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Report for the Week Ending Dec. 16

Tuesday, 12.18.2012 / 9:54 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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Report for the Week Ending Dec. 16

The Rivermen now have a .500 record after three wins last week against Oklahoma City, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee. Peoria now sits just two points from the top spot in the Midwest Division.

Dec. 11 – 4-2 W at Oklahoma City
T.J. Hensick
and Andrew Murray each had two goals, and goaltender Jake Allen made 26 saves in Peoria’s 4-2 win over the Barons Tuesday night. The Rivermen were able to hold Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and the AHL’s leading point scorer Justin Schultz to minus-3 ratings. The loss by the Barons was their fifth straight. Peoria outshot Oklahoma City 34-28. The Rivermen went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Barons went 2-for-4.

Dec. 14 – 3-0 W at Grand Rapids
A three-goal third period made way for Peoria’s 3-0 win over the Griffins on Friday night to conclude their five-game road trip. Adam Cracknell, Evgeny Grachev, and Jaden Schwartz scored goals for the Rivermen. Jake Allen made 33 saves in his first shutout of the 2012-2013 season. Both teams went 0-for-5 on the man advantage, while for the second straight game the shot totals favored Peoria, 32-29.

Dec. 15 – 3-1 W vs. Milwaukee
The Rivermen defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1 on Saturday night in front of 6,883 fans at Caver Arena. The victory was courtesy of another three-goal third period by Peoria. Sergey Andronov, Evgeny Grachev, and T.J. Hensick each scored goals in the final 4:26 of third frame. Mike McKenna made 26 saves in his third straight victory in net. The Rivermen went 0-for-4 on the power play.

Rivermen Notes

  • Despite missing four games, Derek Nesbitt has a substantial lead for most shots on goal with 75. Jaden Schwartz is second with 58 shots on goal.
  • T.J. Hensick, Jaden Schwartz, Derek Nesbitt, and Phil McRae are all tied for first on the team with 2 power play goals scored.
  • Jake Allen’s shutout on Friday was his eighth of his AHL career, and his first since March 11 of last season.
  • After Tuesday’s home game, the Rivermen will go back on the road for 10 of their next 12 games.
  • Peoria now has a record of 11-11-2-2, good for 26 points. The first-place Griffins have 28 points.

The Rivermen will host the Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday night. 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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