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Report for the Week Ending Dec. 31

Tuesday, 01.01.2013 / 10:42 AM
By Ben Bean - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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The Rivermen Report
Report for the Week Ending Dec. 31

The Rivermen dropped both of their contests this week to Milwaukee, but were able to beat the first place Abbotsford Heat on New Year’s Eve.

Dec. 27 – 2-1 L at Milwaukee
Despite scoring the game’s first goal, the Rivermen were unable to hold off the Admirals in a 2-1 loss on Thursday night. For the second straight game Adam Cracknell scored Peoria’s only goal. Ryan Ellis earned the game winner with 3:38 remaining in regulation. Peoria outshot Milwaukee 33-22 in the game.

Dec. 28 – 4-1 L at Milwaukee
The Rivermen lost their third straight game 4-1 to the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night. Austin Watson scored twice, while Ryan Ellis and Kevin Henderson also added tallies. Derek Nesbitt spoiled the shutout with his 11th goal of the season at the 17:41 mark of the third frame. Mike McKenna allowed four goals on 25 shots.

Dec. 31 – 2-1 SOW vs. Abbotsford
Peoria was able to upset the first place Heat on New Year’s Eve in front of 5,925 home fans. Taylor Chorney scored to tie the game with 12:25 remaining in the third period. After no scoring the rest of the way the game went to a shootout. Phil McRae and Jaden Schwartz scored in the shootout to lead the Rivermen to a victory. Mike McKenna stopped 35 of 36, while his counterpart, Barry Brust, made 36 saves.

Rivermen Notes
  • With 32 games played, T.J. Hensick leads the team in points with 28 (9G, 19A).
  • Mark Cundari leads all Peoria defensemen in points with 15 (2G, 13A) in 26 games.
  • Derek Nesbitt has the team lead for goals with 11. He is also second on the team in total points with 20 (11G, 9A).
  • The Rivermen are averaging 2.42 goals per game this season.
  • Peoria now has a record of 14-14-2-2.

The Rivermen will face the San Antonio Rampage twice next weekend, and the Texas Stars once. 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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