop won his second game in as many days with 35 saves. The game featured 102 penalty minutes including three fights and four misconducts. Peoria went 2-for-8 on the power play while Rockford finished the contest 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

Jan. 1 – W 1-0 at Milwaukee
Peoria entered the contest winless against the Admirals in five previous meetings this season but finished with a 1-0 win. Sunday’s victory marked Bishop’s fourth consecutive game played and third straight win in addition to his league-leading fifth shutout this season. Bishop saved all 18 shots on goal in the win while Milwaukee’s Atte Engren stopped 28 of 29. Peoria finished the contest 1-for-4 on the power play and held the opposition scoreless on two opportunities.

Rivermen Report

  • With Jake Allen on loan to Team Canada for the duration of the Spengler Cup, veteran goaltender Ben Bishop played in all four Rivermen games this week. He is currently tied for second in wins (15) and ranks second in saves (752), third in save percentage (.930) and minutes (1427:26), seventh in GAA (2.23) and leads the league in shutouts (5). Prior to the 2011-12 campaign, Bishop registered just three career AHL shutouts in 121 games with the Rivermen.
  • T.J. Hensick continues to lead the Western Conference in points and assists with 40 and 29, respectively. He also finished with 84 points (26g, 58a) in the 2011 calendar year, good for third best in the AHL.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild continues to lead the league in plus-minus at +21.
  • Sophomore forward Tyler Shattock has scored three goals in his last seven games. He has now scored five goals this season, two more than he scored in 67 games last season.
  • Both the Rivermen power play (20.5%) and penalty kill (83.2%) rank in the top ten in the AHL this season.
Transactions
  • Dec. 26 – Chris Bruton (RW), Maury Edwards (RW) and David McKee (G) signed to PTO
  • Dec. 26 – Adam Cracknell (RW) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Dec. 31 – Adam Cracknell (RW) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
The Rivermen return to the ice Friday, January 6 against the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. at Carver Arena.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 10:48 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen finished their seventh three-games in three-days series this past weekend before embarking on an eight-day holiday break. Peoria is now 14-15-1-1 through 31 games – the most in the Western Conference. The Rivermen are tied with Chicago for third place in the Midwest Division and seventh place in the Western Conference with 30 points.

Dec. 16 – W 5-2 at Rockford
Peoria completed a four-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night. Jake Allen stopped a career-high 42 shots on goal while Jonathan Cheechoo, Derek Nesbitt and Tyler Shattock each tallied a goal and an assist. The Rivermen converted one of two power play chances while Rockford went 1-for-4. Rookie Chase Polacek scored his first career AHL goal in the win.

Dec. 17 – W 2-0 vs. Toronto | HIGHLIGHTS
T.J. Hensick and Cheechoo each registered their 10th goals of the season in addition to an assist in a 2-0 win over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night. Ben Bishop stopped all 26 shots on goal en route to his league-leading fourth shutout this season. The Rivermen went 0-for-5 on the power play while Toronto finished 0-for-4.

Dec. 18 – L 3-1 at Milwaukee
Brett Sterling score just nine minutes into the first period, but the Milwaukee Admirals countered with three unanswered goals and won 3-0 on Sunday evening. Jake Allen saved 26 of 29 shots on goal and held Milwaukee scoreless on all four power-play opportunities. The Rivermen also failed to convert on each of their four power plays.

Rivermen Report
  • Veteran goaltender Ben Bishop is tied for fourth in the AHL in save percentage (.930) and eighth in goals against average (2.24). As previously mentioned, Bishop is the first goaltender in the league to reach four shutouts this season. Prior to the 2011-12 campaign, Bishop registered just three career AHL shutouts in 121 games with the Rivermen.
  • T.J. Hensick’s four-point weekend has time tied for third in points among league leaders at 37 (10g, 27a). His 27 assists are tied with Hersey’s Chris Bourque for second in the league.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild is tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +19 with Norfolk’s Mark Barberio.
  • Although defenseman Danny Syvret didn’t register a point this weekend, he has scored 19 points (2g, 17a) this year – fourth best among AHL defensemen. His 17 assists also rank fourth best in the league.
  • Peoria has converted exactly 20% of its power plays this season, tied for eighth in the AHL. After stopping 11 of 12 man advantages this weekend, the Rivermen penalty kill grades 11th in the league at 83.1%.
Transactions
  • Dec. 13 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) loaned from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Dec. 14 – Chris Bruton (RW) signed to PTO
  • Dec. 17 – Mike Radja (C), Ryan Palmer (D) and Maury Edwards (D) signed to PTO
  • Dec. 18 -- Mike Radja (C), Ryan Palmer (D) and Maury Edwards (D) released from PTO
  • Dec. 18 – Derrick LaPoint (D) signed to PTO
  • Dec. 18 – Chris Bruton (RW) and Derrick LaPoint (D) released from PTO
The Rivermen will return to the ice on Monday, December 26 against the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. at Carver Arena.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.13.2011 / 1:28 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen played their sixth three-games in three-day series this past weekend before returning home for a week of practice. Peoria is now 12-14-1-1 through 28 games – the most in the Western Conference. The Rivermen are tied with Chicago for third place in the Midwest Division with 26 points and tied for seventh in the Western Conference with Chicago and Rochester.

Dec. 9 – L 3-1 at Oklahoma City
Brett Sterling capitalized on a power play late in the first period to give Peoria a 1-0 lead, but Oklahoma City countered with three unanswered goals in the final nine minutes of regulation. Both teams finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play while Ben Bishop stopped 31 of 33 shots on goal. The Rivermen only registered 21 shots on goal (a season low), 12 of which were in the first period.

Dec. 10 – L 2-1 at San Antonio
Once again, the Rivermen recorded the game’s first goal but failed to come out on top. Anthony Nigro scored at 8:44 in the second period but the Rampage tied the game just 24 seconds later. Peoria was scoreless on three power plays while San Antonio went 1-for-5 on the man advantage. Jake Allen stopped 37 of 39 shots on goal whereas opposing goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris made 21 saves on 22 shots. The Rivermen had just nine shots on goal in the second and third periods combined.

Dec. 11 – SOW 3-2 at Houston

Team points-leader T.J. Hensick registered his ninth goal of the year just 6:39 into the first period before Houston answered with two of their own. Hensick returned to the score sheet at 5:02 of the third period with an assist on a Derek Nesbitt goal to force overtime and eventually a shootout. After both teams scored twice through five attempts, Phil McRae sealed the win with a goal in the sixth round of the shootout. The Rivermen finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play while Houston was scoreless on five attempts. Bishop stopped 29 of 31 shots in addition to four of six Aeros’ shootout attempts. For the third time this weekend, Peoria’s shot total in the first period (18) outweighed their second and third period shot totals combined (12).

Rivermen Report
  • T.J. Hensick remains tied for third among the league-leaders in points with 39 (9g, 24a). His 24 assists also rank third in the league.
  • Although he missed five games while playing for St. Louis, Brett Sterling is currently tied for 10th in points in the AHL with 26 (13g, 13a). His 13 goals are tied with several players for fifth-best.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild maintained his league lead in plus-minus at +18 following last weekend’s games.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret added two more assists last weekend which improved his point total to 19 (2g, 17a) which is third best in the league. Syvret is also tied with Norfolk’s Mark Barberio in power-play assists among defensemen with 11 and ranks second in power-play points at 12.
  • Two of Peoria’s four goals this weekend came on the power play. The Rivermen now rank seventh in the AHL in power-play scoring at 21.0%. The penalty kill, however, ranks 15th at 82.4%.
Transactions
  • Dec. 7 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) loaned from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Dec. 9 – Peter MacArthur (LW) released from PTO
The Rivermen will practice in Peoria this week before leaving for traveling to Rockford for the start of a three games in three days stretch.

Fri., Dec. 16 @ Rockford – 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 17 vs. Toronto – 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 18 @ Milwaukee – 5:00 p.m.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 11:44 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen returned home this weekend after they completed a season-long nine-game road trip on Friday night in Milwaukee. Peoria is now 11-12-1-1 through 25 games, good for third in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

Dec. 2 – L 5-1 at Milwaukee
After Derek Nesbitt scored the game’s first goal, the Rivermen failed to produce another in the road trip finale. Milwaukee countered with five unanswered goals, four of which came in the third period. Ben Bishop stopped 21 of 26 shots on goal in addition to a penalty shot halfway through the second period. The Rivermen finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play while they held the Admirals scoreless on two chances.

Dec. 3 – L 3-2 vs. Milwaukee | HIGHLIGHTS
Peoria overcame two one-goal deficits but failed to counter after Gabriel Bourque’s third period goal in their second straight loss to the Admirals. The Rivermen finished 2-for-4 on the man advantage and held Milwaukee to just one goal on five power plays. Jake Allen stopped 31 of 34 shots on goal.

Dec. 4 – W 5-2 vs. Rockford | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen scored early and often en route to their first win of the weekend on Sunday evening. T.J. Hensick, Shaun Heshka, Adam Cracknell, Jonathan Cheechoo and Phil McRae each scored in the victory while Cade Fairchild and Brett Sterling each recorded two assists. Ben Bishop stopped 47 shots, one shy of his single game AHL career high, in his 10th win of the season. Peoria went scoreless on three power plays but managed to limit Rockford to 1-for-9 on the man advantage.

Rivermen Report
  • Center T.J. Hensick dropped from first to third among league-leaders in points this week with 31 (8g, 23a). Hensick’s 23 assists rank second in the league.
  • Second-year forward Phil McRae scored his 13th goal of the season on Sunday night which ties him with two others for second in goals scored. Nine of his goals have come in the last 12 games. His 13 goals has already surpassed his total from last season (12) which he accomplished in 46 AHL games.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild improved his league lead in plus-minus to +18 this weekend.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret grades third best in points (2g, 15a) among AHL defenseman after he added two more assists this weekend. His 15 assists are tied for second among defenseman.
  • Jonathan Cheechoo posted a three-point weekend (2g, 1a), which improved his career point total to 502. Cheechoo has played 740 games since 2000 in which he has scored 259 goals and 243 assists. 501 of his games have come in the NHL in which he posted 170 goals and 135 assists.
  • The Rivermen added three more power-play goals this weekend which improved their conversation rate to 20.7% on the year -- good for sixth best in the AHL.
Transactions
The Rivermen will practice in Peoria this week before leaving for Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Houston for a three games in three days stretch.
  • Fri., Dec. 9 @ Oklahoma City – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 10 @ San Antonio – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 11 @ Houston – 5:05 p.m.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.29.2011 / 10:01 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen continued their season-long nine-game road trip last week with three games in three days that featured a combined 22 goals. Peoria is now 10-10-1-1 through 22 games, good for second in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

Nov. 25 – L 7-3 at Rockford
After capturing two separate leads, the Peoria Rivermen allowed four third period goals by the Rockford IceHogs in a 7-3 loss at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday night. Phil McRae and Brett Sonne each scored in the first period before Rockford evened the score at two apiece. Defenseman Shaun Heshka scored his first goal for the Rivermen in just four games to recapture the lead halfway through the second period, but the Rockford attack broke open the game with a four-goal third period.

Nov. 26 – L 5-3 at Chicago
For the second straight game, the Peoria Rivermen scored on their first shift but it proved to be their only lead of the night as the Chicago Wolves held off the Rivermen 5-3 at Allstate Arena on Saturday. After falling behind 3-1, the Rivermen cut the Chicago lead to one goal on two occasions but failed to regain the lead. Jake Allen stopped 30 of 34 shots on goal in addition to a penalty shot in the first period. Jay Barriball scored his second and third goals of the season while Phil McRae added his eleventh on the campaign.

Nov. 27 – W 4-0 at Chicago
A strong performance from both the Peoria Rivermen offense and goaltender Ben Bishop guided the way to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Sunday. Stopping all 28 shots, Bishop recorded his third shutout of the season while Jonathan Cheechoo picked up his 500th career point in the contest. Barriball picked up his third goal in two games in the contest while Derek Nesbitt, McRae and Cheechoo also scored.

Rivermen Report
  • Although he allowed six goals on Friday, Ben Bishop is 9-6-0 with an impressive 2.26 goals-against average and 0.928 save percentage. He is currently ranked seventh in the league in save percentage and tenth in GAA. Bishop’s three shutouts are tied for the league lead.
  • After adding three more assists last week, T.J. Hensick is tied for the league-lead in points with 28 (6g, 22a). Hensick’s 22 assists rank second behind Hershey’s Keith Aucoin.
  • Although he was promoted to St. Louis two weeks ago, winger Brett Sterling remains tied in second place in AHLgoals with 12.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild continues to lead the league with a 16 +/- rating this season.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret has tallied 15 points (2g, 13a) in 22 games played this year which puts him in third place among defensemen in points scored.
Transactions
The Rivermen have returned to Peoria for practice this week before the final game of their road trip on Friday in Milwaukee.
  • Fri., Dec. 2 @ Milwaukee – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 3 vs. Milwaukee – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 4 vs. Rockford – 5:00 p.m.
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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

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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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