After two losses to Rockford and Texas, the Rivermen scored a season-high six goals in Sunday’s win over Houston.
Jan. 18 – 3-1 L at Rockford
Brandon Pirri scored two goals to lead the IceHogs to a 3-1 victory over the Rivermen on Friday night. Stefan Della Rovere scored his first goal of the season, breaking Carter Hutton’s shutout early in the third period. Martin St. Pierre also scored for Rockford. Jake Allen stopped 26 of 29 shots, while Hutton made 31 saves. The Rivermen went 0-for-5 on the power play.
Jan. 19 – 8-4 L vs. Texas
Peoria jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but allowed eight goals to the Texas Stars in an 8-4 loss Saturday night at Carver Arena. Chris Porter scored a goal in his first game with Peoria this season. Evgeny Grachev, Andrew Murray, and Anthony Nigro also added tallies for the Rivermen. Mike McKenna started the game, but was pulled after allowing six goals on 25 shots. The Stars had four players with multi-point games. Texas also went 3-for-3 on the man advantage.
Jan. 20 – 6-2 W vs. Houston
After falling behind 2-1 to the Houston Aeros, the Rivermen scored five unanswered goals in a 6-2 win on Sunday. Adam Cracknell, Chris Porter, Derek Nesbitt, T.J. Hensick, Brett Sonne, and captain Scott Ford all scored goals for Peoria. Jake Allen made 24 saves. The Rivermen went 2-for-4 on the power play.
- When leading after two periods this year, the Rivermen are 9-1-1-1. They are also 12-3-2-2 in one-goal contests.
- Peoria’s two power play goals on Sunday was only the second time they had scored two power play goals in a game all season.
- In shootouts, Peoria has a record of 5-2. Phil McRae leads the team with a shooting percentage of 66.7% in the shootout.
- Peoria now has a record of 18-19-2-2.
The Rivermen will host the Chicago Wolves Wednesday at 10:05 a.m. in the third annual Faceoff Field Trip. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
The Peoria Rivermen defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Milwaukee Admirals twice to complete a weekend sweep.
Jan. 11 - 5-2 W at Milwaukee
The Rivermen scored three third period goals on Friday night to defeat the Milwaukee Admirals 5-2. Sergey Andronov started the scoring in the third frame with a penalty shot goal. Andrew Murray, Evgeny Grachev, Adam Cracknell and Cody Beach added the other goals for Peoria. Mike McKenna stopped 23 of 25 for the victory. The Rivermen outshot the Admirals 39-25, while going 1-for-5 on the power play.
Jan. 12 – 3-2 OTW at Grand Rapids
Peoria scored three unanswered goals to beat the Griffins 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night. Sergey Andronov scored the game-winner for the second consecutive night. Adam Cracknell and Brett Sonne scored the other two goals in the contest. Jake Allen made 31 saves to secure the win. Peoria held Grand Rapids to just one power play goal on eight chances. The Rivermen went 0-for-5.
Jan. 13–3-2 SOW at Milwaukee
Mike McKenna made 28 saves and Phil McRae scored the shootout winner in Peoria’s 3-2 win over Milwaukee on Sunday. Sergey Andronov also added a shootout goal, while McKenna stopped all four shootout attempts he faced. Derek Nesbitt scored his 13th goal of the season in regulation. Adam Cracknell also added a tally in the third period, and now has goals in three straight games. The Rivermen went 1-for-6 on the man advantage.
- Mike McKenna has only allowed one shootout goal this season. He has stopped 16 of the 17 shootout attempts he has faced.
- Derek Nesbitt and Adam Cracknell have earned points in each of their last five contests.
- T.J. Hensick still leads the team with 32 points (9 goals, 23 assists).
- Peoria is just 2 for their last 39 on the man-advantage.
- After their three-game winning streak, the Rivermen now have a record of 17-17-2-2.
The Rivermen will visit the Rockford IceHogs on Friday before returning home for games against Texas and Houston on Saturday and Sunday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
The Peoria Rivermen dropped all three contests they played last weekend, losing to the San Antonio Rampage twice and the Texas Stars once, all on the road.
Jan. 4 - 3-0 L at San Antonio
Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves in San Antonio’s 3-0 blanking of the Rivermen on Friday night at the AT&T Center. Mike McKenna made 19 saves on 22 shots in the losing effort. Peoria went 0-for-3 on the power play, but did not allow the Rampage to score on seven man-advantage opportunities.
Jan. 5 - 5-2 L at Texas
Third period goals by Brent Regner and Adam Cracknell cut the Stars’ lead in half in the third period, but it was not enough Saturday night in a 5-2 loss to the Texas Stars. Texas scored four goals in the first two periods of the contest. Cracknell scored at the 3:43 mark from T.J. Hensick and Derek Nesbitt to make the score 4-1. Regner’s goal at 11:08 of the third came shorthanded. The Rivermen outshot the Stars 38-35 on the night.
Jan. 6 – 5-2 L at San Antonio
The Rivermen and the Rampage traded two goals each in the opening two frames, but San Antonio scored three unanswered goals in the third period to hand Peoria a 5-2 loss Sunday afternoon. Derek Nesbitt and Phil McRae scored goals for the Rivermen. Jake Allen stopped 24 of 28 in the loss. Peoria went 0-for-5 on the man advantage.
- T.J. Hensick’s assist on Sunday gave him his 300th AHL point. It was Hensick’s 280th game played.
- Chris Bruton leads the team currently in PIM with 55. Anthony Peluso is second with 54.
- Mike McKenna has a .918 save percentage in 12 games played while Jake Allen has a .900 save percentage in 24 contests.
- Jaden Schwartz and Ian Cole were healthy scratches for Sunday’s game after the announcement of a tentative agreement on a new CBA.
- Peoria has now lost six straight games on the road. They have a record of 14-17-2-2.
The Rivermen will play three games next weekend, starting with a contest at home against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday.Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
The Rivermen dropped both of their contests this week to Milwaukee, but were able to beat the first place Abbotsford Heat on New Year’s Eve.
Dec. 27 – 2-1 L at Milwaukee
Despite scoring the game’s first goal, the Rivermen were unable to hold off the Admirals in a 2-1 loss on Thursday night. For the second straight game Adam Cracknell scored Peoria’s only goal. Ryan Ellis earned the game winner with 3:38 remaining in regulation. Peoria outshot Milwaukee 33-22 in the game.
Dec. 28 – 4-1 L at Milwaukee
The Rivermen lost their third straight game 4-1 to the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night. Austin Watson scored twice, while Ryan Ellis and Kevin Henderson also added tallies. Derek Nesbitt spoiled the shutout with his 11th goal of the season at the 17:41 mark of the third frame. Mike McKenna allowed four goals on 25 shots.
Dec. 31 – 2-1 SOW vs. Abbotsford
Peoria was able to upset the first place Heat on New Year’s Eve in front of 5,925 home fans. Taylor Chorney scored to tie the game with 12:25 remaining in the third period. After no scoring the rest of the way the game went to a shootout. Phil McRae and Jaden Schwartz scored in the shootout to lead the Rivermen to a victory. Mike McKenna stopped 35 of 36, while his counterpart, Barry Brust, made 36 saves.
- With 32 games played, T.J. Hensick leads the team in points with 28 (9G, 19A).
- Mark Cundari leads all Peoria defensemen in points with 15 (2G, 13A) in 26 games.
- Derek Nesbitt has the team lead for goals with 11. He is also second on the team in total points with 20 (11G, 9A).
- The Rivermen are averaging 2.42 goals per game this season.
- Peoria now has a record of 14-14-2-2.
The Rivermen will face the San Antonio Rampage twice next weekend, and the Texas Stars once. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
The Rivermen now have a .500 record after three wins last week against Oklahoma City, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee. Peoria now sits just two points from the top spot in the Midwest Division.
Dec. 11 – 4-2 W at Oklahoma City
T.J. Hensick and Andrew Murray each had two goals, and goaltender Jake Allen made 26 saves in Peoria’s 4-2 win over the Barons Tuesday night. The Rivermen were able to hold Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and the AHL’s leading point scorer Justin Schultz to minus-3 ratings. The loss by the Barons was their fifth straight. Peoria outshot Oklahoma City 34-28. The Rivermen went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Barons went 2-for-4.
Dec. 14 – 3-0 W at Grand Rapids
A three-goal third period made way for Peoria’s 3-0 win over the Griffins on Friday night to conclude their five-game road trip. Adam Cracknell, Evgeny Grachev, and Jaden Schwartz scored goals for the Rivermen. Jake Allen made 33 saves in his first shutout of the 2012-2013 season. Both teams went 0-for-5 on the man advantage, while for the second straight game the shot totals favored Peoria, 32-29.
Dec. 15 – 3-1 W vs. Milwaukee
The Rivermen defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1 on Saturday night in front of 6,883 fans at Caver Arena. The victory was courtesy of another three-goal third period by Peoria. Sergey Andronov, Evgeny Grachev, and T.J. Hensick each scored goals in the final 4:26 of third frame. Mike McKenna made 26 saves in his third straight victory in net. The Rivermen went 0-for-4 on the power play.
- Despite missing four games, Derek Nesbitt has a substantial lead for most shots on goal with 75. Jaden Schwartz is second with 58 shots on goal.
- T.J. Hensick, Jaden Schwartz, Derek Nesbitt, and Phil McRae are all tied for first on the team with 2 power play goals scored.
- Jake Allen’s shutout on Friday was his eighth of his AHL career, and his first since March 11 of last season.
- After Tuesday’s home game, the Rivermen will go back on the road for 10 of their next 12 games.
- Peoria now has a record of 11-11-2-2, good for 26 points. The first-place Griffins have 28 points.
The Rivermen will host the Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday night. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
The Rivermen gained four out of a possible six points last week with wins against Grand Rapids and Houston to begin their five-game road trip. Jaden Schwartz scored a goal in all three games, and now is tied for the team lead with eight.
Dec. 5 – 2-1 W at Grand Rapids
Peoria ended a three-game skid Wednesday night with a 2-1 win against the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings). Adam Cracknell opened up the scoring early in the second period with an unassisted tally to give the Rivermen the lead. Riley Sheahan tied the contest midway through the second with a shorthanded marker. Just over a minute later, Jaden Schwartz scored his sixth goal of the 2012-2013 campaign to make it a 2-1 game. The third frame saw no scoring. Mike McKenna made 28 saves in the win. The Rivermen went 1-for-2 on the man advantage while killing off all four penalties against.
Dec. 8 – 4-1 L at Texas
Despite scoring the game’s first goal, the Rivermen lost to the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) 4-1 Saturday night at the Cedar Park Center. Jaden Schwartz scored a shorthanded goal at 7:24 of the first period to give Peoria a 1-0 lead. Texas would go on to score four unanswered goals to earn the victory. Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser each had a pair of goals in the win. Jake Allen stopped 39 of the 43 shots he saw, while Cristopher Nilstorp only faced 23 shots. The Rivermen went 0-for-4 on the power play.
Dec. 9 – 3-2 W at Houston
Sunday night, the Rivermen won their second game of their current five-game road trip against the Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) by a score of 3-2. Andrew Murray, who had missed the last 13 games due to injury, scored a goal and tallied an assist in his first game back. Jaden Schwartz and Phil McRae also picked up a goal and an assist in the victory. Mike McKenna stopped 32 shots in his second straight win. Peoria went 1-for-1 on the power play and went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
- In his last eight games, Jaden Schwartz has picked up 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists).
- After going pointless in his first 10 games played, Philip McRae has tallied 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in his last 12 contests.
- Mike McKenna has a 3-3-0 record, a 2.81 GAA, and a .917 SV% in 7 games played this year.
- Since their seven game losing streak that ended in early November, the Rivermen have a record of 6-4-0-1.
- Peoria now has an overall record of 8-11-2-2.
The Rivermen will play against the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday and will conclude their road trip on Friday night against Grand Rapids. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
Last week, the Rivermen had Derek Nesbitt and Adam Cracknell return from injuries as the team picked up one point in two games over the weekend. Nesbitt scored three times, including a game-tying goal in the final seconds of Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to Texas.
Dec. 1 – 3-1 L at Chicago
Derek Nesbitt scored to give Peoria a 1-0 lead early in the second period, but the Wolves scored three unanswered goals in their 3-1 victory over the Rivermen on Saturday night at Allstate Arena. Nesbitt had previously missed the past four games due to injury. Chicago scored two goals in a 2:27 span midway through the second period, and one late in the third frame to earn the win. Matt Climie stopped 24 of the 25 Rivermen shots he saw, while Jake Allen made 29 saves. Neither team scored on the power play.
Dec. 2 – 4-3 SOL vs. Texas
The Rivermen earned a point Sunday night in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Texas Stars. Goals by Tyler Shattock and Derek Nesbitt gave Peoria a 2-0 lead going into the second period. The Stars would go on to score three straight goals, two in the third period, to take the lead. In the dying second of the contest, Peoria pulled their netminder to get six attackers on the ice. Nesbitt scored his second goal of the night at the 19:56 mark of the third period to tie the game at 3. Phil McRae scored Peoria’s lone goal in the 10-round shootout. The Rivermen fired a season-high 41 shots on goal and went 2-for-4 on the man advantage.
- In 20 games this season, the Rivermen have only outshot their opponent five times.
- This year in shootouts, Jaden Schwartz leads the team with two goals on three attempts. T. J. Hensick is 1-for-3 and Phil McRae has scored once on two chances.
- Derek Nesbitt leads Peoria with eight goals. T.J. Hensick, Anthony Peluso, and Jaden Schwartz are all tied for second with five goals.
- Peoria now possesses a record of 6-10-2-2.
The Rivermen will begin a five-game road trip on Wednesday when they visit the Grand Rapids Griffins. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
A dramatic win against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday helped the Rivermen to their sixth win of the season. Peoria now has a record of 6-9-2-1 after 18 games this season.
Nov. 21 – L 5-4 at Rockford
A back and forth contest that saw five goals in the first period ultimately went Rockford’s (Chicago Blackhawks) way in their 5-4 victory over the Rivermen on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Peoria fell behind 2-0 at the 12-minute mark of the first after they allowed a shorthanded goal. The last 6:43 of the first frame included goals by Philip McRae, Ian Cole and Jaden Schwartz to give the Rivermen the lead. The IceHogs would go on to score three straight goals, two of which were scored by Jeremy Morin on the power play. Sergey Andronov added a goal with 14.3 seconds left in regulation, but it wasn’t enough for Peoria to tie the contest.
Nov. 23 – SOW 5-4 vs. Milwaukee
Ian Cole tied the game with 40.8 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime and ultimately make it possible for Peoria’s 5-4 shootout win over the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators). Goals by Jaden Schwartz and Sergey Andronov 26 seconds apart allowed the Rivermen to jump out to an early lead. After the Admirals tied the game, Evgeny Grachev scored his third goal of the season to give Peoria the lead back. Mark Van Guilder and Austin Watson scored goals to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. Cole’s third goal of the year tied the affair, and shootout goals by T.J. Hensick and Schwartz led the way for a Rivermen win. Mike McKenna stopped 26 of 30, and all four shootout attempts in his first win of the year.
Nov. 24 – L 4-1 vs. Grand Rapids
Peoria took an early lead, courtesy of Chris Bruton’s first goal of the year, but the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) scored the game’s last four goals to earn the victory. Peoria went 0-for-4 on the power play while Grand Rapids went 1-for-2. In his second consecutive start, Mike McKenna allowed three goals while making 40 saves. Tom McCollum stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced for Grand Rapids.
- Cody Beach has already made an impact in limited appearances. He has a team leading plus/minus rating of plus-7, 5 assists, and 24 penalty minutes
- Mark Cundari’s three assists on Wednesday night were a career high. In 12 games the Peoria defenseman has put up 8 points (1G, 7A).
- This season the Rivermen have been outshot in 13 of their 18 games. They average 27.11 shots per game while they allow 33.56.
- In the month of December, Peoria will be on the road for 10 of their 14 games.
The Rivermen will hit the road on Saturday for a contest against the Chicago Wolves. They host the Texas Stars on Sunday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
The Peoria Rivermen continued their dominance against Illinois teams last week with a win against the Rockford IceHogs and two wins against the Chicago Wolves. Peoria now has a record of 5-7-2-1.
Nov. 14 – W 5-4 at Rockford
T.J. Hensick had a four-point night and Jake Allen made a season-high 40 saves in Peoria’s 5-4 win over the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) Wednesday night. Jaden Schwartz, Anthony Peluso, Derek Nesbitt, Phil McRae and Hensick all tallied goals in a victory that snapped a seven-game winless streak for the Rivermen. It was also Peoria’s first win on the road. Martin St. Pierre and Peter LeBlanc both scored shorthanded goals for Rockford. Peoria went 1-for-4 on the power play while being outshot 44-25.
Nov. 16 – OTW 3-2 vs. Chicago
Phil McRae netted his second goal of the game in overtime to lead the Rivermen to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Wolves (Vancouver Canucks) Friday night at Carver Arena. Evgeny Grachev also scored in regulation in Peoria’s second victory against Chicago this season. Jake Allen stopped 35 shots in another strong outing for the Rivermen goaltender. Peoria scored a power-play goal for a fifth straight game, going 1-for-3. The Wolves outshot the Rivermen 37-30.
Nov. 17 – W 3-2 at Chicago
Saturday night in Chicago, Peoria extended its winning streak to three games in a 3-2 victory. T.J. Hensick, Sebastien Wannstrom, and Sergey Andronov scored goals. Andronov, who also had an assist, netted the game-winner in the third period. Jake Allen allowed two goals on 27 shots in his fifth win of the regular season. Both Peoria and Chicago finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play.
- Ian Cole has put up 5 points (1G, 4A) in his last six games after failing to get a point in his first nine contests.
- After another big week, T.J. Hensick leads the Rivermen in points with 17 (5G, 12A). Those 17 points are tied for third in the entire AHL behind only Oklahoma City’s (Edmonton) Justin Schultz (21) and Jordan Eberle (19).
- Jake Allen has started in goal for the Rivermen in 13 of the first 15 games of the season. His 772 minutes played and his 370 saves are second most in the AHL behind Rochester’s (Buffalo) David Leggio.
- Allen has posted a record of 3-3-0-1 at home with a 2.66 goals-against average and 0.916 save-percentage. He is 2-2-2-0 on the road with a 4.01 GAA and 0.876 save percentage.
- After scoring a power play goal in five straight games, the Rivermen now have a power-play success rate of 11.5%. Their penalty kill is currently at 78.5%.
- Peoria’s penalty kill is a perfect 9-for-9 during their three-game winning streak.
- The Rivermen are 5-2-1-0 in games against the other four teams in the Midwest Division (Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids) but just 0-5-1-1 against the rest of the Western Conference.
The Rivermen will visit the Rockford IceHogs Wednesday night before they return home to face Milwaukee and Grand Rapids on Friday and Saturday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.
The Peoria Rivermen had a tough schedule last week after they played two games against the first-place Charlotte Checkers and one game against the second-place Grand Rapids Griffins. Unfortunately, the Rivermen were only able to obtain one point out of a possible six.
Nov. 8 – 5-4 OTL at Charlotte
Zach Boychuk scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Charlotte (Carolina Hurricanes) to a 5-4 win over the Rivermen on Thursday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Anthony Nigro, Anthony Peluso, Derek Nesbitt and Ian Cole all scored goals for Peoria while T.J. Hensick earned three assists. Jake Allen allowed five goals on 41 shots. The Rivermen went 1-for-5 on the man advantage.
Nov. 9 – 4-2 L at Charlotte
The Checkers scored the game’s last three goals in their 4-2 victory over the Rivermen on Friday night. Taylor Chorney opened up the scoring in the first frame on the power play. After Zach Boychuk evened the contest in the second, Derek Nesbitt scored his second in as many games to give the Rivermen a 2-1 lead. Chris Terry would score twice and Justin Faulk would add another in Charlotte’s fourth win against Peoria this season. In his second start of the year, Mike McKenna stopped 39 of 43.
Nov. 10 – 5-3 L vs. Grand Rapids
The Rivermen scored two goals in the opening 2:56 of the first period but were unable to hold on in a 5-3 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) at home in front of 6,641 fans. T.J. Hensick, Derek Nesbitt, and Mark Cundari tallied Peoria’s goals in the loss. Five Grand Rapids players had multi-point evenings, including Francis Pare, who scored the game-winning goal with just 2:36 remaining in the third period. Jake Allen turned aside 32 of the 36 shots he faced. The Rivermen had a power play goal for the third straight game.
- T.J. Hensick had seven points (1G, 6A) in three games played last week, and now has 12 points (3G, 9A) on the year.
- Derek Nesbitt scored a goal in all three games last week. He leads the Rivermen in SOG with 39.
- Ian Cole has stepped up offensively and picked up his first three points (1G, 2A) of the season last week, including a power-play goal.
- In their first nine games the Rivermen went 1-for-36 on the man advantage (2.8%). In their last three games Peoria has gone 3-for-11 (27.3%) on the power play.
- The Rivermen now have a record of 2-7-2-1 and still haven’t won a game on the road (0-3-2-0).
The Rivermen will visit the Rockford IceHogs Wednesday night before they face the Chicago Wolves on Friday and Saturday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.