POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 9:41 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Peoria Rivermen concluded their season-long six-game home stand last week with a shootout loss to Lake Erie on Thursday and a shutout loss to Milwaukee on Saturday. The Rivermen now head out on the road with a 2-5-1-1 record.
Adam Cracknell picked up his 100th goal as a pro in a 4-3 shootout loss to Lake Erie. Cracknell has 37 goals in the ECHL, 60 in the AHL and four with the Blues in the NHL. (Photo by Nathan Kerley)

Nov. 1 – 4-3 SOL vs. Lake Erie
Shorthanded goals scored by Adam Cracknell and Andrew Murray during a 1:12 stretch in the third period gave the Rivermen a 3-1 lead, but they allowed Lake Erie (Colorado Avalanche) to tie the game and win it 4-3 in the shootout Thursday night at Carver Arena. Cracknell scored his first of two goals early in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. After Peoria’s third period shorthanded goals, the Monsters quickly tied the contest with goals by Cameron Gaunce and Andrew Agozzino just 57 seconds apart. The Rivermen would eventually lose the shootout 3-1 with Jaden Schwartz tallying the lone goal. Jake Allen had a strong night in goal with 31 saves.

Nov. 3 – 3-0 L vs. Milwaukee
The Rivermen fired 34 shots on goal but couldn’t put one past netminder Jeremy Smith in a 3-0 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators) Saturday night. Mike Moore scored his first goal of the season at the 15:09 mark of the first frame to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. Mark Van Guilder scored 30 second into the second to increase Milwaukee’s lead to two goals. With Peoria’s net empty, Chris Mueller added a goal to seal the deal for an Admirals win. Jake Allen stopped 21 of 23 while Peoria went 0-for-6 on the power play.

Rivermen Notes

  • The Rivermen ended their six-game home stand with a 2-3-0-1 record.
  • Adam Cracknell and Andrew Murray’s shorthanded goals on Thursday marked the first time since Nov. 20, 2009 that the Rivermen scored two shorthanded goals in the same game. That night, Cracknell and Chris Porter scored just 17 seconds apart in a 7-2 win over San Antonio. Peoria’s AHL record of three shorthanded goals was set on Feb. 26, 2006 against the Chicago Wolves.
  • Adam Cracknell’s first goal Thursday night was his 100th as a pro. This includes 37 goals in the ECHL, 60 goals in the AHL, and four goals in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues.
  • Four Rivermen players have 20+ shots on goal. Derek Nesbitt is leading the way with 27 followed by Jaden Schwartz (24), Andrew Murray (22), and Adam Cracknell (21).
  • The Rivermen are hosting a bus trip to Peoria for fans in St. Louis. The Rivermen Team Traveler will pick up fans in St. Louis and take them to Peoria for two Rivermen home games. The package includes a one-night hotel stay. For more details, click here.

The Rivermen will visit the Charlotte Checkers for games on Thursday and Friday before returning home to face the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates, follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.30.2012 / 9:48 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

After an impressive 4-1 win against Chicago on Friday, the Peoria Rivermen were shutout Saturday and Sunday by the first place Charlotte Checkers.

Oct. 26 – W 4-1 vs. Chicago | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen offense came to life in the third period against the Chicago Wolves (Vancouver Canucks) in a 4-1 win Friday night at Carver Arena. Peoria fell behind early in the second frame after Jordan Schroeder scored his first goal of the season to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Anthony Peluso, Evgeny Grachev, Derek Nesbitt, and Jaden Schwartz all added goals over a 12:19 stretch of the third period with Grachev getting the game-winning tally. Jake Allen stopped 32 shots in the victory. Both teams finished with 33 shots on goal and went 0-for-3 on the power play.

Oct. 27 – L 4-0 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS
Peoria lost their first home game of the season 4-0 against the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) Saturday night at Carver Arena. Checkers’ goalie Dan Ellis stopped all 27 Rivermen shots he faced while St. Louis native Mike McKenna allowed four goals on 35 shots in his first start for Peoria. Drayson Bowman scored his sixth goal of the year midway through the first period to give Charlotte a one-goal lead. Jeremy Welsh scored the next two goals and Zac Dalpe added another one on the power play late in the third. Charlotte went 2-for-6 on the man advantage.

Oct. 28 – L 6-0 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS
Brett Sutter scored three goals and Justin Peters stopped 19 shots in Charlotte’s 6-0 win over the Rivermen Sunday night at Carver Arena. Rasmus Rissanen, Michal Jordan, Jerome Samson and Justin Krueger each earned two assists in the Checkers’ sixth victory of the year. Zac Boychuk, Nicholas Blanchard, and Drayson Bowman also scored goals in addition to Sutter’s hat trick. Allen made 29 saves in the loss. Charlotte went 2-for-2 on the power play while Peoria failed to score on their one power play opportunity.

Rivermen Notes

  • This weekend was the first time the Rivermen have been shut out in back-to-back home games since joining the AHL in 2005.
  • After scoring four goals in 61 games last season, Anthony Peluso has already tallied three goals in just seven contests this year. He also currently leads the Rivermen with a plus/minus rating of plus-2.
  • Through seven games, T.J. Hensick (2G, 3A) and Derek Nesbitt (1G, 4A) lead the Rivermen in points with five.
  • Peoria has only scored once on the power play this season (of 4.2 percent). They have killed off 72.4 percent of the power plays against them.
  • After three ECHL games with the Evansville IceMen, Anthony Nigro was recalled on Monday to the Rivermen. He has yet to appear in an AHL game this season following an injury he suffered during Peoria’s first pre-season game (Oct. 1). Last season he accumulated 25 points (13G, 12A) in 75 games.
  • The Rivermen have a 2-2-0 record on their current six-game homestand that will conclude on Saturday against the Milwaukee Admirals.

The Rivermen will be home against the Lake Erie Monsters on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. That game can be heard live on Sirius/XM’s NHL Network Radio (Sirius #207, XM #92). All games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.23.2012 / 9:35 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

After opening the season with two straight losses, the Peoria Rivermen earned three out of four possible points this week to get back on course.

Oct. 17 – OTL 2-1 at Chicago - HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen earned their first point of the season Wednesday night in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Wolves (Vancouver Canucks) at Allstate Arena. T.J. Hensick scored a power-play goal at 12:40 of the third period to even the game, and ultimately send the contest to overtime. Derek Nesbitt and Jaden Schwartz earned assists on Hensick’s first goal of the year. Zach Miskovic scored the game winner at 2:59 of overtime to send the Rivermen home without a win. Jake Allen stopped 24 shots while Chicago goaltender Matt Climie made 30 saves in his third win of the short season. Both teams scored one power-play goal on five opportunities.

Oct. 19 – W 2-1 vs. Rockford - HIGHLIGHTS
Friday night at Carver Arena, the Rivermen won their home opener 2-1 against the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) in front of 6,759 fans. The game between Midwest Division rivals included three fights and saw the line of Schwartz, Hensick, and Nesbitt combine for 5 points (2G, 3A). Peter LeBlanc scored the first tally to give Rockford an early lead at 1:57 of the first period. Hensick evened the affair with his second goal in as many games at the 12:40 mark of the second frame. Schwartz scored his first AHL goal with 3:47 remaining in the second period to give the Rivermen their first lead of the evening. Allen made 29 saves in his first win of the year while Rockford's Carter Hutton also had a strong night, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced.

Rivermen Notes

  • After being held off the board on opening night, rookie Jaden Schwartz has picked up a point (1G, 2A) in three straight games.
  • After allowing 10 goals on 47 shots in his first two games (0.787 save percentage), Jake Allen has allowed just three goals on 55 shots (0.945 sv%) in his last two starts.
  • Ian Cole’s fight on Friday night (vs. Peter LeBlanc) was just the second of his AHL career and third of his professional career. His only other AHL fight came on Jan. 5, 2011 vs. Ryan Weston of San Antonio.
  • In three of their first four games, the Rivermen have outshot their opponents. They currently have a total of six goals on 109 shots.
  • Next Friday will be T.J. Hensick’s 250th AHL game. He has collected 273 points (83G, 190 A) during his AHL career.
  • Peoria’s game on Friday will be their second of a season-long six-game homestand that runs all the way until Nov. 3.

The Rivermen will play host to the Chicago Wolves on Friday, and the Charlotte Checkers Saturday and Sunday. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.





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


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
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

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