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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.

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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.

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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.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 10:37 AM

With new Head Coach Dave Allison on board, the Peoria Rivermen opened the season in Canada for the first time in franchise history last weekend.

Oct. 12 – L 4-1 at Abbotsford
Even with Peoria’s 25 shots on goal to Abbotsford’s 16, the Heat skated to a 4-1 victory on Friday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. After obtaining a 3-0 lead, including two deflections and a power-play goal from Ben Street, top prospect Sven Baertschi added the final Heat goal at 16:17 of the second period. With Peoria down 4-0, Jake Allen was replaced by Mike McKenna to start the third period. McKenna stopped both of the shots he saw over the final 20 minutes. Anthony Peluso scored the lone Rivermen goal at 9:02 of the third period with assists from Adam Cracknell and Evgeny Grachev.

Oct. 13 – L 6-2 at Abbotsford
The Heat rallied with 33 shots to Peoria’s 19 on Saturday night in a 6-2 rout at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. Anthony Peluso added his second goal in as many games just 1:53 into the first period, but Abbotsford was quick to counter. Sergey Andronov’s first career AHL goal put Peoria up again at 9:10 in the first period with a tough-angled shot past Danny Taylor’s glove. David Shields and Jaden Schwartz were credited with assists on Andronov’s tally. Abbotsford went on to record five unanswered markers, including two power-play goals. Jake Allen stopped 27 of 33 shots on goal in all 60 minutes of action, while Abbotsford goalie Danny Taylor saved 17 of 19.

Rivermen Notes

  • On June 13, the Rivermen announced Dave Allison as the team’s 18th head coach in franchise history. Allison, 53, most recently served as an amateur scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 2012-13 season will mark Allison’s seventh season as an AHL head coach after stints with Prince Edward Island (1994-96), Milwaukee (2001-02) and Iowa (2005-08). In 423 games as an AHL head coach, the Fort Frances, Ontario native has compiled a record of 199-179-20-25. He also spent 25 games as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators during the 1995-96 season. Allison enjoyed a 10-year professional playing career in the AHL, IHL and in the NHL. The defenseman was signed by the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent in 1979.
  • After signing with Peoria as an unrestricted free agent this summer, defenseman Scott Ford was named captain earlier this week. No stranger to a leadership role, Ford served as the captain for the Milwaukee Admirals last season. Ford tallied just 36 points (11g, 25 a) over 239 career games with Milwaukee, but has maintained a combined +38 rating since 2008-09.
  • Eleven of Peoria’s 24 players were originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues including new additionsSergey Andronov (2009, 3rd round), Jaden Schwartz (2010, 1st round) and Sebastian Wannstrom (2010, 2nd round).
  • Seven of Peoria’s 24 plyaers were born in the United States, while 14 were born in Canada. Andronov and Evgeny Grachev are both natives of Russia, while Wannstrom hails from Sweden.
  • After scoring goals in Peoria’s first two games, Anthony Peluso has already tied the franchise record for most consecutive games to start the season with a goal. Julian Talbot most recently accomplished the two-game feat to start the 2008-09 season in back-to-back games against Iowa. Martin Kariya also did so to start the 2007-08 season while Colin Hemingway and Peter Sejna did so in Peoria’s first two games of the 2005-06 season. Prior to this season, Peluso recorded just 10 goals over 145 career AHL games. Last season, Peluso did not tally his second goal until Feb. 8 against Grand Rapids.
  • The Rivermen travel to Chicago to take on the Wolves on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before they open their home schedule on Friday against the Rockford IceHogs. Listen to all 76 Rivermen games this season live on CD Country 107.9 FM (www.cd1079.net) or through the TuneIn Radio App on your smartphone or tablet. Follow game action on Twitter (@RivsGameday).
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POSTED ON Monday, 04.16.2012 / 3:52 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen entered the final weekend of the 2011-12 season in control of their playoff destiny, but finished on the outside looking in with a 39-33-2-2 record and 82 points following losses to Charlotte and Chicago. Peoria finished in fourth place in the Midwest Division and 11th in the Western Conference.

April 13 – L 6-1 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS

Peoria suffered its biggest defeat this season in a 6-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell scored the lone Rivermen marker at 7:44 in the second period with assists from Patrick O’Sullivan and Danny Syvret. Jake Allen stopped 27 of 33 shots on goal just hours after returning from an emergency call-up with St. Louis. Bobby Sanguinetti led Charlotte with four points (1g, 3a) while Justin Peters made 31 saves on 32 shots on goal. The loss marked the fourth time the Checkers defeated the Rivermen over the past two months (five contests).

April 15 – L 4-2 at Chicago
Although the Rivermen remained idle on Saturday night, their playoff push was put to an end due to other action around the league. With Jake Allen called up to St. Louis, 2011 3rd-round Jordan Binnington made his professional debut in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Wolves on Sunday. Binnington stopped 35 of 38 shots on goal while opposing rookie Joe Cannata recorded 38 saves. With Peoria trailing 3-0, Cade Fairchild led a valiant comeback effort with his eighth goal of the campaign at 9:17 in the third period. Adam Cracknell scored just four minutes later to bring the Rivermen within one, but Wolves rookie Nicklas Jensen completed a hat trick in his fifth career pro game with an empty net tally in the final minute to seal the victory. The Rivermen went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Chicago finished with one goal on three opportunities.

Transactions
  • April 15 – Jake Allen (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis
  • April 12 – Jake Allen (G) returned on loan from St. Louis
  • April 12 – Steve Somerfield (G) released from ATO
  • April 11 – Steve Somerfield (G) signed to ATO
  • April 10 – Jake Allen (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.10.2012 / 9:03 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen took two out of three in their final and 13th three-games-in-three-days series this weekend. Peoria is 39-31-2-2 and is currently tied with Milwaukee for second place in the Midwest Divison and sits in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Western Conference. The Rivermen will play their final home game of the season on Friday against Charlotte before traveling to Chicago on Sunday for their final game of the regular season.

April 5 – W 3-2 vs. Texas | HIGHLIGHTS

The Rivermen topped the Texas Stars 3-2 at Carver Arena on Friday night. Derek Nesbitt scored the game’s first goal at 6:53 in the second period before former Rivermen Matt Fraser countered just seven minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. Patrick O’Sullivan scored following a takeaway in the right circle to give Peoria its second lead of the game 7:32 into the third period. Just 2:22 later, Adam Cracknell deflected a Shaun Heshka shot on goal, which proved to be the game winner. Fraser struck again with a goal at 19:21, but Jake Allen stopped any further last-minute Stars attempts. Allen finished the game with 32 saves while Jack Campbell stopped 35 of 38 shots on goal. Peoria went 0-for-4 on the power play and held Texas scoreless on two chances.

April 6 – W 3-1 @ Oklahoma City
The Rivermen topped the Oklahoma City Barons 3-1 with third period goals from Phil McRae and Jonathan Cheechoo at Cox Convention Center on Friday night. Mark Cundari gave Peoria a 1-0 lead at 14:11 in the first period, which stood until Ryan Keller’s goal at 10:17 in the third period. McRae scored 1:03 later and Cheechoo tallied an empty net goal with just four seconds left in regulation. Jake Allen stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal and held Oklahoma City 0-for-2 on the power play. The Rivermen finished with 27 shots on goal and went scoreless on three man advantages.

April 7 – L 4-2 @ Houston
Peoria mounted two comeback attempts, but fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Houston Aeros at Toyota Center on Saturday night. Chad Rau put Houston up 1-0 just 28 seconds into regulation, but Phil McRae tied the game within the first two minutes of the second frame. Former Rivermen Jon DiSalvatore restored the Aeros lead once again, but Anthony Nigro came through with a marker at 12:58 in the second period to tie the game 2-2. Houston received two more goals to cap off the scoring. Jake Allen stopped 42 of 46 shots on goal while Matt Hackett faced just 25 Rivermen shots.

Rivermen Report
  • Peoria is the only team in the league with six 20-goal scorers this season.
  • T.J. Hensick leads the Western Conference with 70 points (21G, 49A) in just 64 games this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-29 rating is still the best in the Western Conference.
Transactions
  • April 6 – Jordan Binnington (G) signed to ATO
  • April 5 – Steve Somerfield (G) released from ATO
  • April 5 – Steve Somerfield (G) signed to ATO
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, 04.03.2012 / 8:56 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen put an end to a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 shutout over San Antonio on Sunday. Peoria is now 37-30-2-2 with 78 points, good for third in the Midwest Division and tied with Lake Erie for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Rivermen are just two points behind fourth-place Abbotsford.

March 30 – SOL 4-3 at Rockford
The Rockford IceHogs came from behind to defeat the Rivermen in a 4-3 shootout decision on Friday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. Jonathan Cheechoo’s second-period tally tied the score at 1-1; however, Rockford’s Rostislav Olesz scored his second goal of the game just 1:56 into the third period. Cade Fairchild and Cheechoo both potted third-period markers, but Brandon Fahey scored a power-play goal to force overtime with less than five seconds remaining in regulation. Peoria sent the lone shot on goal in overtime before heading to a shootout. Derek Nesbitt and Patrick O’Sullivan gave the Rivermen a 2-0 lead through the first two rounds of the shootout. IceHogs forwards Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin and Matt Fornataro scored on the final three Rockford attempts to seal the victory. It was just Peoria’s second shootout loss this season.

March 31 – L 4-1 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS

The Charlotte Checkers defeated Peoria 4-1 in front of 7,845 fans at Carver Arena on Saturday night. Jonathan Cheechoo tallied the lone Rivermen goal at 9:11 in the second period. Zac Dalpe and Brett Sutter both scored within one minute of each other late in the second period before Chris Durno added an insurance goal at 11:39 in the third period. Sutter finished the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:20 in the third period. Jake Allen stopped 29 of 32 shots on goal while Mike Murphy saved 20 of 21. Peoria finished 0-for-2 on the power play and held Charlotte to 0-for-6.



April 1 – W 1-0 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen put an end to a five-game losing streak in a 1-0 shutout over the San Antonio Rampage at Carver Arena on Sunday night. With just five seconds remaining in the second period, T.J. Hensick won a draw before heading straight to the goal. Hensick’s draw cruised to Derek Nesbitt, who dished to Cade Fairchild at the left point, where a fired a shot of the rear boards. Fairchild’s shot took a helpful rebound to Hensick at the doorstep, who scored the game’s lone goal with just 0.5 seconds remaining in the third period. Alex Stalock recorded a 31-save shutout in his first start with the Rivermen while San Antonio’s Jacob Markstrom stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play.

Rivermen Report

  • The Rivermen became the first team in the league with six 20-goal scorers this season.
  • T.J. Hensick leads the Western Conference with 67 points (21G, 46A) in just 61 games this season.
  • Derek Nesbitt has scored on all seven shootout attempts this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-28 rating is still the best in the Western Conference.
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, 03.27.2012 / 9:51 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen extended their win streak to a season-long five games on Tuesday, but dropped three straight contests to end the week. Peoria’s 36-29-2-1 record has the Rivermen tied for second place in the Midwest Division and in a four-way tie for sixth place in the Western Conference with 75 points

March 20 – W 5-2 at Charlotte

Anthony Peluso matched his season total of two goals within the first 30:15 of the game including the game’s first and the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Patrick O’Sullivan, Jonathan Cheechoo and Anthony Nigro also tallied markers for the Rivermen. Jake Allen stopped 42 of 44 shots on goal in 59:42 and earned his 11th win of the season. Phil McRae notched two assists and a plus-3 rating. The Rivermen tied Chicago for first place in the Midwest Division with 75 points in the win. It was the first ever win for the Rivermen at Time Warner Cable Arena.

March 21 – L 6-2 at Charlotte
Peoria’s five-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night in a 6-2 loss to the Charlotte Checkers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Shaun Heshka and Chris Bruton each potted third-period goals to spoil Mike Murphy’s shutout attempt. Jake Allen stopped 30 of 34 shots on goal in 40 minutes of action before Alex Stalock stopped 10 of 12 shots on goal in the third period. Peoria went 0-for-2 on the power play while Charlotte finished 2-for-7.

March 24 – L 2-0 vs. Milwaukee | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen suffered their first shutout loss of the season in a 2-0 effort against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday night at Carver Arena. Michael Latta and Joel Champagne each scored for the Admirals while Jeremy Smith stopped all 33 shots on goal. Jake Allen stopped 19 of 21 shots on goal for Peoria. The Rivermen went 0-for-5 on the power play and Milwaukee finished 1-for-3. Carver Arena housed a season-high 8,901 fans in the loss.

March 25 – L 2-1 vs. Hamilton | HIGHLIGHTS
Even though Peoria sent 43 shots on goal, the Rivermen came up short in a 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday evening at Carver Arena. Jonathan Cheechoo tallied the lone Rivermen goal at 16:02 in the second period while Jake Allen stopped a total of 32 shots on goal. Peoria went 0-for-4 on the power play and held Hamilton scoreless on three opportunities.

Rivermen Report
  • The Rivermen became the first team in the league with six 20-goal scorers this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-29 rating is still the best in the Western Conference.
  • Danny Syvret’s 41 points (7g, 34a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
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, 03.20.2012 / 9:21 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen defeated the Chicago Wolves in a battle for first place in the Midwest division last Wednesday, but dropped to second place after sitting idle last weekend. Peoria is 35-26-2-1 with 73 points and tied for fifth place in the Western Conference with the Abbotsford Heat.

March 14 – W 3-1 @ Chicago
Peoria defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-1 last Wednesday and captured the 2011-12 Illinois Lottery Cup title with the best winning percentage in games between the Rivermen, Wolves and Rockford IceHogs this season. Jonathan Cheechoo registered his 19th goal of the year in the first period before Adam Cracknell and T.J. Hensick scored in the second and third periods, respectively. Jake Allen was named the game’s first star after stopping 38 of 39 shots on goal. Peoria went 0-for-2 on the power play while Chicago finished 0-3.

Rivermen Report

  • T.J. Hensick and Adam Cracknell both scored their 20th markers of the season in last Wednesday’s win. Peoria is now the first team in the league with four 20-goal scorers. Jonathan Cheechoo is one goal away from 20 on the season.
  • Captain Adam Cracknell has tallied goals in five consecutive games.
  • Danny Syvret’s 41 points (7g, 34a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
  • Goaltender Jake Allen has won each of his last three starts and allowed just two goals during that stretch. Allen has posted a 1.62 GAA and 0.955 save percentage in March.
Transactions
  • Feb. 12 – T.J. Hensick (C) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
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, 03.13.2012 / 9:34 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen beat the top team in the Western Conference again this week and swept the Abbotsford Heat in a weekend series to dethrone them from fourth place. Peoria is now 34-26-2-1 with 71 points and tied for second in the Midwest Division. They are currently in a two-way tie for fourth in the Western Conference with Chicago.

March 7 – OTW 4-3 vs. Oklahoma City | HIGHLIGHTS

The Oklahoma City Barons held a 3-0 lead, as the second period neared its end, until Danny Syvret tallied a power-play goal to put Peoria on the board at 18:45. Adam Cracknell scored at 5:16 in the third period before Syvret tied the game with 5:54 remaining in regulation on his second power-play goal of the game. Newcomer Patrick O’Sullivan ended the game with his first marker for Peoria just 1:42 into overtime to give the Rivermen a 4-3 win. O’Sullivan finished the game with four points (1g, 3a) while Syvret (2g, 1a) and Derek Nesbitt (3a) each registered three. Jake Allen stopped 23 of 26 shots on goal in 34:52 minutes between the pipes before he was relieved by Alex Stalock, who stopped all 12 shots faced in the final 26:19.

March 9 – W 4-1 at Abbotsford

Patrick O’Sullivan scored two goals for Peoria while Jake Allen made 39 saves as the Rivermen moved past the Abbotsford Heat 4-1 on Friday night in the opening game of the weekend series. O’Sullivan and Anthony Nigro paced the Rivermen to a 2-0 lead in the first period before O’Sullivan notched the only goal of the second. Joe Piskula scored for Abbotsford to open the third but Adam Cracknell sealed the win with an empty-netter with only 0.1 second remaining. Peoria’s power play went 2-for-4 while their penalty kill finished 3-for-3.

March 11 – W 5-0 at Abbotsford
Jake Allen stopped 32 shots on goal en route to his first shutout of the season in a 5-0 win over the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday. Adam Cracknell and Brett Sonne each scored first period markers followed by Stefan Della Rovere’s tally just 56 seconds into the second stanza. Shaun Heskha and Phil McRae potted goals for Peoria in the third period to finish the scoring. McRae produced three points (1g, 2a) while Heshka (1g, 1a) and Jonathan Cheechoo (2a) registered two-point efforts.

Rivermen Report
  • The Rivermen are tied for fourth place in the Western Conference with Chicago at 71 points, but sit just three points ahead of Houston, currently in 10th place. Peoria trails Midwest Division leader Charlotte by one point.
  • Since joining the Rivermen last week, Patrick O’Sullivan has tallied four goals and four assists including a four-point night on Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Barons.
  • Following his relief efforts on Wednesday, Alex Stalock became the first goalie besides Ben Bishop or Jake Allen to play for Peoria since April 9, 2010 – a span of 156 games.
  • Peoria ended a 0-for-25 drought on the power play against Oklahoma City on March 2 and has improved to 21.3 percent – the best in the Western Conference. The Rivermen have scored nine power-play goals over the last five games good for a 47.4% conversion rate.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-29 rating is still the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret’s 40 points (7g, 33a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
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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  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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