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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.06.2012 / 12:01 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen beat the top team in the Western Conference on Friday night but finished the week with just a single win in three games. Peoria is now 31-26-2-1 with 65 points and rank third in the Midwest Division. They are currently in a three-way tie for seventh in the Western Conference.

Feb. 29 – L 3-2 @ Milwaukee
Brett Sterling scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season for Peoria with only 1:02 left in regulation but it was not enough as the Rivermen fell 3-2 to Milwaukee on Wednesday night. With Derek Nesbitt on the board, the Rivermen and Admirals began the third period in a 1-1 tie before Kyle Wilson scored twice to propel Milwaukee to victory. Jake Allen made his third straight start, for the first time this year, and finished with 32 saves in the loss.

March 2 – W 4-2 vs. Oklahoma City | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen struck first and never looked back as they took down the first-place Oklahoma City Barons on Friday night at Carver Arena. Four Rivermen players had multi-point games, highlighted by Danny Syvret’s three points (one goal, two assists). Tyler Shattock, Jonathan Cheechoo and Phil McRae also scored as the Rivermen snapped a season-long power-play drought with a 2-for-5 perfomance. The Rivermen outshot the Barons 35-29 as Jake Allen posted his seventh win of the season.

March 3 – L 2-1 vs. Rockford | HIGHLIGHTS

Leading 1-0 at the start of the third, the Rivermen were unable to make Adam Cracknell’s first period goal standup as the Rockford IceHogs came back to beat Peoria 2-1. Newly acquired Patrick O’Sullivan had the primary assist on Cracknell’s goal at 13:49 of the first. The IceHogs tied it early in the third before Ben Youds snapped home the game-winner with only 2:15 left in regulation. The game was attended by a season-high 7,649 fans, highlighted by a performance from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Rivermen Report

  • The St. Louis Blues made a transaction on Friday to acquire the AHL rights of Patrick O’Sullivan from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Brett Sterling. O’Sullivan has 334 games on NHL experience and had 30 points (10g, 20a) in 26 games with the Portland Pirates before joining the Rivermen.
  • Second-year center Phil McRae cracked the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his professional career after a goal against Oklahoma City on Friday night. It was also his 100th professional game.
  • Peoria’s loss on Saturday was the third time this year they have lost when leading at the start of the third period (23-3-0-0).
  • Captain Adam Cracknell has set a new AHL career-high with 24 assists and 40 points. He is one goal shy of matching his career-high in goals (17) that he set during his first year with the Rivermen (2009-10).
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-28 rating is still the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret’s 37 points (5g, 32a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
Transactions
  • Feb. 27 – T.J. Hensick (C) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • March 4 – Alex Stalock (G) reassigned by San Jose (NHL) from Worcester
  • March 3 – Brian Mahoney Wilson (G) released from PTO
  • March 3 – Patrick O’Sullovan (RW) reassigned by Phoenix (NHL) from Portland (AHL)
  • March 3 – Brett Sterling (LW) reassigned by St. Louis (NHL) to Portland (AHL)
  • March 2 – Brian Mahoney-Wilson (G) signed to PTO
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 9:29 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen won two of four meetings last week, capturing four of eight possible points. Peoria is now 30-24-2-1 with 63 points and rank third in the Midwest Division and tied for sixth in the Western Conference.

Feb. 21 – SOW 4-3 vs. Abbotsford | HIGHLIGHTS

Adam Cracknell scored with 48 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday night at Carver Arena. Peoria overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second period with markers from Phil McRae and Brennan Evans. Ben Bishop recorded his league-leading 24th win after stopping all nine Abbotsford shots in overtime and four of five shootout attempts. Derek Nesbitt and Brett Sterling tallied goals in the shootout.

Feb. 24 – L 2-1 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
The San Antonio Rampage defeated the Rivermen 2-1 on Friday night at Carver Arena. Greg Rallo’s tally at 15:28 in the first period stood as the game’s lone score for over 42 minutes before Scott Timmins improved the lead to 2-0. Derek Nesbitt tallied the lone Rivermen marker just 18 seconds later to finish the scoring. Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 31 shots on goal in what proved to be his final start for Peoria before being traded to the Ottawa Senators. Peoria went 0-for-3 on the power play and held San Antonio scoreless on four opportunities.

Feb. 25 – L 2-1 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
San Antonio downed the Rivermen 2-1 for the second time in as many days on Saturday night at Carver Arena. Chris Bruton scored his first career AHL goal at 10:27 in the second period before San Antonio countered with two markers in the third. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 27 shots on goal in the loss while Jacob Markstrom saved 40 of 41.

Feb. 26 – SOW 4-3 vs. Abbotsford | HIGHLIGHTS

The Rivermen topped the Abbotsford Heat 4-3 in a shootout for the second time this week on Sunday evening at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Phil McRae each scored in regulation, countering a three-goal second period from the Heat. Derek Nesbitt improved to 7-for-7 in the shootout this season while Anthony Nigro and McRae each scored on their attempts to give Peoria the victory. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 28 shots on goal in addition to three of four shootout attempts.

Rivermen Report
  • Last weekend’s games marked the 11th of a league-leading 13 three-games-in-three-days series for the Rivermen this season. Peoria is 6-5-0 in the first game, 3-7-1 in the second, and 9-2-0 in the third game. The Rivermen will not play in another one of these series until March 30.
  • With Sunday’s win, the Rivermen improved to 5-1-0 in the shootout this season. Peoria is tied for the league lead after converting 12 of 29 (.414%) shootout attempts this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-30 rating is still the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret’s 33 points (4g, 29a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
Transactions
  • Feb. 27 – T.J. Hensick (C) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 27 – T.J. Hensick (C) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 26 – Ben Bishop (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 26 – David McKee (G) released from PTO
  • Feb. 26 – David McKee (G) signed to PTO
  • Feb. 24 – Ian Cole (D) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 21 – T.J. Hensick (C) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 20 – Ben Bishop (G) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 9:46 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen won two of three meetings last week, capturing four of six potential points. Peoria is now 28-22-2-1 with 59 points, which grades third in the Midwest Division and tied for sixth in the Western Conference.

Feb. 15 – W 1-0 at Rockford

Peoria set a new season-low in shots on goal for the second time in as many games with 13, but still managed to defeat the Rockford IceHogs 1-0 on Wednesday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. Brennan Evans scored his first goal of the season just 20 seconds into the second period. Ben Bishop played 51:14, stopping all 36 shots of 36 shots on goal and Jake Allen tallied six saves on six shots in 8:46 of action in the second frame. Allen relieved Bishop early in the second stanza after he became ill.

Feb. 17 – L 4-2 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS

The Charlotte Checkers stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals from Zac Dalpe, Zack Boychuk and Justin Shugg in a 4-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena on Friday night. Evgeny Grachev ended John Muse’s shutout bid just 20 seconds into the third period and brought the Rivermen within two. Just 18 seconds after a Michal Jordan marker, T.J. Hensick scored the game’s final goal at 5:03 in the third period. Jake Allen stopped 26 of 30 shots on goal while Muse saved 26 of 28. Both teams went 0-4 on the power play.

Feb. 18 – W 3-1 at Grand Rapids

Jake Allen captured his fifth win in his best start this season, stopping 31 of 32 shots on goal, in a 3-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at Van Andel Arena. Second period goals from Brett Sterling and Anthony Peluso gave Peoria a 2-0 lead entering the final fame. Griffins rookie Gustav Nyquist brought Grand Rapids within one, but Phil McRae sealed the win just 30 seconds later. Both teams finished the game with zero penalty minutes.

Rivermen Report

  • Jake Allen started back-to-back games for the first time this season with Ben Bishop recalled on loan in St. Louis.
  • Third in the league in scoring and the only one of the top six who doesn’t play in Hershey or Norfolk, T.J. Hensick has 19 goals and 45 assists for 64 points in 53 games with the Rivermen this season. His 264 points in 231 career AHL contests are good for a 1.14 points-per-game average, the most among active players.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild became the first player in the AHL to reach the plus-30 threshold after he posted a plus-one rating in Saturday’s win.
  • The Rivermen power play leads with Western Conference with a 20.7% conversion rate this season. The penalty kill ranks seventh in the AHL at 84.1%.
Transactions
  • Feb. 20 – Ben Bishop (G) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 18 – Ben Bishop (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 18 – Brad Fogal (G) released from PTO
  • Feb. 18 – Brad Fogal (G) signed to PTO
  • Feb. 15 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 15 – Ian Cole (D) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 9:30 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen completed their 10th three-games-in-three-days series this season, capturing four of six possible points. Peoria is now 26-21-2-1 with 55 points, good for third in the Midwest Division and tied for seventh in the Western Conference.

Feb. 10 – L 3-2 vs. Lake Erie | HIGHLIGHTS
Goals from Anthony Nigro and T.J. Hensick gave Peoria a 2-0 lead early in the second period before Lake Erie countered with three unanswered in a 3-2 win on Friday night at Carver Arena. Ben Bishop stopped 20 of 23 shots on goal while former Rivermen, and current Monsters goaltender, Gerald Coleman stopped 32 of 34. Peoria went 1-for-3 on the power play and Lake Erie finished 2-for-5. Jonathan Cheechoo was awarded the game’s second star after he tallied an assist on both Rivermen goals.

Feb. 11 – W 5-2 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS
Peoria set a season high with 47 shots on goal and built themselves a 5-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers Saturday night at Carver Arena. 13 different players combined for 16 points in the win for the Rivermen in Charlotte’s first ever visit to Peoria. Derek Nesbitt, Anthony Nigro, Cade Fairchild, Tyler Shattock, and T.J. Hensick each scored for Peoria while Ben Bishop stopped 22 of 24 shots on goal. Rookie forward Chris Bruton registered his first point for the Rivermen when he assisted Nigro’s goal. Peoria went 1-for-8 on the power play while Charlotte finished scoreless on two chances.

Feb. 12 – W 4-2 at Milwaukee
The Rivermen sent just 15 shots on goal, including a one-shot first period, yet still defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 on Sunday evening at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee took the lead in both the first and second period before Brett Sterling tied the game and went on to register the game-winning goal just 3:17 later. Ben Bishop was awarded the game’s first star after he stopped 26 of 28 shots on goal in his league-leading 22nd win. Peoria finished 2-for-5 on the man advantage and held Milwaukee scoreless on two opportunities. The win marked the fifth consecutive for the Rivermen over the Admirals this season.

Rivermen Report

  • For the second time this season, Ben Bishop started three games in three days. His 22 wins and six shutouts lead all AHL goaltenders this year.
  • Center T.J. Hensick continues to lead the Western Conference in both points and assists with 62 and 44, respectively. His nearest competition is San Antonio’s Jon Matusomoto who currently trails Hensick by 13 points.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-28 rating remains the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret is now tied for fourth among defenseman in points this season with 31. His 27 assists rank third in the AHL.
  • The Rivermen power play improved to 21.4%, second best in the AHL. The penalty kill is tied for 10th best at 83.3%.
  • With Sunday’s win, Peoria improved to 8-2-0 in the third game of a three-games-in-three-days series this season.
Transactions
  • Feb. 11 – Ian Cole (D) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 9 – David McKee (G) signed to PTO
  • Feb. 8 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
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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
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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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  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
 
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B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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