POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.22.2011 / 3:28 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen continued their season-long nine-game road trip last week with shootout wins in their first two games and one goal losses in the two that followed. Peoria is now 9-8-1-1 through 19 games, good for third in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

Nov. 15 – SOW 3-2 at Hamilton
Phil McRae scored his eighth goal of the season late in the first period before the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead six minutes into the third. Defenseman Danny Syvret forced overtime with a game-tying goal just 48 seconds later. Derek Nesbitt and T.J. Hensick each scored in the shootout while goaltender Ben Bishop stopped four of five to seal the win. Bishop finished the game with 31 saves on 33 shots on goal.

Nov. 17 – SOW 4-3 at Lake Erie
After the Monsters captured a two goal lead within the first six minutes of play, Brett Sterling, Anthony Nigro and Adam Cracknell each added goals to give the Rivermen a 3-2 lead. After a Lake Erie goal halfway through the third period, the game remained tied and went to a shootout. Nesbitt converted his second opportunity in as many games while Bishop stopped all five Monsters attempts. He finished the game with 33 saves. Each team scored one power play goal in six chances.

Nov. 19 – L 3-2 at Lake Erie
Although the Rivermen put 40 shots on goal, only two of them found the back of the net in a one-goal loss to the Monsters on Saturday night. Sterling scored both of Peoria’s goals, which tied him for the league lead at 12 at the time. Bishop stopped 22 of 25 shots on goal in the loss while the Rivermen failed to convert on each of their four power plays. Brett Ponich, David Shields and Hensick were the only skaters that didn’t have a shot on goal in the loss.

Nov. 20 – L 4-3 at Toronto
The Rivermen returned to Canada for their fifth straight road game which resulted in their second consecutive one-goal loss. Jonathan Cheechoo, Tyler Shattock and Phil McRae each added goals, but it was Syvret who was awarded with the games second star after he recorded two assists and seven shots on goal. Jake Allen allowed four goals on 35 shots in his fourth loss of the campaign.

Rivermen Report
  • Ben Bishop is 8-5-0-0 with an impressive 2.14 goals-against average and 0.932 save percentage after he won two of three starts last week. He is currently ranked fourth in the league in save percentage and seventh in GAA.
  • After adding four assists last week, T.J. Hensick has maintained the league-lead in points with 25 (6g, 19a). Hensick also leads the league in assists.
  • Although he was promoted to St. Louis prior to Sunday’s game, winger Brett Sterling is tied second in the league in points with 22 (12g, 10a). His 12 goals also rank first in the league in a four-way tie.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild has put up a league-best 13 +/- rating this season.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret has tallied 15 points (2g, 13a) in 19 games played this year which puts him one point behind Norfolk’s Mark Barberio for the league lead among defensemen. Eight of his points have come on the power play, which is tied for second in the league among defensemen as well.
  • Although the Rivermen only scored two power-play goals in four games last week, their power play still ranks eighth best in the league at 20.9%. The penalty has also moved into the top ten at 83.0%.
Transactions
  • Nov. 14 – David Shields (D) reassigned by St. Louis (NHL) from Alaska (ECHL)
  • Nov. 16—Shaun Heshka (D) traded from Binghamton (AHL) for future considerations
  • Nov. 16 – Peter MacArthur (LW) signed to PTO
  • Nov. 20 – Brett Sterling (LW) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
The Rivermen return to Peoria for practice this week before traveling north for three Illinois Lottery Cup games this weekend:
  • Fri., Nov. 25 @ Rockford – 7:05 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 26 @ Chicago – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 27 @ Chicago – 3:00 p.m.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.15.2011 / 9:56 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
After defeating the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night, the Peoria Rivermen began a season-long nine game road trip on Saturday with another win. They are now 7-6-1-1 through their first 15 games of the year after sweeping Rockford this weekend.

Nov. 11 – W 7-6 vs. Rockford (OT)

After the Rivermen captured a 4-1 lead halfway through the second period, Rockford countered with five straight goals to take a 6-4 lead. Within the last 1:12 of regulation, Phil McRae added two power-play goals to complete a hat trick and force overtime. Adam Cracknell tallied the game-winning goal at 3:31 in overtime for a 7-6 victory in favor of the Rivermen. Jake Allen won his first game on the year while saving 36 of 42 shots. Peoria finished the game 2-for-6 on the power play. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Nov. 12 – W 3-0 at Rockford
The Rivermen finished the weekend sweep at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday with a 3-0 win over the IceHogs in their sixth meeting of the year. Ben Bishop stopped all 37 shots while Brett Sterling (1g, 1a) and T.J. Hensick (1g, 1a) tallied two points each on the way to becoming the top two point scorers in the league. Peoria finished the game 1-for-5 on the power play.

Rivermen Notes

  • With 16 points in 15 games played, the Rivermen currently rank third in the Midwest division and eighth in the Western Conference.
  • Ben Bishop is 6-3-1 with an impressive 2.01 goals-against average and .938 save percentage after recording his second shutout of the season on Saturday night. He is currently tied for third in the league in save percentage and ranks fifth in GAA.
  • After adding a goal and an assist in each of this weekend’s games, T.J. Hensick has assumed sole possession of the league lead in points with 21 (6g, 15a). Linemate Brett Sterling is now tied for second with 19 (9g, 10a). Hensick’s 15 assists are tied for the league lead with Hersey’s Keith Aucoin.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild has put up a league-best plus-12 rating this season.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret scored his first goal for the Rivermen on Friday night in a four point performance (1g, 3a). Syvret is third in the league among defensemen with 12 points (1g, 11a) in 15 games played. Eight of his points have come on the power play, which ranks second in the league among defensemen.
  • Sterling’s 16 minors now lead the league after he picked up five more this weekend. Anthony Peluso’s 64 PIM rank third in the league after he accumulated 10 more this weekend. As a team, Peoria is averaging 20.87 PIM per game, trailing only to Worcester at 23.18
  • After adding three more power-play goals this weekend, Peoria ranks seventh in the AHL on the man advantage at 23.3%. The penalty kill grades 12th best in the league at 83.1%.
  • Friday’s 13 goal affair marks the most combined goals in a Rivermen game since Dec. 3, 2008 when the Rivermen defeated the Chicago Wolves 7-6 in regulation.
The Rivermen play four games this week:

Tues., Nov. 15 @ Hamilton – 6:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 17 @ Lake Erie – 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 @ Lake Erie – 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 @ Toronto – 4:00 p.m.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 10:53 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Peoria Rivermen completed yet another three-games-in-three-day stretch this weekend, their third of 12 this season. They are now 5-6-1-1 through their first 13 games of the year after they dropped two of three this weekend.

Nov. 4 – W 3-2 vs. Chicago
The Rivermen won the first of consecutive home games against the Chicago Wolves thanks to solid goaltending by Ben Bishop, who stopped 28 of 30 shots on goal. Derek Nesbitt scored the first Peoria goal while Anthony Nigro registered a short-handed tally to give the Rivermen a 2-1 lead early in the second period. Brett Sterling’s second period power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game winner. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Nov. 5 – L 2-1 vs. Chicago
Chicago earned the weekend split with a 2-1 win on Friday night as 29 of Peoria’s 30 shots on goal were stopped by goaltender Matt Climie. Nesbitt scored the lone Rivermen goal at 6:19 in the second period, which extended his goal-scoring streak to an AHL-best five games. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 27 shots on goal and remains winless on the year. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Nov. 6 – L 2-1 vs. Milwaukee

Entering the game, Peoria trailed Milwaukee and Charlotte by just a point for the division lead, however, an outstanding outing by Jeremy Smith prevented 31 of Peoria’s 32 shots from reaching the back of the net, keeping the Rivermen in third place. Jonathan Cheechoo tallied a second period power-play goal after he swatted in his fourth of the year from just outside the crease. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Rivermen Notes
  • Peoria’s potent offense – which had scored 29 goals in its previous six games – was held to just five goals in three games this weekend.
  • Although the offense went cold this weekend, the Rivermen rank 12th in the league in goals scored per game at 3.23. They haven’t been as fortunate on defense however, allowing 3.15 goals per game, which positions them at 22nd in the league.
  • Ben Bishop is 5-3-1 with an impressive 2.25 goals-against average and 0.929 save percentage. Without his four goals allowed in his season debut, he has posted just a 2.14 GAA with a 0.931 sv%.
  • Derek Nesbitt (2g), Jonathan Cheechoo (1g, 1a), Brett Sterling (1g, 1a) and T.J. Hensick (2a) finished the weekend tied for the team lead with two points each.
  • After failing to tally a point on Saturday, Hensick and Sterling both saw their league-leading nine-game point streaks come to an end. Nesbitt’s goals scored streak also ended at five.
  • Hensick (4g, 13a) is tied for the league lead in assists with 13 through 13 games and is second in points with 17. Sterling (8g, 7a) is tied for third in goals and sixth in points with 15.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild currently leads all AHL rookie defensemen and ranks fourth overall in plus-minus. His plus-9 is only one back of John Albert (St. John’s) for the overall rookie lead.
  • Off-season acquisition Danny Syvret (8a) is tied for fourth in points among AHL defensemen with eight through 13 games played. His eight assists, five of which have come on the power play, grade him third in the league among defensemen.
  • Second year forward Anthony Nigro scored his fourth goal of the year this weekend on a shorthanded takeaway in Thursday night’s win. Nigro tallied nine goals and six assists in 54 games with Peoria in 2010-11.
  • Anthony Peluso’s 54 PIM rank third in the league after he accumulated 14 this weekend. Sterling’s 11 minors are the second most in the league.
  • After adding two more power-play goals this weekend, Peoria is tied for 10th in the AHL on the man advantage at 21.7%. The penalty kill grades 11th best in the league at 83.1%.
  • Peoria ranks third in minor penalties with 79 and sixth in penalty minutes per game at 20.23.
  • Sterling (47) and Cheechoo (45) rank among the top five in the league in shots on goal at fourth and fifth respectively, while Phil McRae’s 42 shots rank ninth in the league. McRae finished the weekend with 13 shots on goal.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 11:35 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Peoria Rivermen completed another three-games-in-three-day stretch this weekend, their second of 12 this season and compiled a 2-1-0 record. They are now 4-4-1-1 through their first 10 games of the year.

Oct. 27 – W 5-3 vs. Texas
The Rivermen took an early 3-0 lead with goals by Brett Sonne, Brett Sterling and Derek Nesbitt before Texas countered with three unanswered goals to tie the game heading into the third period. Sterling added his second goal of the game in the third period, which proved to be the game-winner before Anthony Nigro sealed the game with an empty net goal. Ben Bishop stopped 31 of 34 shots on goal in the win.

Oct. 28 – L 4-6 vs. Rockford
Tyler Shattock gave Peoria an early lead but Rockford responded with four goals in a 16:15 span to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Two late surges brought Peoria within one, but Rockford was quick to counter each time en route to a 6-4 win. Goaltender Jake Allen saved just 33 of 39 shots in the outing and remains winless on the year.

Oct. 29 – W 5-2 @ Rockford
Although the IceHogs scored the game’s first goal, the Rivermen stormed back with four straight goals by Nesbitt, Nigro, Cade Fairchild and Adam Cracknell. Fairchild’s goal was the first of his professional career. Sterling scored the fifth Rivermen goal early in the third period to provide Peoria with their fifth five-goal performance in six games. Bishop allowed two goals on 39 shots in his fourth win of the 2011-12 campaign.

Rivermen Notes
  • Brett Sterling (4g) led the team with four goals this weekend after both he and Derek Nesbitt (3g, 2a) scored in all three games.
  • Center T.J. Hensick (4g, 11a) is tied for the league lead in assists with 11 through 10 games and is tied for second in points with 15. Sterling (7g, 6a) is tied for seventh with 13 points.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild currently leads all AHL rookies and all AHL defensemen in plus-minus. His plus-9 is only one back of Trevor Smith (Norfolk) for the overall league lead. Drafted in the fourth round by St. Louis in 2007, Fairchild completed his fourth season at the University of Minnesota last year.
  • Off-season acquisition Danny Syvret (7a) is tied for third in points among AHL defensemen with seven through 10 games played.
  • Sterling and Hensick both extended their point streaks to seven games in Saturday’s win, good for second in the league. The only game in which neither has tallied a point this year was a 4-3 shootout loss in Charlotte on Oct. 15.
  • Second year forward Anthony Nigro scored his second and third goals of the year this weekend, benefitting from playing on a line with Adam Cracknell and Jonathan Cheechoo. Nigro didn’t score his third goal of the 2010-11 campaign until Dec. 19 against the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • Goaltender Ben Bishop collected his third and fourth wins of the season and continues to lead the team in wins, GAA (2.31) and save percentage (0.928%).
  • Following their recent offensive outburst, the Rivermen rank third in the league in goals scored per game at 3.70. They haven’t been as fortunate on defense however, allowing 3.50 goals per game, which positions them at 24th in the league.
  • After adding three more power-play goals this weekend, Peoria ranks sixth in the AHL on the man advantage at 23.9%. The penalty kill grades 13th best in the league at 82.8%.
  • The Rivermen were forced to kill off 18 power-plays against in three games this week. They have now been shorthanded 58 times, second most in the league behind Manchester (60). Peoria ranks third in minor penalties with 65 and fourth in penalty minutes per game at 22.00.
  • Jonathan Cheechoo has taken 40 shots through the first 10 games, which is the third most in the AHL. He had a stretch of 23 shots over three games to start the week.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
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