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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 10:48 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen finished their seventh three-games in three-days series this past weekend before embarking on an eight-day holiday break. Peoria is now 14-15-1-1 through 31 games – the most in the Western Conference. The Rivermen are tied with Chicago for third place in the Midwest Division and seventh place in the Western Conference with 30 points.

Dec. 16 – W 5-2 at Rockford
Peoria completed a four-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night. Jake Allen stopped a career-high 42 shots on goal while Jonathan Cheechoo, Derek Nesbitt and Tyler Shattock each tallied a goal and an assist. The Rivermen converted one of two power play chances while Rockford went 1-for-4. Rookie Chase Polacek scored his first career AHL goal in the win.

Dec. 17 – W 2-0 vs. Toronto | HIGHLIGHTS
T.J. Hensick and Cheechoo each registered their 10th goals of the season in addition to an assist in a 2-0 win over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night. Ben Bishop stopped all 26 shots on goal en route to his league-leading fourth shutout this season. The Rivermen went 0-for-5 on the power play while Toronto finished 0-for-4.

Dec. 18 – L 3-1 at Milwaukee
Brett Sterling score just nine minutes into the first period, but the Milwaukee Admirals countered with three unanswered goals and won 3-0 on Sunday evening. Jake Allen saved 26 of 29 shots on goal and held Milwaukee scoreless on all four power-play opportunities. The Rivermen also failed to convert on each of their four power plays.

Rivermen Report
  • Veteran goaltender Ben Bishop is tied for fourth in the AHL in save percentage (.930) and eighth in goals against average (2.24). As previously mentioned, Bishop is the first goaltender in the league to reach four shutouts this season. Prior to the 2011-12 campaign, Bishop registered just three career AHL shutouts in 121 games with the Rivermen.
  • T.J. Hensick’s four-point weekend has time tied for third in points among league leaders at 37 (10g, 27a). His 27 assists are tied with Hersey’s Chris Bourque for second in the league.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild is tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +19 with Norfolk’s Mark Barberio.
  • Although defenseman Danny Syvret didn’t register a point this weekend, he has scored 19 points (2g, 17a) this year – fourth best among AHL defensemen. His 17 assists also rank fourth best in the league.
  • Peoria has converted exactly 20% of its power plays this season, tied for eighth in the AHL. After stopping 11 of 12 man advantages this weekend, the Rivermen penalty kill grades 11th in the league at 83.1%.
Transactions
  • Dec. 13 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) loaned from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Dec. 14 – Chris Bruton (RW) signed to PTO
  • Dec. 17 – Mike Radja (C), Ryan Palmer (D) and Maury Edwards (D) signed to PTO
  • Dec. 18 -- Mike Radja (C), Ryan Palmer (D) and Maury Edwards (D) released from PTO
  • Dec. 18 – Derrick LaPoint (D) signed to PTO
  • Dec. 18 – Chris Bruton (RW) and Derrick LaPoint (D) released from PTO
The Rivermen will return to the ice on Monday, December 26 against the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. at Carver Arena.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.13.2011 / 1:28 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen played their sixth three-games in three-day series this past weekend before returning home for a week of practice. Peoria is now 12-14-1-1 through 28 games – the most in the Western Conference. The Rivermen are tied with Chicago for third place in the Midwest Division with 26 points and tied for seventh in the Western Conference with Chicago and Rochester.

Dec. 9 – L 3-1 at Oklahoma City
Brett Sterling capitalized on a power play late in the first period to give Peoria a 1-0 lead, but Oklahoma City countered with three unanswered goals in the final nine minutes of regulation. Both teams finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play while Ben Bishop stopped 31 of 33 shots on goal. The Rivermen only registered 21 shots on goal (a season low), 12 of which were in the first period.

Dec. 10 – L 2-1 at San Antonio
Once again, the Rivermen recorded the game’s first goal but failed to come out on top. Anthony Nigro scored at 8:44 in the second period but the Rampage tied the game just 24 seconds later. Peoria was scoreless on three power plays while San Antonio went 1-for-5 on the man advantage. Jake Allen stopped 37 of 39 shots on goal whereas opposing goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris made 21 saves on 22 shots. The Rivermen had just nine shots on goal in the second and third periods combined.

Dec. 11 – SOW 3-2 at Houston

Team points-leader T.J. Hensick registered his ninth goal of the year just 6:39 into the first period before Houston answered with two of their own. Hensick returned to the score sheet at 5:02 of the third period with an assist on a Derek Nesbitt goal to force overtime and eventually a shootout. After both teams scored twice through five attempts, Phil McRae sealed the win with a goal in the sixth round of the shootout. The Rivermen finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play while Houston was scoreless on five attempts. Bishop stopped 29 of 31 shots in addition to four of six Aeros’ shootout attempts. For the third time this weekend, Peoria’s shot total in the first period (18) outweighed their second and third period shot totals combined (12).

Rivermen Report
  • T.J. Hensick remains tied for third among the league-leaders in points with 39 (9g, 24a). His 24 assists also rank third in the league.
  • Although he missed five games while playing for St. Louis, Brett Sterling is currently tied for 10th in points in the AHL with 26 (13g, 13a). His 13 goals are tied with several players for fifth-best.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild maintained his league lead in plus-minus at +18 following last weekend’s games.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret added two more assists last weekend which improved his point total to 19 (2g, 17a) which is third best in the league. Syvret is also tied with Norfolk’s Mark Barberio in power-play assists among defensemen with 11 and ranks second in power-play points at 12.
  • Two of Peoria’s four goals this weekend came on the power play. The Rivermen now rank seventh in the AHL in power-play scoring at 21.0%. The penalty kill, however, ranks 15th at 82.4%.
Transactions
  • Dec. 7 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) loaned from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Dec. 9 – Peter MacArthur (LW) released from PTO
The Rivermen will practice in Peoria this week before leaving for traveling to Rockford for the start of a three games in three days stretch.

Fri., Dec. 16 @ Rockford – 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 17 vs. Toronto – 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 18 @ Milwaukee – 5:00 p.m.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 11:44 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report

The Rivermen returned home this weekend after they completed a season-long nine-game road trip on Friday night in Milwaukee. Peoria is now 11-12-1-1 through 25 games, good for third in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

Dec. 2 – L 5-1 at Milwaukee
After Derek Nesbitt scored the game’s first goal, the Rivermen failed to produce another in the road trip finale. Milwaukee countered with five unanswered goals, four of which came in the third period. Ben Bishop stopped 21 of 26 shots on goal in addition to a penalty shot halfway through the second period. The Rivermen finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play while they held the Admirals scoreless on two chances.

Dec. 3 – L 3-2 vs. Milwaukee | HIGHLIGHTS
Peoria overcame two one-goal deficits but failed to counter after Gabriel Bourque’s third period goal in their second straight loss to the Admirals. The Rivermen finished 2-for-4 on the man advantage and held Milwaukee to just one goal on five power plays. Jake Allen stopped 31 of 34 shots on goal.

Dec. 4 – W 5-2 vs. Rockford | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen scored early and often en route to their first win of the weekend on Sunday evening. T.J. Hensick, Shaun Heshka, Adam Cracknell, Jonathan Cheechoo and Phil McRae each scored in the victory while Cade Fairchild and Brett Sterling each recorded two assists. Ben Bishop stopped 47 shots, one shy of his single game AHL career high, in his 10th win of the season. Peoria went scoreless on three power plays but managed to limit Rockford to 1-for-9 on the man advantage.

Rivermen Report
  • Center T.J. Hensick dropped from first to third among league-leaders in points this week with 31 (8g, 23a). Hensick’s 23 assists rank second in the league.
  • Second-year forward Phil McRae scored his 13th goal of the season on Sunday night which ties him with two others for second in goals scored. Nine of his goals have come in the last 12 games. His 13 goals has already surpassed his total from last season (12) which he accomplished in 46 AHL games.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild improved his league lead in plus-minus to +18 this weekend.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret grades third best in points (2g, 15a) among AHL defenseman after he added two more assists this weekend. His 15 assists are tied for second among defenseman.
  • Jonathan Cheechoo posted a three-point weekend (2g, 1a), which improved his career point total to 502. Cheechoo has played 740 games since 2000 in which he has scored 259 goals and 243 assists. 501 of his games have come in the NHL in which he posted 170 goals and 135 assists.
  • The Rivermen added three more power-play goals this weekend which improved their conversation rate to 20.7% on the year -- good for sixth best in the AHL.
Transactions
The Rivermen will practice in Peoria this week before leaving for Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Houston for a three games in three days stretch.
  • Fri., Dec. 9 @ Oklahoma City – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 10 @ San Antonio – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 11 @ Houston – 5:05 p.m.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.29.2011 / 10:01 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen continued their season-long nine-game road trip last week with three games in three days that featured a combined 22 goals. Peoria is now 10-10-1-1 through 22 games, good for second in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

Nov. 25 – L 7-3 at Rockford
After capturing two separate leads, the Peoria Rivermen allowed four third period goals by the Rockford IceHogs in a 7-3 loss at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday night. Phil McRae and Brett Sonne each scored in the first period before Rockford evened the score at two apiece. Defenseman Shaun Heshka scored his first goal for the Rivermen in just four games to recapture the lead halfway through the second period, but the Rockford attack broke open the game with a four-goal third period.

Nov. 26 – L 5-3 at Chicago
For the second straight game, the Peoria Rivermen scored on their first shift but it proved to be their only lead of the night as the Chicago Wolves held off the Rivermen 5-3 at Allstate Arena on Saturday. After falling behind 3-1, the Rivermen cut the Chicago lead to one goal on two occasions but failed to regain the lead. Jake Allen stopped 30 of 34 shots on goal in addition to a penalty shot in the first period. Jay Barriball scored his second and third goals of the season while Phil McRae added his eleventh on the campaign.

Nov. 27 – W 4-0 at Chicago
A strong performance from both the Peoria Rivermen offense and goaltender Ben Bishop guided the way to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Sunday. Stopping all 28 shots, Bishop recorded his third shutout of the season while Jonathan Cheechoo picked up his 500th career point in the contest. Barriball picked up his third goal in two games in the contest while Derek Nesbitt, McRae and Cheechoo also scored.

Rivermen Report
  • Although he allowed six goals on Friday, Ben Bishop is 9-6-0 with an impressive 2.26 goals-against average and 0.928 save percentage. He is currently ranked seventh in the league in save percentage and tenth in GAA. Bishop’s three shutouts are tied for the league lead.
  • After adding three more assists last week, T.J. Hensick is tied for the league-lead in points with 28 (6g, 22a). Hensick’s 22 assists rank second behind Hershey’s Keith Aucoin.
  • Although he was promoted to St. Louis two weeks ago, winger Brett Sterling remains tied in second place in AHLgoals with 12.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild continues to lead the league with a 16 +/- rating this season.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret has tallied 15 points (2g, 13a) in 22 games played this year which puts him in third place among defensemen in points scored.
Transactions
The Rivermen have returned to Peoria for practice this week before the final game of their road trip on Friday in Milwaukee.
  • Fri., Dec. 2 @ Milwaukee – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 3 vs. Milwaukee – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 4 vs. Rockford – 5:00 p.m.
Follow the Rivermen on Twitter (@Peoria_Rivermen) and for in depth game information follow @RivsGameday. All game broadcasts are available live and online through www.rivermen.net.
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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
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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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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