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Report for the Week Ending Dec. 9

Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 9:14 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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The Rivermen Report
Report for the Week Ending Dec. 9

The Rivermen gained four out of a possible six points last week with wins against Grand Rapids and Houston to begin their five-game road trip. Jaden Schwartz scored a goal in all three games, and now is tied for the team lead with eight.

Dec. 5 – 2-1 W at Grand Rapids
Peoria ended a three-game skid Wednesday night with a 2-1 win against the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings). Adam Cracknell opened up the scoring early in the second period with an unassisted tally to give the Rivermen the lead. Riley Sheahan tied the contest midway through the second with a shorthanded marker. Just over a minute later, Jaden Schwartz scored his sixth goal of the 2012-2013 campaign to make it a 2-1 game. The third frame saw no scoring. Mike McKenna made 28 saves in the win. The Rivermen went 1-for-2 on the man advantage while killing off all four penalties against.

Dec. 8 – 4-1 L at Texas
Despite scoring the game’s first goal, the Rivermen lost to the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) 4-1 Saturday night at the Cedar Park Center. Jaden Schwartz scored a shorthanded goal at 7:24 of the first period to give Peoria a 1-0 lead. Texas would go on to score four unanswered goals to earn the victory. Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser each had a pair of goals in the win. Jake Allen stopped 39 of the 43 shots he saw, while Cristopher Nilstorp only faced 23 shots. The Rivermen went 0-for-4 on the power play.

Dec. 9 – 3-2 W at Houston
Sunday night, the Rivermen won their second game of their current five-game road trip against the Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) by a score of 3-2. Andrew Murray, who had missed the last 13 games due to injury, scored a goal and tallied an assist in his first game back. Jaden Schwartz and Phil McRae also picked up a goal and an assist in the victory. Mike McKenna stopped 32 shots in his second straight win. Peoria went 1-for-1 on the power play and went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Rivermen Notes

  • In his last eight games, Jaden Schwartz has picked up 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists).
  • After going pointless in his first 10 games played, Philip McRae has tallied 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in his last 12 contests.
  • Mike McKenna has a 3-3-0 record, a 2.81 GAA, and a .917 SV% in 7 games played this year.
  • Since their seven game losing streak that ended in early November, the Rivermen have a record of 6-4-0-1.
  • Peoria now has an overall record of 8-11-2-2.

The Rivermen will play against the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday and will conclude their road trip on Friday night against Grand Rapids. Games can be heard on CD Country 107.9 FM. For game updates follow @rivsgameday on Twitter.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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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